Autumn/Winter Daydreaming, 2015 Edition!

Hi, guys! I hope you are all well! I am in a particularly busy stretch right now, and what that usually means for me is that my brain is in overdrive, cramming sewing daydreams into every spare moment! So I thought it might be useful to type up my autumn/winter sewing plans to get them out of my head, and to hear what you guys are interested in sewing for the upcoming season change! (Note: all photos are the property of their respective pattern companies).

I am the first person to admit that I just don’t have any interest in wearing dresses once the weather turns cool. Tights just don’t feel that warm to me, plus, let’s be honest– I don’t prioritize shaving my legs on dark winter mornings and stubbly legs + tights = itchy city! But. BUT. For some reason I’m finding myself interested in shirtdresses these days, so I’m thinking I should try at least one! True to my style, these are loose and don’t really have a defined waist, so maybe I should just keep them short and sassy and just wear them over skinny jeans? Anyway, my #1 choice is the Named Clothing Wenona dress. I just love all the interesting details in this pattern- it’s so cool! I already have it in my stash as it was a Christmas gift from my brother, so it’s on the top of my list.

I’m also loving the lines of the Style Arc Italia dress! If the illustration doesn’t lie, it’s got a nice, body-skimming fit, and the lines are very flattering and fun.

I may also just try out a tunic version of the Grainline Archer. Also, I should really make myself a new Archer to usher in fall weather, yeah? It would be criminal not to! I loved Kendra’s silk Archer, and although my workplace is super casual, I’m tempted to try a dressier version like hers.

The Rèpublique du Chiffon Dominique jumpsuit is another thing that I’m super anxious to make! I’d planned to make it all summer long, but we had a particularly hot summer here in New York and it was just too sticky to wear pants! I really want to make this in the next couple of weeks so I can get some wear out of it before winter hits. But, I can always throw a blazer over it during cooler weather, so I guess it isn’t completely a summer garment, right? PS- anglophones, English RDC patterns are coming soon!!

Another transitional pattern that I may try is a pair of Style Arc Lola pants. I’ve had this pattern for nearly two years (!), but haven’t gotten around to making it yet (I’ll be honest… the instructions confused me every time I pulled the pattern out, so I kept shelving it). Are these even cool anymore?

This fall/winter, I’d also like to make real trousers. I found a cute pair at a sample sale in the Garment District that I’d like to copy, and I also like these Burda Satin Trousers 07/2015 #117A (uhhhhh… but not in satin).

If I can, I’d really love to join in the fun and sew a blazer alongside Gail and friends in October. Gail’s been making some AMAZING blazers lately, and I know it would be a great experience to learn from her! I like the cut of the Burda Essential Blazer and may try to give it a whirl. TRY TO IGNORE THE BIRD ON HER SHOULDER WHY BURDA WHY?!?!?!

This one is just a daydream… you guys, I REALLY WANNA SEW THIS JACKET, but I just can’t have any more casual jackets! I have way too many, and my coat closet is bursting at the seams as a result! But how cute is the Named Clothing Harriet Lumberjacket?!?! I looooooooove it! Can you guys please just sew lumberjackets so I can look at yours in a pervy, envious way?

Now let’s just disregard what I said about my poor, groaning closet because I am still hopeful that I can make the Grainline Cascade Duffle this year. I bought super awesome wool coating for it last year, but couldn’t get organized enough to sew it up before spring hit. I can always cram one more coat in the closet, yeah?

I’ve really enjoyed having a shiny new pair of jammies this summer, so I’d love to add a second pair of Carolyn pajamas, this time in flannel. What’s better than flannel for the winter months?! Nothin’!

I’m really, really getting excited about knitting this fall! I’m slowly but surely making my way through the Bradbury for Man Friend (both sleeves and the back are done; just the front left to go). I absolutely adore the Stonecutter pattern, and even though it terrifies me a little, I really want to give it a try. Survey: how many times do you think I’ll have to stop and rip back because I’ve screwed up a cable? My guess is 7 times…

I treated myself to a copy of Pom Pom Quarterly a couple weeks ago, and wow, it is serious eye candy! Now I basically want to knit EVERYTHING in it. But, I’m trying to be reasonable, so if I finish Stonecutter in a timely manner, I’d love to try the Magdalen scarf, featured on the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I also adore the Karusellen hat… SO CUTE GUYS.

