(in no particular order...)
#1: Oliver and S Jump Rope Dress in flannel for Cara
One of the skills I feel I've been missing lately is matching prints. Winter is the perfect season for cozy plaids, so I jumped into plaid matching with gusto. Surprisingly, it's not really that difficult after all. I found that cutting out my projects on a single layer of fabric helps tremendously, as does a long ruler to help keep notches lined up with the print on the fabric.
I also found that love plaids on the bias for details like collars and plackets and pockets. I wish the bottom of this placket was a bit more sharp and centered, but it'll do.
I really enjoy looking at the side seams on this dress, with their perfectly matching horizontal stripes. And that pocket was a labor of love. I finally figured out how to keep the curves smooth, and I think they turned out beautifully.
And there's my cutie pie in her warm, cozy dress. She fits perfectly into an Oliver and S size 6 these days, although I think I may start lengthening her dresses as I make them so that they will last through an extra season.
#2: McCalls 6613 in cotton shirting for PJ
My poor, patient husband finally got a shirt that fits (and one that he will wear with minimal coaxing!). His Negroni wasn't awful, but it was missing a lot of the details that he likes in a shirt, mainly a collar stand and separate button plackets, and I chose a size too big. However, McCalls 6613 is a perfect fit for him. I didn't have to make any changes to the pattern, which was a pleasant surprise. The only big detail that this shirt is missing are tower plackets at the cuffs.
I don't hate the way these sleeves are constructed. The pattern includes a two-piece sleeve, and the seam allowance is turned and stitched to finish the opening at the cuff. This is waaaaaay easier than a tower placket, and my husband tends to wear his sleeves rolled up year round anyway.
I did goof up the collar just a bit, and now there's no way for that top button to close. Again, not a deal-breaker since my husband says he's not planning to wear a tie with this shirt, but it's something I want to get right on the next version.
And there's the yoke on the bias just because.
#3: Wiksten Tova top in flannel for me
This top is all over the world of sewing blogs, and now I know why. It's easy to make and comfortable to wear, especially in this snuggly flannel. I originally bought this fabric intending to make a shirt for Colin, but he isn't interested in wearing mama-made clothing right now. "Isn't interested" is putting it mildly...there was a tantrum at one point, and the very last thing I want to spend my precious sewing time on is something that will not ever get worn. I thought about another shirt for PJ, but I was about a quarter of a yard short. Lucky me!
I went with a size small, and the fit on this top is perfect. My shoulder movement isn't constricted, and I don't feel like I have too much volume around the hips. The bottom seam of the inset even falls just under the bust for me. I have some teal flannel that is begging to be another Tova.
Thanks for sticking around all the way to the end of my favorite January projects! There are quite a few that didn't make the list here, but I've been sharing my sewing projects on Instagram quite a bit lately; I'm jessicakcooper over there if you're interested.