Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fall Essentials Sew Along 2015

I look forward to the Fall Essentials Sew Along every year.  While I have not been able to blog as much as I normally do this year, FESA is something I would not miss.  Even though the weather forecast calls for 30+C temperatures all next week, I cannot resist planning my fall sewing.

Fall is often a very busy season for many of us, filled with activities that often have us running hither and yon. Making things should be a form of relaxation; a time to slow down and enjoy the creative process. The goal? Stock your wardrobe with staples.

FESA is open to all crafty types: sassy sewists, knifty knitters, and clever crocheters!  You can make as many or as few items as you like.  Some participants create from each category and others from only one or two.   

The sew-along runs from September 12 to November 14, 2015.
For those of you in the southern hemisphere, please feel free to change the categories to suit your season. Please take a moment to stop by the Subversive Reader's blog, who has wittily renamed the fall categories to something more warm weather friendly (i.e. Brief Bottoms for Boiling Weather! Ha ha!)

There are seven categories for fall/winter wear to give you lots of inspiration!  Feel free to find your inspiration from any era - vintage or modern - and create your ultimate list of fall essentials.

Me made beret, navy velour Perri Pullover, blue floral Hudson pants

Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
Trousers, skirts, legwarmers and more! Anything that keeps your lower portion fashionably cozy fits perfectly here! The chilly weather necessitates the donning of bifurcated bottoms and sassy skirts!

 Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
Blouses, tops, vests, cardigans, and sweaters! These wardrobe essentials can carry you from day to night, not to mention provide necessary layering to keep out the chill.

Mary Lennox dress

Fabulous Frocks
Dresses of all styles; mini, midi, or long! Keep yourself warm in your modish designs, layering with tights and boots!

Underneath It All
When you're spending months covered from the neck down, a glamorous underpinning of your choice adds a secret, luxurious touch that chases the cold away!

Tender Tootsies
Let's not forget your frosty feet! Socks, slippers and the like are the order of the day. Keep those tootsies warm and dry!

Blueberry Hill cardigan and Millefiore Laurel dress

Those Cozy Nights
Is there anything better than snuggling up in a cozy pair of pajamas with a hot drink and a book whilst Jack Frost works his magic outside? I think not! Sleepwear of all types are the way to go here!

Baby It's Cold Outside
Coats, hats, and mittens donned to keep the cold at bay, especially when out enjoying the spectacular fall colours!

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I hope you'll join me on another mad crafting adventure!  Copy the code below and paste the button on your blog or website. Please use #FESA2015 on your favourite social media sites.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Encapsulate Update

My closet as of yesterday

When I started my own capsule wardrobe project, I looked to Project 333 for guidelines. In the back of my mind I wasn't sure how it was going to work out with reducing my closet to a finite number of items, but I wanted to give it a try anyway.  I do love the premise behind The Wear Your Joy Project and wanted to see if I could integrate the two successfully.

I did like getting dressed with less and clear favourite items emerged pretty quickly. However, I found myself dreaming about some of the items that have been packed away in the back of my closet.  I missed my Washi dresses, my Laurel/Anna hack dresses (2 in particular), and my navy leggings.  It felt as though those joy-inducing items had been sacrificed in order to meet a numerical goal.   I didn't like that.

So, yesterday I crawled to the way back of my closet and brought out the items that I had been really missing.  And now my closet feels very joyful! All of my happy garments are there, smiling at me and waiting to be worn.  All in all, I added less than 10 items to my summer wardrobe.  Fall/winter items I had been missing were added to my more accessible off-season storage.

Even with the newly restored garments, it only takes up half of my closet. I love my colour palette of pink, navy, grey, and white, with bits of turquoise and black.  My clothing is versatile and can often span multiple seasons.  I love the idea behind capsule wardrobes and convertible clothing.  I think dressing with a definitive palette and style is very clever as it makes shopping simple and cuts down on closet orphans and impulse buys.  It reinforces the fact that I prefer handmade or thrifted items over RTW.

Limiting the number of items in my wardrobe just doesn't work for me.  Like many of you, I have lots of moods to dress for (most often as some sort of grown up version of a ballerina) which require more than 33 or 37 items of clothing to make it work.  I am no longer going to be (obsessively) counting hangers and stressing over how many items I have in my wardrobe.  I am going to focus on two important points: 1) the joy factor of each garment, and 2) that they fit comfortably.

Now there's room for this beauty that my husband and daughter found me.  In rayon jersey, no less.

I can't even tell you how much I love the Muppets.  I am so looking forward to their new show this fall!

Now I'm off to download a copy of the Bettine dress.  I have some gorgeous grey French Terry that I want to use to make a warm and soft fall/winter Bettine. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Go Set a Watchman

I just finished Go Set a Watchman.
Again, it is crystal clear why Harper Lee is an award-winning author.
The book is hilarious, poignant, breathtaking, and infuriating by turns.
Read it.  Add it to your personal library.