So, the New Year is finally starting to settle in…how’s that writing “2013” going for you? I’ve typed and written 2012 more than a few times thus far. Thank goodness I don’t write too many checks anymore!
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, I have time to be a selfish, selfish sewist and make myself some more duds! I have three things I aim to make this month; here they are in no particular order!
A flannel shirtdress
I’m going to tuck into the beloved Lisette Traveler dress, even though it’s definitely Winter here and it only has 3/4 (or is it half?) sleeves. Whatever, I do what I want! There’s always slappin’ a chunky ass cardigan on top of this puppy.
I’m going to use the flannel that I purchased while I was on vacation in Arkansas last year.
It’s pretty funny that I happened upon that particular flannel colorway while looking for a fabric for this dress, because I was originally inspired by Andrea’s Lumberjane dress that I originally found on PR, which is also made of red and black flannel.
A sophisticated frock
January also happens to be my Birthday Month, and it’s not just any birthday…it’s the one that will make my Gravatar description of my age obsolete. So, I’m pretty sure that I will require a pretty little birthday dress for said occasion. My original thought was making this very lovely Burda dress from the 12/2011 issue, which had previously been a Christmas dress contender:
Made of this lovely silk charmeuse.
I’ve never worked with a Burda pattern before, though…so that feels a bit daunting.
On top of that, I just bought some very lovely white and black large scale wave-patterned SILK JERSEY, (my first!) and so have become conflicted.
Knit garments are definitely easier to fit and I am kind of itching to work with it (no matter which terrors I hear of in the name of SILK JERSEY!!!)
A Cougar dress
Rawr!!! Ok, actually it’s a leopard print dress…for JUNGLE JANUARY! (see right) When Anne announced there would be a month of animal print wonder on her blog, I just couldn’t help but join in. And I don’t even wear animal prints…her enthusiasm is that infectious! For the occasion, I picked up this bitchin’ ITY jersey at Fabricmart for the ridiculously awesome price of about $2 a yard.
This is the front runner for this dress, but I’m still considering my options. I love how the short sleeved version looks, so I’m leaning toward view B, but I would also really like something long sleeved that would be practical for Winter. In any case, there’s always wearing a cardigan:
So, that’s the plan! I am hoping to make 3 dresses in a climate where the average high this month will be 26 F (honestly, when I looked it up, I was expecting it to be worse). The best use of my Winter sewing time? I dunno, but the sewist’s heart wants what it wants!
It does jive with my hope to actually wear dresses in the Winter. Note to self: must invest in some glorious tights.