Happy new year everyone!! I realise we’re now nearly half way through the second month of the year but this is the first blog post I’ve written for 2017!
After losing my sewing mojo for a while, probably due to tiredness and work stress, I’ve been buying fabric left right and centre! I’ve got soooo many ideas and plans so thought I’d share them with you! I realise that I have previously posted about my plans and they don’t always come to fruition, but I’m saying that’s all due to my hectic, creative brain!
First of all, I’ve been really enjoying watching quite a few sewing vlogs lately. I’ve been watch Lisa Comfort’s Sew Over It vlog pretty much since it started and love love love it! I especially enjoy watching people’s fabric hauls and sewing plans! Here’s a link to her channel (just in case you don’t already watch it!).
Another couple of vlogs that I’m starting to watch regularly are Hollie Dolly’s and Rosabella’s Sewn vlog. There are a few others that I dip in and out of but these are the main ones that I watch quite often. In fact I’ve subscribed to all of their Youtube channels.
Anyway, I’m hoping to get lots of sewing done this year and have lots of ideas. I’ve even started buying fabric just because I like it. Previously, I’ve only ever bought fabric with the intention of making something specific with it! I’m starting to build up one of those stashes that other people seem to have!
I’ve made a Make Nine for 2017 at the start of the year on Instagram so thought I’d share my plans here. Warning!! It’s Sew Over It heavy! I am not sponsored by them, I just love their patterns!
- Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dress – I am going to make this in the aubergine needlecord. I’ve purchased one of the kits she created for this pattern and have already started this. Such a quick and easy pattern!
2. Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe City Break ebook – This feels a bit like cheating as it’s several patterns. The garment I most want to make is the Molly dress. That sold the book to me. I really want to make a stripy one out of ponte roma just like the sample in the book!
3. Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress – This looks like such a fab, easy pattern that is so versatile. I have a fabric in my stash that I’m thinking about using it for but I’m still mulling that one over. I don’t actually own this pattern at the moment so would need to buy it!
4. Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers – Everything I’ve read and heard about this pattern says it’s so easy and a great introduction to trousers. I’ve read the instructions and agree. I reckon I could knock some up in a few hours easily. My issue is the fit. I made a toile of these and it doesn’t quite right and I’m not sure how to fix it so I’m sleeping on it (a lot) until I figure it out! I’m going to make them in the black & white brushstrokes stretch cotton I bought ages ago. If they work out, I’ll make a floral pair for summer!
5. Tilly & the Buttons Agnes Top – When I have time (and money) I fully intend to buy the online course to make this top. It looks like such a great basic that I would wear all the time. Just need to learn to sew jersey on my machine!
6. Sew Over It Ultimate Pencil Skirt – I love love love pencil skirts! Seriously! I would live in them! I already use Named’s Shadi Knit skirt for knit fabrics so I want a really nice and easy pattern for woven fabrics. I have downloaded the PDF so plan on choosing some pretty floral fabrics to make a selection of these beauties.
7. Sew Over It Silk Cami Top – My last Sew Over It pattern! This pattern looks like another great basic pattern that I could wear regularly. I’ve got a kit with a florally (is that a word) viscose/rayon fabric and pattern already and have been hunting for more suitable fabrics. I’m hoping for a quick and easy make with no fitting issues!
8. Grainline Studios Morris Blazer – I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while and have dreams of making a few casual blazers out of some sort of knit fabric. I’m just not sure what fabric! I have a Topshop casual blazer that I would like to replicate using this pattern. Not sure whether ponte roma is too light. Any help would be greatfully recieved. Please leave suggestions below!
9. Tilly & the Buttons Bettine Dress – Another pattern that I’ve heard great things about. This looks like a fab dress to wear during the day. I’d like to make a few of these including a chambray one like the sample.
After reading through my plans, it seems quick and easy patterns are calling out to me. I think after having a few disasters lately, I’m looking for patterns with minimal risk, that are easy to fit and are easy to make.
On a separate note, I just read my last blog post where I talked about sewing plans (surprise!) and one thing I mentioned was the Named Elizabeth dress. That actually got made! Just in time for my work’s Christmas party! I love it. It was made out of black satin back crepe but on the crepe side. I wish I could take credit for it but my lovely mum made it for me and did a fabulous job. Here’s a really rubbish photo of it hanging up and a selfie of me wearing it. Sorry that the photo’s don’t do the dress justice!
What are your sewing plans for 2017? If you have any advice about anything I plan on making please share! I love getting tips from everyone! Also, any new vlogs you recommend please let me know!