October 17, 2014
Despite the warm (though rainy) weather this week, we know that cold is coming. After a summer of sewing our warm-weather wardrobe is in good shape, but as we look ahead there are some gaps we’d like to fill. This week, we got our first shipment of Cotton + Steel fabrics (both lawns and quilting-weight cottons) and lots of new Robert Kauffman Chambrays. Seeing them together got us thinking and, before we knew it, we were planning some new pieces. Here’s what we’re thinking so far:
Victory Patterns’ Hazel is such a versatile pattern. The dress is a simple, flattering shape, and lends itself beautifully to colour-blocking (as seen on the box) or an allover print (check out our version here.) Wear the dress with tights or leggings and you’re good to go, or sew up pattern as a blouse and pair it with your favourite pair of jeans, wool pants, or skirt. We can’t decide whether we like Hazel best as a top or a dress, so we’re going for both: A bold print dress in Cotton + Steel Lawn (we love both Tacks and Dandelion) and a stylish but more casual top in Chambray Union Light, which is almost the same weight as the lawn, but offers a totally different look.
Sewabolic Yaletown is another two-for-one pattern, which are excellent both for beginner sewists (once you get the fit right for one, you can easily make another without having two identical garments) and for wardrobe building. Wrap dresses tend to flatter most shapes, be appropriate for both work and events, and (most importantly?) they’re comfortable. With Yaletown, Tasia over at Sewaholic has even solved the dreaded gaping problem some people face with the wrap style, making it just about perfect. While a solid fabric might be the most versatile way to go, we can’t resist the prints. Gnome Pants is fun and colourful without being overwhelming, Window Vines is surprising while still managing to be subtle, and Gems Truly Outrageous would make for a great party dress.
Robert Kaufman’s Chambray Union is just about the perfect weight for this kind of dress: enough body to give it shape and structure, not so much that it feels stiff. We also love that Chambray Union comes in such a range of shades and subtle patterns (herringbone, subtle striping, etc.), all of which makes it perfect for Colette Patterns’ Hawthorn dress, a shirt-dress with retro-inspired details that is nonetheless totally at home in a modern wardrobe. This pattern has three variations (the dress with and without sleeves, and a short-sleeved peplum top) that can be mixed and matched however you like.
If we can ride the Chambray Union train just a little bit longer, we love what it does for Sewaholic’s classic Hollyburn skirt. Paired with boots and tights (and perhaps a cropped knit sweater?) Hollyburn is a perfect fall to winter skirt. We love that Sewaholic offers this skirt in three lengths, so you can choose exactly how you want it to look without having to worry about the lengthening (or shortening) yourself. At the moment, we’re especially partial to the Herringbone Chambray Union, but this skirt also works well with quilting-weight cottons (the extra body gives it a more defined shape), so we can definitely see several versions of this in our fall wardrobe.
Perfect for beginners or more experienced sewists looking to round out their wardrobes, both the Colette Jasmine and Colette Violet make excellent basics. Jasmine offers two collar variations on an otherwise simple blouse (no closures!), while Violet steps it up a notch to include a button-up front and two sleeve lengths. Both of these tops are perfect for prints, but feature enough detail to work well in a solid without being too boring. We especially like the idea of a Jasmine sewn in Union Light for a dressier twist on a classic denim button-up.
What are your fall sewing plans?