Hey, Sewists! Now that I knocked the last bit of summer sewing off my list, I am ready for fall. Fall is my absolute favorite season because of the wool textures. Plaids, houndstooth, herringbone, you name it when it comes to wool and I want it. It is still a bit too warm around here for wool just yet, so I am easing into it by making some pieces that will work well for both summer and fall. Enter McCall’s M7387!
I am a sucker for a buttondown shirt dress. I made view D without the pockets using this great Tan Rayon Challis. Because the tan is a great neutral it allows me to style and accessorize my version of the pattern in so many ways, making it great for summer and fall.
Can we also just take a moment to talk about this back pleat? It is not your traditional buttondown shirt pleat. This one overlaps at an angle creating a cool modern look. I am in love with the effect it gives. Too bad it is mostly going to be covered up with sweaters and cardigans this fall.
Here, I paired it with view A of McCall’s M6084, an oldy but a goodie. This one is made from this luscious Olive Green Modal Jersey Knit. Oh boy, is this modal jersey soft?! It is lightweight and drapey. I have actually been pairing this cardigan with several other outfits as well for summer.
I have actually been pairing this cardigan with several other outfits as well for summer. Both of these pieces are in the military-inspired color neutral family that is very popular right now. But because they are both neutrals I can add other pieces in bright bolder colors and they work for both summer and fall.
I think this dress would be great with some open-toed boots, and now I am on the hunt for the perfect pair.
Do you make pieces that transition between seasons? What are some of your go-to patterns for these pieces?