I want to use patterns of my own drafting, for the most part. I do have one more pair of Lovely Ritas planned, but other than that I'm getting back to my roots. I love purchased patterns, but when I first fell back in love with sewing I was too uncertain my skills would be worth the investment. I know that most patterns are not a huge investment, but it still felt like there was a significant chance I was throwing away that money. If I want to throw my money away, I can think of much less frustrating ways to do it. *Ahem.Starbucks.Ahem*. So, anyway, I used some tutorials and did a lot of winging-it and turns out I wasn't so terrible. Did everything turn out perfectly? Of course not. But much more turned out wearable than not. And it was ALL ME. No credit needed to be given. No "Thanks. I used a pattern by _____." And it felt good.
I already have two patterns drafted and pieces cut for them. I have no idea what I'm going to do with the trim "challenge" yet, though...luckily I have and extra week to figure it out! And maybe switch to a bigger pattern binder...eek!