Hello Dearies! How’s the weather out there? Here in Ohio it’s been chilly in the mornings, pleasant at noon, and just chilly enough at night to make you want to wrap yourself in a cozy blanket. Such weather has started my mind to contemplating what my Autumn/Winter wardrobe will look like this year, since quite a bit of that portion of my wardrobe will not last me another winter.
I want to try and use as much fabric from my stash as possible, though I am still going to order some fabric eventually (I already have ordered some material for one piece, which you’ll see later). I’m even cutting apart an old boiled wool sweater to make into a 1940’s style bomber jacket! I’ve already drafted the pattern for that, and the cuffs and waistband are knitted, so keep an eye out for a “finished project” post in the coming weeks.
Another thing I’ve been doing, as I think about how I would like to revamp my wardrobe, is sketching out my ideas. I haven’t been so faithful in doing this in years past, but I think this year will be different. Plus it’s nice to record my ideas, and then see which ones I actually end up making.
The top sketch is for my boiled wool bomber jacket. I can’t wait to see how that comes out! The sketch to the left is for a black and white buffalo plaid knit dress that I plan on making (the fabric is coming today! Squee!) from a combination of the 1958 Party Dress pattern and my handy dandy self drafted 1/2 circle skirt pattern. A question that I do have for all of you is, should I make the back gathered like my elastic back circle skirt? Or should I leave it smooth like a typical circle skirt? I think either way would look nice, but I want to know what you think.
If you want to see what else has been inspiring my thoughts, take a look at the graphic below.
When I was thinking of my buffalo plaid dress, I knew something had inspired it, but it wasn’t until I rediscovered the image of the black and white plaid dress that I realized where the inspiration came from: Ulyana Sergeenko! The style lines from the Advance dress pattern have also been influencing my thoughts as far as silhouette goes.
I purchased some secondhand blue corduroy recently, and I think it will make up quite becomingly into something like the skirt next to it.
As I said before, I’m making myself a bomber jacket. But I’m also dreaming about making myself another cozy hand-knitted sweater like I did last year. Oh, for the money to buy some yarn! 😉
Another item I want to add to my wardrobe this year is a plaid wool jacket. Hopefully I’ll manage to squeeze out one from the meager yardage I have of this brown and blue plaid.
One last thing on my list is something for that blue rayon and the magenta grosgrain (?). Maybe a dress from the blue, and a vest front from the magenta?
All of the non-fabric images are from my 1940’s, Winter and “Patterns I would Love To Get” Pinterest boards. And the buffalo plaid knit is from Wanderlust Fabrics, if you want to pick some up for yourself.