Onward to Autumn!

Welcome to the unofficial start of Autumn! Hope you enjoyed the Labor Day weekend!

September started off with a preview of what’s to come this fall – cooler temperatures, rainy weather and pumpkin flavors. It’s not fall without some crazy pumpkin flavored foods, is it?!

I do love pumpkin spice things, similarly to the way I love chai tea, so I do look forward to pumpkin beers and fall flavored things. Yes, unless the pumpkin!

Unleash the Pumpkin!

But I do draw the line somewhere – I’m just not sure about pumpkin spice pudding, and this atomic pumpkin spice beer might be a spice too far for me. I’m not the only one to think this trend has gone on for too long, but I know I won’t bail to the maple-flavored everything trend. Not a huge fan of maple.

I was pretty excited to find Dole Whip at our local Nando’s Peri-Peri, however. I just love this light pineapple-flavored soft serve. I’ve only had it before at Disney World or Disneyland, so it brings back memories of those trips. While this past weekend was Labor Day, it was also The Mechanic’s birthday weekend. He has been sick but we still managed a small celebration. I brought home vegan cookies from Bakeshop VA, a local bakery, not because we are vegan, but because the bakery sells several different kinds of vegan cookies and I was curious. Our highly scientific experiment proved that they are just as tasty as non-vegan cookies. And for his birthday dinner, we both opted for Belgian beers. No crazy pumpkin beers for us! (Yet.)

An unintentional ironic pairing, for anyone who knows their French history….

But before you begin to wonder if I’ve suddenly become a food blogger, not to worry! Sewing did in fact happen this weekend as well.

I made a skirt out of the IKEA fabric I recently purchased and wore it out the same day, to dinner with The Mechanic. It was cool and rainy so I sadly accessorized with boots and a blazer. (When you walk places instead of drive, proper footwear is key.) Although I didn’t quite get the box pleats right, and it only has a token reflective ribbon loop on the waistband, I really love the skirt. I think this will be a great all-season option.

I had hoped to get my Liberty of London Stars blouse completed this weekend as well, but I seem to be battling The Mechanic’s cold (nooooooooo!) and my brain was not thinking right. What I got done took probably twice as long as it normally would. I just need to finish it this month, because it looks like our schedules are going to get busy, despite our best efforts to the contrary. September is National Sewing Month (huzzah!) and I am participating in Sew Photo Hop again. It’s an Instagram challenge with a daily topic. I’m not sure how it will go but keep an eye on my Instagram account to follow along. I really enjoy this more to see what everyone else posts, rather than sharing my sewing. I redid my mood board over the weekend as well, and as The Mechanic said, “it’s so dark!” I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to dark florals and celestial prints when I normally prefer rich fall colors for cold weather. Time for a change, I guess. And isn’t that what a new season is all about?

Fall Fashion Begins Before Summer Sewing Ends

It’s August and suddenly my inbox and the stores at the mall are full of fall clothing. Eek! I’m not even done with my summer sewing yet! We still have a good two months of warm hot weather left! I’m simply not ready for cooler temperatures.

I was home this past weekend for the first time in a month, thank goodness! I love travel but back-to-back weekends away from home get a bit grueling. I spent most of the weekend cleaning the apartment, doing laundry, resuscitating neglected plants, and cooking (this is why I don’t sign up for a CSA – too many veggies to cook!). I really, really, really wanted to start the jumpsuit I’ve been dying to make since at least January, so consider my disappointment when I got the pattern adjusted and realized I don’t have enough fabric.

If you read my blog regularly, this will seem familiar. I've been wanting to make it for ages! McCalls 7099

If you read my blog regularly, this will seem familiar. I’ve been wanting to make it for ages! McCalls 7099

I have a long waist, and I know that jumpsuits tend to be short-waisted on me, so I carefully measured everything on the pattern and on me, and lengthened both the top and the rise and the legs. I also added some width to the legs, since the way they measured out would never comfortably fit my thighs or calves. I also figured that if I added too much, it would be easier to take in than to have minimum seam allowance to let out.

The Mechanic was doing bike maintenance at the same time. You can see why we need a bit more space! And I need a real cutting table that is the proper height. A cutting mat on the ironing board isn’t comfy. Pattern Adjustments 3Imagine my disappointment when I pulled the fabric out and decided to lay it out on the bed, just to see it. Thank goodness I did that before I started cutting out the pattern pieces, because there isn’t enough!!! Ack! Pattern Adjustments 5I ordered a bit more than the pattern called for, as I usually do, but apparently lengthening the torso, rise and leg was more that that, and the pieces don’t all fit together. I can only tighten up the spacing so much. Wah! So now I’m trying to decide how to recover – buy more fabric (which would mean buying three new yards, because it’s tie dyed, and different dye lots mean it would never match), or buy a new pattern. I barely have 2.5 yards, so there aren’t many dresses I can squeeze out of this lovely stretchy, swingy, bamboo jersey.

I found two pattern options – Kwik Sew K3489 and Kwik Sew K4026. I love K3489 because I love the careless wrap design and think it speaks well to this dye tied fabric. But the wrap doesn’t seem very bike friendly. Unlike Forest and Fin’s Bicycle Wrap Skirt, this doesn’t look like it wraps very far, and would most likely blow up as I bike. The skirt on K4026 would be perfect, and I like the drapy cowl neckline. But I just don’t think the fabric is appropriate for this more corporate design. So I’ll have to decide….  Although my new Bikie Girl Bloomers would be super cute under the wrap design!

Kwik Sew k3489

Kwik Sew K3489

Kwik Sew K4026

Kwik Sew K4026

The next two weekends are full of out-of-town guests so I’ll have plenty of time to regroup. But I don’t want to take too long to decide – fall is upon us, and I need to make this summer dress before it gets here!

In the meantime, I’m going to channel my energy into an Instagram challenge. Rachel, of House of Pinheiro, is holding a challenge to post something sewing related every day and tag her (@houseofpinheiro)  and #SewPhotoHop. I started a day late, but hope to post everyday. I’ve never done anything like this so I’m not sure how I’ll do, and I’m a bit unclear on some of the categories, but feel free to follow along to see what I come up with!Capture