Planning the Work and Working the Plan Part 1

I am nothing if not a planner.  Sure, plans change, but when it comes to making pretty much anything, a plan is the first thing I need to get started.  I’ve got a load of indie patterns just hanging around that I really need to dig into and here is how I’m planning to use them over the next few months.  Stay tuned for “Planning the Work and Working the Plan Part 2” for my sewing plans involving the big 4 patterns I’ve got on hand.

Paxton by Collette

I’ve really been enjoying my Seamwork subscription.  The articles are wonderful, but I have yet to actually use any of the patterns.  It’s pretty silly given that all of the patterns are designed to be relatively quick and simple to put together.  I’m planning on making at least one Paxton to keep me warm during long days in the library and one for my husband.

I’ve got a bit of heather gray mid-weight cotton/poly terry and a heavy-weight black cotton/poly terry with matching ribbing that I’m hoping to use up.  I was also thinking about making a few of these out of a light weight jersey I have in my stash.  While not true to the pattern instructions, I think the light weight jersey could make a useful coverup for the gym.

Paxton LineHeather Gray Swatch



Black swatch


Sutton Blouse by True Bias

I’ve been following Kelli over a True Bias for over a year now.  I love her effortless style and her patterns are well written and easy to follow.  I’ve done a muslin of the Sutton Blouse and I never made to the next step of you know, actually finish the blouse.  I’ve got a cream poly georgette that I’m not a huge fan of, but thats what you get when you buy fabric over the interwebs.  I’m not eager to use a patterned fabric due to the center front seam, but I’m pretty sure I have a few other fabrics that may make a good fit for including a charcoal poly satin and poly georgette with nice drape.

Once I’ve got the pattern fitted properly, I want to make it out of a really lovey silk maybe in a deep navy blue or a pale yellow.


Archer Button Up by Grainline Studio

I love the Grainline Studio Blog.  It was one of the first garment sewing blogs I began reading.  Jen has a knack for the kind of everyday style that makes me excited to sew my own clothes.  I’ve made a few of her patterns before, including the Tiny Pocket Tank and The Portside Travel Set, and I’ve been itching the make myself an Archer.  At first I thought I wanted to make something with a little more shaping, but I think that getting the Archer pattern under my belt is a great way to build the skills (and confidence) I need to take on other shirt patterns.

I’ve got a two different plaids that I could use for this, one in red back and one white and the same pattern in a green color way.  I also have a collection of chambray that I may dig into.  I’ve got plenty of options and a stash that is (more than) a little too big for my tiny Brooklyn apartment.

Archer Line


Almada by Collete

Last but not least, I’ve got plans to make an Almada robe.  I’ve been itching to make myself loungewear and this pattern seems like a great place to start.  I’ve got some cotton that I picked up on a trip to Bali a few years ago that I think will be a great fit for this pattern.  I’ve only got 2 meters of each color way, so I may have to be a little creative when it comes to layout.Almada Robe

That’s it for now.  Happy Sewing!


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