Seasonal Planning


As summer draws to an end lots of clothes brochures have been falling through my letterbox and I have seen so many things that I would really like. So kettle on, tea made and I have gone through the brochures, picked out my favorites cut out the pictures and stuck them in my planner. My grand name for the old scrapbook which lives in my sewing basket to keep me focused. Then I do a bit of pattern research to see what I can use to create the items on the list.

On my list this time is a trenchcoat, I had originally thought of doing it in pale blue, but then a lemon crepe arrived in the shop and I was smitten… the pattern I have chosen is from an old Prima magazine, November 2016.

I also have purchased the Rumana Coat pattern from By Hand London, I bought the  download pdf…daunting to stick it all together so I contacted a most wonderful lady called Sarah at Print your Pattern, I can not praise this lady enough she sorted it all out for me and it arrived all printed within 48 hours, fabric has yet to be picked as I am waiting for all the winter orders to arrive.

So while I am waiting for the winter wools I am going to make a button through skirt in some cotton gaberdine with lycra which has just arrived in ecru/ivory and mushroom, I am going to use the ivory fabric, the pattern is McCalls 7392 (the mid-knee length), I will be altering the waist to make it a little deeper so I can put a self-covered belt with it, inspired by the picture below.

Photo from LK Bennett

I will not be making my own belt, I will be sending the fabric away to Harlequinn in Essex, I know there are other services but I have always been happy with them.

Finally this is my current project,there has been a black with ecru spot viscose fabric talking to me for the last month, each morning as I open the door my eye looks for this bolt of fabric, so now I have found the perfect item, I am using a McCalls pattern M7129, view B though I am taking some of the fullness out of it.

Spotty skirt

Photo from Baujken

Today I had the ultimate joy of seeing the new season of patterns and wools from Rowan, absolutely wonderful, everything should be in by the end of September and I am really excited by the Kim Hargreaves new book Pale….lost for words but that is definitely on my list for October.

Two deliveries of fabric have arrived today, including the pale lemon crepe and the gaberdines so I am now going to photograph them and get them up on the website.

See you all soon, happy sewing and knitting


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