Sew-alongs are one of many things I enjoy as part of the online sewing community. The camaraderie is wonderful, the encouragement is fabulous, and the feeling that I can make anything I set my mind to is fantastic.
One of my very first sew-along experiences was participating in Ali's first Summer Essentials Sew-Along and it was simply wonderful! Distilling my projects into comprehensive categories made me feel super-organized and I ended up being at my most productive! I was very much looking forward to participating for the second year in a row when Ali asked me to co-host this year's sew-along with both herself and Alessa. I jumped at the chance and was again inspired and encouraged by all of the participants.
Wanting the camaraderie to carry into the fall and winter seasons, Ali, Alessa, and I cooked up the first Fall Essentials Sew-Along together!
ABOUT THE SEW-ALONG
Fall is often a very busy season for many of us, filled with activities that often have us running hither and yon. Making your items should be a form of relaxation; a time to slow down and enjoy the creative process.
The goal: Stock your wardrobe with quality pieces that you will wear again and again.
The benefit: A group of creative people who will encourage and inspire you, not to mention talk you off the ledge when you need it!
We have come up with seven categories of fall/winter wear. Feel free to add to them!
Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
Trousers, skirts, legwarmers and more! Anything that keeps your lower portion fashionably cozy fits perfectly here! The chilly weather necessitates the donning of bifurcated bottoms and sassy skirts!
Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
Blouses, tops, vests, cardigans, and sweaters! These wardrobe essentials can carry you from day to night, not to mention provide necessary layering to keep out the chill.
Dresses of all styles; mini, short, or long! Keep yourself warm in your modish designs, layering with tights and boots!
Underneath It All
When you're spending months covered from the neck down, a glamorous underpinning of your choice adds a secret, luxurious touch that chases the cold away!
Let's not forget your frosty feet! Socks, slippers and the like are the order of the day. Keep those tootsies warm and dry!
Those Cozy Nights
Is there anything better than snuggling up in a cozy pair of pajamas with a hot drink and a book whilst Jack Frost works his magic outside? I think not! Sleepwear of all types are the way to go here!
Baby It's Cold Outside
Coats, hats, and mittens donned to keep the cold at bay, especially when out enjoying the spectacular fall colours!
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I am tying this sew-along in with Colette Patterns' Fall Palette Challenge. I know I won't get everything done within the 8 week time frame, but I'm sure going to have a good time!
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We hope you'll join us as we create ourselves cozy! Copy the code below and paste the button on your blog or website. Please leave a comment so we can follow your progress!
Participants are listed in my menu bar under 'FESA.' If you don't see your name, please email me and I'll add you straight away. Join the Flickr group here.
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A note to those in the southern hemisphere, please feel free to join us and use the categories from the Summer Essentials Sew-Along to suit your wardrobe needs!