Nine New Projects for the New Year

December 28, 2015

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times already, but I can’t believe it’s almost 2016. Where did this year go?! Time flies when you’re having fun? Time flies when you’re getting older? Probably both… but in any case, it’s that time of year again. The time where I make some new goals for myself and do my best to not immediately rebel against those goals – Ha!

In 2016 I’m really looking to concentrate on sewing for comfort, advancing my knitting, and making projects where I can showcase my block printing.

So, here are nine new-to-me patterns I’d like to make in the new year. And hey, if these exact patterns don’t make it out of the envelope, I’ll still know I’m working towards similar styles and themes.


1.) One of the first patterns in my 2016 queue is Fen by Fancy Tiger Crafts. I bought it earlier this month at Finch on a whimsical trip through Leesburg, VA and I was drawn to it for many reasons. Mainly: Comfort factor! It looks like the ultimate comfy dress. I also like that there is a real Capsule Wardrobe appeal with all the different variations in one pattern. Not to mention, Fen can be made in both woven and knit fabrics, AND! …pockets.



2.) The Darling Ranges pattern by Megan Neilsen has been on my radar for years but I never committed to buying it online, so when I saw it for sale at Finch I scooped it up along with Fen. I could also see this dress made with a stable knit as well as a woven fabric, and again, the comfy-but-still-cute factor appeals to me.



3.) The Lark Tee by Grainline Studio is one I don’t own yet but I really want it. I love all the neckline/sleeve variations and the casual fit. There’s good Capsule Wardrobe potential with the Lark pattern. I’m finding that I don’t mind making the same pattern over and over (Hollyburn and Archer ring a bell?) so lots of style variations within one pattern appeals to me, too.



4.) The 241 Tote by Noodlehead is one I bought several months ago, and planned to make with some of my block printed fabric, but then it got pushed to the back burner. I’m a ‘one bag’ kind of girl so I’m looking forward to taking my time with this one and sewing it in a fabric combination that will go with mostly everything.



5.) The Watson Lingerie Set by Cloth Habit is a pattern I had very little interest in last year, but now that I’ve been sewing more with knits I’m starting to collect quite a bit of sizable scraps that I’d like to put to good use! It’s funny how things change. This lingerie set seems to be a good introduction to sewing undergarments, and looks comfortable to boot!



6 & 7.) Sweater Coats for Lucille and I! I’ve been meaning to sew something for Lucille for years now and I haven’t done it yet. The poor dog has more fitting issues than I do with her “sturdy” chest and narrower waist (little lady has a more womanly figure than me, haha!). Finding store bought clothes meant for Bully Breeds is tough and she could definitely use a new winter coat. I’ve also been on the hunt for a nice, simple fleece sweater for myself. This Mimi G pattern looks like a good one.



8.) The Bough Hat and Cowl by Brooklyn Tweed looks ambitious for me but if I want to advance my knitting I need to just dive in and go for it. According to Instagram, I taught myself to knit exactly 157 weeks ago (98 weeks since I learned to knit in the round) and since then I’ve been playing it pretty safe. I’ve dipped my toe into the world of cables and lace but now I want to knit something that really challenges me. Let’s see how  many times I have to turn to YouTube to get through this one!



9.) Ah yes, Leggings. How many times am I going to write about needing leggings before I actually sew a pair?! The leggings and tunics combo is kind of my thing and I’m definitely going to dedicate some time to sewing a pair of leggings I’ll actually wear. I did actually sew a pair of leggings, almost exactly a year ago (a Burda sloper pattern), but the waist was too loose and the hips were a bit too snug. I never went back to adjusting them and therefore I never wear them. I’m hoping the Manila Leggings by Seamwork will have a more modern cut that needs very few flat pattern adjustments. We’ll see!


Last year, around this time, I told myself I would treat 2015 as a stepping stone for better things to come in 2016, and I can honestly say I did that! I tend to be more successful when I give myself a clear focus and something to push towards, but also permission to jump ship when that feels like the best option. Also, TIME! Everything always takes more time than I think (hope) it will. That goes for sewing, knitting, and pretty much everything else in my life.

Finding comfort in clothing, breaching my comfort zone with knitting, pushing myself to create better design work, and learning patience with everything – I’d say those are the greater goals here. …but also just simply making cute things. Because I can 😉

What are some things you’re working towards, or are excited to make, in 2016?


(EDIT: I didn’t originally intend for this little project to have an accompanying hashtag when I first published this post, but then I saw the #2015BestNine tag on Instagram and thought I’d share my Make Nine plans instead. I’m glad it’s getting shared around because it’s been SO inspiring to see/read about everyone’s #2016MakeNine plans! So awesome!)