Oh, what a marvellous sew-along FESA has been! I have so (or should I say, sew?) enjoyed seeing everyone's creations in the Flickr group. Fantastic! It is such a pleasure and an honour to be in such creative company.
With the appearance of snow, as well as full-on production of Christmas gifts, I'm feeling the waning of fall and the welcome of winter. As such, I have decided to wrap up my fall crafting earlier than I had planned. Taking a leaf from Solvi's book, this is what my original mood board looked like:
(image sources listed here)
I found the images, fabrics, and colours quite inspiring and amasses a list that included multiple pairs of trousers, skirts, dresses, and tops, as well as knit items. Needless to say, this ended up being terribly overwhelming and often left me at a loss at where to begin. However, it did provide a valuable lesson in achievable sewing goals. Wish list sewing, such as the list I made for FESA, belong in my Pinterest boards. [So noted for future challenges.]
Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
This category was less than successful for me. I did not make one single skirt and would have failed miserably regarding trousers were it not for a pair I made today. I used Butterick 4552, again deviating from my carefully laid plans, from some glorious dark denim with a slight stretch. I bought three metres of this for $5/metre and still have plenty left over.
Butterick 4552 may be my second favourite trousers pattern ever! Butterick 7762 is always number one for me, but this little devil of a pattern - which I bought for $0.50 - is brilliant. Easy as pie and comfortable as heck!
Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
My Spanish Harlem Tunic is another item that is on frequent rotation in my wardrobe. I love to wear it with leggings and boots now that the weather is cooler. I love the tattoo fabric and the pairing of red and teal - one of my favourites!
A few days ago, I finished Colette Patterns' Jasmine in a beautiful white cotton blend fabric. Heavenly! Wearing it makes me feel elegantly French, for some reason. :) I do have plans for another flannel version of Butterick 7762, as I wear this one all the time. This will have to wait after the holiday crafting madness subsides
I was quite successful in making several dresses for this sew-along; even one surprise dress! My knit Macaron was a happy accident and a terrific bargain. I refashioned a knit top I made in March and used some lovely green knit I snapped up for $5/metre. Of all the items I made, this one gets the most wear by far.
I made three versions of Simplicity 3673 all told and it's the one below and my teal knit one that get the most wear. For some reason or another, the red corduroy version is barely worn. I do have plans to refashion it into a high-waist pencil skirt as really like those lovely darts.
My third version, complete with a hot pink twill bolero from Butterick 8939 was made for my friend's wedding in October. I have neglected to make the time for a full outfit shoot, but here's a snapshot of me and my dear friend Vanity Boom at said wedding:
On the empire waistline of the dress and the collar and cuffs of the bolero, I used scraps of hot pink dupioni silk as accents. I even made covered buttons for the jacket. I'm a bit proud to say that my outfit and accessories are all handmade. :)
Those Cozy Nights
I have some ridiculously cute cupcake flannel to make myself some pyjamas, but I haven't yet been able to sit down and do so. Luckily for me, Mr. Friday always gets me a delectably warm and cozy pair for Christmas each year. Yippee!
Baby It's Cold Outside
I am making great progress with my knitting. So far, I have made several items as gifts and I have started working on my Blush Vest.
Victoria's beautiful fingerless gloves she made me were the inspiration for this entire fall sewing plan. I am delighted to say that I was able to purchase more of the same yarn and am using that to make the vest. I am head-over-heels for Sirdar Crofter DK yarn. The self-Fair Isle effect is so pretty! I managed to pick up a few skeins of Heathery to make myself some socks.
Knitting my hat involved a bit of trial and error. I did want a more of a beret/tam style as I feel a beanie makes me look suspiciously like a matchstick. After much searching about on Ravelry, I have cast on this hat in beautiful turquoise cotton:
I want thank my fabulous co-hostesses, Ali and Alessa, for being inspiring, amazing, and so incredibly supportive! Without you two, this sew-along would never have gotten off the ground. Thank you!