Friday, 20 September 2013

Fall Essentials Sew Along

I was just in the middle of putting a to do list together when I came across the Fall (Autumn) Essentials Sew Along from Sarah of Rhinestones and Telephones. There has been a very noticeable change in the temperature in the past week or so and the need for a more cozy wardrobe is becoming apparent. Also, over the past few months I have found myself starting to hoard a lot of wool, fabric and notions. The other day I undertook somewhat of a stock check in order to work out what on earth I was going to do with it all. In the end I established that I have enough patterns and fabric to tick off almost all of the categories for the FESA. Now I know that I have the patterns and fabric to make all of these lovely things, I just need to find some more time in the day and buy some matching thread. 

Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
My ever favorite Edinburgh Fabrics (EF) scraps bin was to blame for me collecting the fabric on the left here. This is a lovey 100% wool gray pinstripe with a pink stripe running through it. My aim is to turn this into a pink lined skirt for work using view D.
On the right is a green gaberdine that I picked up in the Borders Scraps Store (BSS) in Musselburgh , this place is like an Aladdin's cave of second hand haberdashery, well worth a visit. I am planning to make this in to the midi version of this 70's wrap skirt. I'm just struggling to make a decision on which buttons (all charity shop finds) to use. At the moment I am leaning towards the gold basket weave ones but I'll probably wait until the skirt is underway before deciding. 

                                   New Look 6035                                                                         Simplicity 6789

Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
A have a few potentials for the top half. The two in the right are cottons which I feel reasonably confident working with. The top is a light grey with random white dots from BSS and will be the loose square neck top from this pattern. The bottom is from a navy with little pink flowers from a fabric store in Glasgow and will be the peplum top in view B. I have also purchased a lace collar to replace the one in the pattern as I think it will look more me.
On the left had side are two knits. I have never worked with knit before and really don't know much about them. My plan of attack is to make the red spot (EF) t-shirt first as I don't have to deal with fitting any sleeves in that one. If that is a success I will move on to the more complex view D with the peacock (ESS) fabric. Wish me luck!  

New Look 6078                            Lisette 1879

 Simplicity 1916                        Simplicity 1699

Fabulous Frocks
This is an interesting category as despite having many wonderful dress patterns I don't have much fabric assigned to dresses. However, I did purchase a couple of meters of this lovely chocolate brown silky material with big pink abstract roses in a in a huge Mandors sale a while ago. Again, this is another unfamiliar and potentially quite slippery material. I do think it would look great as one of the shorter versions of this dress though and if I could have it finished in time for the office Christmas night out that would be even better.

Underneath It All
So basically everyone needs at least a few pairs of nice knickers. I think these would have me in fits of giggles if I could actually make them. Not sure about fabric but I'm sure I could pull something together.

amerson Amerson: Technical Details + Pattern

Tender Tootsies
My mum taught me to knit ages ago when I was maybe 10 or 12 however I never really took to it, I think I was was a bit to young and couldn't see the potential in it. Last year on a holiday to Skye my mum and I visited a fantastic wool shop called Shilasdair. I bought a kit to make a triangular shawl when we were there and in the evening my very patient mum taught me to knit again. This time is stuck and now I thoroughly enjoy knitting up cosy accessories. These slippers from Purl Bee have been on the to do list for a very long time. The i-cord around the edges scares me a little but I'm sure there will be more than a couple of tutorials and youtube vids out there than will teach me how to do it.


Those Cozy Nights
My boyfriend caught me looking at these lovely PJ bottoms the other day, after much hilarity I told him that I would make him a wonderful pair for December. So it would appears that this element of FESA may have turned into a his and hers. At the moment I don't have any plans for the his side of this but I am hoping it will involve some amount of reindeer or snowman novelty fabric. Myself on the other hand, I have some large blue gingham fabric that I discovered after planning to make one of Tilly's Picnic Blanket Skirts, I never made the skirt as sadly I just don't think I would wear it but, on the plus side I would definitely wear it as PJ bottoms. 

Baby It's Cold Outside
I would love to make an Anise from Colette but I just don't think I will have the time this side of new year. Plus it would also need some nice warm, quality probably wool fabric that I just don't have in my pile at the moment  and with quite a few upcoming financial commitments I don't see myself forking out for it.  

So in case of Anise failure I am thinking of knitting up my fourth version of iKNITS Kim K Beanie hat  I have made 2 for myself and 1 for my aunt previously and I just love the pattern. I have one in turquoise and one in mustard so now I am feeling a red, fuchsia or plum version in the pipeline.
I also have a load of purple and black fleece left over from some hat that I made for a ski trip at the start of the year. I'm hoping to have enough time to squeeze in a couple of fleecy neck tubes too. 

So, there you have it a huge list with not nearly enough time. I think I will be working my way through these project until summer next year but I'm sure I will have fun along the way. I am also sure that I will probably scrap a couple of items and add a few random things along the way but so what its just a list of ideas.

Wish me luck, and happy sewing to everyone else taking part in the sew-along.

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