Winter to me is: Thick tights; boots; dark nights; heating on; Christmas; and most importantly an excuse to sew a whole new wardrobe. So between now and March what do I want to be sewing?
This is the year I tackle some things I have never tried before:
I’ve made the birdie bomber jacket, I now want to make the hacking jacket from the first GBSB book, with some tweed I got from Handmade Jane.
A Cascade duffle coat in a mustard coloured boiled wool.
I also have another birdie bomber (although the plan I have for it isn’t exactly a wardrobe staple…). The fabric was cheap as chips and it needs to be sewn up before my trip to Leeds in November.
I also want to tackle a Victoria blazer or 2. I have some bright blue suiting fabric from Abakhans and if that goes well I might make another one in a pink or black.
I don’t own a single pair of blue jeans, I only own one pair of burgundy jeans which I bought from Lidl and promptly spilt bleach down. Its not practical to live without a pair of jeans so this winter I’m going to make a couple of different pairs.
The Ginger jeans seem to go be a sewing bloggers favourite pattern, so these are top of my list, followed by the Mia jeans from the SOI city break book. These look like they will be a quicker make than the ginger jeans. I’m also planning on making another pair of jeans, but I might make them in my favourite pattern once I’ve tried both the Mia and the Ginger.
I also want to make a pair of high waisted trousers from the decades of style pattern. Although the pattern is quite expensive so I might ask for it for Christmas, or I might be able to find a similar pattern in my stash.
Finally on the trouser front I would like to give the ultimate trousers another go. Both of my attempts have been rubbish, so I’m going to find some stretch cotton in an outrageous print for one last hurrah with the pattern before it gets relegated.
Perhaps this winter will be the winter of separates. I want to make some jersey tops (I’m thinking Agnes, Coco, Astoria, Molly).
And then if I’m investing in the SOI city break book, I want to make the shirt dress in a black rayon and use tiny gold buttons and some lovely top stitching. I think it would look quite dressy and elegant, so I need to find somewhere to wear this to!
I think that is quite enough plans for winter. I’m hoping to get most of it done by March time. It’ll be interesting to see what I do actually sew up, what becomes firm faves in my wardrobe and what might stop me sewing up any of these plans. I love a bit of planning and can’t wait to get started on this little lot! Now it’s time to write that shopping list – just in time for The Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally next week!