(Also, how do you sew said items when your sewing machine is on the fritz AGAIN? BLAARGHH)
It comes down to a plan. At the end of last summer, I talked about how the end of a season is the best time to plan for the next one. All your recent wardrobe gaps are fresh in your memory, since you’ve had to deal with them week in, week out for months.
And that’s exactly what I did at the end of last summer, before I let myself get all excited about fall sewing — I made up a list of the things I lacked. I drew on that plan pretty heavily to make up this post, and I’ll make notes for next fall/winter at the bottom.
But! Spring first. I’ve already got the patterns for a lot of these — hell, I’ve already made the patterns for a lot of these. They all fall in with the silhouettes I identified in January’s challenge.
I’ve already got the fabric, too, and I’ll talk about that when I take up April’s challenge.
Shift dresses: New Look 6095 (pictured)
Skirts: New Look 6107 (pictured), self-drafted
Drapey tops: New Look 6095 (pictured)
Vintage shirtdress: Anne Adams 1940s mail-order pattern
Shorts: Simplicity 1373
Self-drafted sundresses: Kimono sleeve with inset waistband; halter with back cutouts
Pajamas: McCall’s 6848 (pictured)
Wedding guest dress (maxi!): Probably incorporating the yoke from one of the first dress patterns I ever bought.
OK GUYS, LET’S TALK ABOUT NEXT WINTER’S PLAN
I know, I know. But at the moment I can tell you without hesitation every item I wear on a weekly basis in the winter and every item I wish I had. I won’t be able to remember that after weeks on weeks of disgusting humidity blissful balminess.
So here’s what I’d like to add to my winter wardrobe next year:
- A jacket for not-quite-coat weather (I like this asymmetrical look);
- More warm, long-sleeved tops — perhaps Renfrews — preferably in sweater knits;
- Knit dresses, with a more fitted skirt than my much-loved Monetas;
- Knit pajamas, perhaps a combo of Hudson pants + Plantain;
- An easy-to-wear black wool dress, maybe a sheath with 3/4-length sleeves;
- A couple of cardigans that I can wear over silk tops. I like the Oslo and Julia patterns.
But enough of that. I’m checking off items on my “Spring is coming” list. So far, we’ve got purple crocuses, yellow crocuses, buttercups and mud. Bring on the sundresses.