What’s Next – Fall Sewing

Not too bad for one sewing session. The question is: will I finish it in time for the party tomorrow afternoon? Still have some fitting to do on the bodice...

I’m in-between sewing projects right now.  This summer hasn’t been as productive for me as past summers, and the summertime is usually when I crank out a fair amount of projects, like easy sundresses and tops (however, I turned out the above dress for a party last weekend in less than 24 hours).  I guess it’s due to: the mild summer, my more-intensive travel schedule the past few months for work, and because I already have a fair amount of summer me-mades in my closet.  There’s a project or two I was planning on making before vacation in Maine this coming weekend, but when I look at my sewing pattern queue on Evernote, nothing is jumping out at me as a “must make now” project…except for what’s on my fall sewing list.

That’s right everyone, I’m starting my fall sewing now.  Call me a party-pooper, say I’m “rushing summer,” but I really just want to dig in and start sewing now so I’m prepared for when the cool weather hits (and lasts a loooong time in New England).  We do that when it comes to spring/summer sewing, right?  So why not fall, I say.  Fabric and patterns I bought for this summer?  Step aside, you’ll need to wait until 2015.

Fall 2014 is going to be all about jackets, I can feel it.  Blazers, bombers, boyfriend style, anoraks, toppers: I have JACKETS on the brain.  Oh, and pants, but I’m going to hold off a bit on tackling those again.  Here’s what’s haunting my stash right now:

Jackets 2014

McCall’s 6711 – this is an awesome pattern collection of mix-and-match separates, and this blazer looks like a basic, easy-to-fit blazer with princess seams.  Lots of possibilities with this pattern.

Simplicity 1421 – a little bit of a longer blazer style, but what I like about this pattern are the different views with options for contrasting trim or the possibility to make the jacket out of ponte instead.  This one is unlined.

Rigel Bomber – I got bomber fever after seeing all of the great renditions of this jacket this spring!  I have a reversible black and white polka dot twill in my stash that I may use for this guy…

Minoru Jacket – I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile, and recently bought this pattern at the Grey’s Fabric party a few weekends ago.  To hood or not to hood, that’s the question.

Vogue 8884 – Morgan of Crab and Bee had a pattern contest this spring, and this is a pattern I won!  There’s got some classic-style trench coat options, but I like the swingy silhouette of this topper.  Maybe a flannel-lined raincoat?

When do you decide to start sewing for new seasons?



  1. saro
    August 12, 2014 / 11:54 am

    I've had fall and winter sewing on the brain too! I want to make pants, sweater tunics and a coat…

  2. August 12, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    I got back from vacation last week and jumped into fall sewing projects. I'm ready to bust out the sweaters and jackets and long sleeves.

  3. August 12, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    I love your Fall sewing board!! It looks like a lot of fun pieces, and such a great theme, too!

  4. August 12, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Ooh, these are such fun patterns! I tend not to sew ahead of season just because I want to wear what I sew right now (and I'm usually behind on some of my sewing plans for the season I'm in and want to squeeze in a few more things before the season changes). But I'm looking forward to making a few jackets, too! I'm planning a Rigel bomber, too, and a Republique du Chiffon Gerard coat. I'd also like to make a Ninot jacket for my sister before the fall ends… maybe I should get started on that right away!

  5. August 12, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    I am also ready to move on to fall. Except for the Rigel; I have all those patterns so I'm interested to see what you do with them!

    I need to sew pants but I have a TNT and don't want to muslin anything so I am not sewing pants until I drop this 10 lbs I mysteriously found 🙂

    My main goals for fall are pants, cardigans, a couple of jackets and a cape. I really want to sew my Minoru but I know that winter will be upon us in the tundra soon so I should just plan to make it a spring jacket.

  6. August 12, 2014 / 10:58 pm

    I'm totally ready to start my fall sewing too! Too bad it's going to be 100 degrees here for the foreseeable future… I already bought the fabric and lining for a Rigel bomber, and I snapped up the Kaisla blazer during Named's birthday sale. All those patterns look great – I'm excited to see your makes!

  7. August 13, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    I LOVE my Minoru! I made it out of an organic cotton twill (from Mood). I made the version with a hood and I like it because it provides a lot of coverage. BUT, if you don't want to wear the hood, the collar gets really bulky if you stuff the hood into it.

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