Fall Essentials Sew-Along & Fall Palette Challenge

Whoops! I didn’t intend on joining Me-Made-June ’11 and then not posting a single outfit from the month :/ In all honesty, the month was quite busy, and since I wasn’t set in a pattern of blogging, I simply forgot to keep on top of photographing, posting, etc.

But! I’ve drafted quite a list of sewing and knitting projects that I intend to complete over the fall and winter- just in time to join Colette’s Fall Palette Challenge 2011 and the Fall Essentials Sew-Along!  I’m basically in need of a wardrobe overhaul (many of my clothing pieces have seen better days) so my plan is extensive. My planned projects are:

Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather

50s style straight-leg jeans [copied from a well-fitting pair of my jeans]
Silver tweed pencil skirt [personal draft]*
Scallop waist half-circle skirt [from Vivat Veritas]*
40s wide leg jeans [from Simplicity 3688 with alterations]
Black wide leg trousers [from Simplicity 3688]

Chic Chemises for Cool Climates

White kimono sleeved blouse [from Simplicity 9969]*
Peter Pan collared blouse [from Colette’s Sorbetto with alterations]
Teal tee shirt [from Simplicity 2484 view 3]*
Black cardigan [knit from Emerald]
Colorwork cardigan [knit from Drops 116-1]

Fabulous Frocks

Early 60s-style day dress [from Simplicity 2444]
Velvet wiggle dress [from Simplicity 2648]
Swing dress [from Sense & Sensibility]*

Underneath It All

Black petticoat [from Sugardale’s tutorial]
Corselette [personal draft]
Cream silk slip [from Simplicity 9397 with alterations]
Tap Pants [pattern undecided]

Tender Tootsies

Sheer black tights with lace “seam” [to imitate the look of these]
Crystallized black tights [similar to Cynthia Rowley’s]
Eyelet knit socks [from True Love]
Knee-high lace socks [from Bintje]
Knit spats [from Spick and Spats]

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Rain trench coat [from vintage Lutterloh]*
Black & white wool cape [from Fitzpatterns Tonia with alterations]
Bow headband [knit from Dapper]
Mitts [knit from Susie’s Reading Mitts]
Moss-stitch turban [knit from Knit Yourself a Turban]
Beret [knit from Not Another Bulky Beret]
Bow-knot scarf [knit from pattern]

So the total is: 17 sewing projects, 10 knitting projects, and 2 “crafted” projects. Whew! I realize that I probably won’t get most of these finished, but I can dream, can’t I? At least I’m part-way there on a few of them already, so I have a bit of a head start 😉 I’m not even going to think about the pile of alterations that also need to be done…

As for the Fall Palette Challenge, I’ll be using a palette inspired by my stash fabrics:

sources (clockwise from top left): 1 2 3 4 5 6

I’m working on another board right now that illustrates the pieces I’ll be working on during the next 8 weeks. Hopefully I’ll get it up tomorrow. Now I just need to remember my Flickr login so I can officially join the Fall Essentials Sew-Along…

* Indicates a project I’ll be working on during the Fall Palette Challenge.



Filed under Fall Essentials Sew-Along 2011, Fall Palette Challenge 2011, Knitting, Sewing

4 responses to “Fall Essentials Sew-Along & Fall Palette Challenge

  1. What a marvellous plan! I love that you’re thinking big! I have a wardrobe planned, too, and will be sewing/knitting well into the New Year. You have a lovely blog – delighted to have found it 🙂

    • Amy

      Aww thanks! I’m trying to convince myself that I’m not crazy for attempting so much- but I’m excited to see if I can actually pull this off. Glad that you liked my blog- especially since I really have no idea what I’m doing lol. I hope you’ll come back!

  2. I love your palette. That grey dress is gorgeous. Your plans sound great. I would also like to make a pencil skirt…right now I am working on a Burda pattern from last year.

  3. I’m finally getting around to checking out the other FESA participants’ blogs that I hadn’t read yet. Lovely palette. And I’ll be interested to see what you do with your trench raincoat, since I’m planning on sewing one too!

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