Fall Sewing Plans, 2015 Edition

Who’s planning their fall sewing projects? I am!

This summer, I found that it worked well to select three summer sewing projects, and finish them before starting anything else. That way when I had moments of spare time, I knew exactly what to work on next. It helped me stay focused and not continue to plan project after project, never getting anything to the point of completion!

Project #1: Julija’s Skirt

lime and neon coral stripe anemone skirt

Project #2: Bleuet Dress (and Project #3, Bleuet Dress Two)

bleuet dresses 1 and 2

I just realized that all the things I made were from Deer & Doe patterns. It wasn’t intentional but it does make sense. When one pattern from a company works well, you’re likely to try another!

I didn’t complete the white Granville shirt on my list but that’s all right. I’ll put it on the backburner for now and keep an eye out for the perfect white shirting fabric, one that looks high quality and feels soft without being too wrinkly.

For fall I’m going to do the same thing to plan projects. Three was a nice manageable number, enough to feel like I have a few new things to wear, but not so big of a list that I can’t get it done in season. I added a few bonus projects to the list, in case I’m extra proficient!

My top three fall sewing projects:

1. Plaid Granville in green and navy.

Fabric from Fabricana Coquitlam. Anything you want to know about sewing the Granville Shirt in a plaid fabric? I’m thinking I’ll try Sew Maris’s tutorial on flat-felling the armhole seams, and cut the yoke and cuffs on the bias. I’m still deciding on the details but that’s the general idea, to use bias sections for interest and to avoid having to match quite so many seams.

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Bonus: I also have this beautiful solid grey Japanese cotton from Blackbird Fabrics (like this blue one, but in grey), also for a planned Granville Shirt. Maybe it’ll be everything my white fabric was not. Maybe it’ll go to the front of the list instead of the plaid shirt, since it goes with my next few planned projects!

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Solids really don’t look like much in photographs do they? It’s a very nice fabric in real life.

2. Lilac wool blazer.

Isn’t this fabric pretty? I love sewing blazers and jackets, and this lilac tweed is both beautiful and unusual. I have a classic, shorter length blazer in mind. Or I’ll make the Style Arc Gabby jacket like Samantha’s gold jacket here, which I saw and immediately loved the style. Or I’ll sew both! I’ve always wanted to try a Style Arc pattern. Maybe this will be the one.

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3. Plaid circle skirt.

I’ve started this project, so it shouldn’t take long. It’s a beautiful wool-silk tweed from Atex Designer Fabrics I bought last winter with the intention of making a skirt. I’m using the circle part of this dress and adding a waistband. For the length, I’ve cut it as long as I can, but I’ll probably aim for right at the knee or just below. Longer is quite flattering, from looking at those old photos!

plaid circle skirt sewing plans-1

Bonus: Style Arc Zoe Pencil Skirt. When I was looking at the Gabby jacket, I started browsing the site and thought the seaming on the Zoe skirt was interesting. As I often do, I searched online for other people’s finished projects. This version by Sallie is gorgeous and I love the length! More longer skirts, it’s what I’m leaning towards these days.

Another bonus to add to my fall plans: knitting! I’m all about cosy sweaters for fall, ones with an easy, relaxed fit. Currently I’m working on Hawser in a medium grey. (Which will go nicely with my neon pink and grey striped skirt. Planning things that already go with things I own is a smart plan.)

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My overall goal for fall is to make more sophisticated projects. Cosy and warm garments that also look cool and elegant. I feel like I’m at a turning point in my wardrobe where the things I want to wear have changed. I want simpler looks, solid colours, classic styling.  I don’t want to look cute and I don’t want to sacrifice style for comfort, but I also won’t sacrifice being comfortable either.

I didn’t count lingerie projects in this list but I want to make more MakeBra bras. More DL03 bras and maybe 3221, a push-up bra style.

What are you making this fall? Have you made any of the projects on this list?

