Running list of fall-winter projects

Fall 2014 sewing wishlist

It's a sweltering 30 degrees with high humidity outside, yet I can't get my mind off warm flannel, plaid and sweaters. Don't get me wrong, I love summer, but after weeks of high temperatures, flowing dresses, picnics and ice cream, i'm just about ready for the crisp fall air, warm jackets, apple pies... and fall wardrobe planning!

Since I have lost a considerable amount of weight in the last year, most of my previous fall and winter clothing are way too big for me. I've culled my wardrobe and it is shockingly bare, especially when it comes to work appropriate clothes. That was just the excuse I needed to fiddle around with Polyvore and imagine a dream fall wardrobe! I won't kid myself: work is so darn busy this semester that if I get to make even just one or two of these in the next year I'll be happy. But yeah, whatever, a girl can still dream, right?

Clockwise starting from top left corner, here are the sewing projects that are making recurring appearances in my dreams:
  1. Brigitte dress in striped ponte knit (with contrast pockets)
  2. Venetian red twill Hollyburn skirt
  3. Blouse from Cynthia Rowley 2215 pattern in dark plaid
  4. Slim fitting Lady Skater top in red (and in black) (with or without peplum?)
  5. Blouse from Cynthia Rowley 2215 pattern in solid red or solid black
  6. Wool Hollyburn skirt 
  7. Black and white tweed Burda 7069 pencil skirt
  8. Lady Skater in red and black herringbone ponte knit
I already have all the patterns needed, as well as the tweed fabric for the pencil skirt and the ponte for the Lady skater dress, so I might try to start things off there when I finish my two current ongoing summer projects.

Here is a list of other things I'd gladly make if I had extra hours in the day:
  1. Brigitte dress: black or dark grey with leather pockets
  2. Breton top
  3. Simplicity 1803 with long sleeves in deep red fabric
  4. Dark plaid shirt dress M6696
  5. Lady skater: solid knit with lace applique (around collar OR sleeves)
  6. B7137: emerald wool crepe, contrast collar (white?) with lining.
  7. Red coat
  8. Finish knitting my grey sweater
  9. Start knitting Brick by Clare Lee
  10. Knit a cowl
So yeah, I dream BIG when it comes to sewing. How about you? What are you dreaming up for fall?


Leopard dress for the win!

I completed a dress! In leopard fabric! With princess seams! Without any snags! After my striped dress fiasco, I hoped this Simplicity rebound dress would help erase the sour taste of defeat from my mouth and give me back my sewing confidence. And boy, did it deliver!

After my latest defeat, I felt a little shaky and wanted to sew something that would be fool-proof, something i'd be able to finish and that I would actually want to wear. The answer came by way of Lauren, of Lladybird fame, who was hosting an outfit-along with Andi Satterlund from Untangling knots. The two stylish ladies (seriously, i'd like to steal both their wardrobes!) have teamed up and are offering tutorials helping crafters to sew and knit two coordinating garments for an outfit. While I love the concept, I decided to keep it simple by making the dress only. (See!? I learned my lesson: don't bite off more than you can chew!)


Admitting defeat and moving on

Stripey dress 005
Chevrons in the back
So things have been really quiet on Brand New Old Fashioned... It's because I have struggled with one of my worst sewing fails to date. Don't worry, i've had the time to swallow my bitter defeat and i've already moved on to another project. So what happened, you might ask?

Remember my plans for that perfect bias bodice striped summer dress? After all the planning and muslin making, the construction went swimmingly. Cutting the fabric? Piece of cake. Matching the stripes? Effortless. Lining the bodice? Easy peasy. I admired my work on the hanger: it looked great and I was extatic.


Fitting a basic bodice AKA the worst looking muslin in the world

My sketch of the stripey dress
Hi you guys! My first spring-summer project is a GO!

I've been dreaming of a striped summer dress ever since I bought this thin cotton fabric at a local indie fabric shop. However, as I quickly learned, stripes are finicky and don't get along with most patterns. Those with lots of darts or curved seams aren't recommended. After considering a few, it came down to the Cambie dress or the Dirndl dress pattern from the Built by Wendy book. The latter won because of it's simple lines: I could easily alter it to make exactly what I wanted. A few years ago, I had made a simple cotton dress using the same pattern. Since my fitting skills were non-existent, the results were ok at best: now I see all its fitting nasties and I can't bear to wear it. This time around, I've taken the bull by the horns and am altering the pattern for a perfect fit. The Fit for real people book really helped, as did the many blogs I read when trying to understand what needed to be altered. I realized, while working on this project, how usefull detailed construction posts can be for a newbie like me. As a result, I decided to contribute in my way by including lots of details in this post.

Thus, this is a detail-heavy post, so if you're not up to it, feel free to just look at my awful pictures instead.


Wardrobe architect: accessories

The Wardrobe Architect
It's already week 12 of the Wardrobe Architect project! This week has us thinking about those all-important accessories we use to enhance our style. I have to admit I am not a huge decorative accessories person, mainly because they make me look too "done", like I am trying too hard. That being said, I do indulge in lovely practical accessories like glasses, bags, belts, hats, sunglasses and the odd scarf. So here is a summary of my accessory requirements.