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Fall Wardrobe Ideas

As the sultry days of August become shorter, sewers begin thinking about what to wear in the fall.

Here for you are some photos from our presentation at this year's IPCA stage show held at the International Textiles Expo in Las Vegas NV.

While black is a great standby for cold weather basics, I decided this year to include a softer neutral to the color pallette in my groupings. Many of the pieces you'll see below are in grey (very prominent this year), with coordinates of plum, silver and brown.

These new wardrobe pieces got lots of favourable attention!

a coat and pant for fall

A Coat and Pant for Fall

For our rainy weather here on the West Coast, I made the #250 Swing Coat in a zebra print rain repellant satin. Contrasting black satin was used for the pockets, seam piping and lining of the coat.

If you live in a colder climate, the Swing Coat can also be made in wool with a cozy interlining of thinsulite. Instructions are included in the pattern for sandwiching the insulation between the body of the coat and the lining.

I like the look of a slightly tapered leg when I wear the Swing Coat. So I lengthened the #604 Capris.

It's pretty simple to cut and lengthen the Capri pattern at the knee. The back vent looks quite chic as it extends from the ankle to the heel of the shoe.

A Casual Threesome

Here, #201 Zip Jacket is cut in a buttery soft wool satin.

The jacket is lined with flannel backed satin.

Hard to see here, but for a touch of elegance, silk devoré was layered over the front and back neck facings.

Under the jacket, I'm wearing a long-sleeved pullover from #102 Sweater Twin Set in viscose/poly knit. This is a really quick top to make - just a T shirt really.

To dress it up, I've added a portable tube collar made from a remnant of the fabric.

The pants are from #605 Jeans in a comfortable, stretch woven cotton twill.

For this pair, I did not top-stitch the seams, because instead of a "jeans look" I wanted more of a dressy/casual pant.

zip jacket

sweater twin set

grey and brown with a little bling

Grey & Brown with a Little Bling

When there's not much time to sew, why not use stretch and pre-embellished fabrics to speed up your project.

Shown here in poly/rayon jersey is View B of #203 Wrap Jacket/Blouse. In this version, the fabric's super stretchiness allowed for some time saving variations.

I eliminated all the facings, serged the raw edges, then turned and top stitched all around. In place of buttons, I threaded a sparkly buckle onto the tie extension then anchored the extensions to the torso darts with machine stitching.

A rectangle of silk devoré cut on the bias for a scarf creates a finishing accessory.

The Straight Skirt #501 is normally tea length (just above the ankle) but here I shortened it from the waistline a few inches to show a little more leg. If you’re just getting into sewing or simply want a fast project, this skirt is one of the easiest designs from Petite Plus Patterns. In this example, View A of the skirt went together even faster by using a pre-embellished knit that required no hemming.

My Summer Project

This summer, like last I was contracted to make one-of-a-kind costumes for the educational department of Quatse River Salmon Hatchery.

I love working on this project as it allows me to get into my stash of fabrics and play with color and texture while I replicate some of the wonderful fish of our area.

This year, in additon to fish, I'll be adding a bear, an orca and an eagle to the collection.

If you'd like to know more about LAST summer's costume project, you can read the article written for Tracings.

tracings article

A Retreat in Sointula?

In last month's newsletter I suggested that Sointula might be a terrific place for a sewing / fitting retreat.

You were invited to drop us line if a retreat in this northern community appealed to you.

Based on the AMAZING response received, I need to get busy creating a retreat for you adventursome sewers!

I promise to keep you posted as we work towards organizing a special event. Meanwhile, please do contact us with your suggestions and requests.

Where is Sointula?

Enjoy creating your fall wardrobe!

Kathleen, Dan, Betty and Sue



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