But I have noticed a few patterns lately that are very attractive and this morning I thought why not order them and they will be here in a few weeks, just as I am ready to start sewing again.
One pattern is a cardigan that I noticed on Carolyn's blog at http://sewingfantaticdiary.blogspot.com/.
It is Butterick 5760
Carolyn makes many sweater sets, and she used this pattern to make a different neckline than her usual V-neck. The pattern looks great to me, and I have some knits just waiting to be made up into cardigans. I have noticed many dresses lately that seem to just call out for a light cardigan to be worn over them.
And speaking of dresses, I have been wanting to make a couple of new dresses. And there are some nice patterns out there. The first one I ordered is Butterick 5382.
I really like the neckline on this, with the pleats adding interest to an otherwise straight sheath dress.
Then I also ordered Vogue 8786 because this is another simple sheath, but with the interest of a yoke. And with two sleeve variations, this can be made up for either warm or cool weather.
and the fourth pattern I ordered was McCalls 6433. I had seen this last year in the catalogue and I really liked it but thought that this would not work for my figure type. But then I read the newsletter put out by Palmer/Pletsch and read that Marta Alto made this up as a top and skirt, rather than a dress. Then she could lengthen the top and straighten out the side seams, rather than make a dress with a defined waistline, something that doesn't work for either her or me. I will also raise that neck opening, as that is definitely for a younger body than mine. If you haven't checked out their website, it is worth reading the newsletter. You can download it for free at www.palmerpletsch.com - click on the left for Free On-line Fashion Magazine. I read with interest Pati's experience with a new pant pattern with a contour waistband. As she says, cotton/lycra pants just don't look that great because the fabric doesn't drape. Her fitting tips are well worth reading.
Now, I will anxiously await these new patterns and, in the meantime, think of which fabrics from the stash I can use for them. Because I am going to keep the New Year's resolution of sewing two stash fabrics for every one new purchase.
I am still working on the Aran baby blanket. It is going slowly, as there are 171 stitches in each row, and I am making it with baby weight wool, rather than worsted weight. I find the lighter wool easier to knit with these fingers that get stiff holding heavier yarn.
It is good to feel keen to sew once again. It has been a while since I felt inspired to make something new.