Sunday, September 25, 2016

Following Fall: Simple Wardrobe Ideas

Golden Autumn
LaVere Hutchings
Changing of the seasons calls for warmer clothing during the Fall.

I have gone through some of the Simplicity patterns available to find simple styles and add suggestions for articles to add if needed or to accessorize differently.

For Dresses:

This is a simple dress that would need the neckline raised for modest dressing.  The blouse is dressy also and can be made in silk or soft fabrics for dressier occasions.

This one is very easy to make with a back zipper and semi-fitted through the bodice.  I would lower the hemline for a more flattering look.   This one can be accessorized with scarves, jewelry, belts, vests, and jackets.

This one would work with long sleeves in Fall colors.  The view D would work as a jumper in heavier fabric with a bright sweater underneath.

This one could be shortened or left long and made in cottons or corduroy for warmth.

For 2 piece dressing:

If you prefer knits, make sure there is no static or clingingness as you want it to ride over gently but not tight. Scarves would go well with this as well as large pieces of jewelry and various belts.

For Jumpers:

For Blouses:

Make sure your neckline doesn't sag so that it will be modest.  Wear a higher necked sweater or raise the neckline.  It would work nicely as an over blouse with a turtleneck sweater and skirt in heavier fabrics for cold weather.

For Skirts:

This is one of my favorites because it is simple and has a flattering line.  It is also easy.

This one is perhaps more detailed than the rest.  Gathered skirts go with some things while the more fitted at the waist work for over-blouses much better.

 This skirt pattern is easy and offers pockets.

For Jackets:

This is a lightweight one for using inside to keep the chill off.  It is very easy and flattering.

View C has an elegant look to it.  Views A and B are a popular style now.  They are good if you don't have to deal with wind!

 This is a classic style with some new variations.  It will take more work to sew these but the style should last many years.

For Fun:

I just think we ought to have a little fun outfit for at-home wear as the lounge clothes tend to express a "not-so-ready-to-do-anything" attitude that rubs off on the wearer.

Dottie Angel has some cute clothes patterns for fun and work.  I enjoy thinking about these as they come out.  I haven't made any yet, but perhaps may try 8186 with a sweater under, longer skirt, and leggings for warmth.


SharonR said...

All are good. I have a good many of these patterns -- just need to sew now.

Anonymous said...

Janet, I just enjoyed this post so much. As a sewer, I tend to enjoy a good sewing pattern, but I also have to be true to my way of life...which means easy jumpers and underskirts to keep me warm :0) mari

Janet said...

Thank you so much for your comments, ladies! It is great to know that there are still a lot of seamstresses out there with each being able to make things according to their needs and desires. This is what is fascinating to me is how each one of us can make unique outfits, yet using the same pattern. May you be blessed as your sew for yourselves and your family.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you that we should dress modestly. You might want to look on the Deer and Doe blog (which exists in English). If you make the hems a bit lower on the skirts, the clothes are elegant and yes, feminine. Particularly lovely is the Arum dress (very covered and really cute) and also, Datura, a sweet little blouse.

Janet said...

Thank you for your comments. Yes, I have looked at their patterns before and have found some nice ones. I do agree that the Arum Dress would make a nice dress and how handy it is to be so basic and easy to sew and yet charming. It would make a good item for the minimalist wardrobe.