Saturday, September 12, 2015

Plans for FESA 2015


Hooray! Today marks the first day of #FESA2015!  I have been itching to sew some new cool weather staples and I've had a hard time not touching this particular project pile until the official start date. I won't be creating from every category but will focus on key pieces that I need.

Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
I love pink!  It plays a huge part in my wardrobe and is such a mood booster for me.  One thing I don't have is a pink circle skirt for cool weather.  I want to make one from blush pink jersey and add pockets because who doesn't love pockets?




I was all set to make a cool weather pair of Vogue 2128 when Colette Patterns' Seamwork magazine hit it out of the park (again)!  May I present Moji?  These may seriously be the answer to my look-nice-for-work-but-still-feel-comfortable pants dilemma.



I have some nice dark blue denim set aside for these.  If all goes well, and I'm sure it will, I would like to make a second pair in charcoal twill.  Perfection!


Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
I love ballerina style, especially their off stage look with comfortable separates in pretty colours. One of the staples in a ballerina's wardrobe is the wrap sweater.  I want to make both a blush pink and ivory version using vintage Simplicity 6020, omitting the collar.



I have several nice Dolores and Renfew tops that I made last fall so I haven't planned on making any additional tops for FESA.  One of the really great things about sewing within a colour palette is that everything goes with absolutely everything else!

Fabulous Frocks
There are two dresses that I want to sew for FESA.  The first one is a lovely version of the Lola dress that I saw on This Blog is Not for You.  I had liked the Lola dress but had never been moved to sew my own until this version.  The deep navy is one of my favourite colours and the fabric choice makes it dressy enough for work.  I've chosen snuggly sweatshirt fleece for my version.


The second dress I would like to make will be inspired by this J. Crew silk chiffon dress.  Silk chiffon is gorgeous to wear but I would end up bald if I tried to sew with it! In an effort to keep both my hair and my sanity, I am going to use a very pretty dove grey poly knit I found at Fabricland.  Normally, I would stick quite close to my inspiration and use New Look 6301, View B; however, I have had problems getting the bodice fit right and will be using Colette Moneta instead. 




So, that's my plan.  Nice and simple pieces that I will wear again and again in the upcoming cold months.


What are you planning to make? 
Please link to your blog post (if you can) as I'd love to read your plans.

21 comments:

Sarah Sparkles said...

These look like great plans. I love those Moji pants too! Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

Sarah Sparkles said...

Ooh fun! I need to get back to blogging and I want to join this again!
I had to tell you that your temptation with the Kaffe Fassett prints has finally been completed! I bought one of his prints in a big black friday sale and today I finished the CUTEST dress with it! I love it so so much. Thanks for introducing me to such fun stuff!

Sarah Sparkles said...

Great choices! The ballerina top looks like it'll pair well with the skirt, too.

Sarah Sparkles said...

I'm thinking of trying a pair in ponte, too.

Sarah Sparkles said...

You're welcome! My red Millefiore dress is one of my favourites :)

Sarah Sparkles said...

Thank you! I'm trying to work with a mini-capsule wardrobe concept. :)

Sarah Sparkles said...

These are going to be fabulous additions to your wardrobe. Can't wait to see them, especially that ballerina sweater. I've got way too many things planned, and I cheated a little and started sewing my wedding dress on Thursday and one of the skirts Friday night, but I'm on track and have 2 1/2 things done. I hope I don't run out of steam after the wedding. Or before! http://aem-physicsgirl.blogspot.ca/2015/09/essentially-fall-so-what-are-you-doing.html

Sarah Sparkles said...

That ballerina sweater and the grey chiffon dress are amazing. I can't wait to see your take on the grey dress. The fabric choice sounds lovely. Also, I need more pink in my life! :)

Sarah Sparkles said...

I am so impressed that you're sewing your own wedding dress. Sewing Goddess!

Sarah Sparkles said...

Moar PINK! LOL! Pink is definitely my favourite colour. I'm undecided between a proper wrap bodice - fitting issues to be sorted - or the Colette Moneta. Probably I'll go with the wrap bodice. It is a pretty dress and needs to be made properly. I bought the grey jersey at our meet-up!

Sarah Sparkles said...

They have a great selection on sale now!

Sarah Sparkles said...

Nice! I can't even remember what I bought that time. ;) I need to take a trip to Fabricland for more knit material. I didn't realize that they had a nice selection until Gillian started tossing a bunch of stuff at me! :D Pink is my favourite colour and it's a huge gap in my wardrobe! It's a neutral, after all!

And you definitely need to make it into a wrap bodice. It's such a gorgeous style. :)

Sarah Sparkles said...

I LOVE IT! This plan is fabulous, and that pink skirt is a DREAM!!!

Sarah Sparkles said...

Thank you! It's like ballerina streetwear, right?! How was Paris!?!

Sarah Sparkles said...

I love the grey dress, so pretty!

I finally got my plans up on my blog, now I just need to get cracking with the sewing part :)

http://sewmuchmorethanthat.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/fall-essentials-sew-along-fesa.html

Sarah Sparkles said...

Oh, thank you! I think I'll be able to come up with a reasonable copy using New Look 6301 with slight mods.

You have a great plan! I am impressed with sewing your own jeans - it terrifies me! And yes, a hot water bottle definitely DOES count!

Sarah Sparkles said...

Love your plans, especially the grey dress and pink skirt!

Here are mine, not sure i'll manage to get it all done by the deadline, or even by the end of the year...but at least i'll give it a try!


Oh and is there going to be a FlickR group?

http://cuisinecoutureandrocknroll.blogspot.fr/2015/09/fallwinter-and-fesa-sewing-and-knitting.html

Sarah Sparkles said...

That grey dress is gorgeous and I love the sound of a blush pink circle skirt. My next sewing project is going to (hopefully!) be a pair of bright pink jumbo cord Turia dungaree shorts. I'm pretty excited about it!

Sarah Sparkles said...

Oh, your next sewing project sounds divine! I'm really focusing on comfortable and joint friendly makes. I have several extra pounds due to Prednisone! LOL!

Sarah Sparkles said...

That's a great list! I especially like the idea of an Aiken dress.

Sarah Sparkles said...

finally got around to blogging my plans - now i just have to make it happen! http://somanypatternssewlittletime.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/its-been-while.html

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