Well all of the September issues have landed either in my mailbox or on my iPad - yes, I've gone back to getting some of those issues on my iPad because the amount of paper can be mind boggling! Sorry to put some of you magazine peeps out of jobs...but it is what it is!
Anyway, People's Stylewatch September 2014 issue, says that these are the Must-Have's for Fall...
1. Plaid - everything
I have several pieces of plaid wools that I bought last year or had in the fabric collection and I want to use them to make a couple of plaid items this year ~ so check, check on this one!
2. Chunky Knits
While this is "new" to the list this year, chunky knits are classics to me. I already own a few of these, so won't be adding any more.
3. Bold Colors
I always like to add color to my winter wardrobe - it helps with the dreary blues that occur in Jan/Feb/March when winter sets in with a vengence.
4. Cutout Heels
I'm passing on this one because it doesn't fit with my lifestyle.
5. Dark Florals
I have some fall florals but I'm actually on the fence about this trend...I may make something or I may not!
6. Robe Coats
I just bought Butterick 6107. I have a pretty purple wool that's already backed with interfacing which I bought from Mood Fabrics in November 2013. I thought of the fabric when I bought the pattern, maybe this will be the year that I use it.
7. Lug Sole Boats
Again, a trend I will pass on.
8. Boxy Bags
These are really cute handbags but not something I really need or would use in my everyday life. I cart way to much stuff daily to me these look like car bags and not commuting bags.
9. Shift Dresses
Okay really, I sew them, own them and will continue to wear them.
10. Statement Earrings
Again another trend I will pass on.
However, I do want to add a few things...
Color and Fabrications ~
I want another garment or two using the color ~ emerald green. I have a wool and a silk blend print in the collection that I'd like to use. This winter I also want to sew some of the gray fabric I've accumulated since gray is another hot color for fall and it actually works in my professional life. Pinstripes, pinstripes and more pinstripes ~ yes there are loads of them in the fabric collection and I'd like to sew a couple of them.
This category makes my list every fall winter...but last year I made a tunic and pants combination as a pantsuit. Since then I've seen loads of them on Pinterest, magazines and in catalogs. I definitely want to make a couple more.
Slimmer Leg Pants ~
I don't like skin tight pants probably because I have bodacious thighs...but I would like to sew a couple pairs of slimmer legged pants...as well as a pair of ponte pants.
Faux Leather ~
There is still alot of faux and real leather in garments for fall/winter, so I will be making a few more pieces with faux leather in them. This particular dress from Lafayette 148 is calling my name...
As you can tell I'm looking forward to fall/winter sewing and have already started to assemble a list of things I want to sew. Okay honestly, I'm not looking forward to winter especially since for our area they are predicting even more snow for this winter versus last winter...but I so love sewing wool fabrics!
This weekend I'm working on my #fatquarterchallenge dress. I can tell you that I went ahead and took advantage of the loopholes provided when we reignited the challenge. My goal is to get a dress that I can wear to work using all of the fat quarters...however, unless I make a woven top, these little pieces of fabric aren't big enough to go around my bodacious body.
I really wanted to adher to the spirit of the challenge which was to make a wearable garment...so I'm using pieces of ALL of the fat quarters in my dress. I've got a name for my dress based upon what my boss called it when she saw the pic of my fat quarters on Instagram. I will reveal the dress' name and the actual dress this Friday.
Finally, I do have a couple of posts to share with you this week before the #fatquarterchallenge reveal. I didn't plan to not post last week but I was extremely busy and I just never got around to it. I do have a little more to say this week and since the Labor Day Holiday Weekend (here in the US) is coming up next weekend...my plans are to spend it in my sewing cave...especially since my annual September sewcation isn't happening this year.
...as always more later!