I had some plans for this winter.
I was testing a few new-to-me styles and fabrics, figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t. All in the name of science…
What worked for me for winter?
This is by far my favorite. It has precisely served its purpose. The long flannel skirt made it snuggly, but I didn’t feel completely sloppy around the house. I want to make a similar one in a fine batik cotton for summer, maybe a different style.Fail-
Just because the pattern envelope suggests jersey doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
I intended to make the top in the left corner from a medium weight New Zealand merino. Wisely, I tried it first in a soft, cheap rayon:
The wool would only have been slightly heavier than the rayon, so it might be firmer but I wasn’t willing to risk it for a house shirt. I do like this shirt, and wear it though I never finished it more than a quick muslin.
Fail- Those pants were another incomplete failure. They are too short with shoes. Because I -ahem- measured the hem while barefoot. I like them anyway and wore them all winter.
Win- Persephone Weskit
I really, really like this semi-tailored weskit. I reached for it on rushed mornings to pull two pieces together. Many of my work basics are black and white, and the weskit (I hope) camouflages a less than perfectly ironed blouse. The fabric proved both sturdy and hard to wrinkle.
It’s getting to be the bright time of year, every picture from this morning’s Self-Stitched-September shoot captures an awkward face. Time to dust off the sun-jacket.
I’m looking at a few favorites from last summer, to help guide this year’s sewing. I’m thinking a palette of crisp white, clear blue-red, baby blue, and aqua. I’ll post more this weekend, plenty of free time.
Also, I just saw a post on Dress a Day… I’m so excited, Erin’s blog has informed how I think about clothing and sewing, especially Dressing for Joy. It’s what turned me to sewing for myself, in a style I enjoy. Thank you, Erin.