Monday, September 1, 2014

Kicking Off: Fall Essentials Sew-Along 2014


Today's the day! One of my favourite days in my yearly sewing cycle: FESA Kick Off!

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.

FESA is open to all crafty types: sassy sewists, knifty knitters, and clever crocheters!  For those of you in the southern hemisphere, please feel free to sew your spring essentials.  You can make as many or as few items as you like.  Some participants create from each category and others from only one or two.

The sew-along runs from September 1 to November 30, 2014. I am so delighted to be co-hosting this year's FESA with Lisette of What Would Nancy Drew Wear! She's such a fun person (she's a costume designer IRL!) and sews amazing 70's style garments.

Edited to Add:
For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, please feel free to join in and sew your spring-inspired wardrobe staples!  Please take a moment to stop by the Subversive Reader's blog, who has wittily renamed the fall categories to something more warm weather friendly (i.e. Brief Bottoms for Boiling Weather! Ha ha!)

CATEGORIES
There are seven categories for fall/winter wear to give you lots of inspiration!  Feel free to find your inspiration from any era - vintage or modern - and create your ultimate list of fall essentials.

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.


Fabulous Frocks
Dresses of all styles; mini, midi, 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!


Tender Tootsies
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!


* * * * *

JOIN ME!
I hope you'll join me on another mad crafting adventure!  Copy the code below and paste the button on your blog or website. Please leave a comment so I can follow along with your progress!

Click here to join the FESA 2014 Flickr group.

84 comments:

docksjo said...

This will fun, I might have already started on a sweater, and the two knitted tops and…

Lisette said...

So I know this is annoying, but I'm switching back to WWNDW. You don't have to change the logo!
And YAY! My post will be up shortly :D

Sarah said...

Hooray!!

Sarah said...

No worries - you've got to blog from where you're happy :)

Sarah said...

No worries - you've got to blog from where you're happy :) Looking forward to hosting with you!!

Heather said...

Yikes! Fall sewing already, I am in denial about summer being over. Sounds like fun!

Sølvi said...

So happy for this, I can´t wait to see what everyone comes up with. :)

Liz Bullock said...

Hurrah!

I really must transfer my plans for this from scrappy bits of paper to a blog post!

Sarah said...

Yay! Looking forward to it!

Sarah said...

Me, too! I love your plan :)

Sarah said...

LOL! I know - it's boiling out there today!

Heather Bee said...

All the sewing catagories helped me finally organize my brain. Thank you!


I'm writing up a blog post now with plans. Hopefully if will be done this week.

ShanniLoves... said...

Just the kick in the pants I need!! Blog post with my plans coming soon!

Liz Bullock said...

I blogged about joining in :) http://lizmakesit.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/joining-in-sew-along.html

Sarah said...

So glad you're joining in!

Sarah said...

You're welcome! Ali of The Wardrobe, Reimagined and Alessa of Farbenfreude were the brain behind these categories! Glad you're aboard!

Sarah said...

Yippee! I love a good sewing plan! I get great satisfaction crossing items off the list! *geek alert*

Sarah said...

Ick, no kidding! Summer's last gasp, I think. I'm looking forward to cooler weather after this week!

Becky W said...

Winter coat plans means I'm definitely in! Also, can I count a cardigan (if I finish) that I started last August? :) It's taking forever, but it'll go with a ton of stuff!

STH said...

Count me in. I'll be working on stash-busting and learning how to fit pants.

Sarah said...

Hooray!

Sarah said...

Sure thing! Go for it!

Stephanie Bracelin said...

I just posted about my fall sewing list yesterday. I'm going to have to join in on this!

Sarah said...

Great list! I'm glad you're joining in!

EmSewCrazy said...

Yea! I'm so glad I found you! This was just the inspiration I've been needing! I'm in!

Juliette MIJEON said...

Well, you can count me in too! I have a few projects that might fit in several categories!

Sarah said...

Hooray!! FESA is so much fun!

Sarah said...

I'm so glad you've found me, too! Love your blog :)

SubversiveReader said...

I'm in - but on the Spring side of things :) I blogged here: http://subversivereadermakes.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/fall-spring-essentials-sew-along-2014/

Jo said...

Ooh yes! I have plenty of ideas to join in with - what fun! I'll email you re Pinterest and see if i can get a blog post up soon too!

Crafty Albumine said...

Count me in! I have already a lot of ideas... I just need to find the time (it's going to be tricky as I'm going to work full time again) But I'll try my best

Kat said...

I'm joining in, have set myself the ambitious target of making something from each category. You can see my plans herehttp://www.akraftykat.co.uk/autumn-sewing-plans-2/ can't wait to get started and follow everyone else's makes!

Sarah said...

A great idea to use FESA as an incentive to finish your UFOs! I like your plans :)

Sarah said...

Even if you end up making one item, it's still an achievement. :) Good luck returning to work!

Sarah said...

Wonderful! I actually had to change it from a Pinterest to a Flickr group. Flickr is more user-friendly.

Sarah said...

Wonderful! I love it when the Southern Hemisphere crafty people join in! Your renamed categories are fab and made me laugh out loud!

Kat said...

