I’m seriously considering developing some sewing patterns for sale, and it’s got me living in three seasons at one time! To explain:

Season One – Summer 2015 (our current season)

I’m still sewing clothing designed for hot August days, as there are still practical gaps in my own wardrobe. I try to make my late summer projects trend more towards autumn colors so that they make practical transition pieces.

From left to right: Hancock Fabrics Rayon Challis, True Bias Southport Dress sewing pattern, Fabric.com scuba, StyleArc Patterns Candice Skirt.

From left to right: Hancock Fabrics Rayon Challis, True Bias Southport Dress sewing pattern, Fabric.com scuba, StyleArc Patterns Candice Skirt.

Season Two – Fall 2015

My planning for the fall and winter began about a month and a half ago. Some projects are pretty much ready to go and others are only beginning to take shape in my imagination.

Clockwise starting at top left: Burdastyle Magazine 04/2012 Plus Size Jacket sewing pattern, Dark Blue Rayon Jacquard Suiting from Vogue Fabrics, Butterick 6244 Lizette Women's Coat sewing pattern, Vogue 9124 Missses Dress sewing pattern, Rayon Challis from Fabric Mart.

Clockwise starting at top left: Burdastyle Magazine 04/2012 Plus Size Jacket sewing pattern, Dark Blue Rayon Jacquard Suiting from Vogue Fabrics, Butterick 6244 Lizette Women’s Coat sewing pattern, Sewater Knit from Fabric Mart, Vogue 9124 Missses Dress sewing pattern, Rayon Challis from Fabric Mart.

Season 3 – Spring 2016

Realistically, it made sense to me to target Spring 2016 as a potential release date for one (or possibly more) sewing patterns of my own design. There’s a lot of work beyond the drafting of a pattern – testing and fitting on different body types, for example. Writing instructions….and so on. I’ve got two to three good design candidates. The one I am leaning towards is a dress, and…well, I’ll just spoil a little and tell you that in my opinion it’s like a woven-fabric Monetta…by that I mean its versatility, not that it looks like a Monetta. Because it doesn’t. But it is really versatile and lends itself to a lot of different looks.

I’ve had to keep an eye on Spring 2016 styling trends as they’ve emerged, in order to ensure that the style or styles I might bring to market would be timely. The Spring 2016 RTW shows haven’t been held as of this publish date, but we do have photos from the Resort 2016 shows, which are often give us hints as to what might be coming for spring.

Designers from left to right: Alice and Olivia, Christian Siriano, Jonathan Saunders.

Designers from left to right: Alice and Olivia, Christian Siriano, Jonathan Saunders.

So, there you go, my life in three seasons at once!