I haven’t been really up on my wardrobe planning previously, but at the beginning of the summer, I decided to try it again. My focus was on pieces that would help me with a transitional wardrobe so that some could be used for summer into fall with a few extra layers.
- Appleton Dress: Tropical Print Maxi Length 3/4 length sleeves (Made)
- M5050: View E White gauze with lace; Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)
- M7094: View C Navy Blue crepe with orange squigly squares; Jennifer city shorts: twill
- Lenox Dress: Cotton mint eyelet
- Oceanside Shorts: green linen rayon (Made); Concord T: Hello Kitty Cotton Lycra (Made)
- Barton Shorts: Tropical print linen rayon with lace (Made); Concord T: Lightweight jersey (to buy)
- Three’s a Charm Jacket: Black Jersey (Made); Springfield top: Red Rayon; Pavlova Skirt: (Made)
- Simplicity 2350: White crepe with coral satin lining; M6555: White crepe and turquoise crepe
- Scarf Neck Cardigan: lightweight jersey (made); Dartmouth top: lightweight jersey (Made); Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)
- Peplum top: black rayon; Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)
- Burda Cowl Neck Top: turquoise cotton lycra; Oceanside Pants: Chambray Forsythe Capris: Star/Deer stretch denim
- Winslow Culottes: Tropical leaf voile; Concord T: Made or planned above
- Burda Keyhole Dress: White rayon with navy polkadots
- Burda Robe: Flannel lined mint Satin; PJ Pants: flannel; Concord T: Made or planned above
- Springfield top: Flannel hacked into a babydoll sleeping top; PJ Shorts (Barton or 5 out of 4 short length pjs): Flannel
I have 15 left. I’ve made 12 things. I eliminated the Jennifer City shorts from the list, because it’s August and there isn’t much time left to enjoy summer stuff. I replaced the Oceanside pants with Forsythe pants in capri length just for fun. I may or may not make another Concord T shirt. I haven’t decided yet.
Some of the projects left are part of my 2017 Make Nine list. I have not done as well on that list, though. I’ve made two patterns and cut out another, but I have fabric for most others.
- Prairie Style Dress from Burda. I got some lovely polkadot chambray for this. I’m eliminating the ruffle from the front.
- I made Cashmerette Appleton dress using up some lovely tropical print material I got in a local sewcialist swap.
- Cowl Neck Top from Burda. I have turquoise cotton lycra cut up and ready for this.
- Keyhole dress from Burda. I have navy polka-dot on white rayon fabric for this.
- M7537. I have the pattern. I don’t have the fabric yet. I do have some lovely tropical print rayon that might work for it, though, but I’d want some contrasting fabric for the colourblocking in that view.
- Raglan sweater with zip. I made several of these and then summer happened so I barely wore them. They will be part of my fall rotation, though.
- Belted Robe from Burda. I have some lovely flannel lined satin for this one. I totally forgot to replace it in the picture, though. D’Oh!
- I have 22.5 yards of flannel in my stash that are begging to become pj pants using the 5 out of 4 free pj pattern. I guess I could have also replaced that pattern pic with fabric, too. Oh well.
- Boho maxi dress from Burda. I have a gorgeous crepe print for this pattern. I will have to wear a little slip under it since it is a bit see-through. I might get this one cut out this weekend.
I am finally getting more energy back after being sick at the beginning of the year. It really delayed my sewing plans for the year, but with summer, I’ve had more energy. June and July and August, I made more than the previous months combined. I made some goals at the end of last year and am finally getting back on track with those:
- Accessible Sewing: I did flat pattern adjustments of my bra pattern so it has a lower bridge and can accommodate 1 line of hooks and eye tape at the front. It will also have the back closure for my fun swelling that occasionally happens so I can make it bigger or smaller depending on the day. I will be able to adjust that before I put the bra on though. I’ve also done some accessible sewing by making sleeves easier. I’ve gone back and taken sleeve off a couple of unwearable garments. I just need to finish the armsyce with bias tape or facing. I’m also close to having a good swimsuit pattern.
- Burda Patterns: I’ve made the raglan sweater and have the cowl neck top cut out. I will probably cut out the Boho maxi dress and the kimono robe this weekend.
- Blazers: I’m going to make my flat pattern adjustments for Simplicity 2350 this weekend. I will tissue fit it and then try a wearable muslin. I have tons of material to use for that.
- Party Dresses: I plan on cutting out the M6555 in the next few weeks. I won’t have to adjust the pattern too much for that. Then I will also be making a couple of fancy Upton dresses. One in red satin for a Christmas dress and another in turquoise brocade. Then I think those three are probably good for this year since my social life isn’t that exciting. 😛
- Stashbusting & Getting Rid of UFOs: I was doing really well with stashbusting and then… I went shopping with a friend in Hamilton; I did a bunz trade for 65 yards of fabric; and, I won £100 fabric basket from Minerva Crafts in the Indie Royalty competition with my accidental capsule wardrobe and I don’t even know how much fabric will come with that (I’m really hoping I get some stuff to go with my other plans or just get lots of knit fabric since I love it). I kind of screwed myself with all that…. I cleared a lot of UFOs, though. I made some new ones trying to adapt old garments to my chronically fabulous life now, but overall I am getting better at keeping the piles down. I am also scrapbusting. I still want to take some time to go through what scraps I have and take a bunch to an H&M for recycling. That will mean figuring out what is useful and tossing what isn’t. I have a plan in my head of making a scrap quilt. We’ll see what happens there. I have a couple of bags planned, too. I just need to get hardware and the right interfacing and zippers.
I feel good about what I’ve done so far this year. I have some projects from this year that are either secret sewing projects or pattern testing. They will come eventually.
I also made a little quilt for a friend’s baby’s 1st birthday.
I’d love to make myself one like it for the couch or I will just make a few for Christmas/birthday gifts.
Except for what is planned above, I don’t really need many more clothes except to replace things as they wear out. I will need some leggings in the fall for sure. I am pretty sure my 107 things made from last year number will not be reached. I’m at 34 this year so far but don’t have many plans. I’d be surprised if I reached close to 107 this year.
What are you planning to sew?
4 thoughts on “Wardrobe Planning, #2017MakeNine, and Goals Update”
I am super impressed at how well you’ve stuck to your plans. I’ve kind of given up on planning because as soon as I’ve put a plan together, I’m distracted by the latest shiny fabric purchase and need to come up with something to make from it. So: I’m planning to sew through most of the pile of recent purchases on my dining table. Fingers crossed some of it matches well enough to be worn together.
I have to say that I am pretty impressed myself. I haven’t created plans since my honeymoon wardrobe over a year ago. Health got in the way a bit, but mostly the shiny stuff (new pattern releases, new fabric, etc). I am enjoying feeling on track. 🙂 But then who know what it will look like by the end of the year. LOL. I might have veered into a completely different direction.
You are amazing, Andie! If only I could stick with my plans….
Thanks, Tanya! Plans are difficult to stick with! Lol.