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On the Sewing Table – Autumn 2018 Sewing Plans

The weather has been so lovely lately in the warm 80’s that it’s hard to believe that it’s already October. I must admit the warm weather still has me thinking about summertime wardrobe, which has put my autumn plans on hold. 

However, the forecast for next week has the temperatures dropping to the 60s and 50s so it’s definitely time to get started with those autumn sewing plans and another episode of “on the sewing table”. 

Autumn Sewing Plans

With holidays just around the corner and only two months officially of autumn in the calendar, I didn’t want to put too much on my on my sewing table. 

However, there were still a few items that I knew I definitely wanted to tackle this season. 

Birthday Dress & Photoshoot

First up on my sewing plans is my birthday dress. 

I’ve mentioned a few time on the vlog that I’ve been on a weight loss journey this year and one of the things that has really pushed me to work towards it was a photoshoot I signed up for. 

You might have heard of Cherry Dollface a vintage beauty vlogger on Youtube, who I’ve had the opportunity to meet and attend her vintage beauty workshops a few times now. 

A few practical pinup styling tips I learned at the latest Cherry Dollface workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cherry is a real doll in person!

In February I found out she would be teaming up with local pinup photographer Liz from Pinups by Liz to hold a photo shoot. Cherry would do your hair and makeup and Liz would take your photo. 

I had to sign up for this rare opportunity! Plus it would all take place around the time of my birthday so it was perfect. 

In anticipation for this event, I’ve been working hard to lose weight and it’s paid off. I’m not where I want to be but I’m way lighter than I was when I started at the beginning of the year. 

The dress I plan to wear for the photo shoot, my birthday dress, I’m going to leave a surprise, but the fabric should be no surprise. 

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
This green is so my color

This lovely quilting cotton in a celery green with white polka dots is basically my theme colors, so I had to choose it. 

Jenny Overalls 

Sara from Like Sew Amazing has been going on about the Jenny Overalls from Closet Case Patterns for some time now. 

I decided that I would take Sara’s advice and try my hand at making Jenny Overalls. 

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
This tan linen will make a perfect pair of overalls

Once I got my pattern in the mail I got really excited and immediately cut out not one but two versions of these.

I don’t know when I’ll start o this project, but at least everything is cut out and I’m super excited.  

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
I seem to be gravitating to purple this season

A Few Wrap Skirts

During a recent fabric haul (which is coming soon to the vlog) I came across this lovely cotton with autumn colored flowers on a navy background.

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
Love the autumn tones in this floral fabric

But when I got home I discovered that this wasn’t just fabric. This was a reversible wrap skirt that only needed the ties and the binding around the edge. 

I probably could have finished this project on my own but knew I had a similar pattern in my stash I could reference for instructions. 

The pattern I came up with was McCalls 7129 which was a pretty close (if not exact) match for what I had in turns of a half-finished project. 

I like the idea of having a reversible wrap skirt in my wardrobe so much, I thought that I could use another.  

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
Hoping McCalls 7129 will be a quick make

A quick look in my stash and I decided to go with this floral print on a black cotton and pair it with this black and white gingham fabric. 

I think the colors would be good for fall but I could also get some wear out of it in the late summer time too. 

Cosy Cardi Challenge

Earlier this month Amanda from I Sew A Lot, along with Nikki and Rachel from the Stitch Sisters, announced the second annual #CosyCardiChallenge.

Having just been a tester for the all-new CocoWawa Crafts Pumpkin dress and cardigan I knew that this would be the perfect pattern for this challenge. 

Since I made the dress for the testing, the plan is to go for the cardigan version of the Pumpkin for the #CosyCardiChallenge.

I’m not 100% settled on the fabric for this project, but this yellow knit in my stash might just work. 

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
A cheerful yellow cardigan would work well in my wardrobe

Vintage Swing Coat

Like I said earlier the holidays are right around the corner so I don’t want to add too much to my sewing plans. 

With that said the last item on my autumn sewing table is a project that has been in my UFO pile since 2015. 

Vogue 1083 is a vintage reproduction pattern for a 1950’s swing coat. I’ve already cut all the pieces out for the main body I’ve just never come back around to this project. 

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
This project has been long awaited

The plan has always been to make this coat as a medium weight autumn coat using a lovely camel colored fleece. 

For the lining, I’m going with the wow factor and have chosen a lovely satiny leopard print. 

 

What’s on Your Sewing Table?

I think I have a good amount of projects on the list for the next two months. I just hope I can get to them all. 

I’d love to hear in the comments below what’s on your sewing table this autumn. 

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.

 

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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