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46 Responses to Fall Sewing Plans, 2015 Edition

  1. Trudy August 10, 2015 at 6:09 am #

    That sounds like a great list for fall sewing! I’m especially interested in your plaid Granville as I have some plaid fabric myself that would make a great Granville.

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

      Thanks! Anything particular you want to see when sewing the Granville shirt in plaid? Or just the finished result?

  2. Rachel August 10, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    Oooo I like those plans! Especially the shirts :-) I’d go for the plaid one first, then when you come to sew the solid one it will be a massive relief. I’m also excited for some autumn knitting – I only started knitting late last year and so I only got one sweater finished before it was too warm again!

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Ah, good point! I also think it would be better to sew the complicated project sooner rather than later, so the rest seems easy.

  3. Torey August 10, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    I am so excited to see how your Hawser comes out! I have been psyching myself up to invest in that much yarn and attempt the pattern for months. Knowing that you’ve deemed it worthy might be the push I need. (:

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

      I’m getting closer to the end now, on the Hawser sweater, and I have really enjoyed knitting it! So far it hasn’t used nearly as much yarn as the pattern calls for, which is a good thing. The cables aren’t as hard as they look either as there is a long space between cabling rows. It’s the sort of project that looks amazing in the final garment, but isn’t as hard to make as it might seem! Or maybe I’m getting more experienced with my knitting. I wasn’t going to post it on the blog but if you’re interested, I might! Ravelry project is here if you wanted to follow it that way: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/TasiaKnits/hawser

  4. allie J. August 10, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    I too am planning on making a blazer! It’s not something I have any experience with so I’m looking forward to it, but it’s also very daunting. I’m hoping to make a blazer, a winter coat, and a couple of work-appropriate dresses. I’m taking my style cues from Kate Middleton–her jackets and coats always look fabulous, I think because they fit so well!

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

      Kate Middleton always looks great, doesn’t she? Of course I’m sure she has a lot more help and resources to make that happen, but still. I like her classic style, I’m thinking we’ll still look back at photos of her from this era and her outfits won’t look dated. Though who knows how fashions will change in the coming years! I’ll post about making my own blazer and hopefully the info is helpful when you are making yours. Anything in particular you are worried about?

  5. Kate August 10, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    I have more Granville’s on my list too, I just made it as a dress! I’m also hoping to make another pair of Ginger jeans as well as tackle a bra, a Robson, and a Minoru over the fall/winter.

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      I saw your Granville dress – that’s awesome! Love that you have two Sewaholic patterns on your fall/winter project list!

  6. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) August 10, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    oh no, it’s too soon! wearing summer continues here into October so I refuse to think about fall sewing. summer forever :)

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      How nice to have summer weather in October! We have a nice September but then it gets colder quickly. I even wore a jacket this morning on my ride in! (But took it off halfway here when I got warm.) I love summer sewing but I have to be realistic, we have way more cool and rainy days than warm sunny ones!

  7. Mandykatt August 10, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Ooo, I highly recommend the Zoe skirt as a first StyleArc pattern due to the ease of adjusting it. With no waist darts it’s super easy to take it or let out until it fits, and then you have a good idea if you correct about the size for your next purchase.

    I can’t wait to see your finished projects! Your fabric choices are lovely, as usual.

  8. Stina P August 10, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Some autumn and winter dresses – jewel coloured wool and heavy viscose grosgrain are waiting in my stash. But first a pencil skirt in lace!

    I totally hear you on being elegant and sophisticated rather than cute. I guess it comes with age. :)

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      I agree. I didn’t think that much about cute vs. elegant in my twenties, and when I’m often mistaken for younger than I am, I wonder if clothing has anything to do with it. I can’t help how my face looks but I can change what I choose to wear. Jewel-toned wool dresses definitely say sophisticated to me, more than cute.

  9. Tina August 10, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    I like your idea about setting a goal for each sewing season. I, too, get bogged down with wanting to “make it all” then getting not much accomplished! Good plan for me that I will incorporate into my lifestyle immediately!

