I had the opportunity earlier this week to write a post for Selfish Sewing Week at Imagine Gnats. What did I write about? Fall fashion of course!
While I've been a long-time admirer and even collector of indie fashion patterns, I'm just starting to dabble now in apparel sewing. With the amazing selection of patterns that are being released each season by independent designers and home sewists (just like us), I feel like it's easier than ever to get into garment sewing and pick up the skills needed to be successful at it.
I really think the clarity and approachability of independent patterns makes it possible, not to mention that almost every pattern release comes with sew-alongs, detailed blog posts with tips, and even the opportunity to contact the designer directly with questions.
So what this all means for me is that I'm giving it a shot. I've cut out my first Scout Tee (by Grainline Studio) and I'm making a knit t-shirt. To be completely honest, I feel like I'm in totally uncharted waters here, but I want to learn how to make clothes - so this is where I start. Thankfully I have the support of several apparel-savvy friends and the greater sewing community to help me figure it all out.
If you're curious about some of the patterns that I have my eye on for my fall wardrobe and would like to see some different versions those, head on over to Imagine Gnats to read my post here. I'm also talking about the ways in which more summer-appropriate patterns can be modified to work for fall and even winter temps. Think different substrates and layering!
I'm also linking up my goal to finish my first knit t-shirt with the ladies at A Lovely Year of Finishes: