Nine Sewing Projects for 2016

Kimono Sleeved Washed Silk Top
Self Drafted.  This is a pattern I played with a lot in the final months of 2015, based on a very simple vintage cotton sailor shirt I have worn to death, and I think I am ready to try my simple version with a fancy fabric like a dark washed silk.

Kimono Sleeved Simple Dress
Self Drafted.  I hope I will be able to extend my kimono sleeved top pattern and turn it into a dress with a straight skirt with a simple gathered elastic casing.

Colette Beignet Mini Skirt
I sewed my first Beignet, a buttonless mini version, over the New Year and it was such a great fitting pattern and so easy to make, that now I would like to make it in all the colours and all the fabrics.

Mod Mini Dress
This is the year I am finally going to turn my mother’s beautiful soft cotton purple and blue paisley wedding dress into a striking modern mini dress with a simple silhouette that I can wear on it’s own in summer or with tights and a cardigan in winter.  I just need to find the perfect pattern with the perfect fit before I cut into this precious one of a kind fabric.  Possibly Colette’s Laurel or Lynn from Seamwork.

Colette Iris Shorts
I made a wearable muslin version of Colette’s Iris shorts over the summer in a remnant of pinstriped blue linen and they are such a great fit and such a comfy wear that I would like to make some now in a black cotton linen blend, and maybe in some polka dot denim.

Cigarette Trousers
Options: Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It, Clover Trousers by Colette Patterns, Cigarette Trousers from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, or self drafted copied from an old favourite pair of Gorman Peggy Pants. Back welt pockets may adorn my second pair, after I get the fit right and am confident about the construction.

Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress
I have tried the bodice of this dress before, and couldn’t get the fit right.  But my sister made a beautiful soft Darling Ranges dress, barely changing a thing about the pattern.  So I will give it another shot.  Maybe my muslin just needs to be made with a fabric with more drape.

Mesa Dress from Seamwork Magazine
Looks like the perfect simple work dress, and a chance for me to recreate a favourite grey tshirt dress that I have worn to death.

Watson Bra and Ohh Lulu High Waisted Undies Lingerie Set/Bikini
What better way to test a bra and undies than by making a swimwear version, right?

Savannah Camisole from Seamwork Magazine
I have been tossing up which to sew, Savannah or the Tessuti Camilla Camisole.  Sarai’s Merlot Red Silk Camisole convinced me Savannah is the way to go, sans lace and with a baby hem to finish the neckline.


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