So, in Part 1 of this series of posts, I talk about my style, making things I’d actually wear, and gave a fairly comprehensive list of attributes I’d have in my perfect wardrobe. In Part 2, I went through one article’s recommendation for low-to-no-cost sewing patterns to get a full range of garments needed to have a complete wardrobe.
This section is going to be for checking in as well as filling in the gaps. I’ll be dividing the sections up very similarly to Part 2. (If a link is missing, it will likely be cited in one or both of the two previous posts.)
PLEASE NOTE: This list is an enormous block of text with links and snarky comments. The simple illustration has every color mentioned as well as three outfits made from the patterns listed as ideas. I’ll be going through everything listed here in more depth in later posts. IF YOU WANT TO SKIP THIS ONE, I WON’T BE OFFENDED. Mostly, this is for my own reference and to make sure I have a rough outline of what I’m getting myself into.
Let me tell you, I did a SERIOUS cleaning out of my Ravelry queue while writing up this post. There were a lot of patterns I liked the idea of or someone had said it would look good on me or a variety of other things, but I just would not want to knit it or I wouldn’t want to wear it. The knitting patterns listed below are only going to be free pattern or the “but I NEED it” paid-for patterns, since this would be two miles of links instead of just one otherwise.
Also, yes, I am VERY aware that I have a sweater pattern problem. Trust me, I cleared out more than half of the sweater patterns in my Ravelry queue and STILL had that many.
- Loose t-shirts – For this, my plan is to use the Laundry Day Tee. I’d like to make at least one each of the short sleeve and elbow-length sleeve lengths on the regular shirt length. Either the scoop or v-neck. I would probably use plain colored, heather, or space-dyed jersey knit fabric. Not too thick, but also not transparent.
- Loose long sleeve shirts – I would use the Plantain Shirt pattern. One would have 3/4 sleeves and the second would have long sleeves. Jersey knit fabric of the same specifications for the t-shirts. Later down the line, I’d like to make a couple of the Grainline Archer button-downs as well in light flannel for the colder months.
- Tunics – I would also use the Laundry Day Tee, but in the high-low tunic-length for the pattern. Probably a v-neck with the elbow length sleeves. I would lean more towards a heather jersey knit, or a tonally space-dyed type. Again, not too thick, but not transparent. BE SURE TO ADD POCKETS.
- Light tank tops – Here is a video tutorial for drafting a tank top for knit fabrics using one you own that fits well.
- Camisoles – The So Zo Camisole from this pattern set is a good start and I would make it in a variety of colors in lightweight jersey knit cotton. I definitely wear a lot of mint camis, peach, mauve, and coral, but I am in need of some light gray, black, brown, tan, and other neutral colors. This is such a staple piece to my wardrobe, that I would probably just keep making these as I make new tops and leggings so I have enough to mix and match.
- Leggings – The Peg Legs legging pattern in a medium to thick stretchy jersey knit. I’d make a couple pairs of the capri length (one in black, one in wine) and four or more pairs of the ankle length (two in black, one in dark gray, one in dark purple). I want at least two of these to have patch pockets (the downfall of leggings being no where for my phone).
- Loose-fitting shorts – The largest size of the Purl Soho City Gym Shorts might fit, but I may need to fudge the pattern a few inches larger and definitely longer. I definitely like the chambray idea, as well as the vintage-feel faded floral prints in cotton. What I’m finding is that most of the shorts patterns don’t size up past a rather narrow Large and the patterns that look really good are guides for drafting your own pattern. Another option is to follow this tutorial “How to Sew Shorts from Pants Pattern” that was recommended by one site. The tutorial specifically mentions the Forsythe Trousers that I was looking at.
- Jeans/Pants – I am looking forward to the Forsythe Trousers. An insane amount of attention to detail, variety of sizing, and additional instructions for making sure you get a good fit. A little under $12 and it looks to be worth every penny. I’d make at least one pair of long and one pair of capri length. Probably the capri in a chambray and I’d want to look for a stretch woven in dark gray for the long pair.
- Pajama/yoga pants – I could probably use the Forsythe Trousers pattern and switch to a thick jersey knit for the fabric. Maybe add elastic around the hem instead of a cuff. These would be the ones I would want a design for. Maybe navy with a dotted print or something like that.
