Hot! Feels like Fall!

Challenge: Fall Palette

The Facts:

Fabric: brown stretch knit for sweater, plaid woven fabric for skirt
Pattern: Newlook 6107 for skirt, McCalls 4623 for sweater
Year: skirt contemporary, sweater 1989
Notions: thrifted buttons and zipper
Time to complete: About 8 hours
First worn: On this first cool, windy day of Fall, October 21
Wear again? I like the skirt a lot, the sweater is just OK.
Total price: Less than $8.00



I really wanted to try making a sweater, so I bought some stretch knit fabric at Beverly’s during the Friday half off sale. I’ve never made one before, and so I thought it would be quick and easy to do with the serger. It was fairly easy, and I enjoyed the process, however I’m not crazy about the final product. It’s just a plain brown, oversized sweatshirt/sweater thing. It’s not warm or very stylish. It’s just OK. I thought I would just make the sweater this week, but because it was such a disappointment, I whipped up a skirt to go with it. I like the skirt and I like it even more not paired with the sweater.

It looks great with my favorite¬†cashmere¬†sweater! This was the first time I had ever tried Mccalls 6107. I liked the fact that it had a curved waistband. It fits well but I don’t know why it’s a little poofy in the area between the darts. Why is that? It fits fine everywhere else.

It will be a great outfit for work. I’ll probably wear it this week with more sensible shoes. I don’t know about you, but I have more shoes for posing than I do for everyday wearing. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone makes this week. Happy Sewing, Friends!




Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. I love your skirt Barbara. The colors are so pretty.. Great job making the sweater…

  2. Looks so comfy and cosy and stylish all at the same time …

  3. I really love this look on you mom! The whole outfit is so perfect for autumn! As for the sweater, baggy is “in”! ;)

  4. I see what you mean about the sweater, but it looks perfect for work around the house, maybe with jeans. Good for you whipping up a whole outfit (even if you never wear the pieces together again)!

  5. What Lee said : ) I think the skirt is fabulous and yes, you also look comfy which is most important this time of year!

  6. I never would have thought of making a cardigan. Even if you don’t particularly like it, I think it’s pretty cool that you made one!

  7. Great outfit – I was liking the cardi too until you said it was only ok. I’d love to try making one. Skirt looks sharp.

  8. Very cute outfit! I love the skirt especially. Fantastic job!

  9. I am loving every single thing about this outfit!

  10. The sweater and skirt look great on you, especially with your “posing shoes” haha! I was thinking that the cardigan was hiding your great body, but I wasn’t going to say anything about it until you wrote it. I wouldn’t toss it though, because it would have it’s place – don’t we all have baggy sweaters for outdoor work or staying-at-home-days?

    I used to have problems with bagginess in the front of skirts, back when I had a nice flat stomach. I don’t have that problem since my second baby :( Maybe the pattern was drafted for a slight pot belly?

  11. Kudos to you Barbara for sewing a sweater, it looks cosy. Your skirt looks great too. It’s probably the pattern, blame the drafting on the pattern :P I have a couple of pairs of posing shoes too I also call them sitting down shoes haha, you know, the shoes that shoot electric shocks up your legs after standing in them for too long? Crazy! Great job Barbara.

  12. I like the skirt, but I actually REALLY like the sweater – it looks like just the thing to wear while you curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.

  13. Barbara looks like our Halloween posts got jammed in the mix this week :(