I'm pretty sure I resolved some time last winter to sew more garments that I would wear every day, rather than these cute dresses we all love but are useless to a work-at-home mom such as myself. If you saw my closet, you'd have no sympathy when I whine, "I have nothing to wear!" But I can't kick it at the playground in a dress. (You're thinking, "Yes, you can! They do it all the time on TV!" But real life goes something like this: stubborn kid refuses to go down slide unless you accompany her + gust of wind = all the Russian and Dominican moms get a good laugh at the lack of elasticity in my underpants. Now they're really never going to talk to me.)
I've said too much already, haven't I? Anyway, I have a few patterns on deck, but little in the way of fabric (I should start accepting donations).
First up, these leggings — McCall's 6404, View C. I have a black double-knit and faux leather for the knee patches. They're very similar to a pair I Macgeyvered last winter, using some old Mountain Equipment Co-op longjohns. I loved those to death. (Truly: they're in a landfill somewhere now). Hopefully this pair will be sturdier:
I also like View A, though minus the welt pockets. I think those make these leggings look too much like ski pants:
Of course, I'll need something to wear on top of my new leggings, and I still love me a Dolman sleeve, so: Vogue 8771.
I like how a cowl neck balances out my pear-shaped figure, so Vogue 8831 is another knit option with a myriad of possibilities.
I've done so well at sewing out of my stash this past year that (other than the aforementioned pleather) all I am left with is odd yards of chiffon for kid craft projects and quilting-weight cottons. So get to the Garment District I must, so I can find some good knits for all of these. Anybody have a favorite source for knits in NYC?