I’ve been hard at work sewing up various items for my summer wardrobe, as well as some adorable baby shower gifts for friends. There are a couple finished items, one of which I’ve already finished the blog post and just need to take pictures even though I’ve worn it tons since finishing it (I’m looking at you, Kalle Shirtdress). However, since I haven’t done a sewing plans post in a while, I figured I’d share what I have on my To-Sew list for the summer until I get around to taking pictures of my recent makes!
Flexibility and adaptability have been key words for me this month…mainly because of my indecisiveness and trying to get a ton of projects crammed in before we see family. At first it seemed like this month was just dragging, but just like that it’s now February. That means
a few most of my January goals were not met. I think I overestimate how much sewing time I’ll actually be able to have. However, I’m happy with what I’ve been able to accomplish this month and I’m already excited about sharing a couple things with you next month!
Does anyone else feel like January should almost be over even though it’s barely the second week of 2017? No, just me?
I think I’ve overwhelmed myself with my 2017 sewing plans and thinking I need to get them all done RIGHT. NOW. instead of throughout the course of the year. I’m reminding myself that’s not the case and that I can accomplish things a little bit at a time. We have a trip to North Carolina planned in February to see some family and celebrate a belated Christmas, so I’m trying to finish up a few items before we go (for myself and a couple items for them).
I hope everyone’s new year has started off on a good note! I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but what has been on my mind lately is what I want to accomplish this year with my sewing. Up until the last half of last year I got in a rut where I’d just sew things to have more handmade items in my closet, but I’d never end up wearing them. And now a lot of them have been given away.
Here we are at the end of 2016! As I mentioned in my previous post, I was able to finish 3 out of the 4 items on my December sewing list! I started the fourth, but I’m letting it sit for a while because I’m not 100% sold on it yet, but more on that in a bit.
I tend to draw towards a particular color each year and this year has been various shades of red. The past couple items I’ve made have been red and the items coming up are all going to be made out of a fabric in the red family (with the exception of one top).
Indiesew just had their Cyber Monday sale, so I took that as the perfect opportunity to pick up just a few of the patterns I need, which shows extreme self-control on my part because there are about 20 other patterns that I could have easily purchased from there! It’ll happen, but I can only sew so fast.
I typically buy a pattern and then wait around a while until I find the perfect fabric for the job. This is one of the few times that I actually bought the fabric with specific patterns in mind and fully intend on fulfilling those ideas.
So, without further delay, my December sewing plans:
I’ve thought this was a cute pattern, but for one reason or another I had been on the fence about buying it. When I saw Sew Charleston’s winter white version, I was sold. It’s so feminine and easily dressed up or down. I love pieces like that.
I plan on using this red knit I picked up from Joann. I’ve been really impressed with their selection of apparel fabric lately. I went in to buy a couple zippers and a new seam gauge and came out with not only said supplies, but also six yards of fabric. Oops.
When I saw this heathered fabric, I immediately decided it was meant to be a sweater. It’s so soft and will look so great with jeans and boots (yes, I pretty much wear boots any chance I can when it starts to get even the slightest bit cooler here in Texas). I always love a good cardigan because it’s always freezing in my office, so sweaters/cardigans will always have a place in my closet.
I love the striped sample, so I plan on using this knit fabric I got a while back from Raspberry Creek Fabrics on Etsy. You can’t go wrong with a staple striped top.
and last, but not least…
Christmas pajamas! Last year I made Christmas pajamas plus a lap blanket for eight (!) people. They turned out pretty well, but it was also a bit stressful.
This year I’m only making pajamas for Nick, myself and I have zero shame to say that they will be onesies using this fleece fabric from fabric.com. Oh yeah, and the two dogs will be getting jackets as well. Yes, the dogs. That’s 90% of why I chose this particular pattern…because they had a dog version. How could I pass that up?!
I also have several items I need to make for other people that have to be done before Christmas, so it’ll truly be amazing if I get all of this done in the month of December, but one can hope.
What do you have on your December sewing list?