I feel pretty good about what I sewed this summer. There was one dress I didn’t get to, but a few unplanned extras that I sewed. I’ll go over those at the end, but right now I want to talk about my fall sewing plans. Long post incoming…
I’m counting fall clothing as September through November. So these are items that are transitional to winter. For winter, I hope/ want to just work on either clothes for Jordan, colorful machine knitwear and one winter coat. I hope.
Inspiration: “Call My Agent” or “Dix Pour Cent”. It’s a French show airing on Netflix here in the US that I’m currently binging. It’s set at a talent agency in Paris and I guess it just makes me feel like I’m traveling a bit. I went to France one time as a child in middle school, so my memories are faint. When we were stationed in Germany, my mom would sign us up for these $90 bus trips to other European countries. I have stronger memories of not sleeping well on the bus that I do of the places we went. I used to complain as a kid about having to give up my weekends and spring breaks for these excursions. But, now I’m so grateful for the experiences! As for Paris, I recall actual chestnuts roasting over drums for sale, trying to read a map and getting my mom and I to the Eiffel Tower. I remember it was BITTERLY cold as we were there for New Year’s Eve.
So why is this inspiring me? After working on figuring out what I like and what looks good on me, I have to admit that high contrast black and white is a great combo. I’ve also bought so much black, gray and navy over the years to have “neutrals”, then never sewed them. “Call My Agent’s” cast mostly wears black, navy, white, grey with some camels. They rewear pieces that define the character and so much seems to mix and match. I figure “forcing” myself to work with some darker basics will give me a platform for wearing the brighter colors I’m drawn to.
Here’s what I hope to make:
L to R: Vogue cape in red melton wool, Burdstayle Shirtdress (black, gray, white plaid), StyleArc Phillipa Peplum, Cashmerette Montrose in black splatter (Might make tulip sleeves), Olive green trench coat, Jalie Renee Ponte pants (three colors), and a Burdastyle skirt (in same ponte as the Phillipa).
Ambitious, right? I don’t know that I will get to all of them, but I hope. What will help is that I’ve made all but two of these items before. I’ll need to trace different sizes, but there shouldn’t be any construction or fit surprises. I’m starting with the pants as they can be worn with almost everything. And I need them to mostly for working from home this fall into winter when it cools off.
Now, my summer recap.
Here’s a check in of what I completed
L to R: McCalls Aviary shirtdress, two Simplicity linen shift dresses, V-neck Cashmerette Springfield, Vogue skirt, two Burdastyle dolman striped tops, Burdastyle Olive green linen pants (not picutred), and a way too low cut Burdastyle red gathered tee shirt.
Overall I’m pretty happy with what I made this summer. Colors were all from the Bright, Cool, Deep palette. If they weren’t in my “red, white, and blue” personal palette, they coordinated with something else in my wardrobe or could work of my personal palette colors. I mostly went more casual clothing once I got my head out of the sand and could think about making clothes and not masks.