Wednesday, 3 September 2014

{Operation Handmade Wardrobe} Thoughts, Plans & Inspiration

This blog post is kind of a two birds with one stone thing – It’s part 2 of my last blog post  listing my favourite kid's sewing patterns (except this of course is for Women’s sewing) and also it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while – to get all my (so called) ‘selfish’ sewing plans down on ‘paper’ – so to speak.

I have 2 Pinterest boards that I stash my selfish sewing plans to - My style/ fashion board; and Sewing for MEEE. The first used to be images of clothes/ styles I wanted to buy – but as my sewing skills have increased it’s just turned into another sewing inspiration board.

So, anyway here are few of my sewing plans/ inspirations (mainly for Summer sewing):

1) Shorts

I love me some shorts and I find that a slightly dressy and mid thigh length seems to suit me best. (Actually I like pretty much all clothes that can best dressed up or down).

Last year I made these sweet scalloped shorts in cream linen – the pattern is here from Pattern Runway. I wore them heaps last Summer, but it I made them using my I’ve just had a baby measurements and are little more on the larger size now (although still wearable – just less high waisted). So I thought it would be nice to make more shorts for this Summer.

Keen to try out a new pattern, I recently gave the Maritime Shorts from Grainline Studio a whirl – I’d won this PDF pattern as a spot prize during last year’s Selfish Sewing Week (when I sewed the scalloped shorts, ironically!)

For my first pair I used some of the tan and cream linen cotton fabric pictured below right. (It’s double sided/ reversible spot and checks and is from Miss Matatabi).

maritime shortsgrey linen

I’m really happy with the result (which I  will hopefully share with you soon), so I decided to plan a second pair. It’s no secret that I love Liberty of London fabric so I’ve bought some of this Liberty twill (the same design – yet a much heavier weight fabric than what I used on this outfit of Isabelle's). After purchasing it I searched google images for ‘Liberty Shorts’ and discovered the pic below in the right (image source). It turns out American Clothing Company JCrew make shorts like this – I hope mine turn out half as good!

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I’d also love to make tap shorts at some point – maybe a pair in either lace or linen? But I think I should use the patterns I already own first.

Speaking of which, ages ago I won this playsuit pattern by Salme Patterns some time ago (a shorts on the line sewalong, a couple of years I think). Yes, I know – I have good pattern winning skills/luck … and I’ve been meaning to make it ever since!

This sort of style is not something I’ve worn much before, but I think it’s cute and I reckon I could brave enough to pull it off. (First two inspiration pics from here; last pic from here.)

salme playsuitromper


2) Summer Tops

tank4Nani Iro

I also to make at least one more Wiksten tank – they are so easy to make and I like the fit. I have the above Nani Iro fabric in my stash (also from Miss Matatabi which is likely going to turn into one of these tops!)

It would also be quite fun to try the FREE Colette Sorbetto pattern – and maybe make another kimono (here's the first one I made using this free tutorial) and see below for an inspiration image (image source)


I wouldn’t mind a dress like that either!

3) Dresses

Speaking of dresses the main thing on my dress to sew list is The Clover Dress – a collaboration between Papercut Patterns and Brooke Tyson. I plan to make this in This gorgeous Joel Dewberry Bungalow Rayon Challis fabric.

clover dressRayon Challis

Also, I’d really love to make the papercut anima pants.

4) Warmer tops

Cali Faye pullover


I’ve been planning making the Cali Faye Perri Pullover, the Parisian Top and the Julia cardigan for a while. I own the first 2 patterns, but not the Julia cardigan yet.

… Well that’s pretty much it. I could add more but ya know, this blog post has to end somewhere!

Make sure you check out more patterns from the designers I’ve featured here they all have heaps of other awesome designs.

Have you got any selfish sewing plans? Or any other patterns you want to share with me?

Jen x


Cassandra said...

Grand plans!!! I've been trying to decide what to make for me this summer too. I'm off now to get lost on your pinterest boards for the rest the night! lol

thingsforboys said...

I can so see you in that playsuit!! I have huge selfish sewing plans, just need the time to execute them. I'm going to a sewing blogger meet up next week and would love to make a dress for that, just need to find some time. I've done the muslin, so I'm getting there. Look up the blog 'into mind', there's a great series about thinking about what clothes you need for your wardrobe and making sure you spend time sewing things you will wear lots. Not that I'm saying you aren't doing that, I just found it really helpful.

Leonie said...

Crikey that's an awesome list!! I think the jumpsuit/short will look awesome and you could definitely pull it off! Will enjoy watching all your plans come to light!

Nat @sewoutnumbered said...

They all look great!! I love my Parisian and julia tops so def recommend both of those. I love the look of the play suit. Likewise never worn one before but in an attempt to be more fashion conscious I'd give it a go haha. Sooooo many things on my list. I should get off the couch and get sewing!!