Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sewing plans for 2014

OK, it's confession time... Last year I bought a lot of patterns. So many in fact that I don't want to count them for fear of the total! (closes eyes tightly). I do feel good about supporting indie designers (all but 1 are from them). I bought patterns from Sewaholic, Victory, Deer & Doe, Grainline Studio, Figgy's, Papercut Patterns, Green Bee, Jamie Christina and Leisel & Co. Some of them reasonably expensive, others very reasonable... BUT, I don't want to keep buying in 2014, or at least only in special circumstances*.

So my goal for this year is to reuse my patterns. Most of them I would definitely like to make again - I think I'm getting better at choosing for my style, shape and lifestyle rather than what looks good on others. And I like the thought that each time a pattern is used you get more value from it ;-)

A couple of the patterns I bought last year I haven't made up yet, so these are on the top of my summer sewing list:

A Sewaholic Saltspring:


Grainline Studio Lakeside Pajamas:

Image of Lakeside Pajamas

And By Hand London Anna Dress:



And at the moment I'm also thinking:

: : I need some summer arm covering tops, maybe using my Make it Perfect Shearwater Kaftan pattern

: : Another Simplicity 2226 skirt, these are such great staples

: : And for cooler weather a couple of Moss Minis in velveteen or Corduroy ( I have my first Moss Mini to show you next up that I made just after new year).


* Now if I am good and reuse patterns and use stash fabric where possible, I may grant myself this lovely shorts pattern by Deer & Doe for winter as it is sooo lovely and I have some grey wool that they'd look fantastic in, so really it would just be the cost of the pattern :-) (sounding like a true addict).
Chataigne shorts


Now please tell me you bought a lot of patterns too in 2013 (or not!)

11 comments:

  1. OMG yes. It's not even funny. And I just bought TWO more patterns this week for the kiddos. It's baaaaaaad. I will have to do some serious planning!

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    1. Thank you for confirming I am not the only pattern junkie Inder!!! And yes, kids patterns are equally alluring :-) Looking forward to seeing what you make

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  2. Yep, I have a whole stash of mainly indie patterns that I should make before I buy any more. I keep getting sucked in whenever I see people's blogs!!

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    1. Ahh, yep! That's the problem, hey Lou :-)

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  3. I've been looking at the Shearwater kaftan pattern for ages - I'll look forward to seeing yours :)

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    1. Renee it's a lovely pattern, I'd definitely recommend it. I have blogged a couple of mine in the past - if you search for them in my search box you should find them, if you're interested :-)

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  4. I bought lots of patterns in 2013 and then had almost no time to sew so my resolution is to use what I've got already this year and resist new releases. Sadly that means no saltwater spring dress so I am envious of yours! It will be a fantastic dress for the next month or two.

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    1. I'm hoping to do the Saltspring next, oh for more time in the day! Tracy could you do a little 'deal' with yourself (like I do, hmm) if you're good and still get the pattern, hee hee!

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  5. Oh, yeah, bought me PLENTY of patterns in 2013! Here's to using them all in 2014 (two of your first up sews are on my immediate list too ;-) )

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    1. Good to hear Justine! I'm feeling better with all this confirmation that I'm not alone ;-) Looking forward to seeing yours x

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  6. I'm so happy to see I'm not the only one with an Indie Pattern addiction ... now to start actually sewing more than two a year!

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