Winter sewing

It’s Winter 6PAC time again, and this time I’m really going to do my best to get some, if not all, the garments made/bought.
The guidelines are posted over on Stitchers Guild here and are like this:

The 6PAC is a set of guidelines to help you create a group of garments that will be your wardrobe foundation — you’ll no doubt have red sparkly bows or chanel scarves or black skulls that you will accessorise with, but the aim of this sew along is to create stuff that is no sooner washed than worn, something you want to wear every day!

The generic formula for winter is:

– two over layer tops, one generally heavier (dare I say coat?) and one lighter.  For maximum versatility at least one of these, possibly both, will be a dark neutral colour.  Highly recommended that at least one is a cardigan (i.e. closes down the front) as they are more versatile in terms of creating outfits.
– two under-layer tops. 
– two bottoms.

You must also limit your colour choice.  Two neutrals, or a neutral and a colour, are plenty.  Do not whine.  This is not your whole wardrobe forever.  This is the foundation for this season. 

My winter wardrobe tends to degenerate into fleeces and shapeless practical trousers, not good when the extra layers tend to create a bulky look in any case. So some better fitted layering pieces are called for. I also need winter skirts as they are much warmer and more fun than trousers when worn with some funky woolly tights.

Colours: navy, grey, berry red. Plus a wild skirt……

Outers: a purchased cardigan: this is so soft and warm, really cosy in a flattering blue mix.

Fat Face Adele waterfall cardigan

Stonecutter: a grey cable sweater. I laughed when I googled this for a photo: all the pictures of part-finished Stonecutter patterns are at the same stage as mine! It might be done for January, it does actually knit up quite quickly once you get the pattern going.

I’m using Rowan felted tweed in this grey: 

Rowan Felted Tweed Aran in Dusty

Tops: both purchased: long sleeve tops from Long Tall Sally in navy and berry red. They were on offer and buying these meant I had wearable garments more quickly and cheaper than making them myself.

2 skirts:
Pattern 11 Ottobre 5/2013 in navy cotton twill from Clothspot
With a fly front added and lined for extra warmth.

Skirt no 2: Chocolate/teal skirt with embellishment (my entry for Pattern Review’s Sewing Bee Contest). 

Thanks for reading. Comments are welcome!

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