Within the last couple months, I’ve come to the realization that I need to be more strategic when deciding on my makes. I really enjoy focusing on the details of a garment and adding special touches that make the garment unique and special. Whether it be using scraps of a contrasting fabric for smaller pattern pieces, using contrasting topstitching, adding embroidery or anything else that gives the clothing a little extra something. I’m also realizing I really love to make changes to a pattern. Not necessarily because the pattern needs it, but because I honestly enjoy the process of creating something different and figuring out all the measurements so everything fits just so. Doing these things takes extra time though and I’m already a really really slow sewer. However, I’m okay with the extra time because I’ve never been one to have a closet full of clothes. I’m perfectly happy if I have a weeks worth of clothes, especially if I love every piece. I’ve always followed the idea of a capsule wardrobe before I ever even knew of the term. So, for 2017 I hope to rotate between a slow fashion piece where I really take my time on the garment and a quick sew that satisfies some basic I need in my wardrobe. I’m still working on creating a winter wardrobe since moving from California to Virginia, so my list may be a bit fall/winter heavy.
This is one of those basics I really do need in my wardrobe. It’s about to get cold here, or so I’ve been told and my wardrobe is really limited on cozy items. Version 1 looks to be the perfect cozy sweater pattern. I’m still looking for the perfect fabric though. I want something heavier that will really keep me warm and a pretty solid color would be ideal. I’ve been eyeing this Orange Wool and Polyester Boucle from Mood Fabrics for awhile. I haven’t yet touched the fabric, so I’m not sure if it will be too stiff for the Toaster Sweater. The fact that the fabric is washable is a huge plus for me as a mom of 3 young kids. I just can’t do dry clean only clothes at this stage in my life.
This was on my list for 2016 and I never got to it. I have the pattern and the fabric I want to use already, but it’s definitely going to be a longer project. I have this super thick Rag & Bone Antique White french terry I purchased at Mood Fabrics this past summer. My plan is to add a peplum at the bottom of the jacket and then add a ton of embroidery, in particular on the collar to add some color and texture to the garment. I’m a bit nervous about the embroidery. I took a Fibers and Fabrics class in college (I was an Art Education major) and we learned just about every embroidery technique, but I never spent a lot of time practicing. I’ve done a little here and there through the years and have recently tried to incorporate it more in my sewing. But, I am definitely still learning and my stitches look quite amateur. But, there’s no way to improve without practicing, right?
I’m in desperate need of a hoodie that is cute enough to wear out of the house. It’s embarrassing what I currently have. I already have the pattern and the fabric for this make as well. I plan on making View D with the banded bottom and kangaroo pocket. I’m so excited to sew this one up mostly because of the fabric I’m going to use. Are you familiar with the shop Sincerely Rylee Fabric Shop? She has some of the most beautiful prints on French Terry you can find and the quality is amazing. I just received my order for Nala in the mail and it is so beautiful and cozy. I’ll be using Nala for my Halifax Hoodie and I think I’ll feel much more put together wearing this than my oversized gray boxy hoodie that’s currently hanging in my closet.
I’ve really wanted to sew up a pair of jeans myself, almost purely for the challenge of it. Honestly, I don’t have much difficulty finding jeans that fit me. My top half is a different story. I’m hoping this means I won’t have to make any changes to the pattern, which would make a more challenging project a little easier to handle. Every pair of Ginger Jeans I have seen made look so great, so I’m excited to be amongst the makers of jeans. I’ve also considered the Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather. I go back and forth between the two. The Ginger Jeans are a style that I’m more apt to wear on a day to day basis. I personally think skinny jeans are easier to wear while chasing after toddlers, but I LOVE the look of a good flare jean and my kids are starting to get older, so maybe I can be a bit more adventurous. My youngest turns 3 in February!
Another basic I really need in my wardrobe. I started working out back in July for the first time in 4 years. My activewear wardrobe is very small and consists of items I have had since the 90’s. Yes, the 90’s. Like I said earlier, I’ve never been one to have a closet full of clothes. I hang on to things for a long long time if they hold up. My exercise before kids mostly consisted of running, so I have a bit more pairs of running shorts. But, now I’m doing various group classes and shorts just don’t work as well with certain exercises. I only have 2 pairs of pants right now and really need at least 2 more pairs. I bought this awesome fabric from Mood Fabrics in the summer and I just need to take the time to sew them up. I would like to also sew up a solid black pair, but I want to find a good thick fabric, because I don’t want see through pants and my legs need a pant that holds everything in. Do any of you know a good source for black fabric for workout tights? Please share in the comments if you do!
The Mini Briar has become a staple in my daughter’s wardrobe. I have sewn up 6 of them for her in the last year, most with a bit of a twist. Remarkably, I haven’t sewn up the women’s version for myself yet and I really need to. I definitely need some basic tees in my closet, so I’d like to do some just as the pattern suggests, but I think it’s a great pattern for a hack as well. I noticed this beautiful ruffled sleeve t-shirt just earlier this week on Anthropologie and immediately knew I needed to copy it using the Briar pattern. There are some seams that go down the front and back of the shirt to extend the ruffle ever so slightly from the armsycye. It’ll be a fun challenge.
Now that I live in a colder climate, I’m in desperate need for sweaters. I love the simplicity of the Esme cardigan and I think I could make something super cozy that can be thrown over anything. I’ve also considered using this pattern to make a wool jacket. I would need to add a lining, but I think it could be something super special. In all honesty, I probably won’t get to this one until next fall.
High waisted Pleated Trouser (Pattern TBD)
I’ve been looking for the perfect high waisted pleated trouser for awhile now. I haven’t found what I’m looking for yet, but I’m quite determined. I’m realizing I’ll probably have the best luck by looking for a vintage pattern from maybe the late 70’s or early 80’s. More of my height falls in my torso and I really like the look of a high waist on my body. I also have wider hips and not the perkiest behind though, so I think a pleated pant would be more flattering to my body as opposed to a high waisted skinny pant. I would love to sew these up in a thick tencel or something that has a really good drape. I want the pleats to drape over my hips beautifully, not stick out and add more bulk.
Another pattern I already have that really needs to be sewn up. The Lane Raglan is a great basic that my wardrobe really needs. Once I get the pattern all put together, I really would like to sew several of these. I love a raglan sleeve, it sews up so quickly and I find I don’t have to make any adjustments for my wider shoulders. I like the slimmer fit on this pattern as well. I would like to do at least one hack with a swing fit though. I would just need the perfect light weight drapey fabric, which I think I already have in my stash.
Alright, I have a lot of work to do! I just hope I have better luck at achieving my list this year than I did in 2016. I only made 2 out of 9 of my 2016 Make 9 list. However, I did sew up several things for myself in 2016 and I’m happy with what I did make, so I don’t consider it a complete failure. What’s at the top of your sewing pattern list for 2017?