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Aspirations in 2016 and a GIVEAWAY: CLOSED

Since I've been doing a lot of looking back and looking forward, I realized that THIS is my 1,001th post! I can't believe that I've posted 1,001 articles about sewing. That definitely doesn't mean I have made 1,000 things, but what an accomplishment. When I started posting about my sewing projects I never imagined that I would post that many articles. I don't really know where this blog will take me at the moment, but it'll be fun to see where I go. This post does contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I will get paid. (I've got to pay for fabric somehow, right?) For the giveaway, scroll to the end of the post. 

I want to touch on my Thoughful Wardrobe that I've been working on for the last half a year. My capsule wardrobe got put on hold since I am expecting, but I was working towards a great wardrobe. I wasn't quite there, but I think I've solidified my colors and my silhouettes. It was much easier making maternity clothing that I actually love. I love what I've made and happily love them. These are some sewing patterns I want to try this year that fit into my capsule wardrobe. (Many of them are jackets since I can wear them during size changes.) And I'm hoping to keep a list of my most favorite patterns. (This is my old list.) I'll make a new one as I go on.

1. I want to find the perfect cross body wallet pattern that's small enough to fit in my diaper bag, yet big enough to carry what I need when I'm out on a date. I made one, but it's not exactly what I want. I want take the Building Better Bags: Interfacing & Structure craftsy class to help me learn about making bags. That's one area that I feel I need to learn a lot. The patterns I debating I'm using is the free Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag or the paid Perfect Park Crossbody. They are both smaller with great storage. 
Photo via Noodlehead and Photo via Knot Sew Normal
2. I'm still on the lookout for the perfect Long Cardigan pattern. I want it to have pockets and button plackets. I'm thinking about purchasing the Cabernet Cardigan pattern. It's made for petites, but I'm wondering if I can make it work for me. It's the only pattern I've found that is the closest to what I am looking for.
Photo via SBCC
3. I have a great bomber jacket pattern, the McCartney Jacket Pattern and I've made a tweed jacket which I like. I've realized though that I want to make one with stretch to make it even more comfortable. I really, really want a Floral Bomber like this one. I want to use ponte de roma knit, but I need to find some with the smallest amount of polyester fabric. Ponte fabric made from 100% polyester is horrible.
Photo via Feathers Flights and Photo via Pea in the Pod
4. I have been looking for the perfect Henley tunic pattern. I pinned the picture below on the right of a Chambray Tunic awhile ago and have been looking for a pattern ever since. It's just so perfect and encompasses my style so well. Right now I'm debating between the Cheyenne Tunic and the Mila Shirt. That both look great, so I'm having a hard time choosing between them! 
Photo via Hey June, photo via Itch to Stitch, photo via Crystalin Marie
5. I want an awesome sweatshirt pattern. I have the Bethouia and love the lines and back detail. But I also love the Halifax Hoodie. It seems like it has so many great options and details. I'd love to try to the flatlocking Tutorial to make my sweatshirts look RTW also.
Photo via Elle Puls and Photo via Hey June
6. I have the fabric to make two more fitted blazers, an Ikat blazer and a striped blazer . My first was my fitted gray blazer which was my mock-up, but it's actually wearable. There are a couple of alterations I'll make, but it's pretty great how it is. I have some Ikat microsuede and some striped canvas that will both be made into blazers. I want to really perfect my blazer making skills, so they can last a long time and look really good. 
Photo via Feathers Flights and Photo via Cabi
I've decided to clean out and get rid of some pattern and sewing books. You can win these three books and maybe some other notions or tools I decide to throw in.
To enter comment about one of these patterns or something that you'd like to try this year. 
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  • Open until January 15th, 2016. 
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  1. Hi Heather! I know just what you mean when you are searching for the perfect pattern and find so many that are close, but not spot on! I am so happy you posted the link for Noodlehead's free Gatherer Crossbody Bag Pattern! She has so many wonderful patterns, and I didn't realize this one was FREEEEE! Yippee! I will put this one on my list to make soon. Have a wonderful day!

  2. I love the Crossbody bag. That looks so versatile! I'm impressed that you are cleaning out some of your stuff...definitely on my list for 2016! Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. You put two patterns on your list that I want to try. The Cheyenne and the Halifax. I hope one of them works out for you! I do have to agree the Halifax has so many different styles that it seems perfect.
    I am not a blazer person. I think they look great on everyone else, but me. I have a body shape that makes blazers look odd on me. I can't wait to see how you perfect your blazer pattern.
    I am thinking that my sewing this year will be more things I want to wear, stuff my kids will wear. Usually for me that is shirts. Or sweat shirts and dresses. But maybe I'll get brave and try some jean style pants for my kids. They are all long and skinny kids so making some of their pants would be awesome.
    I do want to hear about that class if you take it. It sounds interesting. And the noodlehead pattern is one I was looking at, it looks so cute! Alas, I was given a really great crossbody, and purchased an awesome wallet. So if I choose to sew those my hubby will think I am wasting time. :)

  4. Love the Halifax Hoodie pattern!

  5. Thinking I'm going to venture into sewing knits....the idea of stretchy scares me!!!

  6. The sweatshirt patterns look so comfy!

    1. You won the book giveaway! Look for an email from me in your inbox!

  7. Hey June patterns are amazing...I have the Halifax and the Cheyenne. Hope to make them both soon. And I really want to make Tamarack by Grainline. You keep up the great work making a baby!

  8. I like the look of the Cheyenne. The Biscayne from hey June as well!

  9. Love the gatherer crossbody bag, pretty sure I'm going to have to whip one of those up!

  10. I'd love to try the Cheyenne Tunic--I want to do it in black and white buffalo plaid, but I've never done a button placket! Love your thoughts on building your wardrobe :)

  11. Ooh I have been eyeing those two Japanese books!

  12. I really want to try making a fitted blazer this year. Yours looks amazing!


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