Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Just a little summer sewing left

I know that I've been quite quiet lately...probably because I've been immersing myself in all things Fall 2011.  I have a pile of fall fashion magazines by my bedside, as well as on my iPad and I'm trying to determine exactly what I want to sew for fall...

Which means that summer sewing is starting to falter...I have a few skirt ideas (as in 2) that I want to complete, the pea green linen dress is a shell that needs to be finished and I really want to make one of the Hot Patterns Fringe Festival Knit Top pattern that is a free download from I've already printed out and taped the pattern together so I just need to choose a piece of fabric. 

Otherwise, I'm really itching to sew fall especially since I'm not lacking in the clothing department for the early fall/transisitional period.  I've even decided to switch out the linens in my 6pac plan and use wool crepes instead...which means I have some thinking to do about the dress portion of my 6pac...

I've always liked the designer Dries Van Noten...his garments are a little edgy but I love his use of color, prints and silhouettes.  I can't often translate his designs to MY work life but the sheath dress which was featured in the September Elle's article on him had me mentally digging in my fabric collection to see if I could make it work appropriate...

Okay, let me take that back...I've already dug around in my fabric collection (mentally that is) and I have a couple of fabrics that I could use to make this work for me...because it's basically a sheath dress with a different take due to Van Noten's use of fabric, color, silhouette and print.

From what I've seen and read so far, I've developed a list of 4 or 5 garments that I want to sew and no I'm not gonna share them will just have to wait for them to come out of the development stage!  This list has in turn spawned another list for supplies and a couple of pieces of fabric that I will need to purchase on Saturday during the PR NYC Fabric Shopping Day.

I'm looking forward to spending time in the Garment District without a time limit on it.  Too often making a trip to the Garment District at lunchtime involves a lot of rushing...hopefully I can take my time and linger, fingering some beautiful fabric and imagining what I will do with various trims.

So other than the maxi-mized version of V1250, no sewing has been going on here...but hopefully there will be something soon! always, more later!


  1. Carolyn,

    I'm going through the same thing. I've been face down in September issues! I've saved Vogue for last! It's 100 degrees and all I can think of is Fall sewing!

  2. Oh Carolyn - I've been missing your posts as I check your blog daily since you're one of my favs! I, too, am reading and thinking about Fall sewing but it's over 100 degrees for 22 days in Houston (a record)! Guess I'll crank down the A/C and continue dreaming and fondle my gorgeous, rich Autumn fabrics. Keep us informed of your dreams.


  3. I've got Autumn on the brain too. Sadly, I'll miss the PR day in NY. I seem to have a knack for being out of the country when others are shopping in the garment district. I'm sure you'll come back from it full of ideas and inspiration, too. I can't wait to see what you've got cooked up for fall sewing.

  4. I too have the September issues of the fashion magazines, but I am fighting tooth and nail against the end of summer. Nooooooo! As I typed that I remembered the FM order for a bunch of wools I sent in this morning. I'll let them "age" in my stash for a month or so until I can pack away all the summer fabric I did not sew. And eagerly watch to see what you and other fall minded folks sew.

  5. Hi Carolyn,
    I just love your Rachael Dress. Did you wash the linen before you made your dress? I also bought some from Fabric Mart and wondered if I should wash it or have it drycleaned. Thanks for your comments.
    Sally B.

  6. Oh Carolyn, you're such a tease :-) I'll just have to be patient and see what you're dreaming up. Can I just say I'm so incredibly jealous about the PR shopping - I so want to make it to NY and shop with y'all! As far as fall goes, I've barely begun my summer sewing and now it's time to switch gears. We've already begun to experience a few fall-like days making it just a bit easier to really think about fall and winter sewing.

  7. I have never heard of Dries Van Noten, but I love that dress!

    I hear you. Fall is such a fertile time for me creatively. Too much I want to make! (Though I do plan a summer item or two since we often get our blast of summer in Sept/Oct.)

  8. I am sewing one more summer dress (on track to be completed by Saturday) and then I'm on to fall sewing, too. There are many things I'd like to make. And I'm aiming to make things from fabrics in my stash. That I will of course be adding to on Saturday. See you then!

  9. Carolyn I'm a silent participant reading your blog and it's great. I'm trying to get MY GROOVE BACK,(lol). I just got an IPAD2 and I would like to know what apps do you use for your sewing journey, what would you recommend? I'm planning to go back and read your older posts, to catch the WAVE(grin). Definitely keep GROOVING


  10. interesting! I look forward to seeing what you are dreaming up. I am in limbo. Maybe I should start looking at Fall and forget this summer business


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