Sew Geeky Plans – Fall 2018

Sadly, I had no time to work on my Summer Sew Geeky wardrobe plans.  Like, no time.  None.  It’s been a pretty hectic summer, with lots of travel (both expected and unexpected) and more commissioned projects than I’d planned on taking.  In fact, there are even a few projects from my Spring Sew Geeky plans that I’ve yet to make.  But, part of my original intent in this project was to focus on sewing items for the upcoming season, so I could get the maximum use out of my efforts.  Which means, realistically, it’s already time to turn my attentions to fall sewing.  I actually did most of my planning at the beginning of the year, so I’ve been looking forward to this fall collection since January.  While I’m sad my summer set never came to light, I can always shelve it for later (not like I won’t still have all the plans and patterns and fabrics), and move on to my next round.  As part of my Sew Geeky Challenge, I choose a fandom from which to draw inspiration, and use that to assist in my wardrobe planning.  For fall I simply had to choose SyFy’s hit show, The Magicians.



My full Pinterest inspiration board is here.

My first introduction to The Magicians was through Lev Grossman’s original novel, which I read as part of the Sword & Laser book club several years ago.  At the time, I wasn’t in love with the book.  To be honest, I had really mixed feelings, but I sort of knew at that time that I was never going to read the rest of the trilogy.  In hindsight, it’s not necessarily the sort of book one should read when they are feeling depressed, and the timing of it was probably really poor for me.

However, when SyFy launched The Magicians as a TV series in 2015, I happened to be at San Diego Comic-Con, in the room where it happened.  To be entirely fair, I’d really gone for the panel on the then upcoming release of SyFy’s (now Amazon’s) other show, The Expanse.  But while I was there, the cast and writers of The Magicians really sold the show to me, and, well, I had read the book, so I figured I’d check it out when it aired.  And you know, what?  It’s absolutely brilliant.  Definitely one of my favorite TV shows of all time.  I have become obsessed with the show, and I’ve pulled others in with me.  My sister was so obsessed she stole all of the books from my room and read them before I did (to be entirely fair, I am only halfway through the second book at this point).  I’m often in the camp of “the book was better” but I think this is one case where I’m confident standing in camp “the show is better.”  The sort of cool thing is, because of the complex magical background plot-i-ness of what’s going on, technically, both the books and the TV show, though different, can exist in the same universe, so nobody’s got to go to war over any of it.  We can all just love the whole big mess.

Anyway, bringing this back to the matter at hand, which is my own personal wardrobe planning, I felt like The Magicians offered the perfect inspiration for fall fashions – rich colors, intricate designs, and east coast/prep school sense of poshness, with some fun pops of Fillorian/Margot/Elliot royal color coming out.  I’m pretty obsessed with the costuming on the show – each character has such a defined look, and they all blend so seamlessly into the story, it’s pretty fantastic.  Rather than focusing on one character, though, I tried to distill a color story from the whole series:


To me, the series is pretty dark, with lots of blacks, grays, and dark blues, but Margot’s character often adds a bright pop of color, and the royal clothes in Fillory add the jewel tones I’ve picked as accent colors.  Of course, part of this wardrobe planning project was to pick colors that came from my TCI and Prism XII True Winter palettes, so for those who have any interest, the colors are as follows:

  • Neutral 1: X.2.1 (black)
  • Neutral 2: TCI 2.4 FN (grey)
  • Main 1: TCI 2.3 FN (light grey)
  • Main 2: TCI C-6.7A (navy)
  • Main 3: TCI 3.8A (fuchsia)
  • Accent 1: TCI 6.8A (purple)
  • Accent 2: TCI 7.8A (blue)
  • Accent 3: TCI 6.5A (teal)
  • Accent 4: TCI 4.5A (red)

For my sewing pattern choices, I’ve picked designs that I felt were a nice mix of the east-coast-prep-school Brakebills vibe, along with the fun whimsy of Fillory, and the sort of general feel or look of the costumes from many of the characters.


Here is my list of patterns:

  • Top 1: BWOF-02-2009-108
  • Top 2: BS-09-2012-123A
  • Top 3: S8512
  • Top 4: B6134
  • Top 5: M7051
  • Top 6: BS-11-2013-130
  • Bottom 1: BS-05-2014-121 or V9257
  • Bottom 2: V9174
  • Bottom 3: BS-02-2014-129B
  • Bottom 4: S1283
  • Bottom 5: BS-08-2011-122
  • Dress 1: M7430
  • Dress 2: V8280
  • Dress 3: BD6833
  • Dress 4: M7654
  • Jumpsuit 1: S8426
  • Jumpsuit 2: M7366
  • Jacket 1: BS-11-2011-110
  • Jacket 2: BWOF-01-2007-121
  • Jacket 3: BD6843
  • Jacket 4:BWOF-01-2009-109A
  • Jacket 5: P-251-52

