So far I have sort of been sewing like a loose cannon, completely without pre-planing or any kind of structure. But now I actually have some solid plans for things I want to sew this year. Or even better, I simply need them. My wardrobe is a disaster at the moment. I am still transitioning from a modern wardrobe to a vintage one. I still have hardly any vintage clothes to speak of (not counting original vintage pieces which I really only want to wear to special occasions since they're so fragile). In practice this means I still dress myself in modern clothes pretty much every day. Aside from that, I was only able to take about 1/3 of my clothes with me to England so I don't have many clothes to choose from either. But this actually had a refreshing effect. I don't miss any of my clothes at all. There is nothing in my modern wardrobe that I really love and couldn't live without. Out with the new, in with the old.
So here are my sewing plans for 2014, sort of in the order I want/plan to sew them:
1. Make at least 2 pairs of 1940s slacks. I absolutely need these but I'm a little frightened to make trousers because of the fitting involved. I hope to make them in navy blue and bottle green. Or mustard if I dare. I already have the famous Simplicity 3688 lying around for this. I do think I will have to make some adjustments to the pattern because I already noticed it will be too short for me and I also want them to be pretty wide. This one will definitely require a muslin, or two.
2. Make a jacket from Simplicity 1535. I really need a jacket but I'm not sure if I'm ready for a project like that yet..
3. Make two pairs of 'harem pyjamas' with Simplicity 3364; one from a thin cotton with short sleeves for summer, one from a thick fabric with long sleeves for winter. As mentioned in my previous post.
4. Make a pair of wide summer slacks with aforementioned Simplicity 3364.
|Photo from the Life archive, by Peter Stackpole|
5. Make the skirt to match the blouse I'm currently sewing (Simplicity 3450). I'll make the version with the 'suspended' pockets (they're not stitched onto the skirt, they hang from a belt!).
6. Make a floor length skirt from a lightweight fabric for summer. I bought a pattern for this last summer but unfortunately it got lost in the mail together with a dress pattern. (Still mourning over my loss..). I'm still looking for a replacement pattern. I have found lots of floor length skirt patterns from the late 40's, but none of them are gathered at the waist like in the picture. And that's what I want.
7. Make a dress. I definitely need more dresses too, but I don't have anything specific in mind at the moment. I still have Colette's Ceylon and Butterick 3810 lying around.
8. Make a summer blouse from McCall 7242 (view B)
9. Make two full slips (I don't need half slips because I have a stash of deadstock ones!). The first one just plain to practice with slippery fabric, the second one with lace. Still looking for a pattern, I think I'll get one from Mrs. Depew
10. Make a jumper dress (preferably in corduroy) for winter. Not sure if I will use Hollywood 1776 I just ordered or if I will get another one.
11. Make an a-line skirt and plaid blouse, inspired by this outfit. Hollywood 1776 has both.
12. Make at least one pair of knickers. I think I'll get the Panties & Bloomers pattern from Wearing History
13. Make a floor length robe/housecoat for winter. Still looking for the perfect pattern.
14. I will also allow myself to make at least one garment just because it's pretty, and not because I absolutely need it.
15. Finish my Mrs Depew Bathing Beauties bathing suit. I've never written about this, but it was actually my third project. I have no idea what I was thinking making a bathing suit as a third project, from a vintage pattern that needed to be re-sized as well. And yet I managed to finish about 2/3 before I gave up. My only UFO so far!
So that's 20 separate items to make and one to finish! I really do need much more clothes than this, but I tried thinking of the most essential basic pieces I need to build a foundation for my wardrobe. I'm not sure if I will really be able to make all of these items in 1 year. I'm also still on a tight budget since I still haven't found a job.. And I would really like to join the HSF challenge this year too.. I guess we'll just have to see how far I get!