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!

14 Comments

  1. [...] going super bright and cheery with the dress fabrics, as opposed to the more subdued palette for the skirt and trouser fabrics. I’m also going with mostly tried’n'true patterns. OK, [...]

  2. pat says:

    Oh I long to sew something I can wear and just looking at all the wonderful things you have made for yourself spurs me to go at it once again !!! Thanks we’ll see !!!!!

  3. Katie says:

    Here is a photo of a wild board… just so you know…

    http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Wild-boars-go-hog-wild-as-upstate-threat-1935154.php#photo-2

    We have a lot of them here in Texas. So many that we see them as roadkill almost daily in the spring and fall.

    I love your blog, and your sewing always inspires me.
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  4. Tanit-Isis says:

    (Belated)congratulations on your return to full-time employment! (You can see how well I’m doing with my blog reading… I’ve been home a week and haven’t managed to get the unread total on Google Reader below 600)

    I am not yet prepared to contemplate fall sewing (despite the fact that summer here seems pretty firmly past its big hurrah). I’ll get back to you once I wrap my head around fall sewing again. Although those yummy textured jacket fabrics are sure looking tempting… Also, I think the super-closeups-on-sketches totally looks like doll clothes. Adorable. :)
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    • ha ha – I was just reading blog posts from the 4th of July, so that tells you how far behind I am!!

      It’s turned the corner here, too. Even though it’s still hot out during the day it feels fall-like somehow. Wishful thinking, perhaps?
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  5. Sara Upshaw says:

    Yesssss! I can’t wait to see the self-drafted skirt. I just went over to that Etsy shop not 5 minutes ago and favorited some of her stuff to draw inspiration from later. I personally liked the one with the two tabs and big buttons. I’m so glad to find your blog. I came here through Coletterie and recognized you from Me Made June (my first participation was this year). I love your style and am headed to my blog to add you to my sewing links. :D

  6. Laurwyn says:

    I really love your palette! My autumn one (the one I think about but I doubt I will have the time to do) is also mostardy yellow, and cherry. I also want a few basic pieces, like a black simple dress etc.
    I cannot wait to see your houndstooth skirt!

  7. Crystal says:

    I love the way you showed us your plan – it is very fun to watch the process. I think the layered, ruffled skirt would look amazing as a sort of a suit set with that jacket. If I get around to making a version, I was thinking along the same lines – some sort of suiting or boucle to contrast with some frothy ruffles peaking out.

  8. Nicole says:

    Gosh you have a lot of great fabric. Where is that grey/white polka cotton from?? I’ve been hunting for something similar to make a Macaron

  9. Karen says:

    First, congrats on the new job. Like the fabric choices you picked. Looks like you’ll have a great work wardrobe. I made Butterick 5187 in an embroidered linen w/short sleeves and though it’s wider I didn’t think it was HUGE. I do like the pattern. My problem with it, is that the length comes to my waist and I have a large waist so it’s not becoming. When I look in the mirror, all I see is the bottom of the jacket pointing to a big stomach/waist. I’d like to make it again but I’ll definitely lengthen the body.

  10. LaUra says:

    I think Butterick 5187 has serious potential for a good jean jacket substitute, and that creamy white is sure to be a workhorse in your wardrobe! I also like the idea of the canary boucle becoming the steampunk skirt you long for. I love how it’s like a spat skirt..As for that deco vibe flippy, the behind on that little number seems seriously sexy! Does that seam create a little sling to hug your butt? Yowza!
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