Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of September? I’m always sad to see summer come to a close, even though we get a few extra weeks of warm weather here. When back-to-school season rolls around, I can’t help but look forward to a fresh start, a new season.
I have a lot of projects on my list for fall, and the list of dresses is no exception. I re-read yesterday’s post and laughed a little because, for the most part, the skirts are pretty basic–and in basic colors. That’ll happen when you go for five years without buying new clothes, selling or giving away what you have, and essentially starting from scratch. You need the basics! Anyway, while some of the dresses on my must-have list are great foundation pieces, most of them have a little more personality than the skirts. I’d like to whip up eight new dresses, with an eye on one or two more, time permitting. For now, I’ll focus on the eight. Pattern and fabric choice are included, so feel free to sew along with me. I’d love to see your projects!
Vogue 9197: I loved this pattern the moment it came out. I’ve been looking for a pattern with a fitted bodice and sleeve options, and this perfect. I can also use the gathered skirt from the pattern or draft any number of my own, making the options for this dress unlimited. I also love the jewel neckline and the French dart, which will be nice when I sew lace or something on the sheer side. I’m going to use this pattern more than once, first in a navy eyelet I got in Nashville and then in one of these gorgeous prints from Promenade Fabrics:
Vogue 9201: I’d love view B with the bow from view C in a pretty olive sateen. I love, love, love olive for fall. It’s so rich and autumn-y. It also looks fantastic with brown leather boots and bags, which is one of my favorite combos. I’m much more likely to wear brown than black. I’ve ordered more sateen from Fashion Fabrics Club than I could ever count, so they’re a great place to start if you love sateen as much as I do. Great prices too. This is what I’m ordering.
McCall’s 7084: This is a great shirtdress pattern, and I love the sleeve options. I’m doing view B in an olive linen/cotton fabric. It will make a great transition piece too, and later I can still wear it with tights and boots. I ordered the fabric so long ago that it has sold out, but this olive linen is a nice alternative if you’re interested.
McCall’s 6696: Another shirtdress, I know. I am obsessed with this style right now. I’ve made this one once already, in a white cotton ottoman for a concert in June. This design appeals to me because of the midriff piece. I’ve cut this out in two fabrics for fall: a khaki twill with a self-drafted skirt and a navy floral cotton with the original skirt (view B).
Butterick 5878: I love this pattern. I’ve made it once, in a pink floral rayon challis, and it is the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn. I didn’t want to gather all those panels (even though the design is adorable), so I drafted a full circle skirt onto the bodice. I love it, and I wore it to brunch on Saturday and got quite a few compliments on it. This time, I’m going to make it in a dark navy rayon challis, maybe with white lace trim.
Vogue 9202: Another classic, versatile pattern. I love the neckline and the fact that it has sleeves. Other than tailoring it to fit me (if need be), I have no intentions of changing this design. I love the shaped waistline seam. I have two gorgeous sateen prints from Promenade Fabrics, so I’d love to use one of those for this dress. It would be gorgeous in a solid color too.
Butterick 5878 with a self drafted skirt.
Tomorrow, I’ll post my project list for tops and jackets, and then the sewing can begin. Can’t wait!
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