Sew what you got sewing challenge 2017


Who doesn’t love a sewing challenge?

For 2017 there’s a new stash-busting sewing challenge going around, #sewwhatyougot, sew eight outfits, using only fabric from your stash, patterns you already own, and not repeating a pattern…Also no UFO’s.

Kind of how I sew already, but I thought I’d join in the fun.

Fabric stash Sew what you got

The Stash

Here’s the stash, winter fabrics top shelf, trans – seasonal and summer fabrics below. I will not share a photo of the pattern stash…. But I’ll outline my long – short list of sewing projects for 2017, some have overflowed from last years’ sewing plans…

four vintage house ware patterns pjs house coats to make 2017

Loungewear / house pajamas

I would like a really swish set of pajamas, and I’m leaning towards the Weigel’s Mandarin style house coat and pjs set, which was also one of the very few patterns from my nana, so another reason to use it. I’m also dreaming of a snuggly house coat for winter, and can’t decide between the Academy and the Druleigh…

Four vintage dress patterns to make 2017


Here are four dress patterns I’ve been sitting on for a while, can’t decide! I think it will come down to the fabric at hand as to which one/s go forward.

Vogue patterns 60s

1960s casual elegance

I love the 60s for elegant simplicity, at least at first glance. Both of these patterns have nice details, like the side pleat in the skirt on Vogue 5358, Vogue 4260 includes subtle over blouses. Nice. I’ve started on a skirt as a wearable toile from Vogue 5358.

Vintage Separates

Vintage Separates

The first four patterns here are due to be remade, they are some of my basic staples, the last two, skirt patterns, will be new to me this year, which I’m excited about, particularly the Advance 5504. I’m all about pockets.

Coat jacket patterns


A natural progression from the Vintage Suit Sew Along, I really want to make a car coat, I’m planning to make the McCall 30s number and Simplicity 4944, I have enough fabric for the outers of both, so it’ll come down to the linings!


More 40s Noir numbers

Vogue 273 is a pattern I have been wanting to remake since this first full length version last year, this time around I’ll be making a shorter skirt, so I get it out more. Vogue 9839 is another 40s dress I’d like to make for winter, and I have three bundles of wool crepe that I could use for this dress…so, very do-able.

As you’ll note this is more than eight outfits, I’m keeping my options open!

What are your sewing plans this year?



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