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fall wardrobe: butterick 5878

I’ve spent the past few years ignoring a couple things that make for some pretty comfy garments: elastic and knits. Elastic was for pajamas and bathing suits, and knits, well, they just weren’t my thing. What was I thinking, you guys?! The turning point for me came one day a couple years ago when I designed a few easy, classic skirts for a collection–and they happened to have an elastic waistband. The ease in making them coupled with the ease of wearing them was a revelation for us, especially me. Remember that for a long time my aesthetic had little to do with weekend wear or elastic or knits. In my defense, there’s nothing wrong with dressier tailored pieces–which is my true love language–but there’s also room for casual stuff too. In fact, I’m finishing a dress right now that has me excited to make more knit garments this winter. They can be just as fabulous as a dress in a woven fabric. But more on that later.

Today I can finally show you another finished piece from my group of fall projects, Butterick 5878. I first made this dress over the summer in a delicious pink floral challis, and I loved it so much I included it on my list for fall. I love this pattern for a lot of reasons: it has sleeves, it has a comfortable and forgiving elastic waistband, it’s quick and easy to sew, and a suggested fabric is rayon challis–only one of the greatest, yummiest fabrics ever.

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fall wardrobe: vogue 9202

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There’s so much to love about the sewing and design process: dreaming up new garments to make, investing time into perfecting the pattern, carefully stitching the pieces together–I could go on. But I think we can all agree that the best part is seeing the finished product. There’s nothing quite like creating something with your own two hands and experiencing the satisfaction that comes with it. For me, it’s also a thrill to see the design elements and colors come together. In college, one of the most important things I learned was the importance of cohesion in a collection, and that theory has stuck with me since then. Every once in a while, I will whip up a stand alone project, but most of the time I like designing mini collections with coordinating components in a thoughtful color story.

Over the past few weeks I’ve posted my list of projects for fall, and I finally have quite a few things finished. (Cue a happy dance!) First up is Vogue 9202. This pattern had me the moment it was released. Jewel neckline, short sleeves, fit and flare silhouette, interesting seams–yes, just yes. I went with view B in a gorgeous fall floral sateen from Promenade Fine Fabrics in New Orleans. You find the fabric here. I should also mention that I thought I had all my autumn colors picked out until I saw that fabric. It changed everything. I mean, how perfect is it for fall?!

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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