Fall and Winter Sewing Time

It’s time!  After nearly four years since I retired from a serious government job to become a full time fabric artist, and with even a couple of years before that since I bought or made any current kind of work-a-day clothing, I must do something.  My clothes are a little too big, are fraying around the bottoms of the sleeves and the fabric is thinning.  They are still comfortable, however, and I don’t have to brief any high level officials, travel to a foreign country, or appear in office garb, and that’s probably why I haven’t paid too much attention until now.  But I’m planning on going to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Festival in mid September and will be staying with a friend who retired to PA while I’m there.  I am also planning to provide some quilting lectures and demos in the area in the next several months, and I DO go to church or shopping or a show occasionally. 🙂   So the clothing situation needs addressing, or is that “a dressing”.

MCall's 7391...I like this one. It looks like it would make a great work shirt.

MCall’s 7391…I like this one. It looks like it would make a great work shirt.

I looked around for things to buy.  They are expensive and don’t fit well, since I’m built like an overweight ape with long arms and torso and short legs.  LOL.  The fabric does not appeal to the fabric snob in me.  Sew it’s time to sew.  I went through my fashion fabrics and patterns stash yesterday…spent the whole day at it.  I found enough fabrics for fall and winter to clothe me for the foreseeable future.  I also have the interfacing, linings, zippers, buttons, etc.

This one is also my kind of style...McCall's 7365...but I also need something less tailored and open to additions of applique or other embellishments.

This one is also my kind of style…McCall’s 7365…but I also need something less tailored and open to additions of applique or other embellishments.

And again, I like this shirt...can you see a pattern here? Butterick 6376

And again, I like this shirt…can you see a pattern here? Butterick 6376

Now I don’t want to stop forward progress on my current quilt and book projects either, so I am planning on slipping in the sewing of a new garment every so often across the rest of this year, and probably throughout next year.  Summer is just as bad, but I’m concentrating on fall and winter and four season tops for now.  Fortunately, I do have a nice supply of jeans in good shape, so for workaday I just have to concentrate on shirts and nice tops that will also work for quilt shows and demos.  I also want to make up at least one of my fabulous pieces of wool into a nicely tailored slacks suit (I don’t wear skirts anymore), and one of my four pieces of coating into a new overcoat.  Then I also want to make a couple of bags.  It’s going to be fun, but I’m beginning to think I need a clone or two.  Afterall, my studio would probably work for three sewing people.  LOL.

Well, I know I said I don't wear skirts anymore...but if they cover the legs....I might make an exception. :D

Well, I know I said I don’t wear skirts anymore…but if they cover the legs….I might make an exception. 😀  This jacket might look good with slacks.  Would that shock the early twentieth century folks?         Butterick 6337

Sew happy everyone!  Make yourself a garment every now and again, even if it is just a simple piece, before your wardrobe gets into urgent need like mine.  You know you need it.