Part of setting my creative goals for 2019 (and procrastinating from setting my creative goals for 2019) includes me reviewing the social media from the rest of our amazing community to see what projects and challenges brought you personal joy and growth in 2018. I noticed myself particularly drawn to the intention behind things like:
- Make Nine Challenge hosted by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
- Me Made May, an annual event originally designed by Zoe of So, Zo…What Do You Know?
- Make a Muslin Challenge led by Sew Altered Society
With so many talented designers, it is easy to be seduced by the most recent pattern release (and I’m certain I’ll still buy many patterns in 2019), but I need to analyze and prioritize based on my current wardrobe and its holes both metaphorically (the categories of garments I wish I had) and literally (that purple cardigan with the hole!).
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While my summer, spring, and fall wardrobes are heavy on dresses (I add a cardigan when things get chilly), I noticed myself scanning my closet for long sleeve dresses now that I’m in the winter. My daughter and I are total dress fiends so I’m not sure how I didn’t notice this gap sooner!
I have an abundance of dress patterns that I’ve made and love like this, this, this, and this but none that are a simple aline with long sleeves. I was wanting something with a super simple silhouette that I could jazz up with accessories like scarves and necklaces or dress down with sneakers depending on the fabric and accessories.
While I’m all for the more complex woven patterns like this and this, I find myself rummaging through my closet for the fast knit ones for my daily wear. I love that I can comfortably lounge around the house in this and not feel embarrassed to answer the door if someone happens to drop by.
I love New Horizons because their block just fits me really well without a ton of adjustments. I took out some length to adjust for height (I’m 5’3). I’ll likely add a little of that back in (just a personal preference) and fiddle with the armscye to fit my shape even better.
I already made two Tawsha dresses. This one is made from fabric already in my stash (another goal for this year is to sew more of my stash!). The body and arms are a sweater knit from Sincerely Rhylee and the shoulder accent is a quilted knit from Joann Fabrics.
I’m still pretty obsessed with tone on tone but part of me wished I had used this grape sweater knit from my stash for the body instead so this cool shoulder accent could really pop. Regardless, it is getting a ton of wear! I sewed it last week and have already worn it 3 days. I also made a version without the accent from a knit corduroy and have been wearing it around the house without hems.
I loved the simplicity of the pattern, its a dress with a fitted bust and A-line skirt (my favorite) but the bodice and skirt are cut as one so they sewed up super fast. Even better, I’m already on my way to keeping my goals in mind for 2019:
- Fills a hole in my wardrobe √
- Used fabric from my stash √
- Is well fitting and will wear again √