So I depinked.
I'm going back into education and I have a teaching practicum this fall at a local high school and it was strongly suggested by the teacher ed department that I go back to a natural hair color before then. I tried fading my hair back to blonde, but the pink was stubborn, so for the first time in my life I now have dark hair.
As weird as it feels and as much as I miss the pink, it does feel nice to be able to wear red and brown again without horrible clashing. Between my hair color change and my return to teaching, I now feel a hankering for fall sewing and changing up my wardrobe. I suspect that my color palette for this season will revolve around navy, mint, pink, and brown, with some red, purple, and black also thrown in for good measure.
One of the main things on my sewing list is a new winter coat. I have this purple one I got from Rue 21 years ago that I have worn to the point that it is falling apart and I really want to replace it with something nicer, but also purple.
|For your reference, this picture was taken in 2010.|
For some reason, year after year a purple coat just works really well with my typical winter wardrobe. As for its replacement, I've decided to take part in Lladybird's Ralph Rucci sewalong.
It satisfies all of my main requirements for a coat- length (I tend to favor longer coats), flair, and doesn't have set-in sleeves (which I find to be painfully restrictive in winter coats). I scored this awesome wool/poly melton on sale in the perfect shade of purple for this project.
The rest of my essential fall sewing list revolves around teacher clothes. I find that I prefer more menswear-inspired styles when working with high schoolers because they give me a professional look and style, without straying into frumpy territory that's easy to accidentally traipse into when wearing feminine yet "modest" clothing. My ideal dressy-casual teacher outfit for the fall would be a nice pair of pants, some brown oxfords, a button-up shirt with some sort of interesting detailing, and a coordinating cardigan paired with my brown leather satchel.
The first item on the agenda is pants. I don't wear pants very often, so I want something that will do double duty for both professional and casual wear. I decided that I want to make a pair of classic chinos using Simplicity 1696 and this stretch twill from Mood.
I have enough cardigans to satisfy my cardigan needs (though I'm really hankering for a navy blue and brown suede Newcastle cardigan), and for the button up shirts I have been really inspired by Rochelle's Archers.
I would love to make some button up shirts from dark solids and coordinated prints for my fall professional wardrobe. That's the thing about teaching- "professional" doesn't mean boring suits and tame outfits. You can be whimsical and colorful so long as it's also modest and practical. I'm thinking I'll end up using either the Grainline Archer pattern or this McCall's one with cup sizes.
I also have a few dresses in the works for this fall/winter, and a few coordinated knit accessories. I haven't blogged about any of my knits here before, but perhaps I will this season.
What all have you been sewing for the fall? Have you all been following the Curvy Sewing Collective? We've had some awesome contributors and posts made since our launch this summer. If you haven't already checked it out, get on that!