Happy Fall Equinox! If all goes well, right now, I’m having an epic bubble bath with my October magazines while the kids are off at their one-day-a-week-in-which-they-go-to-school-at-the-same-time because of cohorting!
After my gang-busters Summer sewing stint, I needed a long and well-deserved break. Still, I couldn’t stop dreaming of my next makes. So, I started sketching in the Sewing Journal I started this summer. [Did I tell you I started a sewing journal? Well I did…. And, as I’ve impressed upon you, previously, I am NO artist, so beware!] I also started building the most magnificent Fall 2020 stack of fabrics to work with from my local, Fabric Spark, Spool & Spindle in Waterloo, and Blackbird Fabrics online. Okay, I actually started building this stack over the summer, because, sales…
So here is my vision of a much slower fall sewing season of essential projects, as well as a “page two” of makes that are somewhere down the road.
Fall Sewing Plans: Must Sews [Page One]
- A Long-Sleeve Wiksten Shift Top in Merchant & Mills Harvest Pink Jacquard sourced from Fabric Spark. I’ve made this top a few times now, so it should be a pleasure.
- A self-drafted cozy scarf [with hand-pockets?] in the same fabrication.
- A medium-length Wiksten Jacket in Merchant & Mills Harvest Pink Jacquard and lined in Robert Kaufman London Calling Creamsicle, also sourced from Fabric Spark. This will be my third Wiksten Haori, so, again, it should be a comfortable make.
- The Sew-House-Seven Albert Street Pencil Skirt in mid-blue Repreve stretch denim from Spool & Spindle. Repreve is made from a blend of cotton and recycled poly. I was anxious the colour would be too “light” when I ordered it, but I am already IN LOVE with this denim. I’m excited to make thsi skirt, because pencil skirts are the BOMB, and this is a pattern especially for stretch fabrics. Also, I see this as a key wardrobe piece. The last time I had a denim pencil, it was a staple for YEARS. And I miss it!
- Blanca Flight Suit from Closetcase Patterns in Rust 7oz Linen from Blackbird Fabrics‘ summer sale, pockets lined with Alexia Abegg Warp & Weft Cayenne from Fabric Spark, with brass and rust centre and pocket zips from Wawak. I pee A LOT, so it will be interesting to see how I do in a jumpsuit :). I like the fact that this one has an easy front zipper.
- Another pair of Pauline Alice Romero Trousers in mid-blue Repreve stretch denim from Spool & Spindle, with buttons from Wawak, self-lined, or lined with any remnants from the archer top, below, or with Karen Lewis Wayside Railroad Black from Fabric Spark. These will also be a staple, or so I hope. [My previous sailor jeans were amazing. Unfortunatly, those RTW pants shrank strangely in the wash, such that one of the legs no longer fits.]
- The Sew-House-Seven Tea-House Dress in a black and white striped poly-viscose from the summer sale at Blackbird Fabrics. I see this as a “transitional” piece, and should probably start on this one first. It’s a really pretty design! It has pockets! And I hope to layer it in fall/winter over a turtleneck and thick tights.
- Grainline Studio Archer Button-up [pattern sourced from The Workroom] in Robert Kaufman London Calling Sweet Pea from Fabric Spark, with pearlized buttons from Wawak. This will likely be my slowest sew, as a basic shirt requires major precision. I might do it in sections over the course of a few weeks.
Fall Sewing Plans: The Final Stash Buster and the Possibilities [Page Two]
- Stash Buster: The cropped version of Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat [pattern on hand, sourced from the Workroom] with the last of my fabric stash: a brown velvet and green lining fabric I used to make Christmas stockings back in 2001. When I get there, it will be gorgeous! […as long as I don’t wear it in front of the fireplace, come December!]
- Most Likely: Vogue V9138, view B, vest in blue corduroy or velveteen. [I own the pattern, but not the fabric.] I am going for a Cate Blanchett in Oceans 8 look, here.
- Self-drafted long tie, in the same. [More Blanchett.]
- Vogue V9138 pants, but with an added tuxedo stripe of ribbon, satin, or self, in the same.
- Vogue V9138 or Closet Case Jasika Blazer [I also have this pattern], in the same fabrication, possibly with satin lapels and tuxedo stripe, as above.
- Possibilities: Sewhouse Seven Toaster Sweater in maroon or rust. [I already have the pattern!] This looks like the kind of top I would wear all fall and winter.
- Grainline Studio Cascade Duffle Coat [pattern already purchased from Spool & Spindle] in Black Wool without toggles, square patch pockets, and a special embroidered ribbon trim. [I’d like to make this to replicate a fave fall coat I never should have given away].
- Soft Plaid, Cord, or Velvet Papercut Palisade Pants [already have the pattern]. I love the criss-cross pocket on this design!
- Tiny inset “portrait” of a green-patterned Christine Haynes Emery Dress [pattern purchased this summer], though what I’m really looking at is this awesome Sparkling Ocean design from Melissa Lowry, available on Spoonflower . With shipping from the States so incredibly slow…it may be my first Spring project of 2021!
- Sweatshirt Version of my fave Delphine Morissette Tangerine Blouse in something dark, with stars, constellations, or evil eyes! I might extend the gathering further down the armscye on this sew.
- The shorter version of the Grainline Studio Cascade Duffle Coat in a loud red or maroon plaid wool, after an amazing fall Coat Bette Davis wore in Dark Victory. OMG!
- An evergreen sweatshirt version of the Named Inari Tee Dress, with long sleeves, perhaps resized as a tunic or a maxi.
- Sweatshirt Version: Wilder Top from Friday Pattern Co. in rust or maroon.
- Thick cotton, perhaps fleece-lined, narrow-ish neutral Closet Case Pietra Pants [already have the pattern].
- Evergreen flannel or double-cotton, perhaps plaid, long-sleeved Paper Thoery Zadie Jumpsuit. I made the wrap-top hack this summer and I love the fit.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the glorious Ruby Star Society Mask Panel I ordered from Spool & Spindle alongside a really great black and white Abstract Collage quilting cotton for more of the same.
So, yes, after a long hiatus from mask making [done for a hospital], and a brief foray in “pink” whilst teaching Bea to sew, masks once again happened here in the house. Though, I STILL can’t bring myself to talk about them much. And, believe you me, they will NEVER happen again….