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Winter 2017/18 Sewing Plans

Sewing Plans

Nothing gets the sew-jo going like planning out projects! As a very visual learner, I perform best when I can see plans and ideas in a visual format. It is one of the things that drew me to graphic design and illustration, and now I can use those skills to make a roadmap of my sewing plans for each season. I don’t always get around to all of them but it is so much fun to think ahead and I’m sure I will make quite a few. Who knows, something may even jump my sewing queue – looking at you Grainline Studio! ;)

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Belladonne Dress by Deer & Doe

This dress is well underway and I plan to finish it soon so I can wear it for Holiday events. I am utilizing the skills I picked up in the hand sewing class at Camp Workroom social and it has been so much fun! I am underlining the dress by hand and hand sewing the bias binding as well. I can’t wait to share this one!  The fabric is cotton shirting from Blackbird Fabrics.

You can get the Belladonne Dress here.


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Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns

I cannot wait to hustle out a couple of these tees this season! I love the cropped length most of all (featured above). I am making them out of bamboo jersey knits from Blackbird Fabrics.

You can get the Ebony Tee here.


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Roscoe Dress by True Bias

This dress was one of my #2017makenine plans and I am determined to get it done before the year is up! Kelli mentioned on the podcast that this pattern is her favourite and with a review like that, how can I resist? I have this cut out in the Cotton + Steel meadows rayon from

You can get the Roscoe Dress here.


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Kalle Shirtdress w/sleeve expansion by Closet Case Patterns

I bought the Kalle shirtdress immediately upon its release and I intended to make it this past summer. Time got away from me and I didn’t end up sewing it, so when the sleeve expansion was released I was like YAS! Now I can make a winter version! This one is destined to be made from a cotton flannel from Blackbird Fabrics.

You can get the Kalle Shirtdress here and the Kalle Shirtdress sleeve expansion here.


Sewing Plans Ginger Jeans

High Waisted Ginger Jeans

I finally made jeans this year! I was so happy to have reached this sewing milestone and I want to continue to get the fit right. I haven’t shared my first pair because I made them with a thinner denim that looks really wrinkly after a few hours. I also have some crotch fitting issues to work out still. I am looking forward to trying these in some gorgeous cone mills denim I picked up from Blackbird Fabrics!

You can get the Ginger Jeans here.


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Tamarack Jacket from Grainline Studio

Ahhhh, the Tamarack! I was so unsure about this pattern until I saw Caroline’s version and it made me want one so bad! I plan to make the outside in this black starry night fabric from Maiwa (available here) and line it in this pea green cotton my mom brought back from India for me.

You can get the Tamarack Jacket here.


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Strathcona Tee by Thread Theory

One of my goals for this season is to sew some things for my partner, Sam. I have allllll the Thread Theory patterns and I really want to finally get around to using them. I have a couple of these henley shirts planned for him in Black and grey (I couldn’t convince him to go for a print :P).

You can get the Strathcona Tee here.


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Fairfield Shirt by Thread Theory

This shirt is great because it includes a draft for larger bodies! It goes all the way up to a 4X so I wont have to worry about making adjustments for Sam. I have several fabrics that will work for this and I am still deciding. I definitely plan to do a full muslin before cutting into anything though!

You can get the Fairfield Shirt here.


I hope you are as excited about winter sewing as I am! I love planning out projects like this but I know not everyone is comfortable with photoshop or other graphics programs. How do you plan things out? Would you like to learn how to do this kind of visual planning?


About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

7 Comments on “Winter 2017/18 Sewing Plans”

  1. I love this kind of post. Planning sewing projects (and seeing others’ plans) is one of my favorite things. I’m also planning to make a Fairfield and am thinking about a Kalle for spring. I would love a post on how you do visual planning like this. Lately I have been sketching line drawings in a notebook and also laying out the patterns I plan to make and snapping a picture.

    1. Planning projects is so much fun, isn’t it!? I love seeing things all laid out and ready to go. I do some sketching too, but I find this is more engaging for me (its the graphic designer in me!). I will try to do a full post on how to do this in the new year!

  2. I’ve become quite a fan of Pinterest lately for mood boards, sewing ideas and inspiration – you’re right it is so helpful to see it visually. Is it helping me plan my sewing? Not as much as I wish it was! So I for one would love to know more about how you go from inspiration to planning to creation.

  3. Your plans look amazing! I agree that plans are wonderful, even if you don’t get to all of them. But, I hope you DO! :)

    1. OOO, its such a good pattern, isnt it!? I love the style lines in the back and the pockets :D Mine is coming along but I got distracted by other projects!

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