Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Plans!

Last Saturday I made the trek to Joann Fabrics in the town over (i.e.  the only non-quilt fabric store in 50 miles).  They had Simplicity patterns for .99 so I got the limit of 10 on those.  I had a list of fabrics and notions I was wandering around trying to find when I decided to try their back for the clearance fabrics.  Once there I noticed a sign for their Columbus Day sale.  Clearance was 50% off!  Jackpot!

Now on to my plans.  First up is a pattern that I had (my mom may have sent it, but I dont' remember) that is seriously simple.

This is a crepe backed silk in my favorite color of green. I'm making view B.  It's not going to be super warm, but it's long sleeve and will look good under a coat.

Next we have pants.  Super swank and awesome tailored to my big booty pants.

There is going to be a lot of measuring and double measuring.  The pattern has three fits:  Slim, Average, and Curvy.  With my big beautiful goddess body I'm probably going to need the curvy.  The difference between view A and B is a cuff on the bottom, which I keep going back and forth about.

I'm in love with this fabric.  It was $7/yd on clearance so that made it $3.50.  It's a poly/wool blend.  It's really soft and doesn't feel "artificial" like some poly's I've felt.  I love the blue stripe.  The original plan was pants and a jacket, but I just don't feel like any of my jacket pattern "go with" this fabric.  I bought the rest of the bolt (5yds 17 inches) so I will have lots to work with.

I didn't forget about Alex in my planning.  I'm going to make him a vest.

This was not a clearance fabric.  It's sweatshirt fabric, but I had a 50% off coupon.  Alex insists he won't wear vests so either he's going to have to get over it or I'm going to have to make it with no armholes and zip him up so he can't fight it.

Lastly, this isn't new just something from last year that I've been staring at all summer.

This is wool and feels super warm.  Again, favorite color of green.  When I purchased this from fabric.com I was supposed to get 5 1/2 yards of it, but they accidentally sent me 1 1/2 yards.  I contacted them and they didn't have any more of this fabulous-ness so I had to get something else.  Kinda sucks, but such is life.  This was going to be the very gentlemanly coat of Simplicity 2526 till I realized that it would look oddly out of place with Alex's everyday wear of jeans and long sleeve t-shirts.  He's more of a kick and tumble kind of kid and since we don't church like we should he has no occasion to dress up.

Anyway, now I'm trying to figure out what to do with it.  There is a winter-ish dress I'm thinking about and a couple of tops.  I was surprised that jackets take more material than a dress, but when I think about it I guess it makes sense. 

I have no idea in what order I'm going to attempt these things.  I'm slightly scared of the pants since they require a bunch of measurements, but I've been scared before and things have worked out fine.  The other two should be a quick-ish sew.  Off to the tracing board!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

So What's Next

We got back a week ago.  When we left September 10th it was still seasonably hot here in WV.  I had planned on working on a cute top and a summer dress when we got back.  That would have been appropriate in Austin where it's currently 86 degrees.  However, here in WV it's at least 20 degrees cooler.  I decided to go through my fabric and patterns and found that the majority of my planned projects for myself are for warmer weather.  For Alex I'm set pattern-wise, but still don't have the needed appropriate fabric.  The few patterns I have for me that aren't spring/summer are for jammies and coats.  This means I have to either brave Joann Fabrics or just order from Fabric.com.  So that's what's next:  A Fabric Hunt.  As soon as I have a plan I will update!