New Patterns

So I did take advantage of some of the Black Friday sales and picked up some material and a pattern from some smaller, independent sellers. I’ve been hunting around over the last few weeks for some new patterns to add to my collection as I’m a creature of habit and tend to make to the same style of dresses over and over again mainly because it’s quick and easy. But I really want to step up my game next year, expand my sewing skills as well as my wardrobe. So here are some new patterns that I’ve bought recently.

Boundless Style by Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns

I bought this from Interweave Store, with their five skirts, five tops and five sleeves combination that is a hell of a lot of dresses you can make. I like the idea of flicking through a mix and match programme a bit like in Cher from Clueless but with sewing patterns to create the perfect dress, without the need of doing too much altering.
The book comes with a CD loaded with patterns which you print off as when you need them.

The book is also packed with step by step instructions, like how to fit sleeves, tips and tricks and I think will be well worth the investment.

Belledonne by Deer and Doe

French Pattern makers Deer and Doe do have some lovely patterns, very chic and simple. I like patterns that have interesting details and I like to back on the is one and I really need to get out of the habit of making the same style dress over and over again. Though I will probably make the skirt a little longer.

Chemise Jolain by Republique du Chiffon

Another French pattern maker which I bought the the Anna Ka Bazaar. I kind of wished I’d bought the jumpsuit as well but maybe later in the year after I’ve tackled all these patterns. I’ve always wanted a western shirt and now I can make my own. This pattern is a real level up for me. I’ve made short sleeve bowling shirts in the past for other people but never a shirt or blouse for me. This includes piping and cuffs and is an experienced level pattern, so yeah jumping in at the deep end with this one but now I can be that rhinestone cowgirl I always wanted to be.

The Watson by Papercut Patterns

I have a few jacket patterns languishing in my pattern pile but I’m not sure I like them, but this one by New Zealand company Papercut Patterns I do. Look at that overlaying cape, this will be perfect for spring and autumn, for which I don’t have any appropriate outerwear for.

The Secret of Sewing Lingerie By Katherine Sheers and Laura Stanford

I picked this up in a TK Max raid one day for around £4. I have made knickers before as part of a pattern test/review for someone a long time ago. I find it very hard to decent reasonably priced underwear, so time to start making a few bits of my own and expand my sewing repertoire!

So my me made wardrobe goals this year are

Make a minimum of twelve items.
Make four items I have never made before including

  • a pair of trousers
  • a blouse
  • a coat or jacket
  • something knitted like socks

Add more knitted items for me! (Up until now I’ve mainly knitted for others).
Tackle some advanced patterns.
Use up the oldest pieces in the fabric stash (but lets be honest this is always on going!)
Make some underwear.
Oh and clear out old wardrobe, though I’ve done this quite a lot over the years and my wardrobe is actually bursting at the seams, I do have a few items that I no longer wear  for whatever reason so maybe time to clear out for the new stuff.

What’s on your sewing list this year?

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