Has the weather started cooling off for you all yet? It’s just getting hotter and hotter here in Florida, but I’m dreaming of cooler temperatures. If you dream it, it will come, right?
I love cooler weather for so many reasons. Okay, maybe I should pause for a minute. I might define cooler weather a little bit differently than you. I have almost always lived in a tropical climate, so cooler means anything in the 70s. Back to why I love it cooling off. Cooler weather means I get to wear all of my fun layering clothes that hardly come out. Cooler weather means snuggles on the couch. Cooler weather means camping is possible again. Cooler weather…who am I kidding. It’s just a dream right now for me, but it might be your reality, and a girl can dream!
So fall sewing was on the brain and Allie from Indiesew asked if I’d like to sew a few of their patterns they have bundled up into their fall collection. Have you heard of Indiesew yet? It’s this pretty neat storefront (online) that has a selection of great indie women’s sewing patterns. A good selection of sewing patterns all in one location, and if you need a little inspiration, sewists have uploaded photos of their creations to the shop so you can peak around at what everyone has been making. Great idea, huh? And take a look at their fall collection, two tops, two bottoms, two accessories, all great patterns (one of which I already own, the Hudson Pants and would absolutely put them into my fall must have sewing list).
I was excited to try a few new patterns and a new to me designer. Let me start with the new to me designer. I sewed the Natalie top by Liola Patterns. I knew that I could use a new chambray shirt and had the perfect Robert Kaufman chambray fabric. (I’ve used this fabric to sew a pair of shorts that I love, and I promise, promise, promise that I won’t wear this shirt with those shorts…that would just be awkward!) This pattern was great. The pieces lined up perfectly, it printed out easily, and the directions were incredibly clear. I definitely would try another Liola pattern.
The next item I sewed was the commuter cowl. Would you believe this is the first scarf I have sewn? This isn’t an ordinary scarf, though. Shannon takes a simple cut of fabric, and just with a few cuts, a few folds, a few stitches, and a few twists you have a really awesome cowl! I love this scarf and will definitely wear it often. Shannon’s directions are clear. If you follow her steps, just as she laid out, your scarf will come together quickly and easily. I used a bit of plaid flannel I had picked up at Jo Anns last year in a super clearance deal. Gah…I love this cowl.
So fall sewing has commenced over here, now let’s get some fall weather rolling in! I’m ready to bundle up in all these fun clothes and go camping!