We’re getting ready for an end of the season garage sale. While rooting around in my bedroom, looking for things to include in the sale, I decided to re-fold my fabric stash and weed out what needs weeding.

I keep the fabric for current and next projects upstairs in a hutch that belonged to my grandmother. I find that seeing the fabric facilitates plotting and getting a vision of what I really want. I also have shelves in the basement for fabric, but I really suffer from out of site, out of mind.

Here’s what I have right now in the upstairs stash. All fabric has a pattern picked out, and most has even been pre-washed! Missing from the photo is a piece of rust corduroy that’s currently in the dryer and destined to be a skirt or another pair of trousers.

[fall sewing]

I am trying very hard to be thoughtful with my sewing, which is why I post three ‘looks’ for every new garment finished. I want my new garments to be versatile. I also am trying to add a little more color to my wardrobe, which you can see in the fabric I have for shirts.

For the bottom half of my body, I’m sticking with what works – Simplicity 2562 (wide legged pants), Butterick 4877 (pencil skirt with pleats) and McCall’s 5811 (full circle skirt). I might also try a Jenny skirt, depending on how the muslin for that style looks on me.

For shirts, I’ve decided to give Hot Patterns 1043 (Bo-Ho De-Luxe Peasant shirt) another chance with non-chiffon fabric. I also have two styles that are new, Simplicity 2501 and Simplicity 2601 – both part of my fall wardrobe contest items that I’m still plugging away on!

[shirts, trousers and skirts]

I’m up in the air right now in terms of what sort of clothes to sew. I’m currently not working, so I need casual, at home clothes. But I am job hunting and don’t know if I’ll end up in a business or business casual environment -otherwise, separates or suits? I think all of my shirts and trousers will work well for any scenario, with the exception of the pencil-skirts, as I wouldn’t generally wear those around the house during the day!

[suits, jackets and a dress]

I have material to make three new suits – white, brown and black. I’ll probably make the white suit with a skirt. I so want a white pant suit, but realize that that may be impractical for Minnesota, where for half the year we slog through muddy slush to get around. The back of the trousers would be ruined the first day I wore them! The black and brown suits will be trouser suits, so they will be good for mixing with other separates.

I have wool left over from two previous projects. My Louis Vuitton copy (full circle skirt and fitted shirt) and my green dress. I think there’s enough in both cases to make a matching jacket, which will be great, especially if I end up working in a suit-wearing office! I haven’t tried either pattern yet, but have cut McCall’s 5936 and Butterick 5147.

I plan on making a dress from the yellow boucle – another version of Vogue 8648 (the green dress). I think the fit is great, and already have a jacket made of the same fabric – which sadly, needs to be altered as it’s too big for me!

Off to finish organizing for the garage sale! Unfortunately, the fabric for my lusted-after Anthropolgie copy is going in the sale. Why, oh why, did I think powder blue was a color for me??

Before I go, here’s a rundown of the patterns mentioned…

Simplicity 2501
Simplicity 2601
Hot Patterns 1043

Butterick 5147
McCall’s 5936

Vogue 8648

Simplicity 2562

McCall’s 5811
Butterick 4877
BurdaStyle 6058 – the Jenny Skirt

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