Each season, members on Stitcher's Guild host a 3-month sew along to create a wardrobe of six garments. I've talked about this idea quite a bit here, so I won't repeat the details. Instead, I will direct you to the active thread that contains all of the information.
I have three 6PAC plans that I'd like to sew for fall. One plan includes traditional fall colours while the other two have much cooler hues.
6PAC#1: brown, cream, orange
6PAC#2: black, white, grey, magenta
6PAC#3: grey, navy blue, white
While these plans may seem rather ambitious, I am not too worried. The 6PAC plans are seasonal challenges so I can easily extend plans 2 and 3 into winter.
To compete in the Mini Wardrobe contest, participants are to make five items in one month. The five items, which include two bottoms, two tops, and a key item, must coordinate to make no less than six outfits. The fifth item can be made, purchased, or previously owned. I've opted to stick with patterns that I made before since the time given to complete the challenge is so short. Plus, my sewing always takes a hit with the start of school.
tentative storyboard and fabric
Simplicity 2860 (pants) - light brown wool herringbone pinstripe
I've worked out the fit on the Simplicity pants and am really pleased with how they look. The waistband, however, has been a royal PITA; I am struggling with getting a nice finish. More details on that in a future post.
BWOF 8-2005-102 (skirt) - light brown wool blend with metallic threads
The pattern is traced and altered. I just need to make a muslin to ensure that I've got the length right and that I'll like the style on me. If I don't like it, I'll resort to one of my TNT patterns and move on.
Simplicity 2599 - dark brown floral silk charmeuse
Working with silk charmeuse may be a challenge. I've sought some tips online so that I know what to expect. I am hesitant to try starch because I don't know if it will change the hand of the fabric. I'll cut a small swatch, apply starch, and then machine wash it. If the fabric holds up well, then I'll proceed with the process on the whole piece. Otherwise, I will just have to sew slowly and carefully so as not to distort the fabric too much.
New Look 6648 - orange rayon knit with metallic threads
I've made this pattern three or four times now. I should be able to complete this in one day. My knit is rather thin, so I need to decide if I'm going to underline this or not.
McCall's 4923 or Simplicity 2560 (cardigan) - cream ponte knit or white rayon modal knit
I keep going back and forth with this option. I've cut out the McCall's cardigan, but I don't know if I'll like the finished product. The rayon-poly ponte knit has too much polyester and I just don't like how it feels. I'll sew it up and see how it looks. If it doesn't work out, then I can fall back on the Simplicity cardigan.
That's it for now. I've got several projects in the mix, so I suppose I should start working!
Until next time...