Having returned just a couple of days ago from a short Summer trip, I still seem to have airplanes and airports on my mind. Although it wasn’t practical to take any sewing (hand-work, that is) along with me, that doesn’t mean I have not been thinking sewing, fabrics, patterns and fashion. In fact, while I am still physically (and mentally) working away on my “couture dress”, another part of my brain is thinking about Fall and Winter, getting my projects listed in some sort of order. I’ve started envisioning them all lined up on the “runway” – kind of like planes all queued up and waiting for take-off. Some big, some small, some already late, others sneaking in before their time! Which ones will have to return to the gate? Which ones will be smooth flying – and which ones will hit that proverbial turbulence?
After finishing my current Summer projects, I am thinking the first one to “take off” will be an addition to a suit I made last winter. I have enough fabric left of this lovely checked wool to make an overblouse:
I recently found this pattern, view D, which I intend to use for this blouse. I am so fond of the “Dior darts” which give a lovely silhouette to a bodice.
After that, I know I’ll be working on a dressy suit, which I need for a wedding and another event mid-Fall. I found this wool at B and J Fabrics which I’m about to order to use for the jacket. I am still on the hunt for a slightly orchid-colored pink in light- weight wool or heavier silk to coordinate with it for the skirt.
I’ll be the first to admit that I love pink – and here is another one:
I’ve had this fabric for several years. It is a wool/cotton blend with the perfect weight for a Fall dress. However, I can’t decide on what style I should make it in: shirtdress, sheath, tailored or not? If I can’t decide, then it may just have to go to the back of the line.
This is a recent purchase from Britex Fabrics:
I bought this fabric to be made up in this dress, view A, with the below-elbow length sleeves:
The back of the envelope shows the versatility of the belt, which can be included – or not. Think of the endless possibilities with changing the belt on this dress, especially with a basic black and white herringbone weave: it would look great with red, pink, orange, black, green, or even bright blue. This pattern will give me more practice on the couture techniques I’ve been learning, too.
Finally, here is another fabric from Britex:
This is a pure cashmere wool which I purchased last year in the store. There is no way to describe how soft and luscious this fabric is. And here is the pattern I know I am going to use for it:
Well, if all I had to do between now and December is sew clothes, I might get most of this done. However, interspersed amongst this fashion sewing will be several “gift” sewing projects, which are going to sneak their little wings into line, along with holidays! No matter – among other things, sewing encourages flexibility and, like flying, can take us to places of great adventure and quiet reflection. No wonder I – and so many, many of you – love to sew!