Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Pinstripe Follies

I was digging around in the Fabric Closet last weekend.  Originally I was planning on putting the pieces that fell down from the top shelf back on the shelf because it's getting a little difficult to manuever in there.  However, when I went to put a piece on the top, this piece of blue wool crepe fell down:


What was interesting about that is at the same time this piece fell down too:


...and they went together so well that I think they planned that appearance in my life!  *LOL*  Neither piece have been in the closet long so I think they have a lot of chutzpah to cut the line in front of some of the older pieces but cut the line they did!  This combination is 15 yards of fabric...that's a lot of pieces...and the opportunity to make some really kewl garments for my fall/winter plan. 

Only it evolved.  After a couple of hours of digging around in the fabric closet and playing with different fabric combinatons, this is the composition of fabrics I ended up with...I will use them to make the 13/14 garments that will make up this wardrobe.


I've named this plan "The Pinstripe Follies" since the pinstripe fabric is the basis of the collection.  It will contain the following pieces:

Blue/Grey Pinstripe fabric ~
*Jacket (pattern TBD)
*Lined Pants (from TNT pattern)
*Vest w/collar (Vogue 7944)
*Straight lined skirt (ala Tracy Reese pattern - using my TNT pattern)
*Bolero Jacket - Vogue 7617
*Two Tone Dress - from TNT dress pattern (print top/grey pinstripe skirt)

Blue Wool Crepe ~
*Sheath dress (TNT dress pattern)
*4 gore skirt (Simplicity 5914)
*Straight lined skirt (TNT pattern)

Blue/Gray Paisley Print Wool Jersey ~
*Cardigan (Burda 8869)

Sweatery Blue Fabric ~
*Cardigan (Burda 8869)

Dark Blue Print Poly Charmeuse ~
*Blouse (Simplicity 2566)

Grey Hat Print Poly Charmeuse ~
*Sewing Workshop Mission Tank w/tie
*Top of TNT print dress

I have one piece of fabric in reserve, I'm not sure if I really want to use the fabric, but if during this process I decide that I want to add it, I probably will.  I'm really excited about this collection because it has quite a few of my favorite patterns, some new ones, an interesting color combination that will work quite nicely at my job and garments that I am comfortable wearing.

The most important thing to note is that all of these fabrics are from the fabric closet.  I thought about purchasing a shirting fabric from Fabric Mart but I have more than enough here and mixed with tops currently in my closet, I think I don't need to add anything else. 

I will begin constructing these pieces during this three day weekend...hopefully I can knock a few of them out so that I will have some new additions to my work wardrobe which can be worn next week.

Finally to all my friends in the US, I am wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope your day is full of good food, family, fun and football!  To everyone who has a family member serving overseas, please know that my prayers are with them as they perform one of the most honorable tasks, serving in uniform and protecting our country and our freedoms. 

Tomorrow I will be with my family enjoying their company and making new memories...all of my daughters, their significant others and my grandchildren will be with me, as well as, my mom and my sister and brother's families.  Friday morning I will start to sew...

...as always, more later!

34 comments:

  1. I'm rather jealous that you can generate a whole collection of fabrics from your stash - must get working on mine! The plans sound great, it's always nice to be excited about sewing plans. Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.

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  2. You must have a lot of the pinstripe to be able to make all those garments. If you ever give up sewing you could open a store with that stash of yours. Amazing!

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  3. LOLOL. I love this technique for choosing a project! Hmm.... these fabrics beaned me on the head, I'll work with those. ;)

    My stash is piled on the floor, so that won't work for me. :)

    You collection is beautiful - they will make a great coordinating set of garments.

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  4. I agree with Allison, you must have an amazing stash! I am j e a l o u s!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. I have been following your blog for, I don't know, almost a year now and I love love love all the beautiful garments your make and your witty writing! I finally gathered courage to actually comment as I dreamed of you last night (we met somewhere on the West Coast...) and you were just as funny and wise and kind as in your blog! :) Oh and BTW, I love your plans for the new collection!

    Justiina (from Europe, not the West Coast...)

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  6. You are going to have some gorgeous clothes at the end of all your sewing. Love the fabrics you have picked.

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  8. Looks like a fantastic collection of fabric for your garments. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  9. Wow, that will be beautiful! I've always loved pale blue and grey together.

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  10. I love digging through my fabric closet for this very reason. Before you know it, you find an entire wardrobe that you never even knew you had!

    This collection is a lovely one - I can't wait to see all the beautiful things you make.

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  11. You are truly amazing . . . I'm in awe at your ability to pull a pile of fabrics together and come up with an entire new wardrobe! Hope you and the Little Prince and the rest of your family have a lovely holiday!

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  12. A beautiful collection of fabrics for a beautiful collection of clothes. I have certainly picked up tips from you on fabric shopping - namely, buy lots of yardage of one fabric. All too often I only buy enough for one piece, when I should be buying for at least a whole suit to get a "capsule" going.

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  13. That will be a gorgeous wardrobe - love the combination for the dress. Can't wait to see the finished pieces!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

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  14. Wow, It's incredible that you can pull so much out of your stash that coordinates and then construct an entire wardrobe from it! I think you are going to have to share with us some of your fabric shopping pearls of wisdom or impart some of your fabric shopping philosophy on us! Can't wait to see how everything turns out!

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  15. A gorgeous collection of fabric!
    I will follow the generation of your collection. [Excuse me for a possible errors in my comment - I only study English...]

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  16. For a moment, I got an image of your stash coming to life and fighting over who was your favorite. Kinda like Toy Story, lol. I am watching that movie too much lately.

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  17. Sounds fab!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  18. I am loving Pinstripes Follies! I do think that the fabric falling was kharma and meant to be sewn. Have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. Happy weekend sewing!

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  19. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for a year of inspiration. I am grateful, I forgot my password on my Google account but I am kareno.

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  20. Love the Pinstrip Follies. You are the kewlest wardrobe designer. Love, love your plans.

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  21. Look the fabric combination. Don't you just love how randomly things happens like that. Wow, and you can pull that all together in a weekend. You've got skills girlfriends. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  22. Now that will be some wardrobe! Good luck. And have a great Thanksgiving weekend :)

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  23. It looks like it will be a lovely wardrobe. It fell on you, huh? Meant to be. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too.

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  24. Did I read this right?

    "I will use them to make the 13/14 garments that will make up this wardrobe."

    13/14 garments! I wish I had the patience to make that many garments around a theme! I guess that's one of the benefits of having a full fabric closet!

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  25. Wow--that's quite a plam and of course you will carry it out. I can barely plan one garment at a time!

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  26. Your idea for your new wardrobe sounds exciting! The colors and patterns are great. Good luck with your endeavor!

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  27. Your new wardrobe will be gorgeous!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  28. What a perfect capsule collection of fabrics. I can' wait to see how you put them all together. I guess that's the great thing about being such a fabric-addict! :-)

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  29. It will be a terrific collection--love the colors and the prints. Happy Thanksgiving

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  30. I could never figure all this out let alone put it together and make something nice. You got awesome talent.

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  31. I love your fabric choices! How coll that an outfit tumbled down together? Can't wait to see it all finished.

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  32. Those fabrics are fabulous together!

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  33. Ambitious plan! Love the combinations.

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