I know a lot of other people like to post cohesive sewing plans for a season – with nice inspiration pictures and patterns and fabrics all picked out. I don’t think I could do that. I mean, it isn’t hard for me to plan out sewing projects (see my list at the sidebar), but I find that my desire to actually make something right now either increases or decreases depending on the results and efforts of my previous projects. So in terms of immediate sewing, I don’t like to plan too far ahead. In terms of general sewing, I plan way far ahead so that when the mood strikes I can either whip up a two-hour top or spend weeks pad stitching lapels. Originally, I was planning on making some more practice dresses for skating at this point, but since I have a super amazing sewing purchase en route (which will get its own post in due course) that I plan to use with the practice dresses, I have decided to put those off for the time being.
Here is what I want to be sewing in the mean time…
First off, Vogue 7997. I have a lovely purple/plum ribbed knit that I got from a flatfold section for $2.49/yard. I am planning on making the full length or 3/4 length sleeve variation, depending on how much fabric I have to work with. If it turns out well it might be a great top to wear for Thanksgiving dinner…
After that I want to finally get around to making a pair of flannel PJs. I know, I know boooooooring! Except maybe not when you make them in crazy 80s flannel print?
|Crazy 80s flannel – upper right.|
I want to use another Burda Style pattern, this time a really easy looking style, 06-2011-114:
I figure if the pants actually look good then I can always use the pattern with some nice fabric to get the easy summer look in the photo. In either case, I love the idea of having pockets in my sleepwear – not something I have in any of my current bedtime clothes.
Thirdly, I want to make another coat. But this time I want to make a trench coat. It all started when her More Awesome Selfishness came back to blogging with a vengeance and a leopard print coat. Then my sister gave me some old fashion magazines with Burberry ads. Then, as the kicker, my wonderful order of the 2006 BWOFs arrived, and I saw this picture in the February 2006 issue:
|Snakeskin trench – my latest desire.|
At that point I gave in – the stars had aligned and fate was decided – I was going to make a snakeskin trench. However, I wasn’t going to use the pattern from the BWOF 02-2006 because looking at the line drawing there are a lot of details I do not like:
The snakeskin fabric hides a lot of the details, but in a good way. Overall I really don’t like the pink version or the line drawing. But that is, I suppose, the point of a stash? To get inspiration from one place and use it in another? I had quite a few patterns I considered for my snake trench:
I decided against the first because I wanted more traditional trench coat details, and against the second because I have another fabric I would rather use with that pattern. I have seen so many great versions of the McCall’s pattern posted to Pattern Review, but in the end I decided to go with a BWOF pattern: