Wednesday, October 03, 2018

It's Fall Y'all

I borrowed that title from a Draper James ad - my new RTW obsession! See I've been thinking about what I want to sew for fall because it is getting chillier here. In the last couple of years, I've bought about 15 pairs of jeans and another 10 pairs of leggings in ponte, pleather and a thicker knit.  So my bottom situation is solved...and no I probably won't be making jeans this fall/winter.

However, I'm still fascinated with shirts and blouses so I know I will be adding more of them to my wardrobe. Especially since I love the process of making a shirt.


I've also become enamored of this Nancy Zieman shirt...


I can imagine some amazing new shirts made from scraps of other shirting fabrics (I'm accumulating a collection) or by manipulating stripes and prints to get some great new shirts for fall.

There are also a few toppers on my list.  I have three patterns pulled that I want to work with and will share more as they come up in the queue. I didn't make any cardigans last fall/winter and want to add a couple to my wardrobe. There's loads of sweater fabric in the collection and I want to use some of it this year.  Also, some of my cardis are starting to look old & worn so it will be time to move them out of the wardrobe. A cardi, a shirt and jeans was last winter's go-to look.

As far as I can tell, my fall/winter sewing will be all about the separates. I have a list (a short one for a change! LOL!) that I will be working from using TNT patterns and fabric to make the pieces interesting. I even want to use some dyeing and fabric manipulation techniques this year.

Fabric In/Out Totals ~
Well September started out being a good month. I used 12 yards of fabric to make 4 garments.  I gave away 56.25 yards of fabric so my total out for the month was 68.25 yards.

Then I got an email from Fabric Mart for Premium Members and fell down that rabbit hole - 9 yards of chambray tencil showed up. Work has been challenging this month (as well as that whole Supreme Court Justice circus) and another 12 yards showed up from StyleMaker Fabrics.

This leaves me with 68.25 yards out and 21 yards in with a YTD out total of 191.25. While this number seems high, I don't really feel like I'm winning here! *LOL* Gotta remember not to stress fabric shop though it's definitely better than stress eating!

Next up ~
I feel like I've figured out who I want to be for this final stage of my working life and my sewing can now reflect that. I will be sharing a couple of garments that were finished in September next on the blog.

BTW, tomorrow is the last day to leave a comment on the last post to win the $50 gift card from Fabric Mart. If you're interested in winning some free fabric, leave a comment!

...always more later!





17 comments:

  1. I would love to hear more how ‘who you want to be’ in this stage of your career is going to shape your style. I’m changing careers and thinking about that kind of thing myself.

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    1. Helen - I don't know what industry you're coming from but I left a very corporate background for a very casual work environment. So that's where my choices are springing from...though I have discussed this at length on the blog. I suggest you read back posts where I discuss this further.

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  2. I had not seen that Nancy Zieman pattern. Glad you posted that as I too like how that looks. I have not purchased many patterns this year and starting to find myself checking out new patterns on BMV.

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    1. Well you did have that big move this year followed by a hurricane so I can understand why alot of patterns weren't purchased! *smile* I think the Nancy Zieman will be a great layering top as well as an opportunity to use up some larger shirting scraps!

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  3. Carolyn, that Nancy Zieman pattern is nice! It's not my style but I do think it would fit my sister's style and I'm trying to do some unselfish sewing this fall and sew down the stash some more. With the Joann's sale coming up I will certainly look for this on. Thanks for the nudge,
    Theresa in Tucson

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  4. So glad you were able to share more fabric so that when you fell in love with more fabric, there was room to store. Would love to see what you got from Stylemakers as I have been following her fall blog tour and loving what people are making with her fall fabrics. Getting those wonderful fabric packages in the mail does lift the spirits!!

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    1. There's a pic of it here on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoX_kkRB_MD/?taken-by=diaryofasewingfanatic

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    2. Wow! Love that floral and large black and white check that are next to each other and look amazing together. Those fabrics will be so much fun to play with. You are getting more and more creative with your shirts. Love It!!

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  5. Fall is my favorite!!
    I saw that Ziemann pattern somewhere else and screenshot it. Definitely getting that one.

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    1. I have 2 in mind and one involves the grey/pink stripe shirting we both bought after Sew Camp.

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  6. Somehow I managed to miss the Ziemann pattern. It is very intriguing and there are sooooo many possibilities with it. Oddly, there is a total lack of pictures of from people who have sewn it up! I shall up my current stalking levels of your blog and instagram to see how yours turns out!

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    1. I think there are very few pics and reviews because that pattern was just released. There is one on patternreview that is really interesting.

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    2. Oh my yes! I really like her alterations to the design. I'll definitely be incorporating her back pleat variation. That is a much better design element than buttons down the back, I think.

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  7. I have discovered that I like the shirt making process as well! I look forward to seeing all of your toppers! You have nice Fall plans, and I think you are doing well with your fabric in/out totals. Maybe not where you wanted to be, but it seems like you have made some progress.

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  8. Carolyn, I look forward to reading your post on your "final stages" of work life.

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  9. I am blown away with how many yards of fabric you are managing!!! I love the white shirt with black leggings- so chic. Looking forward to following your new projects

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