Sewing for Winter
Or, a very Grainline Vacation.
I live in New Orleans, so winter doesn't really mean much to me. Adding a sweater takes any outfit into our very mild winters. Sure, I have a couple of flannel shirts and sweatshirts. But they're really more appropriate for an air conditioned office.
So sewing actual winter clothes is not a concept I've thought a lot about. But recently, we decided to plan a winter vacation this December. To Iceland. And it's very cold there. So I need some new clothes.
I'm not going to attempt 100% handmade, for sure. I will be buying a down jacket or coat, fleece lined leggings, waterproof pants and jacket, and plenty of other things. But from what I understand, the best bet is dressing in layers. And a lot of layers, I can do.
We're also taking advantage of Iceland Air's free stopover deal and hitting Amsterdam. I've been in December, 5 years ago, and it definitely gets very cold at night!
I've started a list of sewing for this vacation, and went on a bit of a fabric shopping spree (it's been 3 months since I bought fabric so I'm entitled!). I don't see the point in doing a bunch of different patterns when I'm just after basics. So for now, I'm focusing on 3. Here's what I've got cooking.
I've already warned my husband. My house is about to become an Archer assembly line. I also have some Archers planned that are more useful in our home climate (several in lawn and a few sleeveless double gauze ones). Archer is a great assembly line pattern, too!i once made three in two days assembly line style.
For our trip, I'm planning two in flannel (the plaid and mustard solid), and one in a Nani Iro brushed twill. I made a dress out of this fabric in a different color way, but I've always anted this color as well.
To layer under my Archers, I'm planning to make a few Larks. I bought micro modal in ivory, heather gray, and a tiny green stripe. I feel like micro modal will be a great base layer! I haven't made this pattern yet, but it looks like a really great long sleeve tee option, and I'm excited to try it and see if it becomes a good TNT for me.
And then, of course, I have to make some Lindens. I feel like a tee, a flannel shirt, and a sweatshirt (possibly with a waterproof jacket on top) will be great for a lot of our activities. I'll probably make these a bit bigger than I normally do to account for all the layers. I have a coral colored sweater knit that will be great, and I also bought a quilted double knit that will make a gorgeous raglan sweatshirt.
Although these plans are definitely cold weather clothes all put together, I can see the, working for me outside of vacation too. I value my home sewn clothes much more than my store bought ones, so I only want to spend my time making things that will really get worn. And I think these are just the ticket.
Any tips for winter sewing I should know?