Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Top Ten Things for Fall - Part 1

I am not going to give a long introduction for my Top Ten cause you know the backstory...lots of September issues of magazines...lotsa dreaming and I have a top ten list!

1. Prada Inspired Skirt
We've discussed this so there's no need to say any more especially since I have my fabric and my pattern...I just need to make it.

2. A Great Dress
I love Michael Kors' designs...they are classy and elegant...feminine and flirty and all designed to make you feel like a woman. So I want to make one great fall dress inspired by this one:

Using one of my new vintage patterns - McCalls 5821 for a little more corporate version and this wool blend challis from Fabric Mart:

With these ingredients, I think I can come up with my own "inspired by" version!

3. A little plaid
Plaids are everywhere this all variations...Dolce & Gabbana (I always think of that scene in the movie, "The Devil Wears Prada" where Anne says, "Can you spell Gabbana?") did an entire collection from the plaids! This glen plaid look from 1965 is calling my name something fierce - and I know I have a glen plaid in the fabric closet that will make this...and yes, I know it's not the funky, fierce pieces that D&G are showing but it is an interpretation that will work in my corporate world.

4. A little argyle
When I was snoop shopping at JCrew, I fell in love with this sweater vest...

I will be able to duplicate it using this knit from

I am also thinking a cardy from the same fabric but like this JCrew one:

And don't worry these pieces won't be worn together! *LOL*

5. A great suit

I always need a suit...but these two have really set my mind awhirling! First this one from Barrie Pace:

And one that's a little more fashion forward from Vera Wang's Lavendar Label:

I even have an olivey green tweedy fabric from Fabric Mart

that will really work for this look...and of course I have a pattern from my giganormous pattern collection:

OOP Vogue 7361

It is shown in the photograph as a top but it won't be hard to change it into a jacket!

Tomorrow I will share my top 6 through 10 items...this is getting a little long...and picture heavy!


  1. What a great plan Carolyn! I truly love that argyle.

  2. Not too long - perfect! I love it all :) Can't wait to see your take on everything. g

  3. Wow, I love all of your choices. Can't wait to see them made up!

  4. You know, I adore looking at fashion magazines but somehow am too lazy, or unimaginative, or something to take it to the next level and think about what trends inspiration can work for real people in real life. So I loved reading your take on this, everything looks fabulous!

  5. I'm loving everything that Michael Kors is putting out. That floral fabric he is using is to die for!

  6. I love the way you look at current and vintage fashions and then interpret those fashion into something that works for you. Reading your blog inspires me. If only I could find more time to achieve all my sewing plans in a timely manner. Oh welllllllll

  7. Great plan.
    Are you going to list the top ten plan on the sidebar and then check them off as they get made this season?'

  8. Great Top Ten and totally in love with the argyle fabric.

  9. Great plan! So far #2 is my favorite. Can't wait to see the rest.

  10. I love your choices. The Michael Kors fall collection is TDF. I need that dress.

  11. Wow! That's outstanding. I can't wait to see the rest.

  12. Dang it, Carolyn, I want that OOP Vogue pattern (7361)! Love your picks.

  13. These are nice choices. Pink suit #5 reminds me of the grey you recently made.

  14. Love your taste on these, all of them are gorgeous! I especially love those two suits--wearable but interesting.

  15. Great ideas - I like all of these concepts and I like the way you've changed the color palette to work for you (which is what I'd do, too!). How cool is it that you can go to your collections and pull out fabrics and patterns that go with your ideas?

  16. Love the OOP Vogue! I'm going to have to keep my eye out for that one!

  17. Carolyn, love your ideas! What is truly interesting is that I have that Vogue pattern with neck tie and pulled it out a couple of days ago because I saw this same look. I almost bought the same fabric you are considering to use. I have another fabric in mind for the suit. Now on to read your Part 2.

  18. WOW, Carolyn... I am in complete awe...

  19. I'm so jealous! I love fall/winter sewing, but winter only last for a couple of minutes here where I live.

  20. OK, that hot pink suit totally sings to me....the color..the style..the everything. I love the collar on the purple suit. I'm not a huge fan of plaid or argyle but I did buy a plaid jacket just yesterday. I do have a very pretty piece of blue plaid Pendleton wool from the 50's or 60's my aunt gave me many years ago that could become wonder where it is......
    You are spot on with your choices for Fall.

  21. Love this Michael Kors dress! Had to pin it:) btw: wondering if you'd like to follow each other? I followed you since I liked your blog. Feel free to pass by my blog & check it out! :)



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