Back to School Fall Sewing Plans


Back to school, back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. Now that I’m entering my 19th year of school, I’m pretty sure my dad doesn’t think that I’m a fool, but that song still gets stuck in my head every fall. It’s still hot and steamy here, but I’m starting to daydream about fall clothes, and what I want to sew this season. My time is fairly limited until October, when I take my comps, so I’m trying not to be overly ambitious. November really feels like the beginning of fall here (at least to us northerners transplanted to the south), so it’s not a big deal. Here’s what I want to make for the fall/winter:

Jeans. I finally feel like I’m ready to hop on the jean-making band wagon. After much deliberation, I bought the Ginger Jeans PDF pattern back in July, and taped it together this weekend. I already have all of the supplies I need, and just need to get over my fears and dive in.

Long-sleeve button-down shirt. I made a few Archer shirts back in 2014, but haven’t made any long-sleeve shirts since then. This fall, I’d like to make a fitted long-sleeve button-down, using the Granville Pattern by Sewaholic. The version that I made my mom for Mother’s Day fit me great, so this should be a fairly quick make.

 Cardigan(s). You can never have enough cardigans. Many of mine are getting old and worn out. I’d like to remedy that problem with some more versions of the Jenna Cardigan by Muse Patterns.

Classy hoodie. I no longer have my office job, so I feel like I can dress a little more casually at school now. I want to make a classy hoodie (if that’s not a thing, I’m making it a thing) that I can wear on chilly days. I think that the Jasper Sweater/Dress by Paprika Patterns is a good place to start. The fabric choice will be the key to making this an upscale hoodie. I might look to RTW for some inspiration on this one.

Knit scarf. Finally, I started knitting myself a scarf in the spring. It’s a simple rectangular scarf made with seed stitch. So far it’s about 6″ long, so I have a long ways to go. My goal is to have it done by the time it gets cold.

Most of these items are a departure from my signature style of dresses and skirts. Recently some of my friends have started commenting that it’s surprising when I wear pants. It’s not that I have anything against pants, I just am lacking in the pants department. I have two pairs of jeans, and have had both of them for at least 5 years. They are looking pretty worn. I don’t have any other pants that fit well, so I generally don’t wear pants. Hopefully my jean adventure will fix that problem! Some fun new tops to wear with them will make them more interesting to wear, too.

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