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I'm going to start this year off right by making a simple - but fashionable - sewing list. Instead of buying fabric and patterns willy-nilly, I've narrowed my list to six garment patterns and am streamlining my process. My goal is to create a wearable wardrobe that will keep me happy all year round. [caption id="attachment_8055" align="aligncenter" width="250"]PIJ1110-9T Gathered Back Top & Tunic[/caption] My first step to my new wardrobe is to take stock of what I need for the 6 patterns I have chosen: the Gathered Back Top & Tunic, Modern Silhouette Vest, Modern Medley Top & Tunic, Sophia Swing Coat, 5- Way Wrap and the Contemporary Kimono. Some of these patterns will work better with heavier fabrics, some with lighter. I might even try some in knits. Once I know what I need, I can choose fabrics from my fabric stash. (My other sewing New Years goal is to try to work through the fabric that I already own). [caption id="attachment_8054" align="aligncenter" width="250"]PIJ986CR-8T Modern Silhouette Vest[/caption] Once my fabric and patterns are matched, I go ahead and cut out the patterns and fabric and place the cut pieces, with the pattern instructions and any applicable notions, in a gallon sized Ziplock bag. [caption id="attachment_8056" align="aligncenter" width="250"]PIJ1113-4T Modern Medley Top & Tunic[/caption] After the cutting out is finished, (which is my least favorite part of the process) I can jump into the sewing! I chose patterns that I can mix and match with wardrobe staples like jeans and black pants. Also, some pieces like the Contemporary Kimono and Gathered Back Top & Tunic can be made dressier with fine fabrics like silk. This way I can wear my creations at home or at work! [caption id="attachment_8057" align="aligncenter" width="250"]PIJ1115CR-3T Contemporary Kimono[/caption] Sewing the patterns will take a little time, but starting out organized is a huge help. Luckily the patterns I chose are all simple to sew. In fact, some of them can even be sewn in as little as one day! I'm hoping to knock out both the 5-Way Wrap and Modern Silhouette Vest in one weekend. [caption id="attachment_8053" align="aligncenter" width="250"]PIJ957-12T 5 - Way Wrap[/caption] What are your sewing plans for 2016? [caption id="attachment_8059" align="aligncenter" width="250"]PIJ1133CR-6T Sophia Swing Coat[/caption] wardrobe

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