March 21, 2011

Think Spring; Think New Wardrobe...

Spring is in the air, and an ol' girl's thoughts turn to new clothes for the new season. But seamstresses don't head to the store. No. They head to their stash!

I started by opening the top drawer of my pattern cabinet and choosing the outfits I'd like to make. I want to wear more dresses and skirts this year, so I started there. My first choice is this New Look pattern (sorry, it's discontinued and no longer available for purchase). I have never made anything from this pattern before, even though I've had it for a loooonnnng time. I'm going to make the outfit that's second from the left.

After the first pattern was chosen, I went into my clothing fabric stash and chose these white and light (Margarita) green knit fabrics.
I also have the red knit fabric, so I'll do it in this colorway as well. I have enough of the white to make both tops, and then make the skirts to match them. Right from the start, I'll have two complete new outfits for spring and summer. Well, actually, they'll work nearly year-round in Florida, but if I head North, they'll be perfect for spring and summer.
After I'd decided on the first two outfits, I pulled out my Lutterloh pattern book and chose this ensemble. I'll be making it in the more - ahem - modest length. I've had these two linen fabrics for over twenty years! I loved them so much, I couldn't bring myself to cut them. The fabrics are in perfect condition but I'll launder them first, just to be sure they're stable before I layout, cut and sew the dress and jacket.

In case you haven't heard of the Lutterloh system, I'll tell you all about it tomorrow. This will be my first project using the system and I'm quite excited at the prospect of having a pattern custom-fit to my mature - and currently zaftig - figure. I have enough of the printed linen to make an additional skirt and jacket ensemble in matching fabric. If I do that, I'll have at least two more coordinating new looks!

So now you know what I have planned for this week. What have you planned? The weather is absolutely perfect around here. Mum told me that they're expecting another snowstorm in Michigan. I couldn't help but groan when she told me. Really? More snow? So much for "global warming", I say. I hope that it's a false alarm and that wherever you live, your weather will be perfect for you, too.
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The English Romantic said...

Hi Donna,
Great patterns,
every spring I think i will sew for myself. maybe this year. I'll keep watching.
Happy stitching, Angela.

Carol at Serendipity said...


I am now going to have to google those patterns! Your spring wardrobe will be divine!


Carol said...

So funny that you posted this now. I had my teeth pulled 6 months ago and will begin the permanent denture fittings in a few weeks. I have lost a little more than 30 pounds. So off I went to Kohl's to look for some spring clothes in wonderful spring colors...not. The store was loaded with drab muted tones. What the heck. Couldn't find much in the Pantone color of the year Honeysuckle. Next week I will go off to Joanns to see what is new in patterns. One good thing, I saved my smaller jeans and yesterday wore a pair to work that I remember wearing in the 90's.

Suzann said...

Both are terrific!! I hope you share the final results.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Will look forward to seeing these when they're completed...hope you model them !
This week I am doing my usual spinning in circles LOL.

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Girlfriend,

I agree with the last two comments.....I hope you show us your completed fun to have a blog fashion show.

Have a lovely day,

Sherri said...

Can't wait to see your new clothes! I used to sew alot and I need to get back into that habit!

The French Bear said...

Ha, you mean what you'll make today...I know you, you will have it done for tommorrow's post!!! Just kidding, but you really do make things fast. I love the print of that linen, that is gorgeous and it will look stunning on you!!!
Can't wait to hear about this Lutterloh system...hmmm interesting!

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Looking forward to hearing about that sewing system. Sounds interesting!
xx, shell

Createology said...

These patterns are classic styles and with your described fabrics will be perfectly divine. How rewarding to sew for yourself some new clothes. I remember when I sewed all my clothes and all of my daughter's clothes. Back when patterns and fabric seemed so much more affordable. Good thing you saved all of your supplies from long ago. Please show us the finished outfits. No...not with Fezzik modeling them...
Happy stitching...


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