Winter Wardrobe

The weather has turned decidedly Autumnal this last week, so I decided to get my winter clothes out from storage a few days ago.  Oh my goodness, apparently I have almost NO winter clothes - or certainly almost none that I like!

Luckily I have recently purchased quite a few lengths of fabric and patterns with the intention of creating a new winter wardrobe.

So without further ado, I would like to share my purchases and plans with you.


I have fabric for 2 blouses. Both fabrics are polyester crepe de chine. 

The first is a tan and purple polka dot, purchased a couple of months ago at Sew Over It, while I was killing time before a work appointment.  Fabulous shop by the way!  It's going to become view C of Butterick 5561.

The second is a plain cerise pink/plum that I picked up recently at a sewing and craft show at Bluewater shopping centre.  I'm not totally sure what this is going to become yet, possibly Burdastyle's Pleated Tunic, or something similar.


I have plans for 2 skirts.  I have one metre of this dark brown / aubergine heavy polyester (I think) fabric, also bought at the sewing show at Bluewater.  The man I bought this from told me it was produced for Jaeger, and it certainly feels nice enough.  I think this is going to become the skirt from Simplicity 2263, the same pattern I used for my Cherry Surprise skirt earlier in the year.  With added pockets of course! 

Secondly, at the same event I purchased a metre of pink/brown woven boucle looking fabric.  It's quite loosely woven, so I think it will need a lining. It will very likely be the skirt from Vogue 1247, several inches longer, as I've heard it's VERY short!


Again, I have fabric for 2 - there appears to be a pattern developing here! - quite coincidentally.

Both fabrics were purchased at Fabricland in Basingstoke earlier this week.  I happened to be in the area for work, and of course had to pop in to see what they'd got.  They're both ponte knit and I have aubergine and teal.

The aubergine is going to be view A of Burda 7301, hopefully it will look exactly the same as the pattern envelope.

The teal I think might be paired with my first vintage pattern.  Simplicity 5170, the long sleeved version.  Again I'm hoping it will look like the illustration on the pattern envelope.

And finally......

A coat!!! 

I'm quite scared about this.  I wasn't when I bought the fabric months ago, but the closer it gets to me actually having to make it, the more scared I get. 

The fabric is a wool blend from Ditto Fabrics, which I bought months ago.  I've umm-ed and ahh-ed about patterns and have finally decided it will be a Vogue 8548.  Sadly by the time I decided I wanted to use that pattern it had been discontinued, but I managed to find a copy on eBay.  I'm going to make view C.  Sadly this fabric doesn't really go with any of my other purchases!

I think that should be enough to keep me going for a while!

Of course, I also have several knitting projects either on the go or in the pipeline, and my Burdastyle jacket to complete.  And Karen's Apronalong!   And that's without thinking about any Christmas gifts I might want to make.  Looks like I'm going to be busy. 


  1. Wow, what impressive plans. I particularly love your coat fabric, looking forward to seeing your progress :)

    1. Thanks Jacq! I think "overambitious" might be a good way to describe my plans, but we'll see! The coat is scaring me slightly.


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