Shopping my stash for skirts

Top ‘o the morning to you, you rabid wild boars! I have a confession to make. Two confessions. First, I don’t know what boars look like. I imagine pigs, but with saber teeth and brown curly fur. Am I right? Second: I can’t STAND the phrase shopping my stash/shop my closet. Ugh. Also I hate the phrase easy peasy.

I feel so much better now that I got that off my chest! Light and free!

OK, after yesterday’s post wherein I posted every item of clothing I own I was super-happy to stare and start identifying things I think I need – mainly tops and skirts/trousers that are not hot pink. Not that there won’t be lots of hot pink sewing happening in the near future.

Tonight I started combing through my fabric and pattern stash and pulling things that might work for the fall. Ideally I won’t buy much fabric for sewing this season! First I lugged my computer down to my sewing nook so I could keep referencing my fall color inspiration board. Remember?

Ah! So much fun stuff! As I said, first I pulled fabrics in the general color scheme and sorted into piles. The piles were loosely: enough of a knit for a dress, only enough knit for a shirt, lightweight blouse wovens, Enough woven for a dress, only enough for a skirt and suit-weight wovens. It was super scientific. I even whipped up a lab coat for myself out of my never-ending stash of white denim.

Once I had the fabrics pulled I pawed through my patterns and pulled things that appealed to me. Even though a lot of my inspiration board is a bit more 70’s/80’s inspired, I wasn’t really feeling that tonight. Instead I went for basics. Perhaps there is still a pair of palazzo pants in my near future, but not yet, sweet boars.

By the way – do you SEE that I have yellow and white gingham INTERLOCK! Awesome, right? Sigh. I already refiled it. I wasn’t feeling the cheery yellow all that much… but look! A box of patterns!

The next step involved matching patterns and fabrics and refiling some of my fabric choices. I took pictures, but I will spare you – the lighting in the basement at night is not so beautiful. Everything is ORANGE!! I did, however, make some progress on pulling some nice wool and other fun things for the making of skirts and two jackets. The jackets may be a pipe dream. SO much fitting. And sewing. We’ll see. Here’s the fabric I pulled for the skirts’n’jackets. I took super close-ups because I [heart] my macro setting.

{first up: around five yards of a lovely grey wool suiting. Really, it’s grey. Trust me.}

 

{next! wool houndstooth plaid - it's creamy white and black. In real life.}

{My highly prized 3 yards of grey and white polka dotted cotton}

{also purple and grey poly suiting}

{gold boucle and creamy chiffon}

{finally a very textured and ravelly cream poly suiting}

Honestly, boar-friends. Do all those pictures look pink to you?? I really hate bad artificial lighting!!

So what will I do with these wonderful fabrics, you ask? Well! Here’s what I’m thinking… again, in the same order, we’ll start out with that grey wool. There’s enough for a whole suit, so if I have the time, inclination and need I’d love to do a skirt and jacket combo. I was considering a super-cute jacket with a peplum, but that’s a bit on the fancy side, so I thought this jacket with the fitted style might work better – I paired it with a pencil skirt. Don’t they look lovely?

{Butterick 5147}

{Hot Patterns 1011}

Next was that funky houndstooth plaid – which, if memory serves, I got for a dollar a yard at Hancock. Sometimes Hancock has great wool in their value section! For this I was thinking that it’d be fun to do the Hot Patterns Deco Vibe Flippy skirt. I’ve made that once before and never wore it so I have it to a friend, but I sort of miss it. This time, I’ll add a waistband.

{Hot Patterns 1063}

Now for the circle skirts! I think circle skirts are nice and cozy, and in some darker colors they will work well with leggings and boots. I hate being cold!

{self drafted, based on Kwik Sew 3637}

I was thinking that the grey polka dots and the purple plaid would both make wonderful circle skirts. I plan to use the waistband from Kwik Sew 3637, but see how I like the volume of a 3/4 skirt.

{self drafted, based on Kwik Sew 3637}

I thought this gold and cream boucle would make an excellent funky, layered skirt!

{self drafted}

These drawings with super-close-up pictures of the fabric totally crack me up! I already have a jacket made from the same boucle, so I’ll have a nice matched set!

 

{handmade, not blogged!}

Finally, I’d like a more casual jacket for layering. I wear my denim jacket a LOT in the fall, so something of similar weight would be great! I keep looking at this pattern (Butterick 5187) and I really love view D. I know the pattern is SUPER BIG and I’ll want to take some width out, but I thought that the textured white suiting would be perfect for this pattern.

 

{Butterick 5187}

I also have a piece already made up in this fabric! One of my Burda jenny bastardizations…

 

{original post}

So there you have it boars! The beginnings of a plan! I’d LOVE to have all of these pieces, so I’m feeling like I made good choices! Have a great day you wild pigs with perms!