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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mix and Match Winter Basics


I'm very much a planner when it comes to sewing.  I do try and make all of my garments work with each other.  This winter I have made a polar fleece jacket, a polar fleece vest, and three corduroy skirts.


Polar fleece vest
The polar fleece vest can be worn with any of my three new skirts.  As can my polar fleece jacket.

Polar fleece jacket
Two skirts are A line corduroy skirts and the third is a straight skirt with godet pleat at the back.

Black A-Line Corduroy skirt

Grey Corduroy A Line Skirt
I've paired the vest with the black corduroy straight skirt:

Vest with skirt
And I've paired the jacket with the black corduroy straight skirt:

Jacket with skirt

I've also made two pairs of polar fleece leggings - always planned to go with casual cardigans.  I could also put them with casual jumpers.

That is all the winter sewing I plan to do this year.  I'm going to get a head start on spring/summer sewing - or maybe, just catch up on the sewing I didn't get around to doing last year :)

Happy sewing everyone,

Sarah Liz


18 comments:

  1. We think so alike, with very little wardrobe space I try and make sure each piece mixes with at least a few existing pieces, also as I stick to certain palette of colours, everything seems to work with each other. It seems strange hearing you talk of planning your spring/summer wardrobe when at the other side of the world the winter clothing is starting to slowly creep into the shops.

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    1. Yes, seasons are upside down - although I still find it strange having Easter in warm weather. Seems wrong somehow. The basics in classic colours just work so well - you always have something to wear - and as you say, with limited space, it's the only way to go.

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  2. You are so good to be able to mix'n'match like this - you definitely have a great eye for planning what you need. So what do you find easier to plan - summer or winter clothing??? I tend to be more of a summer-sewer, and each year after winter promise myself that next year I will be more motivated to whip some winter gear up...2014 might just be my year yet!!!

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    1. I think summer is easier - all those light garments that sew up so quickly. Winter clothes tend to be a little more time consuming to make so it is hard to get a lot done. Also, winter is so short on the east coast so it doesn't make sense to invest lots of time in making lots of winter garments. I have been working on "Winter" for some years - I need some corduroy pants as well, but that will be 2014 now - if I make them, I won't get much time to wear them this season.

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  3. I wish I was more of a planner. I'm more of the grasshopper-type sewer. If anything works as a wardrobe it's more accident than plan. But I am trying, thanks to the inspiration I get from the blogosphere.

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    1. I love that Kathy - grasshopper-type sewer - that's beautiful :). Perhaps if you grasshop and then make something to go with it, you will get more garments that go with each other :)

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  4. I so admire your organization and your accomplishments are great..
    I tend to sew , things I like.. Not necessarily what will build with other
    items, I have.. I need to improve on this..
    Thank you for sharing your lovely makes. All are looking good.

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    1. Hi Judy - sometimes I find it gets a bit boring sticking to a plan, but then when you start to see the rewards building, it's worth it. I'm starting to get to that point, but it's taken a while to work it all out.

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  5. I love your skirts. Perhaps I'll actually get around to making corduroy skirts this year. Of course, if this year is anything like last year, we'll have 3 days of winter, once again rendering a winter wardrobe a complete waste of time and effort.

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    1. Hi Christy - if you live in a warm climate, don't feel you have to make garments more suited to other climates. Just get some thick wool tights and wear them under one of your lovely skirts.

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  6. I really admire your organisation and ability to stick to your plans. I'm very good at making plans, but I get easily distracted by anything new and pretty!

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    1. Sam, you must be a romantic - they tend to love all things pretty :). I'm more of a classic/practical, so my clothes reflect this aspect of my personality.

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  7. I've started to do more planning as I sew. I try to make things that I can coordinate as well dress up or down for various reasons. I usually have to be able to style it to make it work appropriate and that in and of itself becomes a challenge at times. A very inspiring post!

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    1. Yes, the first part of sewing is just learning to sew :). It is hard to make clothes work - as you say, styling is also important. As is knowing what your own personal style is. And as you say, being able to wear a garment in more than one way is very important - I try and get that out of all my clothes - can they take me from dawn to dusk in various ways?

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  8. I admire your ability to make a plan and stick with it. I try to have a plan but have trouble sticking with it. I'm easily distracted but I have gotten better. Now I make a general idea of what I want and go with the flow.

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    1. Hi Towanda, we are all different, which is a good thing. I admire people that can go with the flow - you all seem so flexible. However, I function better with a plan - otherwise I would probably do nothing at all:)

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