Sunday, 16 October 2016

My Autumn - Winter Wardrobe Planning

I am a random sewer.  I buy a vast amount of fabric with a stash growing probably 5x faster than I can sew.  I do the same with patterns.  Then I just make what I feel like at that moment.   Often forgetting what I even have!  Biggest issue- lots of single items and things that don’t match!!  Here is my pile of fabric  Ive selected for the season...

SOOOO I decided to get organised and PLAN what I’m going to make for this season!.  Thereby actually using some of the lovely patterns and fabrics in my stash, and making OUTFITS that go together for the season – not singular pieces. Plus a few extra special things that will keep me on my toes. Here is my game plan - and progress so far

 I hate sewing plains, but I ve learnt that once I ve made them, they can be the most worn, as I need some plains to be able to wear all my prints ;).  So  I ve got a fab selection of patterned skirts and a common thread is they all look good with black tops.  I ve got 2 routes here.

 First up, making a batch of black tops in different styles.  I m thinking one jersey, one vintage long sleeve, one short sleeve using my block. My second route is I buy a RTW shirt (yes I know, I just typed BUY) and customise it.  Honestly- making a shirt is a lot of effort.  I often buy the ones from Uniqlo, which are reasonably priced, wash like a dream and fit me perfectly.  I then customise- often with new buttons.  A simple shirt with a few Liberty covered buttons can look really special.  Here is one with ombre buttons!  (ok so yes, I can't really do plain as I even make a plain thing less plain)


So  here I allow myself to indulge in some glorious colour & pattern from my stash (and ok I admit it I bought some new stuff recently 'cause, you know, I can't resist a pattern ;).  I ‘ve got a very colourful jacquard that I just finished as a Sew Over It Tulip Skirt and also a  burgundy/red wool that I’ll be making up that I bought from Fabric Godmother. Probably into an  A line with a front pleat.  I then went a bit crazy at a House of Hackney sample sale and bought some rather patterned, dreamy fabric.  That will now also be added to my 'skirts to make list'.    My rule  on these skirts being – they must match the black tops!


This one is driven by a love of a fabric and a pattern in my stash.  Sadly they don’t work together, so 2 coats it is then!

Clare Coat in Avoca wool: I bought this fabric and promised to make myself a coat with it.  I ve decided the Clare coat by Closet Case will be a good option, plain enough for the design to work and I like the shape (plus reviews say its got brilliant instructions which I need for a coat).   I just need to snap up some lining fabric and I ll be started on it!

Watson cape coat:  I bought this pattern last winter and I m itching to make it.  This year it will get sewn.  Hunt on for the perfect fabric- open to suggestions!!!  I m thinking a pink/grey type of tweed with maybe contrast collar/buttons…..  But I’m committed to having this one finished before the end of winter.


I love wearing dresses – a lot of what I made over the last year though are not really everyday dresses….. given most of my life is running around after a toddler, ‘dressed up’ is not a common theme for me these days.  So on with some practical numbers, using lovely fabric in my stash already- with a rule they must match the jackets & accessories I already own.

These will be some shirt dresses (already in progress), including my first ever proper vintage pattern make and dresses with some Liberty twill that I have- which is possibly my favourite thing to sew as its got the colour & vibrancy I love, but with a strong weight and bit of stretch.  I find it to be hard wearing, doesn’t need lining and practical between seasons.  I made one already whilst I was working on this post!

my vintage pattern

my completed shirt dress!


This will be my ultimate indulgence…I ‘ve been lusting after a Missoni dress for years but with the price point, I ve never succumbed.  I was ecstatic when Fabric Godmother stocked this Missoni fabric and I bought 2 colourways- so I need to master how to sew it and find some appropriate patterns.  Any recommendations?  One I m thinking more of a cowl neck, another more fit & flare.


Not something I ve sewn a lot of but I need some new ones and I ve got 2 lovely patterns (and fabric to go with) that I bought last year which I should make for winter time.  Again, going to force myself to go plain navy/charcoal with these.


GIFTS:  And last up – I want to do a bit more unselfish sewing for Christmas.

GULP – I just counted and that makes 18 different makes!! Is that possible?  Lets see how I get on.
Any other recommendations that you think I would like?  What are you planning this season?
Messy Essy Makes


  1. I have the Watson in my sewing pile. It seems to be quite a challenging make for my experience level. I have this fabric lined up for it
    A friend of mine made a fabulous Sew over it cowl neck dress with the missoni fabric, there are pictures on pinterest

    1. Thankyou Patricia, the sew overit cowl neck will be perfect for the Missoni- I ll definately look it up!!

  2. That skirt is gorgeous! The fortunate thing is, not only would they look good with your black tops - Just about any colour on that fabric would work. I can imagine how gorgeous a yellow blouse would look with it!