- Slippers – Footies by Quirky Bird Knits in mint and in raspberry worsted wool. Felted Slipper Boots by kraftling in moss green. Felted Slippers (117-33) by DROPS design in ballet pink.
- Underwear – So Zo Panties are a good start. I have half a dozen other patterns pinned on Pinterest, so if these don’t work out, I’d move to another pattern. (The Remnants pattern is a good reference for using up leftover fabrics.) I’d probably use the leftovers from the camisoles and other stretch fabrics from my other clothes to start, then work with more of the synthetic or bamboo blend jersey knits as those are my favorite to wear.
- Bras – The Maya Bra is another good start. It sounds like it has enough options and modifications to fit whatever size. My main issue is that this has a lot of hardware and needed supplies. I’d have to save up for this (or disassemble some of my older bras, but most likely a combination of the two). Unless something comes up, this will probably be last on my list to make and I’ll be trying to get the supplies in bulk so I can make a LOT of them.
- Light weight sweaters – Thermal by Laura Chau has been in my queue on Ravelry forever and I still like the all-over texture and shaping. Fingering weight wool, probably a muted teal (like the sample knit). Everyday Linen Raglan by Purl Soho in a terra cotta sport weight linen. Silk Gray by Gralina Frie in a dove gray sport weight wool. Plucky Everyday by Cecilie Oddenes in a tonally dyed cranberry fingering weight wool. Ink Flare by Black Dog Designs in a tweed off-white fingering weight wool. Bamboo Spring Garden Tee by Nomvula Knitters in a tonal fuchsia sport weight wool/cotton or wool/linen or wool/bamboo blend. Virginia (157-29) by DROPS design in a muted teal sport weight wool (I’ve seen it done, so I know it can be modified to that yarn weight). Eyelet Yoke Sweater by Courtney Spainhower in a moss green sportweight wool blend. La grasse matinee by Anna Johanna in a muted mustard fingering weight wool. Lieblingsstueck by Katharina Ritter in oatmeal and mauve wool lace weight (I know what I said about lace weight and this is just… I need at least one, okay?) wool/alpaca blend. Boat Neck Pullover by Marelie Hurter in a lilac fingering weight mohair blend.
- DK and worsted weight sweaters – The Battersea by Valerie Miller in DK or worsted wool in a heathered forest green with the sleeves extended to elbow-length. Avril in April by Reiko Kuwamura in a worsted wool in beige. Alex – Top Down Sweater by Clara Falk worked in a charcoal DK wool. Doudou by Peggy Imbeaud-Lesage in a purple worsted weight wool. Cotton Neat Summer Sweater by Pierrot sized up to fit me in a dusty rose DK weight wool blend. Geldys by Wool + Bricks in a warm charcoal tweed (like the called-for yarn) worsted. Jarvis by Novel Reed in a tonal muted peach DK weight wool. Sweatshirt Sweater by Purl Soho in a light mauve worsted weight wool. Driftwood by Isabell Kraemer in a faded coral and medium warm gray worsted wool.
- Hoodies – Here’s a tutorial for a simple hoodie pattern sized 6 to 24. I would make one or two lighter jersey ones and one or two fleece ones for the colder weather. I definitely want one to be a muted purple floral print to look like the one from this blog post (the paid-for pattern doesn’t have any additional options I would want). I also want a Hooded Bolero to have for over tunics and loose shirts.
- Loose cardigans – I really like the Velvet Morning cardigan by knittedblissJC and would take colorwork queues from the oatmeal and cranberry project on the pattern page (made by Vogelgryff), but I would work the project in a DK weight wool. Sweet Victoria (121-32) by DROPS design in a plum self-striping/self-patterning fingering weight wool (sized up to fit a little looser). Hemli – English by Mari Muinonen in a slate gray DK weight linen blend or hemp blend. Paulie by Isabell Kraemer in a light brown and slate blue fingering weight wool. Cardigan by Patons Australia (the super non-descriptive name of this pattern is the kind of thing that makes me twitch in irritation and laugh uncontrollably at the same time) in a periwinkle fingering weight alpaca blend and elbow-length sleeves.