Last but not least, I spied this scarf on Instagram just this morning and instantly added it to my queue. It’s the murmuration scarf by Kate Davies and man, it’s so cool! Even if I don’t have time to knit it, I’ll enjoy just thinking about it!

Alright, how about you guys? What are you daydreaming about these days? Any fun sewing plans? Tempted to try any of these patterns?

125 responses

  1. I agree with Gillian. Go with some tights for your shirt dresses. I think the Italia would look super cute layered over a pair of steeplechase leggings.


  2. I think we are on the same wavelength with our Fall sewing plans! I’m going to be doing an Archer/Alder mashup shirt dress, deal few more Archers, and I just pulled out the pattern for that Burda blazer last week! Maybe I’ll have to join the blazer-along! Also, RDC patterns in English?!! Music to my ears because I really want that jumpsuit too.


  3. As I read this post, I kept nodding my head at everything! Yes, I have been wanting to try a shirt dress. Yes, I need to finish the archer I started ….two years ago?! Yes, I have been eyeing that pajama pattern. I should really sew some with my plethora of flannel plaid fabric. The only fabric I have been hoarding for the perfect project! 🙂
    And THEN, then I saw you bought the POM POM issue and my eyes nearly popped out of my head! I JUST found that hat pattern on Ravelry days ago. I’m OBSESSED WITH IT. Obsessed! I need that hat in my life. Unfortunately, I think I’ll have to wait it out because I cannot justify $13. for the one pattern I would make form the issue… yet. I may cave and buy it anyway. but yikes. $13. for one pattern? that’s kind of nuts for a hat pattern. I’ve also made the Erica Knits triangle cowl, which I am equally obsessed with. I keep pulling it out of my winter accessories and petting it like a cat because it’s so soft and cozy. And my next project will also be by Erica Knits – the broadcast sweater – there reason I was looking up cables.
    Anyway, yes to stone cutter too. I saw it popping up all over the blogosphere last year. I just looked up cables for a sweater I want to make and I was astounded by how simple they are. All this time, I thought they’d be such a tedious thing to knit. Not so! I think you could definitely manage stone cutter! Good luck! 🙂
    Alright, now I’ve written you a blog post myself…


  4. No need to rip back entire rows just to fix a minor bobble. If you’ve messed up a cable, just take the stitches for that cable (and only those stitches) off your needles. Drop those stitches back to the row before the mistake, then knit up the cable (and only the cable) back up to your working row, and put the stitches back on the needle.

    It can be a bit fiddly, but is far less trouble than frogging and re-knitting an entire sweater from the row where the little wobble happened. Check nearly anything written by Elizabeth Zimmerman or Meg Swanson for clear, concise instructions and beautifully detailed drawings if you’re having trouble imagining how to do this simple fix. Happy knitting!


  5. What a list – I hate wearing dresses, but it seems that some shirt dress patterns have made it to my pattern stash – not sure how that happened, but I am excited about it! I am thinking denim, black opaque tights and ankle boots. If I manage this, I would be really happy! I have the Portage cardigan on my list, and now the camilla shawl. I love the Kate Davies scarf, but there is no way I would finish it!


  6. Aww, thanks for the shout-out! Is that Named Harriet Lumberjack jacket not amazing?! It’s in my basket right now, along with a couple other patterns. And I’ve also been dreaming of an aran sweater, although there’s a pretty good chance I won’t be able to get to it.


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  8. The Karusellen hat is just so so nice!! I’m having trouble to decide which pattern I wanna use for my hat this winter but this one is defo in my top 3!!! The duffle coat is just my favourite coat as well and I really wanted to make it this year but with the pregnancy I’ll have to wait next fall …!


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