Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Looking forward to Fall

It's a nice day here in Cambridge -- while we've had weeks of hot and humid weather, today it's 70F (about 25C for my non-U.S. friends) and breezy.  I left the office early and got to thinking about my upcoming sewing projects on my walk home.  I am working on a muslin for the skirt portion of this Rachel Comey design (Vogue 1170), which I'll probably make out of a tangerine cotton pique that I bought earlier this summer.  I probably won't be wearing it with the top that I made from this pattern, although it would be a perfect match for the orange flowers... Overall I think it would look a little too Rainbow Brite.

The cool weather has me thinking about Fall and well, the impending end of my post-doc at the end of the year and the need to finally start dressing like a grown up (and work at a grown up job, whatever that is).  This also means that I need cool weather clothes for an office setting, which I am loathe to sew for several reasons.  Among these reasons -- summer clothing is just so much cuter.  I like showing my arms, I like wearing dresses.  In the winter, I feel like I am just a bundle of jeans and sweaters and any interesting details on shirts or pants will surely be lost in there somewhere.  And so, this perpetuates a cycle of me not sewing winter clothes and then complaining that I wear the same thing every day all winter long.

Maybe it's time to revisit the button down shirt but... that's so boring.  Maybe I can get myself to master the fit of the button down shirt (I think I will need some as basics in my closet) and make one of each of the following:
Burda 03-2010-122 in white shirting

11-2009-118 in teal shirting or gray washed silk
09-2009-117 in a striped shirting that I don't have

I love the details on these -- the long sleeves on the first one, tuck on the second one.  I'm not crazy about the third one but I think that the gather and ruffles will look great with striped fabric, as will the cuffs if the stripes are just slightly misaligned.  Alas, I have no striped fabric in the stash and since I will be moving again at the end of the year I don't plan to buy any more fabric.

Lastly, my plan is to sew two jackets.
09-2009-127 in leopard print faux fur
05-2006-102 in mustard corduroy (apologies for the fuzzy photo!)
I'll definitely sew the first jacket, but the more I look at the second jacket the less inclined I am to follow through on my plan.  Given the rate at which I have been sewing, I am a little worried that I might be a bit too ambitious to sew all of this before winter!


  1. Wish I was in Boston; it was super-humid in southern CT today.

    I have fall sewing on the brain, too. I'll mostly be sewing pieces for work, though I'd like to throw in some blouses as well, so I'm looking forward to seeing what tops you make.

  2. At least you have a Plan, which is more than may be said for me.

    You've reminded me of that Rachel Comey top. Yours is so lovely, it really is. I started making one a while back, but the fabric was so slippy it wouldn't cut straight and I got cross and chucked the whole thing in the bin. Now I feel bad whenever I look at the pattern.

    I look forward to seeing your jackets.

  3. i love that first shirt and the peacoat jacket, the great thing is that shirts and jeans are really in style for fall, so with your new jacket, you should be set.

  4. I haven't even begun to think about fall - I'm still sewing for summer! I really like the shirt and jacket styles you have picked out.

  5. I've made that first jacket - it's really simple and easy to do so I'm sure you'll be able to sail through it and maybe make a start on the second!

  6. Nice plan! I love all three of those tops, and they'll make a nice base for your work wardrobe. Now you just need a couple of yummy wool skirts!

  7. I hate sewing for Fall/Winter, too. It's such a snooze. Luckily in DC I can wear skirts/dresses through most of winter with my wool sweater knickers underneath, which makes sewing a little more bearable (dresses are so much more fun). I think it's too cold in Boston to get away with, though.

  8. It's so hot and humid here in Texas there's no way I can start thinking about fall/winter. It was over 100 yesteryday! Hehe.. it's always fun to plan though... can't wait to see what you come up!

  9. I like to wear blouses in the winter too, but button downs are what all the men in the office wear. So I am totally love the blouse and , fabric combinations you have planned. I have made the second Burda jacket (looks like a vest under a jacket) It is a bit time consuming what with the inset zipper, curved bands, many layers of fabric where the faux vest is sewn to the lapel, etc. But it is very cute and unique when completed.