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Fall wardrobe planning 2021: What to buy, what to sew

I can hardly believe it’s August already. Where does the summer go? At least this year, now that the shops are starting their back-to-school campaigns, there really is going to be school here where I live in Toronto. The COVID thing isn’t gone yet, but we’re approaching something normal. Anyway, Mother Nature doesn’t stop for pandemics or anything else, and fall is on the horizon here in the Northern Hemisphere. And that means I begin to think about wardrobe planning.

I usually start with a colour palette, and I’ll get to that, but this year, I have to say that I am more inspired by a feeling rather than colour after the past eighteen months. That feeling is hygge.

I began with the feeling that being cozy was what I most want for this upcoming season. When that thought cemented itself, I realized I was really thinking about hygge. Have you heard of it? Well, in case you’re not that familiar with it, hygge is the Danish and Norwegian word for―you guessed it―cozy, but it’s more than that. In Scandinavia, hygge means comfort and well-being. It means creating an atmosphere of warmth and contentment. Now, who couldn’t use a bit more of those feelings right about now?

This feeling made me think about soft throws and candles and a quiet evening at home with a good book and a glass of wine or Armagnac. Now that I have that image in mind, what would I need to be wearing to feel comfortable, content―and stylish. Of course, stylish. Just because I want to feel cozy doesn’t mean I want to be a slob. Now that I’ve established my overall aesthetic, it’s on to colours.

When the fall looms, other people begin to think about pumpkins and cinnamon―the autumnal colours of the changing leaves. I think about them, but only insofar as they are something seasonal to look at―not something to wear. It seems to me that, over the years, whenever I’ve perused the September issues of the fashion magazines (the biggest issues of the year, by the way), so many of the clothes were brown, orange and yellow. 

Nope, not me. I’m not an orange kind of person. Not my style. Not my colour palette. I have to admit, though, I always gravitate toward black (of course―I do live in the North American capital of black-all-winter, so I beg forgiveness). This year, though, I’m thinking about blues (and greys and blacks) with a smattering of red because red looks good on me.

This colour palette is a winner for me for this season.

I guess, in a way, you could think of red as a fall colour. After all, look at these gorgeous trees we snapped on a trip to Muskoka two years ago (pre-pandemic!).

Now that I have a sense of an overall feeling and a colour scheme, I need to think about textures and lines.

Textures might be easy for this collection since I have already taken to the hygge feeling. I’m thinking softly textured fabrics of natural fibres like brushed cotton and bamboo. Think feathers and downy kittens.  Perhaps I’ll even include a bit of soft rayon for something flowy.

And what about a muse? Every design scheme needs a muse, n’est ce pas? I’m inspired by Kerry Washington’s portrayal of Olivia Pope in the TV show Scandal. Her wardrobe was one of the reasons to watch that show, and her at-home wardrobe is what I’m going for: undulating lines in cozy sweaters (of course, she always held a glass of red wine and never looked happy, but that’s just her!).

Now it’s time for me to put all of this together with some of the patterns I’m contemplating and some of the pieces I might buy ready to wear.  Anyway, here are a few patterns I’m considering―I’ll get into how they’ll come together with some fabric choices in my next post. There may be a mood board involved!

And here’s a book I just love, and you might too.

Author:

...a Toronto woman of a ‘certain’ age who writes women’s fiction and business books...deeply interested in fashion, but mostly style, which as anyone knows is not the same thing...designs patterns, sews, reads style books...Gloria Glamont is my pseudonym.

10 thoughts on “Fall wardrobe planning 2021: What to buy, what to sew

  1. So inspiring! I just love the way you plan things. Fun fun fun. I look forward to seeing you in those blues. A touch of red will be exciting. On the edge of my soft sofa seat , with a candle lit…..(I’ve read that book too) waiting for your next post. Till then, Joyce

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    1. It’s a StyleARC pattern called Grace Trans-Seasonal Coat. It’s unlined and has all bound edges. I’m thinking it would be terrific in boiled wool, but I’ll have to see what I can find when I start my fabric hunt!

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      1. This is interesting re StyleArc as I just found out about it. Plus I see you’re game to try them out, given you’ve mentioned these independent companies are hit and miss re their patterns. I found looking at some of StyleArc’s patterns that they look better as a pattern than on a real body – even if the body is slim. Somehow the detailing / shaping disappears. Thanks.

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      2. Hi again GG, Have you ever been to Sultan’s Fine Fabrics in Toronto? They’re at 89 Bentworth Ave, Unit 2A – Dufferin/401 (Near Orfus Road) https://www.sultansfinefabrics.com/

        The store looks a bit messy in the pictures, but reviews are excellent and they say the staff do a great job of hunting down the fabric you’re looking for. The owner brings in alot of surplus product from Italian fabric mills.

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      3. I haven’t been there, but I’ve looked it up. It’s a bit far out of town for my liking! I do like the idea of searching through surplus Italian fabric, though. The next time we venture out that way (after we dust off the car!), I’ll take a look. Thanks for the heads-up.

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