- Fit for Real People by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto
- Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin
- Sew What! Skirts by Frencesca DenHartog
- Making Trousers for Men and Women by David Coffin
- 200 Sewing Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets by Lorna Knight
- Fabric-by-fabric's One Yard Wonders
I am armed with a collection that now consists of 34 patterns, including shirts and blouses, skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, jumpsuits, jackets, blazers, coats, swimwear and a toddler pattern for my sweet little Baby K. Baby K isn't *my* baby, she's the most awesomest baby of a close friend. My "babies" are taller than me and have mustaches and go on dates. Oy vey!
Every pattern I've bought has been a part of Hancock or JoAnn's sales; 5/$5 on Simplicity, $1.99 or 2/$3 Butterick, $1.99 McCall's, $3.99 Vogue...and a couple of New Look patterns from Wal-Mart.
On my hot list of patterns I want to see come to life like, yesterday:
- Butterick 5525 and 5678. Both are button down/up(?) shirt patterns, something I am completely lacking in my wardrobe.
- NewLook 6130. I LOVE the peplum. I was ready to make this my first project but opened it and had a missing pattern sheet :( I am waiting on a replacement copy.
- Simplicity 2255. This is high up on my list. I want to make version D in a kelly green to pair with a pencil skirt done in navy & white knit jersey. (My daughter loves version A and I went back and got the smaller pattern size so I can make it for her).
- Vogue 8787. Inspired by Mimi G's version in black. This would be great for datenight!
- Simplicity 2246. Who doesn't want an awesome shirt dress? RIGHT?!?
- Simplicity 2562 and 2700. I want amazing fitting slacks and I want them now!
- Simplicity 1887. I love the shorts. But I'm in Minnesota so those won't be sewn up anytime soon...
- McCall's 5400. In keeping with the theme of the ever elusive summer. I want all but the ruffled version.
- Simplicity 2508. More in line with where my mind needs to be :) Although this coat is something I'd probably begin to attempt in late summer/early fall.
In my mind I have a few outfits in mind and if I can find the time (I sewed all day on Saturday - ALL DAY!! And completely abandoned my family. I'm guessing this is not an acceptable norm??
I'm excited to be gaining this lifelong skill. I have also inspired my sister in law to break out her sewing machine that she bought in 2005!!!! Woohoo!