I'm really enjoying the various colorways that folks are choosing for their autumn collections... While I love the brighter colors, I've noticed that when I wear say - purple, or cobalt, I get comments like "what a pretty color"; when I wear my dust colors I get comments like "you look nice today" or "I love your clothing" I think that as my hair has greyed over the years, that the brighter colors aren't working for me as well as they did when I was younger, since there is less contrast in my coloring overall... Anyone else out there had to change their color palette over the years? I'm probably going to stay with the grey/taupe/indigo/chocolate mix that does well for me. I'm hoping to use stash fabrics that I have had sitting on the shelf for almost a year, intending to do a project just like this...
Here are my sketches, as a kind of mini-storyboard:
1. This is my go-to pattern, I've made many many of these over the years. It is actually based on a Viking Age over-dress, modified a bit for modern wear. Four panels, added gores, patch pockets and edge-binding that becomes spaghetti straps.
2. This style looks nice in corduroy. Sometimes I use "cheater" bound edge buttonholes for the pocket openings.
3. This is an old favorite pattern, which I recently re-found while tidying up my sewing things. It works well in just about any fabric, as it has enough shaping to look well in fabric with a lot of body, and enough of a flared skirt to work in softer fabric as well. I just made it up in black silk noil to wear to a summer LBD party earlier this year.
4. This is the new pattern that I just bought - Simplicity 2840
- I have no idea how it will look when I wear it, but it reminds me of an old Betsey Johnson design jumper that I sewed and loved in high school. I can tell that with those bodice gathers it will need some really drapey fabric. I plan on adding side-seam pockets, since soft fabrics don't do well with patch pockets
5. This is the other option with that pattern - I'm really not sure about this one. One of my friends thinks it will look really good; I've never worn anything with that kind of a bodice...
6. This is my "overall" jumper. I had fun re-combining several old garments and came up with this, a variation on the old trick of turning pair of jeans into a skirt. I've gotten a surprising number of compliments on it, and want to turn it into a pattern and make another one.
I haven't chosen which fabrics I'll be using for which jumper. I just noticed that the new pattern, (#4 and #5) calls for knit fabric, I don't know how I missed that when I was buying it. I don't have any knit fabric that is suitable for either fitting the pattern or actually making it to wear... Mostly I use knits to make t-shirts, I spent a whole winter about six years ago working out a pattern that actually fit me and looked attractive. Hmmm, what to do...?