fall wardrobe: additions

Mondays are usually the worst, but I woke up this morning excited for a new day and a fresh start. I’ll be out of town again next week (who am I with all this travel lately, sheesh), so the next few days are all about wrapping up a few projects and styling and photography and editing and writing posts. I’ve been hard at work on my fall wardrobe, and lots of progress has been made. So far I’ve finished four skirts, two dresses, and a cardigan, which, now that I type it out doesn’t sound like much. Keep on keepin’ on, I say!

I had a moment last week when I looked at some of the patterns I’d picked and some of the fabrics I was working with, and I decided that I needed to do a little editing. So, I spent an entire afternoon removing a few things from my list of projects and saving a few others for my “winter” to-do list. I’ve scratched a couple new patterns off my list in favor of ones I’ve made in the past with success.

My shirtdress kick is still going strong, and I loved this design from Vogue’s fall collection. I love the pussy bow, and had every intention of doing view B with the bow in a gorgeous olive sateen. This dress isn’t quite a shirtdress–there’s a button placket down center front, but it doesn’t extend all the way to the hem of the skirt. And there’s a side zipper. Guys, I’m just going to put this out there: I cannot stand side zippers. Talk about a pain. Plus, what’s the point of a shirtdress if you can’t get into it like a shirt? Anyway, after looking closely at the pattern pieces, I decided to put this one away for another day. I still love the design, but I will need to invest some serious time into extending the button placket all the way down center front and eliminating that pesky side zipper.

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So, I’ve replaced Vogue 9201 with Vogue 9077, a dress I’ve already done twice. I’ve adjusted the pattern so that the button placket extends all the way down, and I also drafted a back yoke and front facing piece. The fit is fantastic. So, over the weekend I cut out view C in olive sateen. Just like the pattern envelope–ha!

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Also, I added these two tops to my to-do list. I’ve cut out Butterick 6244, view A in a delicious ivory double wool with a hint of stretch.

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In addition to the button up blouses I’m doing in olive and chambray, I also want to do a couple pullover blouses. This pattern is perfect and, again, I love the tie collar. I cut this out in an eggplant shirting with a little stretch.

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And before I forget, I also added this skirt to my list: Vogue 1486. I made it last spring in a lovely yellow floral sateen, and I want to do it again in a eggplant twill with a black floral design.

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So, lots to do this week. I promise, I’ll post everything when it’s finished. I’d love to know how your projects are coming along too. Send me pictures!

Happy sewing!

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