Hi everyone, hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!
Those of you that follow me on Pinterest will probably have guessed by now that Autumn is my absolute favourite season: the first of the proper chilly weather, changing leaves, Halloween, Bonfire night, lots of cinnamon spiced deliciousness and of course Autumn fashions! I love jumpers, coats, scarves and boots and all the lovely textures that the fashions of the colder seasons embrace. This year the trends seem better than ever with a massive vintage influence everywhere and an abundance of big coats, full skirts, angora, boucle, velvet and lace.
I have been so busy recently that my sewing has been a bit limited but I was determined to whip up some quick pieces to mark the start of a new season and decided to start by designing a simple pattern that would work well as a basis for several of the tops I have been lusting over on Net-a-porter while looking for AW2013 style inspiration.
I drafted my pattern using my basic block and tinkered around to create a loose fitting but not completely shapeless silhouette that was free from any darts- I wanted to be able to use this pattern for lace, crepe and some wool jersey in various lengths and all of these fabrics look a lot nicer sans darts in my opinion.
Despite being mostly inspired by the black lace around at the moment I decided to make a prototype with some left over cream lace from my stash. I had a piece just big enough to make a slightly shorter top that I plan to make in black and ended up pretty pleased with it. I’m quite a fan of cream as an Autumn/ Winter colour and think this will be great under some big, cosy knits.
I’m wore my top over a Topshop cami on a lovely little trip to Sloane Square in London this weekend with some old faithful Topshop Leigh jeans, a Kate Spade bag and some yummy new Jeffrey Campbell boots from Shopbop- chunky and comfy and perfect for kicking around the Autumn leaves!
Can’t have a shopping trip without a caramel cappucino! Also I am loving my OPI nail varnish at the moment, its a really intense cherry red.
Aside from this project I have also been working on a grey-blue winter coat with big lapels and dreaming of the various ways in which I can jump on the velvet bandwagon trending at the moment.
What styles and fabrics are getting you excited this season?