Dreaming and scheming: Upcoming projects

The other night I was looking through my patterns and thinking about what to try next.

When I choose the fabric first I become far too indecisive, so to make it easier I thought, after I complete the first set of upcoming projects, what patterns am I itching to try? This made it easier to decide

All these plans are subject to change of course!


Above: I finally decided on the right dress of this fabulous drill, that has vintage sewing pattern ladies on it.

The vintage pattern envelope print will be the pleated skirt part of a fit and flare dress!

I wanted to make a shift dress out of this cool print, but I figured it might be too overwhelming covering an entire dress (plus I dont have much of it). I like the idea of doing the bodice of this dress in a plain blue drill, perhaps it would be a bit more balanced. Plus I really want to try this pattern (simplicity 1418). I L O V E box pleats (do I get extra sewing-nerd cred for that? heh)!



Above: I really want to try this pattern out! The envelope front was a little overly ‘crafty’ looking, but looking at the line drawing it’s a really nice A-line baby-doll 60s style dress.

Julia Bobbin has already used this pattern to make a gorgeous Betty-inspired dress some time ago.

The fabric I selected here is just ‘Meh’ to me. I like feminine florals, but this ones just a quilting cotton that creases like crazy, so just a good fabric for trying a new pattern out with.



Above: So I have already used this pattern before, but I need more shift dresses in my life! I never seem to get enough of them!

I was keeping this polka dot poplin for a 50s style dress, but now I think it would be cute as a shift dress! I adore navy! Which is funny because as a girl/teen I though navy was boring/not my thing, now I’m in love with it.

Navy blue seems to be the colour that suits my skin/hair the best and it looks killer with orange (which is my favorite colour, but one that suits me less)



Above: I really want to make something sweet and feminine! Especially now that I have such short hair, I have days where I really want to wear a ladylike dress!

Fabric is another cotton/poly poplin that has some weight to it.

I didn’t realize how sweet this pattern looked made up till I saw this lovely dress.

I would be making the plainer bodice (view c) because it’s a busy print I would want to keep the dress pretty simple.

Not sure if I would use the skirt from this pattern perhaps I would franken-pattern it up with a skirt that flared out (simplicity 1418 with the two pleats front perhaps)?!



Above:So…pants and shorts- And yes I am crazy enough to consider those very short tartan things ‘shorts’.

I have only ever made one pair of shorts years ago, and I don’t even remember how you construct them.

I figure it’s probably easier to copy pants or shorts you already own,  rather than try and make a commercial pants or shorts pattern fit right, I could be wrong, but I’m game to try!

I want to try and copy these hot pants and these really fitted black and white checkered ones ones because I love the fit of both!


And finally here are some other patterns I really want to try. I know I have issues (pattern hoarding issues), I hope you guys understand….



Did you spot the stay threads on my floor? that would be a boring game, but I sew in my living room and I feel as if there is no point in vacuuming because I’m always sewing!

Anyway that concludes the sewing plans that may or may not eventuate, depending on my whims.

I have been working on a cute shift dress and I am adding scallops to them hem, something I have never tried before.

Has anyone tried any of the aforementioned sewing patterns? Let me know in the comments!

  1. They look great. I’ve none of those patterns but have often looked at the mccalls skirt with the awesome kick pleats but sadly not much call for such a skirt in my wardrobe. I’ve just done my autumn/winter sewing planning – lots of long warm sleeves for freezing Melbourne weather!

    • Good for you! I love Melbourne! Lots of opportunities to wear fabulous winter duds. We have had an extended summer in Sydney…when I get the chance to wear something with long sleeves I really enjoy it now!

  2. Lovely pattern-fabric combos! I usually start planning from the fabric back to the pattern just because fabric shopping in my town is so disastrous. I really love that Burda 7176 dress, think I have the magazine-edit version of the pattern (which I’d love to make!). I hadn’t seen that Cynthia Rowley one before, its really interesting.

    • Aw, I know what you mean. When I lived with my parents an hour out of the city fabric shopping was SO much better!
      Yes! I’m really interested in making Burda 7176! I have a wedding coming up next year so I thought it might be a good time to bust out that pattern!

  3. Ooooooooh, that sewing pattern fabric!!!!! How cool! I’m so excited to see that! I didn’t notice the threads on your floor, but I noticed this morning while I was walking the dogs that there were stray muslin threads stuck to Doug’s butt, poor guy! 😀

    • Hehe awww! My boyfirend has found the odd pin in the carpet now THAT is bad :(!

  4. Erika said:

    I love the looks for your upcoming projects! I spy a few patterns I would like to add to my collection as well (fellow pattern hoarder over here also!).

    • Haha so glad I’m not alone in this! When they are on sale I don’t have the willpower to resist!

  5. Rhonda said:

    I dressed one of my bridesmaids (my 13 year old niece) in the Cynthia Rowley. She looked adorable in it!

    • Aw I never even considered it, but it would be perfect as a bridesmaid dress! Nice!

  6. Laura said:

    Oh! Exciting plans! I always try and make plans but end up getting distracted by new and shiny ideas instead. I’ve recently started lining patterns up in the order of the events I want to wear them to, and that seems to have worked for my last two makes.
    I’m in love with Simplicity 1609 – I’ve made two myself. Hope you get the fit sorted this time!

  7. If you want to copy some RTW trousers, I can’t recommend the Jeanius Craftsy class highly enough. It guided me through making my first ever pair of pants, which were jeans, and I’m using it again to copy another pair at the moment. the fabric you have earmarked for the Cynthia Rowley dress is just beautiful, I can’t wait to see it made up!

    • Thanks for the recommendation on the craftsy course. I will be trying it when I attempt the pants, sounds like just what I need! 🙂
      So glad you like it 🙂

  8. Those are great projects! And beautiful fabric. I can’t wait to see your finished projects.

  9. Lots of fun stuff lined up! I have S1651. I made up a practice version but really didn’t like the knot on the front doing a full 360 degrees (hope that makes sense). I’m going to meddle with it to make it just do a 180 degree turn — will post photos on the blog when I’m done in case you want to try the same. It’s a little far down my queue at the mo though 🙂

    • Oh cool! I was curious to see that made up. I haven’t done any sewing in so long perhaps tomorrow is the day!

  10. Just stumbled across your blog this evening- love your projects and your style! So cute!
    I’ve just made the Retro Simplicity bra top (Version A I think- the one shown on the model) and it turned out ahhmazing. New favorite pattern! The band that runs under the bust and around to the back turned out quite a bit thinner than I had anticipated. Not a problem, but I’m thinking about making it wider on my next version. This would make more of a crop top instead of a bra. Can’t wait to read about what else you make!

    • Thanks so much Kathryn! 🙂

      Also thanks so much for the info on the Retro Simplicity bra top! x

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