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Yes! I want to make everything and keep adding to my virtual list, without checking anything OFF the list. Then I feel like I didn’t make anything in time for the season we’re in. So small, reasonable goals is a good way for me to think. I hope you find the same thing works well for you, too!

  10. Rhoda August 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    I love all of your projects for the fall–they are very inspiring. I also sew and knit, so I appreciate all the great patterns that you have found.

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Thanks! Fall is the perfect time to enjoy both knitting *and* sewing. What are you making for fall? :)

  11. Thea August 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    I hear you about the style shift – I’m at a similar point where I kind of want to shift away from cute and towards more streamlined, comfy but classical (and hopefully elegant!). It’s hard though given my existing wardrobe – I really struggle with getting dressed at the moment. I need to bump the Davie Dress up on my autumn list!

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      I wonder if everyone feels the same at some point in their life? We change so much from 20 to 30, or 25 to 35, and our needs and lifestyle changes too. It makes sense that everyone shifts their style choices at some point, whether it’s conscious or not. I like comfy and classic and hopefully elegant! I also feel like elegant is a bit aspirational to choose, but comfy and classic are accessible. Maybe one thing in, one thing out would make it easy to transition without having to start completely fresh? It’s nice to hear that other people feel the same way about all of a sudden not wanting to wear the clothing that past me chose.

      • Thea August 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

        I like the idea of past me chosing clothing – I never really think of it that way. I just get grumpy with myself for having had different taste in the past which is not very helpful! One in one out should work – and I think I’m getting a good idea now of key pieces that I’m missing that would make a difference. I just need to get round to making them :) Maybe I’ll draw up a list as well to keep me on track, with just a few ones on it.

        • Tasia August 12, 2015 at 8:36 am #

          I also prefer that way of thinking. Past me had no way of knowing what future me would like! (One of the main reasons I’ve never gotten a tattoo. I almost let 15-year-old decide and adult me would not have approved!) It’s OK for tastes to change and I don’t get mad with myself for making decisions five years ago that I wouldn’t make again today. I also think about clothing and sewing and wardrobe a lot, so I’ve had plenty of time to circle back to a more calm and positive way of thinking! Otherwise I’ll be hard on myself – ‘another cutesy print, Tasia, again!?!’ And that doesn’t help anyone. :)

  12. Lesley August 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Oh where oh where did you find the lilac tweed Tasia, I searched for months last year for lilac tweed. That Sewmaris tutorial went straight to Pinterest – excellent thank you. I love the shape of Hawser, the way it falls from the shoulders. I’m predicting you’ll make it more fitted around the waist? After all, if you have one, you should definitely highlight it in my opinion!

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      It’s from Fabricana Coquitlam, last winter I believe? They don’t have an online shop and it was a while ago, sadly! Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. It was so unusual and pretty that I had to have it!

      The Hawser sweater is an A-line shape and I felt it would look weird to bring it in at the waist, since it would make the cables bow inwards and them back outwards, and the decreases/increases would show in the moss stitch. So I’m making it as per the pattern, making a very comfortable albeit perhaps less flattering sweater. It’s the sort of sweater you want to wear when it’s cold out and you don’t care so much about having a defined waistline, I think! Sweaters are an interesting one when it comes to figure flattery. On one hand, it’s a sweater, it’s supposed to keep you warm and showing off curves is less important when it’s cold and you’re layering up! On the other hand, the dead of winter is when you can feel a bit swamped in bulkiness and then maybe showing the shape of your figure could help with feeling less hidden. I have to say that the sweaters I’ve made with more ease are the ones I wear the most in winter, flattering or not!

  13. Caitlin August 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    I love your choice of plaids! :)

  14. Kaitlyn August 10, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

    Lovely plans. Go long with the circle skirt. Nothing beats a nice long wool skirt in winter

    • Tasia August 12, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      Good point, it’ll be so warm! Like wearing a wool blanket on my lap.

