Skip to main content

To Plan or Not To Plan...

Hopefully at this stage of the game, you are riding that wave of excitement and feeling like All Things Are Possible. I am. Before this Seasonal Sew Wardrobe is finished, I know I will have plenty of visits from the Tim Gunn Spirit telling me I need to edit and focus, but for now, that voice is cheering me on with a hearty "GO FOR IT!"

Stash fabrics pulled to coordinate with my inspiration fabric

I've decided to build my wardrobe around a "big" inspiration piece. I pulled out some beautiful nylon jacket fabric, purchased years ago from Gorgeous Fabrics. I wanted a pattern without too many fussy details or seams that require complicated pattern matching. I found the Fari Coat by Ralph Pink and decided it would be a perfect match. Aside from some appropriate interfacing, I have everything needed for this coat in my stash already.

In addition to my coat, I know for sure that I am making at least 2 pairs of Itch-To-Stitch Liana Stretch Jeans just like the ones I finished in December 2015. After finishing this last pair, I just can't bear to wear my RTW jeans. I only have enough denim in my stash for 1 pair, so I will have to pick up another couple yards of denim this week. I plan on making both pairs at the same time, since they will use the same pattern, sewing techniques and thread colors.

A pair of casual striped linen lounging pants are also on my make list. I'm going to use Simplicity 2414, a pattern in my stash that I've never used. It might be a bit of a stretch saying the berry in my striped linen coordinates with the berry in my coat above, but in all honesty, the two will never be worn together, and several of the tops I am planning will go with both the jacket and the pants. If these work out nicely, I have some pink/skin tone raw silk suiting that will work for a second pair.

I am going to make 2 basic tees out of the Comino Cap Top. One in black scrunchy textured knit and the other in a cream. 

The last thing I know for sure that I want to make is a Cream Irena Knit Top using this light weight sweater knit.

After getting all this down in writing, I'm noticing that aside from the Fari Coat, my pieces are awfully boring. I don't exactly know what I'm going to do to jazz up this collection, but I have 4 months to figure it out. I know that as time wears on, I will be inspired to make something different than what I've laid out here, so I'm not going to bother making a detailed sewing list. Structure kills my creativity. Instead, I'll leave off with a collage of images that are on my SSW Mood Board:

big tote with leftover coat fabric

Simplicity 1462
McCalls 7094
Vogue 9109
Frankenpattern Blouse
Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank
Look at the sleeves on Vogue 1493!
buckle belt cardi

Grainline Maritime Shorts
Itch-To-Stitch Idyllwild T Shirt
Jalie 2567 bathrobe
12oz Turkish Cotton Terry Velour fabric


Popular posts from this blog

A Little Itch-To-Stitch Love: Pajama Party Edition

It's no secret that I Love Itch-To-Stitch Designs. So naturally, when Bloggers and Pattern Designers and Fabric Shops decided to come together in support of Kennis after the horrible home robbery she experienced in October, I had to find a way to be part of it! There is a crazy amount of inspiration on the Blog Tour this week and several generous prizes to be won. Read through to the end, follow our sponsors for chances to win Rafflecopter prizes and share links of your own ITS LOVE for additional LinkUp Party prizes.

 From everyday tees to special occasion dresses to jackets, my hand made wardrobe is filled with Itch-To-Stitch. For my stop on the ITS LOVE Blog Tour, I decided to take a handful of Itch-To-Stitch patterns and give them an unexpected twist: Pajamas!
The Plan Started With Fabric I selected some lovely fabrics from Maker Mountain Fabrics in California, one of our generous ITS LOVE Tour sponsors, to become my Itch To Stitch PJs. There are many beautiful and luxurious…

A Holiday Gift From Itch-To-Stitch: The Free Pattern, Uvita Top

This holiday season, Itch-To-Stitch is giving us a wonderful gift with the new FREE Uvita Top! This was supposed to be Deadline-Free December for me, but when I caught wind that Kennis needed help with a secret test to surprise everyone with her next free pattern, I eagerly accepted the invitation. Pattern DetailsUvita Top is a relaxed fit, drop shoulder t-shirt style that is crazy versatile.  This free pattern has all the same bells & whistles you get with your purchased Itch-To-Stitch patterns: Sizing 00-20, layered PDF and fully illustrated step-by-step instructions. Plus, it features: - Relaxed Fit, but not oversized -Wide Neckline, still covers your bra straps -Dropped Shoulder, for fashionable slouchiness -Long or 3/4 Length Sleeves
There's very few seam lines, so this is a great place to show off stripes and plaids with minimal matching stress. Check out all the FABULOUS tester makes HERE.  (seriously, that plaid is my favorite!!) Down To The Nitty-Gritty I skipped my …

Lago Tank: A New FREE Pattern From Itch-To-Stitch

What could possibly be better than another Itch-To-Stitch pattern release?  When it's FREE, of course!

I tend to Google-research just about any new pattern I purchase, even the free ones. I like to know what I'm getting into before I get started. Most of the time I end up passing on the free patterns because so many reviews indicate fit issues. Is a free pattern really worth it when you have to redraft the armhole, move the dart, adjust the angle of the straps, do an FBA, and, and, and. Not for me. I have better things to do, and prefer to start with a well drafted base, even if I have to pay for it. 

I'm so happy to tell you that with Lago Tank from Itch-To-Stitch, you get the best of both worlds. A thoroughly tested, precisely drafted, well instructed pattern that is FREE.

There were about 30 of us selected to help test the drafting and instructions for Lago Tank. We spent a week working and refining, and near the end, a couple new faces were added at the last minute to ensu…