Now that I’ve got my big winter coat sewing out of the way, I can turn my attentions to filling in a few gaps in my winter wardrobe. Sewing these things now means I can get another good 3-4 months of wear out of them before moving on to short sleeves and lighter jackets (no really, for the past few years we’ve had flurries and hard frosts in April or May).
So I’ve gathered together the patterns I’d most like to sew along with fabrics I’ve got in my stash that would help fill my wardrobe voids…
Starting at the top of this collage, we’ve got:
- Patrones 296 #14 I’m still not sure whether I want to do the pleats or whether I want to use some of my Parisian stretch lace as the accent instead. If I do the former, I’ve already got this grey marl viscose jersey in mind.
- Lekala 8004 (or it could’ve been Burda magazine 05/2009 #103A as they’re almost identical). I’ve been wanting to try some Lekala patterns for a while now, and this one seems like a good introduction to test their fit. I got given a wonderful, beefy turquoise viscose rib knit for Christmas that’d be perfect, too.
- La Mia Boutique 09/2010 #26 I think this skirt could be a great transitional item into Spring (made up in this turquoise stretch cotton sateen), so I’ll probably leave this for one of the last items here.
- KnipMode 01/2011 #5 I am in desperate need of trousers, and I really want to make these up in my green/grey/beige wool flannel underlined with a black silk/cotton voile to keep the knees from bagging out and the wool from scratching my skin.
- Christine Johnson “Travel Trio Three” #226 I totally heart this shirred turtleneck but the fabric MUST have 80% stretch so I don’t think I have any suitable knits in my stash. It’s a good thing we happen to be going to Brighton on Saturday, right?
- Burda magazine 09/2010 #122 I have great plans for this seamed knit coverdress. I want to first make a winter version with long sleeves using the purple pontiroma jersey I got for Christmas and then another one for Spring/Summer with short sleeves in some pale pink viscose jersey and my grey Parisian stretch lace on top. But first I need to test my un-petiting on the winter version before I hand baste all those different pieces for the lace one!
- KnipMode 08/2010 #13 More trousers, this time heading into the slightly scary “pleated front” territory, but I’m encouraged by the original magazine photoshoot where a twenty-something and her mother (both KnipMode readers rather than models) looked great in these. I’m going to use the navy uncut corduroy that James rejected for these, since I think the textured velour will look nice and feel warm, and it’s not very bulky.
- Jalie 2908 And finally, I’m going to break out my Jalie jeans pattern and give these a try. I’ve got some cheap stretch denim to try first before the good stuff, and I’m debating whether to use my little red sewing machine for the topstitching or to wrap my head around the quirky threading and bobbin winding of my vintage hand-crank Singer and put that through its paces. In any case, all three pairs of my favourite jeans have started to die at once, so I really must get going on the jean sweatshop!
And would you believe I’ve finished one of these already?? Anyone fancy to wager a guess which one? Details will be revealed as soon as a photoshoot can be arranged…