Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I don’t know about you, but I think 2018 is going to be amazing! Not only am I so excited to enter my first full year of blogging (yipppeee!!), but I have so many new ideas and projects buzzing around my brain right now. Seriously…it’s a lot. So, I thought I would take this week’s post to share some of my sewing resolutions and upcoming projects with you.
As far as resolutions go, by the end of 2018, I’m hoping to have an 85-90% completely me-made wardrobe. I’m trying to be realistic by not saying 100%, but I am going to try my best to purchase minimal commercially made clothing, with the exception of socks, underwear, etc. I’m making this resolution for a few reasons: 1. My me-made clothes are unique, and the possibilities are only limited by what I can dream up. 2. The clothes I make fit better – almost like they were made just for me… 3. Making my own clothes helps me cut down on mindless purchases that just hang in my closet until I donate them.
My second resolution is to try out some new-to-me pattern brands. Since I’ve started blogging and getting more active in the online sewing community, I’ve discovered so many patterns and pattern companies that really excite me. I’m looking forward to trying as many different pattern brands as I can. Although, I may need to expand my pattern storage!
Now, on to the projects. This is by no means a comprehensive list of items I’ll be sewing this year. Instead, it’s a few patterns that I’ve been wanting to make for a while and are at the top of my list. Full disclaimer – some of these projects may change drastically. You never know when inspiration will strike, and fabric that was destined to be a dress, instead becomes wide leg pants.
This first one, Butterick #6094, has been in my stash for years. I think I may have purchased it when it first came out, and that was in 2014. I love everything about version A, but for some reason I just never got around to making it. Well, that’s about to change. I’ve decided to make this my first project of 2018. The fabric I’m using has also been around for ages. It is a jacquard-type fabric, and I think quite beautiful. I got it for only $3 a yard at an end of season sale. While certainly not an everyday dress, I know this will be a great little number to have on hand for fancy occasions.
As you know, I love bow neck dresses and blouses. So of course, Simplicity #8214 view A is right up my alley. I’ve had this lovely pink polyester crepe since the summer, but with my move to Australia, it was sitting all alone in my sewing room. I have a few alterations in mind for this pattern, but overall, I’m keeping the basic style.
This final dress goes back to resolution #2. This will be my first time using a Style Arc pattern. Style Arc is a company out of Australia, and I’ve been wanting to try one of their patterns for some time. I love wrap dresses, but I feel that it can be tough to find a good pattern. After reading so many rave reviews, I’ve decided to give Style Arc’s Kate Dress a whirl. The fabric I’ve selected is a geometric print knit from The Remnant Warehouse. If there’s one thing I love more than a wrap dress, it’s a wrap dress in a great (crazy) print.
It’s been a while since I’ve made a coat, so I figured why not make two. The first is the Claire Coat by Closet Case Patterns (another new-to-me pattern brand – look at me keeping my resolutions…ha!). With its oversized collar and the exposed asymmetrical zipper, I thought it had such a cool-girl vibe and will be a bit of a change of pace from my more classic-style coats.
The second is a vintage 1970s trench coat. I had an awesome 70s trench that I found in a thrift shop for $2. I wore it constantly, but unfortunately, it no longer fits. When I saw this pattern, I was practically giddy, knowing that I could recreate that coat. The pattern is a Stretch and Sew pattern, another brand I’ve never used before. The number is 1080. I purchased this one on eBay, and I’ve seen more on eBay and some on Etsy. This is probably the project I am most excited about.
I just ordered fabric for both coats from Mood. I’m going to do the Claire Coat in two different wools and the trench in a stretch cotton twill.
I guess this could technically be sewing resolution #3, but I want to add more pants to my wardrobe this year. I’m normally a dress or jeans kinda gal, but I really love these floral pants I made in November. They’ve inspired me to branch out and wear some bottoms other than jeans. I’m planning to make Simplicity #8391 view C, with this blue wool I found at the Salvation Army Fabric Fair (if you aren’t familiar, I explain about this magical fabric sale in this post.) The only alteration I’m making is adding some length to make them full-length. I’m still on the fence about the buttons. Luckily, I can decide that after the pants are complete.
I know I just said I was going to try to expand beyond jeans, but I’m dying to try my hand at making my own! And I have read nothing but good things about Closet Case Patterns’ Ginger Jeans. I figure that at least if I make my own, I can tailor them to fit me exactly – something store-bought jeans have literally never done. I haven’t selected fabric for this pattern yet, but I’m thinking I’ll do a darker wash. If they turn out well, maybe I’ll go really crazy and make a fun colored pair for spring.
I could probably fill ten blog posts with just my plans, but I want to get sewing! I can’t wait to share all my completed projects, and I hope you will continue to follow along with me on my sewing adventures this year.
Until next time,
P.S. – The photo at the top of the post is my new Simplicity Sewing Planner! It was a Christmas gift from my awesome brother. You can check it out here.