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!
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.
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?