Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Challenge No. 1 Complete: The Wool Purse

There is something about the start of a new season that brings with it new ideas, inspirations, and excitement.  Fall--by far, has always been my favorite season and I decided this year to start it off right by celebrating the beauty.  My first fall challenge was to design and sew a new fall purse. Here is how it went:

The pattern was sketched out....
                                 I dreamed about sewing

The fabric was cut......
                                 I dreamed about sewing

The interfacing was sewn in......
                                 I dreamed about sewing

I started my first week back at school.......
                                I didn't dream at all, but rather slept like a ROCK!

The cool weather approached this week....................
                               I started (finally) sewing!  

With all the excitement and joy of starting a new school year, I had to take a step back from sewing for a few weeks.  However, my project was never too far from my heart and mind, as you can see!  I honestly didn't think I would have the time to complete my first fall challenge before the cool weather began to set in, but once I felt that bite in the air, I headed straight home from school, marched upstairs to my sewing room, and didn't stop until it was done.

I had good intentions of taking pictures along the way and sharing all the steps with you, but there is only so much time during the week nights to get things done! I am happy with the way it turned out--especially since this was my first dabble at designing a pattern of my own that incorporated unique pockets and sturdy fabric. 
I would definitely make it again--only I might use leather next time.
Stay tuned for more upcoming fall projects and ideas!  I will be sure to include some step-by-step photos.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Celebrations of Fall

Fall is by far my favorite season. The beautiful colors, the crisp, cool autumn air, and being able to wear a warm, cozy sweater outside with no jacket is Priceless The past few days it has definitely started to feel like fall is here--especially with school starting tomorrow and Starbucks kicking off their traditional fall drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte!  (Don't look at the calorie count--everyone deserves a little treat for the first day of school, right?!)  It feels good to be getting back into a routine and starting a new school year.  The first month back is always a bit busy, but my goal is to be sure to make some time this season for sewing!

Sew--with that being said, fall also brings with it the opportunity to celebrate beautiful fabrics such as wool, corduroy, leather, and sturdy denims. The next few months I will be celebrating the fall season with pictures of  fall color, inspiration, and new upcoming projects!  

Stay tuned for my fall challenge of designing and creating vintage inspired wool purse.  I will keep you updated!

Wool Purse Fabric

What do you love most about fall?! 
Here are just a few of my favorites, but feel free to add on or comment about your favorite fall moments or things. 

  1. Bonfires
  2. Warm cups of coffee/chai tea
  3. Sewing (of course!)
  4. Reading a good book by the fireplace
  5. Fall camping and getting cozy under the stars
  6. Starting a new school year
  7. The colors of the changing leaves
  8. Raking leaves and jumping in the pile :)
  9. Day trips/hikes
  10. Hoodies and sweatpants
  11. (insulated flannels) my husbands pick!