Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Planning for FESA 2014


Hooray! It's FESA time! This really is my favourite time of the year and FESA is one of my very favourite sew-alongs.  I have been tossing plans around for several weeks now and I think I have it all narrowed down.  You all know how I love a good plan!


This year, I am not going to create from every category.  In years past, my ambitions far exceeded reality and I consequently got quite down on myself for not being able to meet my rather unrealistic expectations.  This year I am determined to be smarter and kinder to myself.  I am not planning a knitting project either as I am afraid of reinjuring my shoulder if I jump back in too quickly.




Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather 
My denim Meringue skirt is the single most worn skirt in my handmade wardrobe.  I plan to make one from charcoal grey twill with a bit of a twist.  When I was planning for FESA, I got thinking about wardrobe staples of the past, particularly a khaki skirt with a ruffled hem that I bought from Old Navy more than 10 years ago.  I literally wore it until lit fell apart!  For this Meringue, I'm going to make sure to add a ruffled hem rather than the scallops.


I am also thinking about adding a pair of dark charcoal cigarette trousers to my wardrobe.  I did purchase two pairs of Heyday trousers last year and wore them frequently during last year's bitterly cold winter.  Butterick 2507 is a 1960's pattern that I've used successfully before.



Chic Chemises for Cool Climates 
White blouses are a staple in my wardrobe.  I wear them no matter the season.  For fall and winter, particularly, I wear them under dresses and knitted vests.  This year, I need to sew up quite a few and I have some absolutely delectable fabrics in which to do so.  I am planning on using a very reliable and must sewn pattern to make these: McCall's 5451 without the waist gathers.


Sorbetto is my go-to blouse pattern - I simply add sleeves - and these two fabrics below will be made up with 3/4 sleeves. They'll go nicely with all of my skirts and trousers, not to mention layered under solid dresses.


The Renfrew top is a huge staple for me.  I have made many versions, most for cooler weather, and they are worn a lot.  I plan on making long sleeved Renfrews from these pretty polka dots knits, as polka dots are a neutral in my wardrobe.  I have already made 2 versions of the Lane Raglan and, unfortunately, no matter how carefully I pinned and how slowly I sewed, the neckline on both are unfixably wobbly.  So disappointing!




Fabulous Frocks
Last year, during our freezing winter, the dress I wore most was the Lady Skater.  It was easy to wear, easy to wash and dry, and was warm!  I want to make more of them this year.  The red ponte knit will be a 3/4 sleeve version as it's quite toasty, and the red star and charcoal will be long sleeved as they are more t-shirt weight.  Cozy and fashionable!


I need to finish my Winter Washi dress and I would love to make a cozy version from this beautiful quatrefoil fabric.  I am just stuck on whether I should make a Laurel or a Lisette Diplomat dress.  I think View B  of the Diplomat dress would look great with contrast piping on the front seam.


Frosting!
With the 'cake' portion well taken care of, I do have a couple of frosting pieces I'd like to add to my wardobe.  Dress C from the Sweet Dress Book has fast become a favourite.  I have made two versions in the short time I've had the book and I would love to make a version in jersey.  I have a fuschia solid knit that I love and would look great with my collection of madly coloured tights.  Check out Louise's jersey version of this dress - I love it!



The second frosting piece I'd love to make is Dress R from the Stylish Dress Book #2. I have seen this done beautifully and it was this version, in particular, that I really loved.  It's so simple but so beautiful.  I have some midnight blue linen earmarked for this.  Layering with a slip, tights, and a cardigan, will make this dress an all-season piece for me.  I love, love to layer to stretch my wardrobe!


So, there's my plan.  I may not get everything done, heck, I may not even get half of it done, but I will remind myself to celebrate the pieces I do complete.

Are you creating along with us?
What are your plans? 

24 comments:

Andrea Gideon said...

I seem to have unwittingly joined this sewalong. I've been hitting the fabric sales and now have a grey and pink palette, as well as having just finished a grey sweater with a pale pink collar. There was no planning involved, so I'll have to see what's what.

Sarah said...

Welcome aboard! What a lovely colour palette :)

Liz Bullock said...

Dress C is gorgeous!

misscrayolacreepy said...

Oooh a ruffle on Meringue will be so cute!

Sarah said...

Thank you!!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much! I do love that dress :)

Heather said...

Wow - your plans sound greatI I can't wait to see all your lovely makes. Those cigarette pants look awesome!

Becky W said...

Looks like you've got some great plans! As someone who is also overly ambitious on what I think I can accomplish in a season, I hope you have time to get to them all. :)

SeamsOddLouise.Blogspot.com said...

What great plans, the cigarette pants do indeed sound fabulous. I'm joining in. I have already cut out a 'Coco' in a fake jumper knit fabric. I think it will be snuggly! Thank you for the shout out too. x

Sarah said...

Hooray! Welcome aboard!

Sarah said...

I'm of the mind that I'll celebrate what I do finish and (try) not freak out about the ones I don't. This coming from a perfectionist.....LOL!

Sarah said...

Thank you!! I am more excited about the cigarette pants now. I just snapped a pair of wine red mid calf lace up boots from Target. They'll look great with the pants, methinks!

EmSewCrazy said...

Ooh just found you through the sew along and just wrote up my plans! This was just the motivation I needed to get sewing again!

Sarah said...

I'm loving your list! I'm glad to see that I'm not the only list loving person :)

erin said...

Love your plan - it looks very doable! Like you I often have highly ambitious plans but I tend to look at it more like a guideline of what I want/need. Then I pick & choose what inspires me most & leave the leftovers for "next fall/winter." I find it keeps sewing more fun & less of a chore since if I didn't enjoy making some it's very doubtful I'll wear it much. Plus by delaying I've come up with some more interesting pattern/fabric combos than originally planned!

Juliette MIJEON said...

Here's what I hope I'll be able to make : a Moneta by Colette Patterns, an Aiken sweater by Andi Satterlund and a Chataigne skirt (based on Deer and Doe's Chataigne shorts). More about this on my blog!

Juliette MIJEON said...

@Sarah : do you plan on creating a new Flickr group for this year's FESA, or should we still use last year's ?

Sarah said...

Exactly! Sewing should be fun otherwise why do it? I find I don't wear garments I didn't enjoy making, too.

Sarah said...

Ooh, lovely!!

Sarah said...

I have forgotten my password! In the process of retrieving it and then I'll make a new Flickr group for this year. The Pinterest idea isn't working out quite as well as I had hoped!

Sarah said...

Hurrah! Could you link to the post? I'm so curious to see what you're planning :)

Amanda said...

Oh yes, forgot that one! :) And I was able to get into Flickr - victory! http://sewinintherain.com/2014/09/10/fall-essentials-sew-along-2014/

Sarah said...

Eeep! I love it!

tors (girl, meets wolf) said...

Oh, those dresses are so pretty! I can't wait to see your versions, shall look forward to the finished items, they all sound fab