One day, when I’m a proper grown up, I will own a wardrobe big enough to fit all of my clothes in. Until then, twice a year – in spring and autumn- I will continue to conduct the big switch. This is when I cart all of the parting season’s garments to my mum and dad’s house and return with everything I need for the months ahead. To be honest, I quite like it. Being reunited with clothes I haven’t seen in six months is like having a whole new wardrobe without having to splashing the cash.
In fact, I love the changing seasons, especially when it comes to clothes and sewing. It’s a chance to work with new materials and embrace different colours and patterns. There are so many things I want to make over the next six months so this weekend I decided to come up with a list to try and add a little structure to my sewing.
As always, I started by looking through my pattern and fabric stashes to see what I already have. I then thought about the gaps in my wardrobe and special occasions I have coming up that may require new outfits. There is quite a lot going on in November, including a visit to Edinburgh with some friends and a trip to the knitting and stitching show in Harrogate with my mum. I hope to wear self-made outfits during the former and buy lots of fabric at the latter. I also have a couple of gifts I would like to make and some accessories too.
Below is a list of what I would love to make this autumn and winter. I’m sure I won’t achieve everything and I will probably make stuff that isn’t on the list too but it’s a starting point.
Vintage Simplicity 7978
I’ve been meaning to make this lovely shirt dress all summer and just haven’t had time. Last week, however, I finally cut out the pattern and have even started to make a toile out of an old duvet cover. I really want to achieve a good fit with this one as I love the design and would like to make lots of versions. I plan to use the beautiful floral cotton pictured as I think it will look lovely with black tights, boots and a red cardigan. Hopefully, I will finish it in time for Edinburgh.
Kwik Sew K3553 Pyjamas
It’s my mum’s birthday on October 31 and I would like to make her these pyjamas in a lovely soft cotton lawn. I’m safe to put this on here as my mum doesn’t tend to read my blog. She usually has no need to as we are always talking about sewing and knitting!
Self-drafted Wool Skirt
I bought this beautiful red wool and mocha satin lining from Sew Cafe in Durham. It was part of a vintage job lot and I paid just £2 for both! I drafted and made the simple a-line skirt above last month and would like to make a lined version in the red wool. This is another make I have in mind for Edinburgh.
Hacked Eliza M Vintage Circle Skirt
I adore Circle skirts and have been desperate to have a button front one in black corduroy ever since I saw Miss Victory Violet wearing one a few months ago. I plan to create it by altering this Eliza M pattern.
Tilly and the Buttons Rosa Dress
I fell in love with this pattern when I saw the beautiful emerald green version by the Crafty Pinup. I would also like to make a needlecord dress, perhaps in red or a rich teal.
Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top and Dress
I made my first Coco a few weeks ago and I love it so much I’m already planning new versions. I would like to make another top out of this pretty coral jersey and I also hope to make at least one dress this winter. You can read about my first Coco top here.
Simplicity K8055 Coat
I bought a large piece of dusky pink wool mix fabric last year with a view to making a coat but I’ve never felt confident enough. This winter, however, I plan to bite the bullet and give it a go. This pattern by Simplicity looks fairly simple (famous last words) and I hope it will give me the confidence to try more complex coats in the future. It also has a 1960s look to it, which really appeals to me.
Burda 6914 Dress
As you may have guessed, I’m drawn to the fashions of the 1950s and 1960s. I think the high neckline and tulip shape of this dress give it a stylish 1960s vibe, especially combined with the model’s hairdo. I bought a pretty black and white viscose for this pattern ages ago but I’m now considering this slightly heavier green crepe. What do you think?
Vintage McCalls Peplum Top
This is part of my Vintage Pledge, which I’ve not made much progress on so far to be honest. I would like to use the bodice parts of this pattern to create a Peplum top, hopefully with three-quarter length sleeves and a Peter Pan collar. I plan to reuse fabric from a charity shop dress.
Sew Over it Elsie Dress and Butterick B6130
I’ve left these two patterns until last and included them together as I love them both but do not have occasions to wear them to. The Butterick Jumpsuit is to die for and the Elsie dress is gorgeous but neither are items my wardrobe is in need of. Gosh, listen to how sensible I sound – I bet I end up making them first!
And that’s it for now – wish me luck! Thanks for reading if you made it this far.