With the goal of getting organized, I spent the evening taking pictures of the patterns I have, and the fabrics I want to use to make them. It’s very exciting to put it together and make a proper pile, this way I feel like I can do a good job of going through all my fabric and pattern stash before buying anything new (as if that ever worked for any sewer!). So here am I to share with you the “drafts” of my future projects, and I hope I can accomplish most of them through the month of May to get my wardrobe ready for summer!
1. Green and lacey top: I’m currently sewing some new pajamas for Michael, but as soon as I’m done, I have plans for the left over green swiss dot from my first Anna Dress, and the cream lace that I have left over from two other projects. I got this New Look pattern on sale at the fabric store near my house because I am in dire need of new tops. This looked quick and easy.
2. Multi-colored slip: Another thing I’m in dire need off is summer pajamas. The ones I have are falling apart and just don’t appeal to me anymore. And they get a lot of use from mid-April thru October around these parts, so I was looking for a good slip pattern, and found a great one online to try out. It’s the Ruby slip, and on my first try, I’m hoping to use some of that delicious left over fabric from my second Anna dress, to make something that would be a dream to sleep on. I’m not a big fan of the transparency of the lace part, though, so you bet I’ll be improvising a lining on this. If this works out, I have some white soft fabric to make another slip, this time all in white, just to have it to wear under light-colored clothing.
3. More pajamas: In case that wasn’t obvious, I need pajamas. Mike also needs pajamas. Thank goodness pajamas are easy and quick to make. I’m using this left over fabric, and maybe a few other left over fabrics not pictured, to make some more summer pjs. I’ll use the shorts from this pattern (that I have shortened to make it look cute) and maybe if the slip works out alright, cut some length and do a slippy top. If not, I’ll just do the tank top from this pattern as well. It’s not pretty, but it’s practical.
4. Floral Dress: Here’s a fabric I’ve been hoarding for forever afraid to cut in. It’s quilting cotton, so I think it will work nicely with this Simplicity pattern I grabbed at the fabric store (I love the peter pan collar) on their last sale. I had piping ready to match this fabric, but just realized the blues don’t match. Which is a bummer because I really wanted to add piping to the waistline here. Oh well. The collar should be novelty enough.
5. Ombre Dress: This Simplicity pattern has been sitting in my pile for a while now… I love the detail in the top, but I’ve read it’s a bit on the complicated side, so I’m bracing myself for it (and waiting for a new batch of tracing paper to arrive, so I don’t need to ruin the pattern). The fabric is a little more stiff than I wish, but I love the ombre and I think it will make a beautiful dress. I have been much more confident in my sewing skills lately, and I think the finish of my dresses is vastly improving, so I look forward to try my hand at something a bit more complicated.
6. Floral Summer Dress: now that I’ve discovered rayon challis, I don’t want to sew with anything else. It’s so soft and buttery against the skin, and so easy to sew. I had my eyes on this Vogue pattern for a while, but wasn’t comfortable sewing soft dresses yet. But after the Anna dress, I’m a lot more confident, so I got the pattern and a new rayon challis to go with it. I love it, and I’m hoping I have some left over for, yes, you guessed it, another slip. But it was not the cheapest of fabrics, so I only bought 3 yards, so we’ll see if I’ll have enough left for anything. I’m pretty good at cutting my fabrics to minimize waste, though, so I’m happy. Anyway, doesn’t this look like a great summer dress? Perfect for the weekend.
7. Not pictured: I’m working on a third Anna dress. Yup, a third Anna dress, but this one will actually be an Ana (just one N) dress, because I’m making it as a birthday gift to my friend Ana. I think I’m pretty comfortable with this pattern at this point to venture into making one for a friend (first time doing this, if it fails and it traumatizes me forever, I’ll let you know just in case you were thinking about asking one for yourself). So, this one is not pictured for obvious reasons, cause it’s a surprise.
Now that you know what’s on my sewing to-do list, what are some projects you are working on?