  15. Sam August 10, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    I like your plans! The Style Arc Zoe skirt looks lovely – I’m a fan of Style Arc patterns but hadn’t really noticed that one.

    I’m just starting to think about my Autumn sewing plans, I’ve got a great desire for khaki and black, specifically a pair of khaki trousers with black trim down the outside leg seam. I’m not sure where that idea has come from! Also a khaki military inspired coat for winter. In fact I want a whole new wardrobe of simple garments in solid colours.

    Thank you so much for linking to my Style Arc Gabby jacket by the way. I’m glad you like it.

    • Tasia August 12, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      Not a problem! It’s funny where inspiration can come from, I followed the link to your blog from a comment on the photo-taking post and decided I just had to make that jacket. :)
      Love the idea of khaki and black. With gold accessories! Can’t go wrong with such a simple, classic colour combo.

  16. Ana August 11, 2015 at 1:08 am #

    Love the fabric for the jacket!!! I could also see a nice and warm skirt for winter!

  17. Elisabeth August 11, 2015 at 3:38 am #

    It seams great to have such concrete plans. My plans are a bit all over the place, I have a list that always seems to grow longer and change a bit as I don’t get around to making everything on it and then make new plans.

    • Tasia August 12, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      Usually mine are too. I find that writing them down – and in my case, publishing them on the blog – helps to keep me focused.

  18. Becky August 11, 2015 at 3:58 am #

    I like your plan of picking 3 projects. I have a bad habit of planning a lot more than I can realistically accomplish, and then getting frustrated! I’m also in the process of rebuilding my wardrobe, since the majority of it doesn’t fit me after having a baby. So my top projects are two more Rae skirts (made one recently but haven’t blogged it yet), and the Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress, which I’ve had planned for 3 autumns now and never got to. I’d also like to try the Granville and the Grainline Archer, but my sewing time is limited to baby naps right now, and it will probably be approaching winter by the time I get to them.

    • Tasia August 12, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Me too, me too! I often (or always, let’s be honest) plan more than I can accomplish. I can now look back over the past few months of summer and see, whoa, I really only did have time to sew three things! It’s a sobering thought to realize. I can’t imagine adding a new baby to the mix, and a changing body, that’s a whole new level of things to consider. You could make a flannel Archer or Granville, that way it’ll be good for winter! Hope you’re able to squeeze in more sewing time soon. :)

  19. Camilla August 12, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    That pink wool is really usual, I love the coloured flecks in the weave. Can’t wait to see your jacket. The jumper pattern is so lush. Love those cables

  20. Christa August 12, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    I’m going Granville crazy. I’ve got 3 cut: white, pink floral and a tan. Plus I just bought grey flannel plaid for another. I’d also like to make another pair of trousers and more bras as well.

    • Tasia August 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

      So fun! Grey flannel plaid will be so cosy for fall.

  21. Susan August 13, 2015 at 3:44 am #

    I follow the Stitchers Guild 6PAC seasonal collections! http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,25321.0.html
    It’s a great way to build and update a wardrobe. For the Autumn I’m planning a jacket and dress in black, and a cardigan and skirt in burgundy, along with a white top and a black and white skirt. They will all mix and match, and blend in with my existing clothes. Speaking of Style Arc, I’m using all Style Arc patterns, I love them.

    • Tasia August 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      What a great idea! It’s a nice way of laying it all out. I like that first post about not choosing all prints, and the list of possible combinations of outfits. Practical, useful advice. Choosing things that blend with your existing clothes is really smart too. I have started my first Style Arc pattern and while it’s very different from ours and others, I am enjoying it!

  22. Katharine in Brussels August 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Lovely choices! Great idea to limit sewing plans to 3 items to keep focussed and know where to start every time one has free time. You’re not alone on starting projects that halt mid-construction. Good luck!

  23. cindy August 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi Tasia! I reeeeeeeallly need to make myself a blazer. Any chance you’d be willing to do a roundup of some of the good blazer patterns out there (besides yours, of course). It would be my first, and I’d like to get some good directions.

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