Hello, Everyone! I am so excited to be writing my very first blog post! This is something that I have been thinking about for the past couple years (which seems like forever) and I can’t wait to start this journey with all of you.
I love the #makenine challenge that a lot of sewists join in on every year! However, if you are anything like me – you never complete your list. I was going back through my MakeNine list and noticed that I had items that didn’t reflect the style that I am currently curraiting in my closet. I think for my MakeNine list next year I will focus more on basic wardrobe fillers. I originally planned a bunch of statement pieces that don’t actually fit into my everyday wear, which I think is the main reason I didn’t get them accomplished. I was able to make 3 of them(!!) because they were more everyday basic pieces. Because of not being in love with my MakeNine choices I am being a little ambitious for my Fall/Winter wardrobe. *side note: do you prefer to say “fall” or “autumn”? I love the sound of “autumn” better and would love to make it more of a habit to use this phrase but “fall” is more natural to say.* I’ll be sharing those plans with you along with RTW inspiration and the links to fabric/pattern sites.
- Anna Allen Button-Up Skirt
I have been DREAMING of a corduroy skirt for this winter but have wrestled with a color option. I found a maroon one at Old Navy and I was sold, however when it actually came time to pick the fabric I settled on a camel color. I just need to find the buttons now. Do you have any personal favorite places to buy buttons?
2.) Simplicity Pattern 8544
This pattern has been on my “to-do”list for over a year now and I can’t wait to finally make it. I was wanting a nice drapey plaid jacket for this fall and picked something up in a beautiful rayon at Joanns.
3.) Button-Up Dress by Peppermint Magazine
I’m a little obsessed with corduroy over here at the moment. But who can blame me? It’s so classic! I’ve been wanting to make some sort of pinafore dress for a while and all these cute black ones have been popping up in my Instagram and Pinterest feeds. When I saw this button up one from Stories I KNEW what pattern would be perfect for this! And the awesome news is – IT’S FREE! Peppermint Magazines does a PHENOMENAL job creating available pattern resources for any skill set. They partnered with In The Folds pattern company to design this beautiful dress. It’s definitely on the top of my list! I know it’s not a true pinafore dress, but I’m okay with that. I’m thinking about adding big square pockets to the front.
4.) Self-Drafted Kimono Jacket
So this photo is taken from a website that I previously bought from ALL the time. They are super cheap, low-quality, and fast fashion at it’s finest. I fell in love with this jacket but never purchased because I didn’t appreciate the values and quality of the site. With that being said, I think this could be SO easy to draft myself. It has a simple kimono style fit with drop shoulders that I’ve made quite a few times before. The only thing I’m torn on is the color. What are your thoughts or suggestions? I would LOVE to hear them! I have a beautiful grey wool that could work but I’m not sure if I want it to be black? I loved the plaid version in the photo but my Simplicity jacket will be in plaid so I think I want this to be solid instead.
5.) Aomori Twist Top by Papercut Patterns
I wanted a sweater with a twist back and then I saw Dasha’s post on Instagram and HAD to copy what she had done with this pattern. It’s not super hard. Just wear it backwards! Viola! Go check out her beautiful IG page for all her makes @dasha_brrn.
I hope this helps you with your sewjo!!