Five Easy Pieces

Even though the holidays are in full swing, you might want to start thinking about some basic wardrobe pieces that will spice up your winter and transitional wardrobe.

So, there are two color palettes suggested here, built around the beautiful Pima cotton paisleys and the luxurious rayon jersey knits.  And of course, we can always find an excuse to sew. Right?

1. Golden Amber Jersey Knit, 2. Heather Brown Wool Flannel, 3. Red/Maize Paisley Pima Cotton Shirting, 4. Lace-Burnished Gold,5.Silk Charmeuse-Apple Cider
1.Grape/Teal Paisley Pima Cotton Shirting, 2. Silk Charmeuse-Teal Green3.Black with Sea Grey Flecks Wool Blend  4. Black Guipure Lace,5. Army Green Rayon Jersey Knit

1. Basic pencil skirt

Lace is not just for special occasions anymore!  Start with a classic pencil skirt like Butterick 5466 and use the Black Guipure Lace or the Burnished Gold Lace

2. A Soft, Effortless Skirt

Consider a soft, fluid skirt like Burda Style 07/2017 #108A using the Pima cotton prints. For these color palettes, I’m usingGrape/Teal Paisley Pima Cotton Shirting and Red/Maize Paisley Pima Cotton Shirting.  

3. Make a Trendy Jacket 

A jacket is a great way to pull a look together!  Try Butterick 6493 with Heather Brown Wool Flannel or the Black with Sea Grey Flecks Wool Blend

4. Beautiful Classic Blouse 

Now, let’s add a luxurious silk blouse.  Choose Teal Green or Apple Cider (Sold Out) Silk Charmeuse for Vogue 9204

5. Rayon Jerseys for Weekend Glam

Rayon jerseys are great for making a more relaxed look.  Select your look using Army Green or Golden Amber Jersey Knit with Vogue 9205. 

And there you have it!! Five easy pieces that will mix-or-match for several looks and perfect to make for a weekend get away.

Check out all of these fabrics at Sew Much Fabric.

This is my last post for 2017!  I’ll see you in 2018 with more fashion sewing ideas.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and as always, Happy Sewing! 

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.


  1. Lone Star Couture
    December 22, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I am loving the brown wool flannel and both the gold and army knits with the Linton I am making I January!

  2. Roz
    December 22, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    That color combination is stunning for you!!

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