Coming from a city with only two main weather changes visually apparent I have learned to appreciate the beauty during the season changes. Specially autumn/fall. The colours, the crispness of the air, the bright blue sky. It’s very stimulating creatively to be looking at different range of colour palettes and imagine possibilities of layering. Most exciting time to change the wardrobe since coats and scarfs are my secret obsession. Bikinis and coats, what strange secret wardrobe hoarding.
Plaid is one of those fabrics that universally represent fall in my books so I wanted to make a very simple pattern to showcase it.
The pattern is Colette Laurel
. This is the second time I make this pattern
. The first was for the Laurel competition. I have changed that dress so much that the pattern identity was lost. I did had great time making it my own interpretation. That’s what sewing is all about. Playing and exploring ideas.
This time I made the pattern as the original shape. I have been wearing it non- stop. That is the beauty of simplicity. Clothes that easily incorporate on a daily wardrobe. I need more clothes like that.
Confession time… the size of my fabric stash is currently so large that is shameful but I still been spending money and buying more. Addiction? I keep trying to be good, I swear. Fabrics put a spell on me! I keep giving that “wasn’t me” look to Hrh when I bring a new bag home… He is not impressed. Don’t tell him about all the secret online pattern buying. So many new patterns coming to the market that’s hard to resist.
In the interest of de-stashing I picked something I had for a couple of years. Gorgeous and sparkly! It doesn’t translate well on pictures. Wear it beautifully but press like a bitch. I had to be extra careful pressing it because not only it was shine prone but it was hard to settle in place.
Usual modifications related to my height: dropping the darts to the right position and slopped shoulders on a size 6. I normally sew Colette size 8 but this pattern works better on a smaller size.
For the back, I added another fisheye dart. I love how this dress fits.
I took some height on the hem for a 60’s vibe! Adding cat eyes and tousled hair every time time I put this dress.
I could have got away by not adding a zipper but I went with one anyway. I like invisible zippers in clothes. This made me remenber Mena, from Sew Weekly. She was the no-zippers queen. I miss that site and I’m thankful everyday for the people I met there that incentivised me to write a blog.
Have you started sewing for the change in season?