Over the Summer, I did a lot of sewing as I had no warm-weather clothes that fitted; now I find I also have no cool weather clothes that fit (I've lost some weight this year), so I've switched to making Autumn/Winter clothes now that Summer is fading out!
I finished two dresses over the weekend; one took a week to make, and the other was done in a day! You can see them both here!
This is New Look 6968, which I've made several times before, although this is the first time I've done this collar-y thing. It was a bit tricky, as the fabric is a fairly thick wool suiting, and there are several layers at one point; I broke two needles on it, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out! It's a little bit air hostess-y, but in a fabulous 1960's Pan-Am way, I think.
The original pattern is either short-sleeved or sleeveless, but since this is a winter-y dress made in quite warm fabric, I lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length. I also did a full lining, rather than just lining the bodice, and made up the lining in full before inserting it, rather than lining the bodice and the sleeves before joining them together, which leaves raw edges on the inside.
The second dress, which only took a few hours yesterday afternoon, is McCall's 6612, made up in some dark green ponte from my stash.
I couldn't get a good picture of it for some reason, it's honestly nicer than it looks there! It's a really quick simple pattern with only three pieces in this variation (front, back, sleeve; the neckline is self-faced), and it came together with no problems. I shortened it, and made the sleeves slimmer than in the pattern, and graded from a size 14 at the top to a 16 at the hip, but otherwise didn't adjust it. It's just very easy to wear, comfortable, and looks lovely; I'm already planning a shorter version to wear as a top with jeans, and a cowl-necked version in some dark red ponte from my stash.
The other productive thing I did this weekend was to admit that my stash had outgrown the storage I had; I bought three big transparent stackable crates (I think they're 40 litres or so?), so now all my fabric is neatly contained but still visible; big improvement!
How do you store (and control!) your stash? And what are you sewing for the Autumn?