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.

  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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