Despite the tour name I'm not actually wearing a stitch of plaid and my boots are more like booties - my French taupe suede Dansko booties to be exact. But enough of that on with the show.
I selected the prompt, "Christmas Lights and Tree fun". I thought it would work nicely for me because if I could wear my outfit to a tree farm I could also wear it during school pick up, at the playground or even to church. And my hubby and I certainly had a lot of fun while checking out all the trees along Virginia's Blue Ridge.
When it comes to daily clothing choices I believe most of us want to look put together but comfort and practicality sometimes beat out the "put together" factor And since I stay busy as a mama, wife, part-time employee, designer in training and small business owner I shower early and what I put on at 6am needs to work until I go to bed. Anyone else relating?
So between the prompt & real life I opted to create Laela Jeyne's Samantha dress and the Willa vest. And then Moon Man Printing was kind enough to create an awesome panel so had to quickly sew up an Emily.
After selecting my patterns picking out fabric from one of our AMAZING the tour sponsors Art Gallery was probably the most fun. I mean have you ever looked at Art Gallery fabric? It is truly like looking at an Art Gallery. Most of the me-made clothing in my closet have been created with Art Gallery fabric so this was such a treat. They have so many gorgeous items but I tried to stay focused on the winter months ahead. And to me this said winter. Well at the very least they fit in nicely with the changing leaves this fall.
When it comes to Samantha these are the key details from neck to hem that I chose. Samantha has several options and is certainly a four season pattern. My fabric of choice was, Joy Plante Cora (Pima cotton / lycra) knit by Art Gallery -
The cowl -
Since I planned to wear the Samantha with the Willa vest I wanted to have an added pop of color at the neckline and the cowl certainly provides the pop I was seeking. And as an obvious bonus it also keeps me cozier during the cooler months here in Virginia.
I tend to gravitate to 3/4 sleeves but since I was going to be enjoying this dress in late fall and winter I went with the full sleeve.
My hem hits my knee and I often make dresses knee length for seasonal versatility. Plus it gives me the ability to show off fun leggings or tights. I should be wearing tights in these photos but I forgot to pack them *oops*.
Time to take a look at Willa - I selected Coquet Bouquet as my outer layer and Mystical Woods Lunar for my lining (both wovens by Art Gallery). And it was very appropriate that I wore such exquisite fabric inside of the P. Buckley Moss art gallery during our Blue Ridge trip. Side note - if you ever find yourself near Waynesboro, VA I highly recommend that you stop in to see her creations.
When it comes to the pattern details here are some key points -
This is totally optional but I wanted the extra warmth and used a thin batting and quilted it to the lining. I love the extra loft it provides. It kept me cozy while flight testing at Blue Mountain and while running errands back home.
My zipper is reversible which I find very important to make the most of your sewing time. I mean this vest is serving double duty. I wore it on the Coquet Bouquet side a few times but today flipped it and it's like I had a whole new vest.
To me pockets are critical I was able to go purse free while my hubby and I toured the Brew Ridge, I mean Blue Ridge and the beautiful Skyline drive. The pocket is large enough to hold my iPhone and lip gloss. And if I looked 10 years younger it would easily have fit my ID too...
Another side note since we are talking "tours" We visited Devil's Backbone and Blue Mountain breweries on this trips. I'd recommend both not only for the brews but also gorgeous setting.
And now let's talk Emily-
I used a very soft panel from Moon Man Printing for my long sleeve scoop necked Emily. This pattern has loads of options but I kept it simple. The sleeves, neckband and back were created from "scrapes" in my treasure trove. It also happens to be Art Gallery knit, Adventure Springs, to be exact.
I love how comfy my shirt is and that I can wear my passion even when I'm not sitting at my machine. In fact I've worn it twice already and might sneak in another day this week.
Thanks for joining us this week on the Plaid and Boots tour I hope you had fun reading my fellow bloggers. I know I had fun participating and "meeting" some talented creatives.
And remember, "In the rhythm of the needle there is music for the soul".
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Check out my fellow bloggers tour posts they created some lovely items -
Monday, November 14th - "Date Night"
Tuesday, November 15th - "Thanksgiving"
Wednesday, November 16th - "Black Friday Shopping"
Thursday, November 17th - "Game Night Bonfire"
Friday, November 18th - "Christmas Lights and Tree Fun"
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