Now, obviously, I’m really not going to have time to make all of these.  But I do think there is a nice mix of tops, bottoms, outerwear, and party clothes, so I should have lots to pick from.  Also, not included in my line drawing composite above is this jacket from Patrones magazine:


I mean, realistically, do I need a coat like this?  Probably not.  But it is so Fillory!  Let’s be real, Elliot would totally rock that thing as the high king.  And I could use a nice coat to wear to holiday parties…

Anyway, I haven’t really narrowed down my choices as of yet, but there are certainly lots of great patterns that fit with my theme for fall.  I’m currently embarking on a fabric stash organization journey (inspired by Miss Celie’s Pants‘ Instagram chronicles of her pre-move remodel and major fabric organization and storage efforts), which should hopefully allow me to pull appropriate fabrics from the stash.  To be fair, some of these patterns have fabric waiting for them, and some would be well served by any of the beefy knits I tend to hoard from the Michael Levine Loft.  If/when I do start to pull fabrics, I’ll likely post such things on Instagram (don’t know that it needs a full blog post), so that’s something to be on the lookout for.  Of course, I do have a few commissions I’ll be working on in the meantime (it’s already started!), plus a few crafty projects that will require me to focus on my embroidery digitizing skills and not necessarily on these wardrobe plans.  Plus, I really, really need to finish up a few UFOs and make a few other non-wardrobe items which will be shared on the blog should I get around to them.

In any case, I can’t wait to get started on this collection.  It’s possibly the one I was most excited about when I started my planning at the beginning of the year, and it’s hard to believe it’s already fall.  I feel like I’m definitely learning things from this exercise of planning collections (especially what I may need to change or focus on for next year), even if I’m not as successful as I want to be in sewing all of the items in them.  I will say that the things I’ve sewn from my Spring collection have been getting a lot of wear (even the fancy party dress!), so in that sense I do think this idea of sewing in collections is very helpful for me.  I’ve still got some prep work to do, and lots of other projects that are going to be demanding my time, but with the Sewing Bee postponed until January (which means I won’t be able to participate next year), I’ve got all of National Sewing Month to go hard core in on these wardrobe plans, and I’m really looking forward to it!

19 thoughts on “Sew Geeky Plans – Fall 2018

  1. There was a show called Magicians earlier this year on… nbc, maybe?… I watched an episode and didn’t get into it. But it doesn’t seem like the show you describe here, this sounds great and I’ve got to find it! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see how this planning works out! The jacket in the top row with the shawl collar and diagonal pockets looks amazing. I must. find. that. pattern.

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      1. SyFy? I shall find it then. 🙂 Thanks for the link to the jacket!! Now in my collection. Speaking of collections, there are a bunch of old Burdas for sale on Ebay, a bunch of 5, buch of 8, bunch of 9, varying from 1999 to 2006 or so… The bunch of 8 has one issue with some awfully nice patterns, I’m trying to bargain the shipping price (50 canadian bucks is an awful lot). The lot of 5 are below:


  2. I didn’t realize there was a TV show based on these books. I read them and they were OK – Harry Potter with sex and alcohol to some extent, but also some good themes about what happens to people who refuse to grow the hell up. Anyway, cool idea for a wardrobe. I love that coat and I could see you rocking it with some velvet loafers, skinny pants and a menswear-inspired button-down.

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  3. Long time lurker on your blog, found it due to the burda reviews as it is nice too see someone elses opinion (we often disagree I’m afraid to say). But this challenge of yours I really love! Having read the mistborn-series I was curious about your interpretation, this looks equally lovely, even a bit interested to read the book/watch the series!

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    1. I always love when people have different opinions on pattern releases! It’s great to see different perspectives and things I’ve missed. I really like this challenge, though it seems my real challenge is just getting time to sew things at the moment.


  4. OK, after a full 5 minutes of fangirl hyperventilating I think I can type now. I LOVE The Magicians. I actually loved the books as well, and this is one case where the characters are so different that I can separate my love for the two (books vs. show) in my mind and love them equally. I could go on for an hour about my favorite character, episode, etc, but will refrain.
    Re: sewing plans. The colors are perfect and I’m jealous of your palette! I think the coat is an absolute necessity. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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  5. I had the same exact experience with The Magicians as you! I adore the show and stopped reading midway through book 2. I just could not get into the pacing and plot of the book. And I actually don’t like book Quentin. So far, season 3 of The Magicians SyFy is the best! I’m working on a scavenger hunt at my job around the tale of the seven golden keys! Anyway, I think this is awesome! I wish I could sew. But good luck!

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