sewing priorities

This summer we’re jetting to Denver for a week to see my family. (This trip is an especially big deal because it will be the first time we’ll have seen my brother in two years. He’s been serving as a missionary for our church since 2013.) As our departure draws nearer and nearer I’ve had to evaluate all the tasks on my docket. These include practical things like Clean All the Bathrooms, Mop the Kitchen, and Find a Travel Potty Because My Toddler Refuses to Use Public Toilets. My list is also rife with sewing projects I’d like to finish before leaving.

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So last night I made a Sewing Priorities List. My to-sew list is always longer than what my time, money, and energy allow (similar perhaps to my ever-growing to-read list), and when it comes down to it, I have to make decisions. So in the next few weeks, I’ve slotted which projects must happen and which ones would be nice to happen.

:: Another Renfrew shirt. I have this cut of novelty knit I bought online recently that would be perfect for another Renfrew. This pattern is quick and easy to sew, so it would be silly if I put it off.

:: A maternity Moneta. Last March I bought this pretty summery knit intending it for a maternity Moneta. Again, this is a no-brainer pattern that I know I’d be happier making sooner rather than later.

:: Anna Maria Horner’s Portrait Dress. I saw a version of this on Devon’s Instagram feed during Me-Made-May and thought it looked like the perfect second-trimester dress. I have a cut of navy gingham begging to become this simple empire-waist dress. Though because I haven’t sewn this pattern yet, I’ll need to make a muslin, and that extra stage also adds extra time.

:: Colette’s Aster blouse. I’m almost finished with a wearable muslin of this pattern, and I love it. I have some pretty Cotton & Steel rayon destined for this blouse, but again, its realization before my trip is all dependent on time.

:: Butterick 6099. My mom gave me this pattern in a pile of maternity-appropriate patterns. I’m thinking that style D would be perfect for right now, and I have some Kaufman Essex linen waiting for this one. Again, this is a new-to-me pattern and involves more steps and skills. So I’ll be a little surprised if this one happens before our trip, but if it does, hooray!

And as I was writing out this list, I remembered that I’d also really love some summer pajamas. I have the PDF pattern for the Sewaholic Tofino pants, and my gut is saying that I may be making some the night before we leave. (Because every seamstress has those last-minute, irrational projects, right?)

What’s topping your summer priorities list?

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