I have no new projects to share today, so I thought I would give you a look into what I’m thinking about sewing this winter. I do have a batch of projects underway, and a pretty good idea of some patterns I may want to sew next. Planning and dreaming up sewing projects is one of my favorite parts of sewing!
Current plans include drafting and sewing my own leggings using this tutorial from Cal Patch. I’ve made these once before, and they were great. I want to make them in a midweight Polartec Power Stretch (below),
but first I have to see if my new pattern fits right by testing it out in some bathing suit fabric (below) that I had in my stash. I think this (hopefully) wearable muslin will make great exercise leggings.
I also want to make Burda Style 6471, View A minus the cargo pocket and drawstring in recycled Polartec ThermalPro denim look fabric. I got this pattern for Christmas 2018, and I have been waiting for just the right fabric to come along. I’m hoping for some secret pajamas I can wear out and about, but if they read too casual, I can just use them as loungewear.
New Look 6560, View A without the ruffle, which I just completed in silk is back on the list, this time in hot pink stretch velvet, because it’s FUN! My friend got this fabric for me for my birthday, and I’m excited to try it out.
Vogue 8932 has been hanging out in my pattern library for a long time, and I’m finally going to make it (View B). I’m going to try it out in black ponte de roma from Fabric Mart. If I like the pattern, I would love to make it in a stretchy boiled wool knit someday.
I’m also finally trying out the Thread Theory Newcastle Cardigan, Version 1, but in a shape that will fit me (this is originally a men’s pattern). I’d love a relaxed version of this cardigan, maybe with some elbow patches and a bottom band added, and I want it in a shape that will fit me, so I’ve done a bunch of work and measuring to see if I can get there. This is another pattern I have had for a long time, waiting to find just the right fabric. Thanks to my husband getting me several pieces of Polartec fleece that I had my eye on, I plan to make this in a Polartec 200 sweater-look fleece, using scraps of green from the Burda pants I mentioned above for the yoke.
All of those are at the cutting stage. I just need to cut out the New Look wrap top and the cardigan, and then I can get sewing.
Other thoughts and possibilities for the rest of winter are also brewing.
I had a snap-front skirt (Burda Style 6252, View A, lengthened) on my list to make out of a damaged Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket that I got for FREE (!!!), but it was just too damaged and stained to cut a skirt out of.
I want a pattern I like to make insulated skirts to wear over leggings, and this may be the one, but it’s going on hold for now. The blanket could become a pillow and maybe a bag (The Wax + Wool Tote, possibly?). We’ll see.
One strong possibility is McCall’s 7930, View D. I think I have some stash fabrics that would work for this–either a shirtweight denim + a Swiss dot or maybe silk double georgette + silk crepe de chine.
Another likely project is the Persephone Pants from Anna Allen, lengthened for winter, maybe in a green canvas. I have resisted the ultra-high rise trend, but I once had a pair of very high waisted wool sailor pants that I LOVED, and thinking about them convinced me to give these a try. To tell the truth, I have been looking at our local Army Navy stores for some ’70’s era sailor jeans to try out before buying this pattern, but couldn’t quite find what I was looking for. This pattern was a Christmas gift, so I’m going for it!
I have some cotton velveteen that might get made into Simplicity 1696, a tried-n-true (TNT) pattern for me, although I do worry about the nap rubbing off in places like the inner thigh.
Burda Style 6265, View A is also a possibility in flannel worn with leggings, but I really wonder how much I would reach for this. I have never been a dress person, and I am trying to branch out into wearing dresses, but I can’t quite tell if this is something I would reach for or if it would just hang out in my closet. I actually like the long view, too, maybe for spring or fall. I’m going to have to think about this pattern for awhile.
Other tempting patterns are to be found in the Burda Style magazine from November 2019 that I found at one of the larger Barnes & Nobles.
There are a lot of patterns I like in this issue (which is why I bought it), but my absolute favorite is #121, the “On-Trend pattern”, a really cool cropped jacket. I love the style lines, and I could see it made up in various wool fabrics. I wonder if I could recycle some wool pants I have into part of this jacket. (They’re the checked fabric below.) I would love that. And they would be great with this blue wool/cashmere remnant I have. Overall this issue has a number of great jackets. I’m just outside their standard range, but I can grade up a size or two.
The other day I went to my local mall to see how it had changed in the last few years (I don’t get there much) as well as to hunt for inspiration. I love to look in Nordstrom and J. Crew, among other places, to get ideas for future sewing projects or to check out details on clothing. I found it really interesting that with the proliferation of pattern companies, plus the fact that Butterick, McCall’s, Simplicity, Vogue, and Burda Style all put out numerous patterns per year, I can find patterns that are close or nearly identical to a lot of the clothes I see in stores. The sewing world is really on top of what’s current in much of the fashion you find in stores. It’s pretty cool. On the flip side, there are also companies that put things together in really creative ways that I haven’t necessarily seen before. They really inspire me to try to think more creatively. When I look at Anthropologie, Free People, and even Lucky Brand, I often ask myself why I didn’t think to combine fabrics like that or try some similar detail. We sort of have the best of both worlds in that way: fashionable patterns + ready-to-wear inspiration to think even more creatively. The mall is a different experience when you’re shopping for inspiration.
What about you? What are your current sewing plans? Have you tried any of the patterns I mentioned? Feel free to recommend patterns, too!