it’s been a while since I posted to the blog. Today is the first day of Fall, my favorite Sew Season. I thought I would share a few things with you about what’s to come on rieshanicolles.com blog page. Lots of Jumpsuits, Cardigan’s, and maybe some sweaters will make an appearance this fall. Dresses are a given as I am loving the fall looks with a dress, tights, and a cute pair of booties.
The last pieces that I created were strictly for summer and I am making the transition of summer to fall outfits, now sure why, because there a few days of 80 – 90 temperatures in the upcoming forecast. I really need it cool off.
Here are a few of my fall outfits that I have made in the past. Stay tuned for October makes will be shown soon.
Clothes can help you transform into who you need to be perceived as. `Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope, Scandal)
Jumpsuit season has officially begun for me. I has a list, my make nine list, which I am still using, but this pattern jumped to the head of the line, when it was posted. I know I say I love all jumpsuit patterns, but this one, I absolutely fell in love with.
The pattern is a free pdf pattern from Mood Sewciety, it can be found here. I love the simplicity of the patten and the pieces required to construct this garment. It came along perfect for me. Typically, I will need to take off at least 4″ from the length of the pattern for my height, there were no alterations needed. I am also wearing flat sandals and the top of the pant leg hits perfectly on the top of the foot.
Pattern Description: Women’s Jumpsuit
Pattern Sizing: 00-32. I cut a size 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looked exactly the same as the photo provided.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, instructions are easy to follow and the photos provide makes it easy to follow along.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that I did not need to alter the length of the pattern. For all the women who want to make this, please be sure to measure the pattern and yourself for the the waist to ankle (or however long you prefer). measurements.
Fabric Used: I had this really pretty green cotton knit fabric that has been in my stash for a few years.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations needed for this pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would make this again maybe in black. Who doesn’t need more jumpsuits?
Conclusion: Love the pattern, love that there were no alterations needed, and I loved how many people commented on my outfit when I wore it to work. I did wear a jacket over it for the office to make if more professional.
You are so much stronger than you think!!! `Unknown
I have been deciding the whole month of January if I wanted to post a Make Nine list for 2022. Like so many others I make these elaborate lists of garments I want to make at the beginning of the year. This year I looked long and hard at what I needed in my wardrobe, not much with working from home, but I still like fashion and clothing is my Love Language. I have also added pieces that will help me expand my sewing skills and to use other fabrics that I typically shy away from.
My list is created in no special order of completion. The weather in California is unpredictable so I will sew as I see fit, for whatever weather we are having here. The ongoing joke here is that we have 2 seasons, wet when we are not in a drought, hot because of the drought. Okay enough about the weather, let’s take a look at the list.
Simplicity 9480 – Jumpsuit (View B) – no matter the season a good jumpsuit is always on my list. I choose View B, the shorter length, knowing that I have to remove at least 4″ on jumpsuit/pant patterns to accommodate my height.
Simplicity 9463 – Dress (View B) – love everything about this dress, especially the peplum style bottom. The peplum is not my usually style, but I am stepping out of my comfort zone. More than likely I will make both versions at some point, but for now it’s View B.
Vogue 1832 – Jacket and Pants – this pattern is going to be my challenge outfit. I am challenging myself to make garments with more zippers. Zippers are not my strong point, but I need to get over it. I am going to put all the finishing details on this outfit with the color contrast on the sleeve and it’s going to match a pair of sneakers my husband bought me for Christmas. This one is on the cutting table as I write this post.
Simplicity 8830 – Shirtdress (View A) – this pattern is gorgeous and the style I am looking for, at the moment, next week my style can totally change. I love the versatility of this pattern. I can wear it as a shirt or a dress, dressed up or down. I am actually excited about this one.
Simplicity 9268 – Top and Pants – this pattern was on my list last year to make during summer and it didn’t happen. The weather changed and I put it away. I have all the fabric and notions and if I remember correctly it is already cut out.
Simplicity 9228 Top and Pants – it’s all about coordinating and this pattern is just that. I can wear the jacket with jeans, or the pants with a jean jacket. I can already see so many options with this one.
Mood Buttercup Sweatshirt – all 3 looks – this pattern has 3 looks and all 3 are pieces I can use in my wardrobe. The crop banded with jeans and a cute pair of sneakers, the crop with leggings and sandals, the dress with wedges or sneakers. The options with this one is also endless and the choice of fabric can make or break this piece.
Swimsuit – last year I made Simplicity 1116 and of course I can’t find it. I have 4 other sewing patterns in my pattern collection. I haven’t decided which one I want to make yet, but I have time, it’s not hot here yet and I don’t have any tropical vacations planned. The 4 I have are McCall’s 5400, Simplicity 8928, Vogue 9192, and Simplicity 1374.
Swimsuit cover up – I have 2 patterns in mind for the cover-up, New Look A6283 and Simplicity 1375. Simplicity 1375 is an actual dress, put is perfect to use as a cover–up over a swimsuit for a dinner on the beach. Yes I plan on going to the beach this summer. I have 2 fabrics I want to use for a cover-up, so more than likely I will make one of each pattern.
Yes, I know this is more than nine patterns, my goals have expanded and sewing makes me happy!!! 2022 is my year to grow in all things that I touch.
Update on Vogue 1754 Misses’ Cape: The Cape is complete, but I haven’t found the perfect hardware (buttons) for the belt. As soon as I find something I will post a blog post on it. I absolutely love how it turned out.
Fashion is art and you are the canvas. ~Velvet Paper
Well not sure when that is going to be as the date keeps changing. That is not a complaint, it allows me more time to get my wardrobe together for when that date does happen.
The Simplicity 8982 pattern is a great starter to get your SewJo flowing again, mine never left, but if you are stuck in a funk and want to sew something quick and cute, this one would work to satisfy both of those elements.
I like easy to style and easy to dress up or down patterns. This pattern has a dress, 2 tops with different sleeve variations, and 2 skirts of different lengths. I am not a fan of the skirt, made it in 2019 and it just does not fit my body type. It was not cute. I have seen other sewist wear the skirt and it looks good on them, but not on me.
I had enough of this pretty fabric left from a jumpsuit I made for my wedding anniversary dinner in 2021. There are a few scraps left which I may turn into earrings or a bag. Stay tuned for those items, still deciding.
This is the 3rd dress that I have made with this pattern and it makes me happy each time. I love the fit and it the simplicity of the pattern. You can view my review of the first and second dresses here. You will see the skirt on the mannequin (Brittany), she wore it well.
Hello I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I know I am a week off, but I took some time away from the blog and also a little bit from social media, except for my business page. Just thought I would jump on and make a quick post showing all of the pieces I started and finished in 2021. Some of them are still not finished, that’s another blog post. LOL!!!
When writing this post and uploading photos, I was surprised at how much progress I have made with my sewing for 2021. I felt as though I didn’t sew a lot. Let’s see what 2022 has in store. I have a red wool cape that is almost complete and a dress that needs sleeves and hemming. Those will be finished by the end of the weekend. Have a great rest of the week and I’ll see you all next week.
A little progress each day adds up to big results. ~Unknown