- Heavier coats/cardigans for colder weather – Spinster by Valerie Miller in a sienna worsted wool. Swank by Kim Hargreaves in a greige worsted wool blend. Shapely Boyfriend by Stfanie Japel in a soft doe brown worsted wool. Aidez by Cirilia Rose in a worsted weight oatmeal wool. Coretto by the Berroco Design Team in the colors of the sample, but a worsted weight wool blend with less texture.
- Tops that need a camisole/other – Yes, weird topic title. You’ll understand if you click through to the links. Short Row Sweater by Purl Soho (I’ll need to math out a size-up, but I’m WAY more comfortable making changes to knitting patterns) in a sport weight superwash wool blend in a bronze or mustard color. The Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer (I know I said no lacy things, but this one speaks to me) in sport weight cotton or linen blend in pale peach or dove gray; this will be a looser gauge than the pattern calls for. The Country Garden Top by Amanda Hester Smith in a worsted weight wool in the tonal slate blue. TWO Gilet femme #488-T7-536 by Phildar Design Team; one in a faded tomato sport weight wool, the other in a teal fingering weight wool.
- Athletic leggings – Peg Legs legging pattern in synthetic stretch material in purple, black, and teal (I don’t know why, these are just my gym clothes colors that I always pick). Put thigh pockets on every single pair so that I can take my phone and my car keys when I run (maybe a loop to hook the keys to inside one of the pockets).
- Sneaker socks – Pom Pom Socklets by Purl Soho (minus the pom poms and knit at a much tighter gauge) in purple, gray, teal, and black wool/nylon or 100% nylon fingering weight yarns.
- Hiking socks – Hunting Socks by The Spool Cotton Company in charcoal gray worsted weight wool/nylon blend. Hiking Socks by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence in beige and medium gray wool/nylon blend fingering weight wool.
- Sports bras – The Vitality Racerback Sports Bra in the same synthetic stretch material as the athletic leggings and in the same purple, black, and teal colors.
- Racerback tanks – The Vitality Racerback Tank in a cotton/polyester jersey knit in purple, black, and teal. I would modify the sides to create an a-line frame instead of a fitted waist (it’s more flattering on me and prevents the shirt from riding up while I run and do yoga.
- Zip-front athletic jackets – I can’t find a good zip-front athletic jacket like the one I use, so I’m going to try to draft a pattern from it with a major modification: POCKETS WITH CLOSURES. My favorite running jacket doesn’t have closures, so I have to hold my phone down.
- Light over-layer (long sleeve shirts and thermals) – I’d probably use the Laundry Day Tee. I’d make one in a thermal fabric, scoop neck, long sleeve, regular shirt length (maybe add an inch or two to make sure it was long enough for keeping warm outdoors). I’d make a second in a cotton/polyester jersey knit (like the racerback tanks) with a v-neck, long sleeves, and a regular shirt length. I would probably add a few inches to this one as well to make sure that it stayed down while running.
- Hiking Skirt – My butt gets so cold and I NEED this. Warm Butt Hiking Skirt. Would need to be sized up, I’m sure. I’d like one in black.
- Slouchy beanies – Rikke Hat by Sarah Young in a tonal plum DK wool. Molly by Erin Ruth in a tonal moth gray worsted wool. The Catbird Hat by Aunt Ninny in dove gray and tonal moss green worsted weight wool. Blackberries on Brioche by Renee Callahan in blackberry and periwinkle DK MCN (add more slouch to the beanie). Autumn Spice by Carolyn Macpherson in terra cotta, raspberry, and celedon fingering weight wool, single spun (let’s be real, I want this in MadTosh Light). Ficelles by Kasia Lubinska in pale peach DK wool/alpaca blend (slouch it more).
- Fingerless mitts – Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe in an eggshell DK weight wool. Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang in ash gray and old gold fingering weight wool. Vanamo by Lilia Mankki in raspberry and charcoal DK weight wool. Long Striped Hand Warmers by Purl Soho in mauve and oatmeal fingering weight MCN. Carbon Fingerless Mitts by Shanna Felice in the closest to matching plum/magenta/peach/mustard colored fingering wool I can match to the sample knit.
- Light weight shawls – THE LIST IS TOO LONG. Please note that I will always have more shawls I want to knit, so I’m just going to pick and choose and try to match to my wardrobe as I go.
- Socks – THE LIST IS TOO LONG. I want to have a million pairs of socks in every color, so this and the shawl section are just too extensive to put in a post about other things, too.