Thanks Sarah! I am looking forward to getting stuck in :)

Diane Osborn said...

Count me in....will try my best...need to get my sewing groove back on track

Rachel Lou said...

Right I'm in. I desperately need some cold weather clothes!

Linda L said...

I just learned about the FESA from reading Shanni Loves' blog and thought I would join the fun. I need some motivation for fall sewing.

Meigan said...

Count me in too!

My Blog is Get My Stitch On

Andie L. said...

I'm in. I had a fall sewing plan in a draft on my blog and am pleased it's totally in line with the categories. :D

Sarah said...

Hurrah! Welcome aboard!

Sarah said...

Your swimsuits are so cute! Welcome!

Sarah said...

Welcome! I'm so glad you've decided to join.

Sarah said...

Yay! Welcome!

Sarah said...

Do it! There are some amazing inspiring people participating in FESA this year.

Mrs. Smith said...

I'm in and JEALOUS that I can't knit right now. Booooo! But I will certainly sew along! I need a fall wardrobe!

Claire (iwanttobeaturtle) said...

I'm in too! I've been thinking about adding to and revamping my autumn wardrobe and this is the motivation I need. My blog is www.iwanttobeaturtle.com Plans coming soon!

Sarah said...

I love your blog name - pure genius! FESA is an inspiring time!

Sarah said...

Oh, no! I hate when I can't knit! Looking forward to your plans!

Kristin said...

I'll be joining in, too! I was already planning some knitting projects that will fit in with this nicely. And my garment sewing this year has been practically non-existent, so I really need to make some fall and winter clothes. :)
My blog: www.missvintagegirl.blogspot.com .

Kristin said...

By the way, would knitted cowls fit into the Baby, It's Cold Outside category?

Sarah said...

YES!! Absolutely!!

zilredloh said...

It's been quite some time since I've participated in a sew along, but I think I can manage it for this fall since I have such grand plans already! Count me in. :D

Sarah said...

Yippee!!! I'm so glad you've joined!

Lillian C said...

Joining!!

CraftedbyCarrie said...

I'm joining as well - Fall is my favorite! (I'm not quite as good at alliteration as you are :)
www.craftedcycarrie.com

Sarah said...

My husband is the King of Alliteration! He often inspires my posts :) Glad to have you on board!

Sarah said...

Wonderful! Don't forget to join the Flickr group to show off your makes! https://www.flickr.com/groups/fesa2014/

Dilly Osbahr said...

Hi, I'm a bit late, but I'm joining in too! I have more plans than I'm going to be able to fit in, but it will help kickstart my cooler weather sewing :)

Sarah said...

Not too late at all! Welcome!

Ronda Bowen said...

I'm going to be joining as well! :)

Sarah said...

Excellent! Welcome!

Jess said...

Can't deny what an awesome idea this is. I've been seeing it pop up all over the blogosphere and have decided I really must join. Yay for Fall and sewing!

Sarah said...

Hooray! Welcome!

Jeni said...

Ah, I'm in! I just picked up some super cozy flannel specifically for fall sewing, just waiting on the patterns to arrive in the mail. :D (Blogging at http://stitchesoftheuniverse.blogspot.com/)

Sarah said...

Hooray! Welcome aboard!

Jay Trevy said...

I'm in. I started today, follow my progress at http://jsbiggirllittleworld.com

Christine said...

I have finally finished something! I have pieces cut out for several projects now, but finding the time to sew is tricky right now.
Hourglasshaberdashery.wordpress.com

Fru Jansson said...

Found this some weeks ago but then. I forgot about it. But I'm in if possible! Joining today at http://popcornbyme.blogspot.se/

Karina Reid said...

Ohhh just joined this sewalong! This coincides fantastically with my wardrobe building challenge, can't wait to make fall appropriate clothes and accessories. I plan on devoting the whole month of November on pants because they are a must :)

Ronda Bowen said...

Thanks! Here's my plan...http://winingwife.com/2014/09/23/fall-essentials-sew-along-my-plan/

Sarah said...

Such gorgeous colours!

Ronda Bowen said...

Thanks :) I'm so super excited!

Isabel said...

I'm in, I have some items that fit the bill nearly finished and some new ones in the pipeline :)
Check out my progress on http://acraftyscientist.wordpress.com.

Sarah said...

I love your pants plan! Fall is my favourite season :)

Sarah said...

Of course it's possible! Welcome!

Sarah said...

Hooray for you! I know what you mean about finding the time to sew sometimes :)

Jay Trevy said...

http://jsbiggirllittleworld.blogspot.com/

Nilla said...

Hi! I finally got around to my fall sewing and my first fall make is on my blog today :) Thanks for hosting, this is such a fun idea!

http://purplepleats.blogspot.fi/2014/10/fear-fabric-challenge-scuba-leggings.html

Elizabeth said...

I hope I can be a late joiner! I made a majorly long list the other day of my cold weather sewing plans and I would love the company of sewing along with others! Thanks for hosting this!

Emily said...

I would like to join in on this. I am really late, but maybe I can squeeze in a dress or two before the end!

zilredloh said...

I joined then failed. :( Sorry dear.