Happy Monday, everyone! It definitely felt like fall in Vancouver this weekend, with cooler temperatures, rain, and grey skies – almost as if someone flicked a switch from ‘Summer’ to ‘Fall.’ When this happens, I have the urge to reorganize my closet, putting away the sandals and bringing out the boots and tights. Time to push the lightweight dresses to the back of the closet, and bring out the warm wooly scarves!
Which got me thinking about sewing patterns. Some patterns instantly make you think summer, but that doesn’t mean they won’t also work for fall! There are many ways to make a favourite summer pattern transition into fall. If you’ve worked to get a pattern to fit just right over the summer, why not make a fall version as well? And on that note, if you’ve sewn something that you love over the summer, why not try to get as much wear out of it as possible?
Here are some ideas I had – I’d love to hear your suggestions too! Have you used the same pattern for summer and fall sewing?
Your fabric choice can easily make a summer style work right into fall. Think wools and tweeds, corduroy, flannel. Even velvet, if you’re up for a challenge! Texture and warmth are key elements of fall fabrics, that’s what comes to mind when I think of fall and winter sewing. Picture the Crescent Skirt in corduroy or tweed – now all of a sudden it’s a wintery skirt! Your favourite sleeveless dress pattern done in wool makes a great winter work dress. Consider adding lining or layers of underlining to make a simple garment even warmer for the winter!
Mustard, olive green, rich plum and chocolate brown: rich, warm, autumn hues automatically make people think of fall! Even if the silhouette or style is summery – and maybe the temperature hasn’t dropped yet where you live - choosing a fall colour palette for your projects is one way to get into the Fall sewing spirit. While I love bright summery colours, I gravitate to warm, autumn shades when it gets colder. Makes me feel warmer just thinking of fabrics in rich chocolate browns and deep plums!
Plan to layer! Tights, sweaters, scarves all help transition a summer outfit into cooler weather. A sundress layered over tights and worn with a cardigan and loafer-style pumps is a great Fall outfit! Layering is an easy way to extend the wearability of your summer sewing projects. Plan a second sewing project to bring your summer skirt into fall, by making a coordinating jacket or top. (If your skirt is brightly coloured, choose a rich autumn colour for the second piece so it looks more like fall.) A sleeveless blouse like the Pendrell may have you thinking spring or summer at first, but it’s a great layering piece with trousers and jackets. (And if you end up somewhere that has the heat cranked, you’ll be able to unlayer and stay cool.)
Here’s my first try at layering the Lonsdale dress for fall – I’d like to try something similar in real life, as I think it would be really pretty! (Plus, adding a floppy hat or knitted cap makes any outfit feel more like Fall.)
Do you have any other ideas to add to the list? How do you transition your summer sewing patterns or finished garments into cooler weather? I’d love to hear your thoughts!