Do you ever find yourself longing to sew spring dresses in the middle of autumn? Or wool skirts in the summer? Every year around the turn of the season, without fail, I find myself longing to sew up garments for the season just past.
So this Me Made May, along with sewing a wearable handmade wardrobe, I'm also very much trying to be mindful of sewing appropriately for where I am. It's okay to be inspired by others and the seasons in the northern hemisphere, but sewing mindfully, so that I will actually get to wear my current me mades, is very much at the top of the list.
I've had some ideas that I hope will help with the seasonal transition and my incessant need to sew things I won't be able to wear for a few months -
1. Write a list of Winter Sewing Essentials.
I've done this before and have found it really does keep me on track. It's also motivating, knowing there are things on the list I need and will wear as soon as they are finished. I also feel like it keeps me accountable (even though most of you probably couldn't care less whether I deviated from my list or not!)
2. If I desperately feel the need to sew a spring dress in the middle of winter, make it from a winter appropriate fabric and make sure it's at least a style that will go with a warm cardigan and tights.
3. Start planning for spring items - trace patterns and make necessary flat pattern fit adjustments, wash fabric and gather any extra supplies I need. This way, when the autumn sewing bug hits in spring, I'll be well on my way to sewing my summer clothes and it means I can start planning my autumn wardrobe.
Autumn really is my very favourite time of year. The trees are full of colour, I get to pull out my cardigans, scarves, boots and gloves and it hasn't got so cold and dark that I just feel glum. I get to knit by the fire at night with a cat on my lap and I get to sew with wool, which I love. So, I'm determined to live in the season and enjoy it for what it is. Rain and all.
Do you have any tips for sewing for the season?
Make sure you check out Zoe's MMM14 post on Sewing for the Season.