Monday, July 27, 2015

Autumn Sewing Inspiration

Since I'm far away from my sewing machine at the moment, I thought it would be the perfect time to scroll through two of my favorite inspiration sites (Boden and Kate Spade) in preparation for fall sewing.  Keeping in mind that I live in the sub-tropics, I've picked out plenty of warm weather styles.

First up, Kate Spade (and I'm warning you now, this section is super stripes-heavy:

  Open-back top - I even like the cutesy bow.  I need a pretty beefy striped knit for this, though, to keep the giant keyhole looking nice.  This would be perfectly nice in a solid, too.

Pocket striped top - A pretty basic breton, but with fun pockets with cute little buttons on them!  Again, I need a knit strong enough to take the pockets well.  Interlock?  Sweatshirt material?  What do you think?

Striped scuba dress - Obviously this is made from uber-trendy scuba material, but several complimentary, sturdy knits would work.  I love a casual dress!

Tweed Jacket - a Chanel-style jacket with interesting pockets and collar.  I probably won't get to this, but so  pretty!

Now on to a little Boden:

Ottoman Sheath Dress - Perfectly simple.  Love it!

Multi-color sweater - I love color blocked tops.  You look so put together with zero effort.  These colors are fun.

Pieced button skirt - This skirt design is so fun, and looky here at Vogue 9132  I like the color block options, too, but am not crazy about either of the color combos here.

Full skirt - I think I've sworn off skirts that gather at the waist, but this is more pleated.  So cute!  Full-bodied fabrics seem to be a requirement this season.  This is poly/cotton jacquard jersey.

Zip Pocket Top - I think the textured ottoman knit makes this really neat.  I need to hunt some down online.

Gathered blouse - I'd love the find the perfect pattern for this top.  Pretty!

Pea Coat - I'd like to make a new casual jacket this year.  Classic pea coats are calling to me.

Pocket mini skirt - This reminds me a bit of this recent skirt.  Just needs an adjustment in pocket placement, some tabs, and a cozy fabric.

That's it for tonight!  I hope you are enjoying your summer and not getting too caught up in fall wardrobe planning... like myself.  :-)


  1. This butterick pattern might be a good start to the gathered blouse

    1. Thank you, Katherine! That does look really close.

  2. Simplicity 1692 also looks like the blouse you like.

    1. That is really cute, too. Thank you!

  3. I don't know if you have the magazines, but I just recently stumbled upon shirt #106 in Burdastyle 04/2013 ( - looks pretty close!


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