Check Out my January To-Sew List!

New year, new me!  It’s time to plan out what I’d like to sew this January.


This month, I’m looking to sneak in a couple warm-weather items, even though it’s definitely winter here in Chicago.  I’m also signed up for Project #SewMyStyle and I can’t wait to try out all those beautiful patterns!  It’s going to be a great way for me to sew some patterns I wouldn’t have chosen for myself.  If you haven’t signed up yet, I definitely encourage you to!  Check out the link for a (nearly) full list of the patterns we’ll be tackling this year.


Here’s my list for this month:

Definitely On the To-Sew List

1 – The Toaster Sweater for #SewMyStyle.

I’m super excited to sew up this pattern this month.  I’m planning on version 2, because some thyroid issues make traditional turtlenecks uncomfortable for me.  I have a gorgeous windowpane print from JoAnn Fabrics planned for this!

2 –  A Driftless cardigan.

If there’s one thing I love just as much as a Lou Box Top, it’s a Driftless cardigan.  I’ve been dying to sew a Driftless that emulates this pin for months.  I’ve finally got my act together for it!  You can see some of my past Driftless cardigans and some more inspiration on my Pinterest project board.  And do I love it a little more because it’s a Chicago-designed pattern?  Maybe…

3 – Some Orla dresses from French Navy

Did you see my Instagram post about this dress at the end of December?  I am in LOVE with it, you guys!  Its got such an easy and casual look.  And if I could find fabric that looked like that pink floral, I would duplicate that in a minute.  I imagine it’s a great soft silky material… so good!  A lush gold velvet would also be fantastic for this pattern.  I can’t wait to bust a couple of these dresses out for a trip to Florida at the end of the month.  I’ve got some chambray and Rifle Paper’s Birch Floral in navy headed my way and they’re destined for this dress.  Pop back later this month to see my packing list for this trip!

4 – Two McCall’s 7348 dresses

I made a few of these over the summer and loved them.  I left the sleeves off for an easy and cool dress that takes maybe 45 minutes start to finish.  If there’s no sleeves, it’s just three pieces!  The three I sewed this summer had patterned fabric, so I’m going to make two solid ones to bring to Florida, as well.

Stretch Goals

I think this list will keep me busy for a bit, but I have some ~aspirational goals~ on my list as well.  The first is to replicate my Christmas Eve dress for my aunt.  Keep an eye out for a post on that dress coming in the next few weeks!  It was pretty easy and sooooooo comfortable.

I also want to try my hand at bra making in 2017.  I almost asked for a kit from Tailor Made Shop for Christmas, but couldn’t see my 87 year old grandma thinking that was a great idea… But since I think I’ll have some more free time in January than usual, maybe this month is the month to try out something easy.  I ended up treating myself to two bra kits and a Madalynne pattern from Tailor Made.

So there you go, folks — my January to-do list!  Are you participating in Project #SewMyStyle ?  What’s on your list for the month?

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