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Fall Sewing & Knitting Progress

Last weekend I made some great progress on my Fall wardrobe plans! Over the past year my most worn/most loved sewing projects have been the simple ones made from stretchy fabrics and I’m proud of myself for concentrating more on sewing for necessity above all else, making basic wardrobe staples instead of dresses I never end up wearing. Last winter my go-to cold weather uniform included comfy tunics paired with leggings and slouchy sweaters, so I’m off to a good start in my quest to creating a wearable me-made wardrobe that I’m happy with.

I’ll share full blog posts about each of these items soon, but here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on lately.


I made my first Hemlock Tee, a one-size-fits-all pattern by Grainline Studio that’s available for free if you sign up for their newsletter. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the oversized shape on me or not but turns out I love it!

Long time blog readers know I’ve struggled with sewing things I actually wear all the time, but with knitting I’ve always been on the right track. I know I love knitting hats and other accessories because I know I love wearing hats and accessories like cowl scarves. I’ve been making some slow progress on the Greyhaven cowl, being careful not to aggravate my tendinitis.


I made two t-shirt dresses using the Lark pattern and have worn them both a few times already. It feels so good to wear handmade things that you’re proud of and actually want to wear all the time! Since starting physical therapy for my wrist I’ve been much more aware of how I’m spending my time with sewing and knitting. More than ever I’ve come to appreciate the super simple sewing projects that I can make on my serger and finish very quickly.


Next on my list of sewing projects are comfy sweaters like Driftless by Grainline Studio and Oslo by Seamwork, as well as leggings like Sloan by Hey June and Ooh La La by Papercut Patterns.

I’ve been following along with Me Made May and Slow Fashion October for years, learning a little bit about myself and my style each time. Since I started sewing my goal has always been to have a me-made wardrobe but I totally underestimated how much of an epic journey it is (at least for me!) to figure that all out in order to achieve that kind of goal.

If Slow Fashion October has taught me anything it’s to appreciate the type of slow that accompanies figuring out your personal style, especially when you have limitations regarding time and physical ability. Slow progress is still progress!

I’ll share full blog posts about each of these new projects soon, but until then I’d love to hear what your sewing/knitting plans are for the new season!


  • Bella lauren

    You look really adorable in this vintage costume,really lovely

  • “Slow progress is still progress” – that’s really speaking to me today! It’s good to hear and remember!

    • It’s something I need to tell myself constantly! I can get easily discouraged when I want to accomplish ONE MILLION things and I can’t do it all at once, but even the smallest accomplishments are worthy of celebration 🙂

  • Great work on dialing in on what you wear. I wish I was as self aware as you! And I think you are going to love Oslo and Ooh La Leggings. Well, I do at least! 🙂

  • I really enjoyed reading about your process – making things you actually wear – so true! I am a returned sewer (after a 40 year hiatus) 🙂 and I think that has given me an advantage in that I KNOW what I like to wear, what suits me (I should after all these years!) and am able to be brutal in turning away from things like fancy dresses, tight waists, flouncing fussy things like pleats and lots of gathers. I also know what fabrics I like too and are worth my time and energy to work with. I think sewers can get caught up in this need to justify their craft (making it cheaper than it can be bought but comparing their creations to cheap clothing) instead of comparing their creations to clothing like Natalie Chanin’s work ($5000/for a handmade dress or $130 for leggings made with an excellent quality cotton). Even when I started sewing as a teen in the ’70’s there was this “culture” of you should be able to make it cheaper than it would cost you to buy it but I think that’s just WRONG. It really depends on what you’re comparing your handmade work to – the quality of the materials you’re using and valuing your time, creativity and resources to put it into something worthy of it. And of course making yourself pieces that you wear a lot!

    • I totally agree with this! I’ve been buying knit fabrics that are more inexpensive as I practice new patterns and fitting techniques, but eventually I want a capsule type wardrobe (because I pretty much wear the same thing everyday already!) made of quality pieces. A cheaper wardrobe is definitely not the goal for me either. I love what you said about the value of time and materials being worthy of your creativity – Words to live by 🙂

      • Red

        I’d been a sewist for many years before getting more involved in knitting (even though I learned to knit many, many, many years ago). I have become a “yarn snob” – why spend so much time making a gorgeous sweater or shawl with a cheap acrylic that can’t be blocked to show the beautiful stitches. Same with the fabric I used to buy (and still have a lot of). As Clairol said years ago “I’m worth it”!

  • I’m so enjoying seeing all your progress! It’s such a wonderful feeling to hit on an ideal wardrobe piece and be able to make as many as you like, knowing you’ll wear them all. I’m so happy you’ve found a solution for your tendinitis and the pain. Hooray!