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Planning - Sewing Projects


Planning - Sewing Projects

Frances Paki

I have been considering blogging again for sometime now. I was blogging fairly regularly for about five years, but my last post was now over six years ago. I recently went back over my blog posts and I thoroughly enjoyed reliving those years of my life. That blog still exists on a different platform and under another name, and for now that is where they will stay.

I hope you will enjoy joining me on my renewed blogging journey.

I really enjoying planning. I always have. When I was 12 I planned my family’s accommodation for our road trip around the South Island. The internet was only just making an appearance so all my research was through the AA accommodation guide. I sent letters of enquiry to each place, and from memory we received a letter of confirmation in return.

Having my own family now I do even more planning, meals, budgets and general life activities, but the one I enjoy most is my making planning. I always do two big six-monthly plans for the main seasonal shifts (Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter). These involve a look through my wardrobe and stored clothes, a rotation of my making supplies (I keep out of season fabrics in a different location), a review of the patterns I own, I want to own and ones I want to make, cutting swatches and filing it all in to my Wardrobe Planning Journal. I do this for both myself and for my daughter, and on occasion my husband. The journal is nothing fancy but I pull it out regularly to flick through or tick things off. I do not commit myself to making everything in it or only making things planned in it. It is more a source of inspiration for me. Things often roll over to the next season, next year, or may even still be there two years on.

Most recently I reassessed my making plans as a new year refresh, and partly inspired by everyone’s Make 9 plans on Instagram.

Below are my sewing plans, in no particular order. I will make them as I feel inspired to do so, or when the need arises. I also reassessed my knitting plans but those thoughts will come at a later date.

First up is the Terra Pant from Pattern Fantastique. I made a pair of these last winter in an army green wool/silk/cashmere blend and absolutely love the shape and fit. I been dreaming of a pair in the lovely brown Heritage Check Irish linen I bought from from Miss Maude. I think they will be perfect for late summer and the transition in to autumn.

This fabric is a dark navy raincoating remnant I got from Drapers Fabrics. It is 50% cotton and 50% nylon. I bought it in store and can’t find it on their website. They may not even stock it any more considering it was a remnant. I would like to make the Closet Case Patterns Kelly Anorak with this. I don’t have any of the other notions and lining I need and think at this stage it will be a long while before I get around to actually making it. I have a raincoat that I have owned since I was 14 that still does the job perfectly well so it’s far from urgent, however I do like the idea of having a new, me-made raincoat to wear.

Image from  Marilla Walker

Image from Marilla Walker

I would really like to make this dress. It is the Isca shirt dress by Marilla Walker. I made her Roberts jumpsuit last year and love it. My hesitancy at the moment is that I would like to use this beautiful ‘dark white’ linen from Miss Maude and it’s just not so practical with a two year old around. I do think it has beautiful lines, and would be so comfortable. The fabric appears to be all sold out but she has other lovely linens available.

Three linens

These three linens are all from The Fabric Store and will be sewn up rather shortly. I am in the process of drafting a pattern for a pair of shorts/trousers. This summer I have realised I don’t have anything comfortable to wear around home, that I could maybe wear to the beach, the supermarket or even be pyjamas so I have decided to make myself some. I am also planning on making a trouser length version to take the place of a couple of pairs of old track pants I wear in the winter.

Image from  Grainline Studio

Image from Grainline Studio

The Tamarack by Grainline Studio has been on to make list for a long time. It took me a while to decide on a fabric to use but I finally settled on this Bluebird Irish linen, again from Miss Maude. I believe this is also all sold out. I am going to use the dark side as my outer, and the light side for the lining. I have cotton quilting batting ready to go, and will hand quilt it with Japanese sashiko thread. We are having a hot summer here in New Zealand so I think this will wait until it cools down a bit.

Image from  Noodlehead

Image from Noodlehead

I classify this backpack under the same category as the Kelly Anorak. It would be lovely to have, but definitely not necessary, or high up on my make list. I am more curious about the process of making a bag. The only supplies I have is this gorgeous mustard dry skin from Miss Maude. Later in the year I will look at getting the rest.


These two denims are destined to be wide legged jeans. I am currently finishing up a pair that I drafted for my sister in law and would like to make a similar pair (or two) for myself. Even though it is warm, and these are seasonally inappropriate, I think I will start on them soon whilst I have the construction process fresh in my head. The dark blue is 12oz indigo denim from The Fabric Store and is similar in weight to the pair I am currently making. The light blue denim is a remnant I bought in Paris in 2014. It has a bit of stretch so I think I may need to tweak the pattern a little to accommodate this. I am looking forward to finally sewing up this fabric after so many years.

And that is the conclusion of my current sewing plans/dreams. I do have a few smaller projects in mind. A top or two and some things for my daughter and husband, but these are the big projects and I am so excited about them all.