DIY Fashion & Jewellery


March 18, 2016

Spring Sewing Plans for 2016.

With the warmer weather, my knitting plans typically do not change much, but recently I’ve really had the urge to start sewing more. I’ve slowly been adding handmade items to my wardrobe, and simplifying my closet at the same time. My focus was on knitted items – oversized sweaters are my jam, specifically navy blue and lots of stripes :) 

When I began sewing clothes two years ago for myself, it started with a few Wiksten tanks/dresses, some Grainline Studio Scout Tees, and an Alder Shirtdress (I’m in love with this pattern!). I’m hoping to add more of these staples and try a few different patterns this year. It can be difficult trying to find the perfect pattern. Something that is relatively easy and quick to whip up and fits so perfect. That’s the beauty of sewing. Altering and adjusting, trying new looks and different fabrics – cotton, double gauze, rayon – the options are endless. And all it takes is a little practice and patience.

Some of the patterns I'll be making in the next few months.

Some of the patterns I’ll be making in the next few months.

Here is my Spring sewing plan so far this year:


The Laurel has a few different variations, and I think I’m going to start with the dress. I’m just looking for that perfect fabric. This was one of the first patterns I purchased and still have tried, so I’m hoping to make a Laurel dress soon!


I’ve made a sleeveless and regular version of this tunic/top and it’s one of my favourites! The top is so flattering and so comfortable to wear. I’m definitely making a few more of these.

Washi Dress

This dress pattern is so cute and looks like the perfect throw it on and run some errands, go to a BBQ, meet up for coffee with friends, summer date night dress. The options seem endless and it has pockets!

Southport Dress

Another dress that can be worn for so many different things. I saw a lot of these pop up on instagram last summer and I can’t wait to make one – or three :)

Linden Sweatshirt

A cozy sweatshirt that can be easily sewn together in an afternoon. I haven’t used a serger yet, so I’m hoping Needlework will have a class for this in the next few months, so I learn the serger basics and have then nice finished edge inside my garments. [Needlework is one of my favourite  shops in Hamilton. It is a fabric shop and creative workspace, so be sure to check out their site for upcoming classes and workshops!]

Lou Box Top

This pattern seems like a perfect, easy to sew top. There are so many variations to try and I’d love to create a dress version. Not having to cut out and attach sleeves makes this a super quick project too!

Butterick 5948

I’ve had this pattern sitting in a box for a year and a half and never thought to try it out. Recently, I was having drinks with a friend and she was telling me about this great top pattern that was both our style. Low and behold, this is it! And I had it all along! I’ll be starting my sewing plans with the short-sleeved, cropped version of this top, so keep an eye on my instagram for photos.

My first Butterick 5948 in progress!

My first Butterick 5948 in progress!

Me Made May is an annual challenge created by Zoe from ‘So, Zo…What do you know?’ You can read about the challenge on her site by clicking the link. I think I’ve finally created a small handmade wardrobe to participate (even if it is to wear something handmade twice a week for example) and I’ll be making my pledge at the beginning of May, documenting and sharing here. I love this challenge and have admired other participants over the years, so I’m excited to finally participate.

Do you have any sewing plans for this Spring? I’d love to hear about some of your favourite patterns!

* And in case you missed it, Danielle shares tips to simplify your wardrobe here!

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