#sewmystyle 2018 January: the Friday patterns Sunny dress and top

Happy New Year! After finding so much inspiration from other makers last year with the #wardrobebuilder project, I've teamed up with an awesome international team of bloggers to lead in  #sewmystyle2018. This is the first month of the project, featuring the Sunny dress and top by Friday patterns, sponsored by Stone Mountain and Daughter fabrics. Every month I'll be keeping to my #wardrobebuilder habits, posting inspiration and ideas for each month, along with a final reveal at the end of the month. Make sure you are keping up with us on social media, and if you haven't yet signed up to the project....do it quickly......there are some fabulous patterns coming up on the schedule!

#sewmystyle 2018 January: the Friday patterns Sunny dress and top

The Sunny dress and top is a great pattern to start the year with. It's a knit pattern that is suitable for beginners, and can easily become a wardrobe staple. The Friday patterns site also has helpful tutorials and tips if you are not confident in sewing knits, so this one is something I'm looking forward to after my Christmas sewing break.

Fabrics I'm loving for this project

Well, this month's sponsors, Stonemountain and Daughter, have a great range of knits available in their store. Although they have a wide range of prints, I'm quite drawn to their plain pontes, especially the purple (which is as close as I can find to Pantone's 2018 colour of the year).

If I'm sewing knits then I have to check out Girl Charlee....it is their speciality! They have such a good range of prints. On my watch list is this grey stripe which I think could make a perfect 'neutral' top to match with jeans.

I know that most of you will recognise my third fabric  -Art Gallery knits are always stylish and are also comfortable to wear too. This one is from Maud's Fabric Finds, which has an interesting selection of prints that you might not come across normally.

#sewmystyle 2018 January: the Friday patterns Sunny dress and top

Those of you who followed the #wardrobebuilder project will also know that I love to use Pinterest to save my inspiration ideas. I've got a new one for #sewmystyle2018 if you need a few ideas. I'm into the contrast neckband now from looking through these! and also open to using a rib knit...............
(advance warning - I'm thinking of the dress so most of my photos are of these rather than top versions!)
You can follow along on Pinterest too if that's how you store your dressmaking ideas.

Leave links to your makes in the comments below. I can't wait to see what you all make this month!

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