Last year I started sewing in January as a New Year's Resolution to bring more creativity back into my life. I saw all the lovely sewing plans going around for 2017 Make Nine, and as I was new to sewing my strategy was more... make all the things, all the time.
Now that I've gotten that a bit out of my system, this year I'd like to focus more on things that look good on me and reflect my style. I will fully admit, I'm quite a sucker for branding and styling - there's been times where I saw the pattern, LOVED it, made it, and said - when will I ever wear this? My goal is to avoid this phenomenon this year.
I'd also like to put a dent in my fabric stash. I think by picking projects right now that I already have fabric for can help ensure that they happen and get done. And encourage me to use up fabric I already have.
So here are the patterns and fabrics I've chosen...
Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress
Bonus: this pattern is also part of #Sewmystyle2018 hosted by Jessica Lorraine.
I got this lovely blue very thin cotton from a fabric flea market here in Ottawa for only $3! I immediately thought it would be perfect for this dress. The only issue is that the fabric is slightly see-through... but that is future Trish's problem to work out.
I have some Mia jeans cut out as we speak, but in a stretch twill. I still have some really nice stretch denim I'd like to make a traditional pair of jeans with. My pattern choice will likely depend on how much I like my first pair of Mias - I may tweak it till perfect, or opt for the Ginger jeans instead. Any thoughts on these two patterns?
A Bathing Suit!
Again, I've had this fabric since the summer, but never got the chance to sew it up into a swimsuit. I'm thinking I'd like to use the online class offered by Closet Case Patterns so that it turns out really well. Has anyone ever taken this course? Please let me know your thoughts!
A self-drafted Pencil Skit
I got the book Freehand Fashion for Christmas from my sister, and I would like to perfect a self-drafted pencil skirt perfect for my measurements. There's quite a lot of variations out there, but my perfect skirt will have a waistband, lining and kick pleat - and flatter the indent in the small of my back (my problem with traditional patterns and store bought items). I'm really excited to give this book a try.
Not only that, but I have the perfect fabric, gifted to me from my mother-in-law from her late step-mother-in-law, Grandma Carol. It's a wool suiting from her travels in Scotland and I'm really excited to use it for this meaningful project.
Burda Style Fitted Jersey Dress
I've had my eye on this pattern for a while, and the fabric since the summer! I think this will make a great summer dress, and I'm really excited to start sewing with more knits.
Elsie Dress from Sew Over It
I immediately bought this pattern when it first came out, it's a beautiful party dress! The problem is, I haven't really had an occasion to get this dressed up... I have had this bright coral pink taffeta in my stash since last year, and I think it would be the perfect fabric to hold those box pleats. I've even got a matching lining already. All I need is the perfect occasion!
Ultimate Shift Dress
I've used some pretty complex patterns, but I would really like to bring things back to basics and make a lovely, simple shift dress using one of these two fabrics. The first one, a lavender floral georgette, is from Sew Over It, and the other a peach crepe from Fabricland.
Believe it or not, I have not had the chance to jump on the Moneta train yet! However, I got some beautiful knit fabrics for Christmas that will be perfect for this. I'm excited to give it a shot!
In the Folds Peplum top
Who doesn't love a free pattern? Especially when it's already downloaded, printed and just sitting in your stash. I've been saving this cotton for it specifically... the little design makes me think of celtic knots, and it has gold dots as well - a great colour combo!
Thoughts or suggestions on any of the patterns/fabrics? What are you 2018 sewing plans?
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.