Autumn is my 2nd favourite season after Spring – I love all the leaf colours, being snuggled up at home with Bud (my 2 year old Golden Labrador) on the sofa, enjoying a glass of vino rosso in front of the fire, walking through our local woods and being able to cover my legs up in woolly tights or jeans (my go-to wardrobe!).
I made a decision this week, that I really need to spend less time on my website, and more on actually doing some dressmaking, getting my Autumn/Winter wardrobe sorted, and getting all my Christmas Workshop ideas down on paper and online.
I try to be organised with my makes, but I often see a beautiful fabric and just can’t wait to make it and then other duties overtake that: workshops & classes, learning new skills to teach, responding to customers and dealing with venue bookings…not to mention 3 – 4 walks with Bud each day. I literally have almost NO free time for myself or my makes.
Things are gonna’ change!
My plan this month is to make 4 garments to start off my collection: Ginger Stretch Jeans by Closet Case Patterns, Anderson Blouse by Sew Over It, Etta Dress by Tilly & The Buttons and my own pattern design for a drapey blouse (links below).
Ginger Jeans Pattern: my first attempt at making my own jeans but a very highly rated pattern among dressmakers. This is an intermediate sew, so not ideal for complete beginners. And, I desperately need some new jeans…a “best” pair and some others for Bud walking.
Anderson Blouse: I don’t really wear blouses much now that I don’t work in a corporate role. This one from Lisa Comfort of Sew Over It looks fab on her. I have found a lovely Dragonfly crepe fabric which I am thinking of using for this one. This particular blouse is inspired by the sexy and drapey blouses that Gillian Anderson wore in the TV series “The Fall”.
Etta Dress: this is really a project I should have finished in the Summer but house decorating took precedence. I bought some of the lovely Lemons fabric off Etsy and was desperate for it to arrive – I just didn’t have a pattern. I had considered the Etta pattern for the dress when I originally fell in love with the fabric, but I don’t usually like copying a sewing project in the exact fabric shown online with the pattern. But this lemons fabric is just too lovely!
So I am going to plan to make one garment a week alongside everything else I am doing – this will require some planning and staying on schedule – making and committing time to getting these finished.
I will post tutorials on each and pattern reviews as I finish them.
Fiona & Bud