At the end of each year, I like to make a little plan for what I might want to make in the upcoming year. I love planning and list making, and I find this has been a fun way to motivate myself! The first couple of years that I did this, I did the classic “Make Nine” plan, and I found that after some time I would find my style or wardrobe needs changing in a way that made the ideas I’d first had not applicable, or I’d find that rather than searching within the things I already had, I’d use a pattern choice on my Make Nine list as an excuse to buy more fabric!
My September “Make My Stash” fabric choice was a really beautiful cut of soft, warm sand colored knit with just a hint of gold metallic thread woven throughout. I purchased this from Measure Fabric in 2021, always thinking it would make the perfect “secret pajamas” wedding guest dress, but I didn’t have a particular pattern in mind at the time. Nor was I in need of a wedding guest dress! So of course, onto the shelf it went to wait. When we learned a friend of ours would be getting married in October, I put this on my make my stash sew list right away!
The Marlo Sweater exists to make all of your cozy grandpa dreams come true, and it is most certainly doing it for me! I wish I had sewn this pattern as soon as I received the fabric, but instead I put it off for a little while because the pattern felt a little intimidating to me. It felt like the outcome must warrant a pretty detailed or difficult process, and I was a little bit nervous that I would mess it up somehow. It turns out that no matter how long you’ve been sewing, things will still seem a little bit out of reach from time to time.
Another month, another fabric that has been in my stash for far too long! This dress was my monthly “Sew My Stash” project for May of this year. I’m not sure why I chose to use the same pattern for 2 of my 12 planned makes for this year, but I don’t regret it a bit! Thanks to the cotton jersey, my April version of this dress is a bit more casual, and my favorite way to wear it is with my denim jacket and a pair of casual sandals. This one, however, feels a little more sassy – it is comfy enough that I can wear it for any occasion, but I also feel pretty in it. If the husband and I could coordinate a date night a bit more often, I think I’d be reaching for this and a pair of chunky heel sandals!