Choosing Pattterns for Winter Wardrobe

Picking out the fabrics for my winter wardrobe was the first step.  Now, comes the patterns!  There are so many gorgeous options out there, but I think that I've narrowed it down.

For the black skirt and metallic vest, I'm going to use the Khaliah Ali wardrobe pattern Simplicity 2344.  I like the front walking slit for the skirt, and the princess lines of the vest.  I also like that this is one of the patterns with the multiple cup sizes, so I don't have to worry about doing a full bust adjustment on my own.

 For the paisley silk blouse, I'm going to use the brand new McCalls pattern 6512.  I like several things about this pattern- the interesting yoke that becomes the sleeve, the low slung tie, and the curved hem.

For the black and white honeycomb stretch wool, I'm going to try the Project Runway dress pattern Simplicity 2337.   I'm not sure which version to make yet.  I'll probably make View A with the center pleats in hope that it will provide a little tummy camouflage.

 I want to make the Ann Klein pants Vogue 1200 out of both the gold wool and the ivory wool.  If I can get the fit right, I  think that this will be a classic style that won't go out of fashion. These are both super nice pieces of fabric, so I'm going to definitely need to sew up a sample in a cheaper fabric before I cut into them.

For the animal print silk charmeuse, I'm going to try  the simple top in McCall's 6519.  This is such a busy print, that any seaming would get totally lost, so I might as well go as basic as possible.  I like the other pieces in this pattern as well, so will hopefully try some of the other views out when I get this initial set of fabrics completed.

And last, but not least, is the jacket for the black and cream acrylic boucle.   I'm going to go for the middle length version of Butterick 5685.  I like that this one also has the princess lines and the multiple cup sizes.  Plus pockets!  You'd be surprised how many otherwise good jacket patterns don't have pockets.

So now off to begin!  30 days to go!  Anyone else participating in the Fabric Stash Contest?  Join me if you can.  We'll all be winners just by completing projects! 


  1. I love them all! You have fantastic taste:) I have the PR Simplicity 2337 though I've yet to make it. I was torn between that and a fairly similar pattern (forgot which one atm) for a Christmas party dress. I went with the other since it was a little more formal and I have to say I LOVE the side pleats! After having 2 10+lbs babies in the past 3 years I wanted some tummy camouflage. The pleating worked fantastic! I felt and looked like my old self :) Happy sewing!

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