Sometimes when I’m struggle trying to pick out something to wear I ask myself one question “if you could wear anything in the whole universe right now, what would that look like?” And then I’ll pick the closest thing to that or put it on my sewing list.

This little routine exposes the big gaping holes in my wardrobe. Sometimes my closet feels like the swiss cheese of wardrobes when I’m getting dressed. It’s littered with pockets of items that I should probably have for my lifestyle, but have been too lazy to sew or the item has been nearly impossible to find in rtw.

This week I’m focusing on upscale casual. You know the restaurant/bar look. The one you wear your heeled boots to instead of those awesomely comfortable sneakers with your even more awesome vintage broken in hoodie. I’m looking at you 1980’s white UC Davis pullover with small unnecessary zipper. The outfits that might be kinda boringbalone, but then you throw on a scarf or statement jewelry and BOOM, now it’s an elevated look.

My goals this spring include some jeans, a jumper, a wrap dress, and a couple of basic tops into my sewing queue. BUT WHICH PATTERNS?!?! This might be my favorite part about the whole sewing process. The Hunt. That whole part where you get to draw out your ideas and look for the perfect fabric. You know, before the fitting woes take their toll on your dreams and gulp up an entire day then your left with a pile of fabric and shaky hands from all the coffee you thought would help you through the mess. Ahhhhhhh sewing.

I have some patterns floating around in my head:

  1. Ginger jeans 
  2. Roxanne top – but maybe not so hi low
  3. Hadley top
  4. Highlands Wrap dress

If you have any suggestions for some effortlessly chic patterns I WOUD LOVE to hear them!

Happy spring sewing guys! Thanks for reading!