December 22, 2017

FALL'S SWEET SIXTEEN... you remember my plans for a Fall Wardrobe Collection?  I talked about it here, here, and here.
"Fall's Sweet Sixteen" (was named for Project Runway's Season 16 that has now come and gone).  My dream was to stitch up 16 garments that would yield countless wonderful outfit combinations for Fall and Winter.  The plan was to see if I could pull of a simple, non-stressful wardrobe capsule.
This was the plan in a nutshell:
  • 4 Outer Wear Garments (Coat/Jacket/Vest or Cardigan)
  • 4 Tops/Tunics/Blouses or Tees
  • 4 Pants
  • 4 Dresses and/or Skirts
    Here are the results so far
Clockwise: Kwik Sew 4197 Jacket, OOP Vogue 8323 (top), Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet, A Modified Rendition of  Simplicity 1916, and McCall's 7249 (top)
All five pieces are wearable, and all have been work except for the Kwik Sew Jacket - waiting for the weather to cool off again for that one.  I did start and finish Vogue 9032 pants (remember, I WANT IT ALL) , but they turned out to be a dud for me with the back princess seams twisted and contorted - I have no idea what happened!  And although they are still in the sewing room they will not be worn; I need to remove my zipper and place them in File 13.  This was an awful disappointment since I had seen so many others be so successful with this pattern.  The jury is still out as to whether I will try that pattern again.  I just don't know!

With 5 pieces of the capsule completed and 11 more to go I have felt like scraping this plan all together and never mentioning it again.  However, I am such a stickler for completing what ever I start that I feel I have to see it through to the end.  It's such an unstructured plan so I'll just keep right on sewing and hopefully I'll end up with 11 more pieces before the season's done.

In the meantime, I'm teaching myself to use CAVA as a collage maker and photo editor.  I desperately need to do something to improve the quality of my pictures.


  1. Its coming together Ms. Faye!! I really like what you have so far! So sorry about your pants, but you have accomplished a lot already.

    1. Those pants really through me for a loop after having put so much work into them. But on to another pattern.

  2. I use for photo editing and collages. It is free and works well!

  3. Piece by piece your collection is coming together. Looking good!

  4. I love your goal of 16 pieces - it makes a lot of sense! I think as sewists we can fall into such random and rather "orphan" makes that look great but fail to go with anything in our closet :) I love your Blackwood cardigan! The photo edit program I used is but you have to be very careful you go to the RIGHT SITE to download it because there are so many sites that deceptively lead you to believe you are on the official site and they're just trolling for victims. This is my cpu instructor's web site in Kitchener Ontario Canada (very trustworthy fellow that teaches seniors cpu skills at the local community centre) where you can find links to programs that are useful such as Happy Holidays to you Faye and all the very best to you and your loved ones for 2018!

    1. Kathleen thank you so much for your input on my 16 piece collection. I did not plan out the fabrics or patterns in the beginning for this collection because I often get stuck in the process. So I am trying very hard not to let it be a hodge podge.
      And thank you so very much for your professor's trusty link. I am going over there to see if I can figure out how to use that Thanks a bunch.

  5. Hi Linda Faye! I love your color pallet and looks like to beginnings of a very cohesive collection. Keep working on this! It's a great idea towards useful wardrobe pieces, which is usually hard for me to maintain while my inspiration is all over the most of us, I'm sure. Keep it up girl!

    1. Thank you very much for your vote of confidence Cecil! I'm trying my best to keep it cohesive.



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