Sewing Plans

Let’s talk about sewing plans! I just got a big batch of fabric and am super excited about my plans for all of it.

I’ve spent the last year doing a lot of reading and thinking about wardrobes. My friend Mary-Heather introduced me to the idea of a capsule wardrobe – a small set of mix-and-matchable clothing making up the entirety of your closet. I also was really influenced by The Wardrobe Architect series that Colette Patterns did in 2014. When I looked at what I owned I saw that clothes I purchased are remixable but not always in my favorite silhouettes, and the clothing I make is a hodge-podge that doesn’t really fit into my ready-to-wear wardrobe. Now I know what kinds of clothing I want to have in my wardrobe and it’s time for the fun part – making it!

First up is an Everyday Skirt from Liesl + Co. I love the look of a fitted top tucked into a full skirt at the waist, yet I don’t own a single skirt like that. I love this Robert Kaufman Chambray Union and I think this is going to be a year-round wardrobe staple. I also plan to make a lined winter version of the skirt in some Robert Kaufman Shetland Flannel (with Robert Kaufman Manchester cotton poplin for the lining). I need to hurry if I want to get any wear out of it this year in my climate!

Next I plan to tackle the Archer Button-Up from Grainline Studios. This is Cotton + Steel Frock Rayon that I think will make an awesome top I can wear with jeans or shorts. I’m also planning a cotton poplin version from Verna Mosquera – wouldn’t it look great tucked into my chambray Everyday Skirt?

And I’m hoping that after making two Archers I will be ready to tackle the Darling Ranges dress from Megan Nielsen. One in an amazing tiny houndstooth print on Robert Kaufman and the other in a fantastic Cotton + Steel Lawn.

Finally, I couldn’t resist this purple Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen/Rayon blend. I am planning a tunic/shift, probably one of the patterns in Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style.

I know it’s am ambitious list. But I feel like these pieces are really reflective of my personal style so if I don’t get to them until fall or even next spring, I’ll still be really excited about them. Also, most of them are new-to-me fabrics for sewing, so I will be learning a ton as I go!

Do you have any big sewing plans for this spring? I know my friend Sarah is also planning a couple Everyday Skirts this spring. Is anyone interested in a Sew-A-Long?

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