Friday, January 7, 2011

Candidates for next project (Jan. 2011)

I'm currently buried in the 30+ pieces of the HotPatterns Denim Diva Camden coat, but I wouldn't be me if I wasn't already flitting back and forth between various ideas for my next project.

The coat hasn't been difficult so far, but with so many pieces and so many steps, I think I'm going to need a "palate cleanser" type project as my next project. I'm thinking about going with either a knit top or a knit dress. I'm leaning more towards a knit dress--specifically a long-sleeved knit dress--because I haven't sewn one of those in a while, and it's a hole in my wardrobe. I did include one knit top in the candidates because I think it's a really cute pattern that I've been wanting to make for a while, but I keep bumping it from the top of my queue.

Here are the candidates in no particular order:

Vogue 8613

Somehow,Vogue 8613 has been in the pattern catalog for over a year and doesn't have a single review on Pattern Review. This amazes me given the popularity of Vogue knit dresses on PR. It's a shirtwaist pattern designed for doubleknits or beefy knits.

I'm planning to make this out of a Ponte doubleknit with a lovely drape from Fashionista Fabrics. It's got a little bit of a Mad Men vibe to it, but without being overly costumey.

HotPatterns 1057

HotPatterns 1057 - the "Indispensable dress" is another candidate. This is another shirtdress designed for knits. This one has princess seams, though, and has a completely different look than the Vogue. I must want to make a shirtdress of some kind fairly badly, I guess.

I'm thinking about making this one out of a different color of Ponte doubleknit from the same batch at Fashionista--this one in an "Ocean Blue".

Kwik Sew 3823 - View B

The only top candidate that I'm considering is Kwik Sew 3823, View B. This is a scarf-neckline style, and I think it's really cute. There was a similar KnipMode dress recently that a few people have made up, and it turned out lovely. I'm more inclined to try the top version first to see how I like it before committing to a dress.

I'd be making this one up in a red rayon jersey from my stash.

HotPatterns 1034

Finally, I'm considering going with the boho-vibed HotPatterns 1034 - Delicious Dress. I was convinced that this one wouldn't work for my body until I saw a few made up, and then became convinced that it could work with the right fabric.

For this version of this dress, I'd use the knee-length, long-sleeved view. I've got a lovely rayon printed jersey from Mood Fabrics picked out for this one.

So what does everyone think? Do any particular fabrics/patterns jump out at you?


  1. How quick can you sew that HP coat? Should I hold off on my order? Then again, 30+ pieces.... eek! I'm ordering the riviera boulevard cardigan jacket after seeing your fabulous version. My first HP.

  2. Ooops. No idea why that happened, sorry. Was going to add, I like all your fabrics, especially the patterned at the bottom. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

  3. @Keely, I'm about 1/3 of the way through the HP coat construction and am going to try to put in a couple of marathon sessions over the weekend. We're supposed to get some wet weather towards the end of the coming week, and I hope to have it finished by then. (I'm using raincoating fabric, so this will be my new foul-weather coat.)

    At the very latest, I want it finished by the time that I head up to the often-rainy Bay Area for work in a week and a half.

  4. Also, thanks for the compliment about the HP jacket! I love mine, and I definitely want more of them. Don't be intimidated by the sparse instructions when you make yours--you can always email Trudy or ask on PR if a step has you scratching your head. ;)

  5. Ooo ooo ... I vote the Delicious Dress!! That one's been on my wish list for a while now, and I think it would look great on you!

  6. It's good to see you blogging again! You are officially on my 'to read' list. I can't wait to see your coat. I'm in drafting classes now, so I am not sewing any wovens. My serger decided to take a break, so no knits either! How spoiled am I? I can't think of sewing a knit on my sewing machine!

  7. I love V8613 and have it on my to-do list. I can't wait to see yours!

  8. Vote either Indispensible or Delicious...
    selfish motives, really- both are on my list as well (so is the vogue, but the waist seam concerns me).

  9. I like the vogue 8163. I love the HP dress too though, which one will you get the most use in the immediate. I had never even seen V8163 before. How did we all miss it. Oooh, let's see some pictures of the coat. Hows it coming along???

  10. I'm thisclose to finishing the HP coat. I just need to do the cuffs and the buttonholes/buttons. I only stopped today because my brain was fried. It's looking great--I'm really happy with it!

    I'll either finish it tomorrow or at least take some photos in the morning when we have good light.

  11. Did you ever make Vogue 8613??

  12. Did you ever make Vogue 8613?

  13. Did you ever make Vogue 8613??