I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a year ahead as I am for 2016. 2015 was a year of exploration for me. I started this blog and shared my creative passions, hoping to find a clearer path and something for myself outside of my roles as wife and mom. My love for sewing intensified immensily this year and I have so many sewing plans for the year. Rochelle with Lucky Lucille started the hashtag #2016MakeNine on Instagram sharing her 9 sewing makes she hopes to sew up for 2016. I’ve been creating a list myself of some selfish sewing projects I’d like to do this year and here in no particluar order are nine patterns I would really love to sew up for myself this year. Photos are from Instagram, sometimes from the designer, sometimes not.
Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic
Designer: Hey June
Planned Material: A blue/green plaid lightweight shirting I got from Nancy’s Sewing Basket in Seattle back in August.
I’m on the hunt for the perfect tunic pattern this year and this will be the first that I try. I love a good tunic; loose fitting, long, great over jeans or leggings. I’ve yet to try a Hey June pattern, but all of her patterns are so popular, so they must be great. I’m looking forward to, hopefully, finding a new favorite pattern designer. I’m planning on adding some length, a curved hem and lengthening the sleeves just a tad for my long monkey arms.
Pattern: Roscoe Blouse
Designer: True Bias
Planned Material: Black Rayon Challis
I sewed up a True Bias pattern in 2015 when I sewed up the Hudson Pants for Selfish Sewing week. The pattern went together beautifully and the directions were incredibly clear. I’m hoping for the same from this Roscoe Blouse. It’s such a simple design, but there are so many ways to add some extra special details on this one. Perhaps using a unique ribbon or cord for the tie? Or, a simple backstitch embroidery around the neckline? I also, really loved Lauren Dahl of Baste + Gather’s version with the lace trim on the hem of the sleeves as shown above.
Pattern: Birkin Flares, Kendall skinny version
Designer: Baste + Gather
Speaking of Lauren, the next pattern I’m hoping to make is Baste + Gather’s most recent release, the Birkin Flares. I’ve been admiring her jean making for months and I’m beyond excited she’s created a pattern. I’ll probably wait till the skinny version of this pattern is released, which I’m thinking will be soon as I’ve seen tester versions on Instagram already. I really like the look of flare jeans, but find skinny jeans to work better when crawling on the floor with little ones. Moms, am I the only one who’s had this thought?
Pattern: Morris Blazer
Designer: Grainline Studio
Planned Material: Tiny Gold Sequin Fabric
For Halloween 2015 I made my daughter the cutest pink sequin jacket for her costume. She adores it and when I was making it, I knew I wanted something like it for myself. Everyone needs something in their wardrobe that’s extra flashy, right? I’m thinking a gold sequin Morris Blazer would be perfect to fill that hole. I’ll need to find the perfect gold sequin material, which I haven’t found yet, so we’ll see if this one gets made.
Pattern: Tie Front Dress 9/2015 #112
My wardrobe is in desperate need of some more dresses. 7 years of either being pregnant or nursing has left this area of my wardrobe very empty and what I do have just doesn’t work for my stage of life anymore. I made Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirtdress in 2015, but I certainly need more dresses! I love the elegance of this pattern and feel that it should flatter my tall and small on top figure. I’ll have to be very careful on material selection though. I’d want something with a lot of drape and a print that will slim me and not add bulk.
Pattern: Short Jumpsuit 05/2013 #129A
Planned Material: Small floral rayon
Another from BurdaStyle! I’m not always a fan of the jumpsuit, but this particular one with a drapey woven looks so easy going and perfect for summertime. I have a long torso and my top half is a size or two smaller than my bottom half, so buying a ready to wear jumpsuit would never work for me. I really like this silhouette, so I hope I find time to make this one this summer.
Pattern: Tamarack Jacket
Designer: Grainline Studio
Planned Material: One of Robert Kaufman’s Brussels Linen/Cotton Yarn Dye fabrics. I’m still trying to choose which color.
I’m a big believer that a good jacket can make an outfit. I love the simplicity of the shape of this pattern and Grainline Studio’s patterns always turn out amazing. I imagine this jacket being my go to when taking the kids to the park on chillier days.
Pattern: Brumby Skirt
Designer: Megan Nielsen
Planned Material: Bright floral rayon
I love maxi skirts and I think the Brumby Skirt would look wonderful as a maxi length skirt. I would love to sew this up in a beautiful bright rayon print sometime in the spring. The search for a bright floral rayon begins!
Pattern: Watson Bra
Designer: Cloth Habit
I started eyeing this pattern in early 2015 when I was still nursing my youngest. Now that I’m no longer nursing, and have no plans to get pregnant again, I really want to give bra making a go. This pattern looks like the perfect design for my tiny chest (although the pattern is designed for very small to quite large chests). I’m a 32A and sometimes it can be challenging to find pretty bras in my size. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this pattern, including from those who have never done undergarment sewing. I’m imagining a contrasting lace overlay. I’m definitely going to need to do some research on materials for this one. I know there are a ton of blog posts on bra making, so I’ll definitely be reading them!
That’s it! My top 9 patterns I hope to sew up in 2016 for myself. What are some patterns you are hoping to sew up this year? Let me know. Perhaps, you have a pattern I haven’t heard of yet.