I'm such a picky shopper; this is one reason why I don't shop much and another reason to sew more. Here are some vintage patterns that I have my eye on:
Advance 4331. A bathrobe for warmer weather. I particularly like the one with the scalloped edge.
McCall 3416. An elegant bathrobe/housedress for drinking tea and doing one's hair.
McCall 8973. I think I would get a lot of wear out of this one. And clearly I like fitted bodices and full skirts, it's kind of my thing.
McCall 4263. For work.
Vogue 5767. I already bought this pattern and have some fabric which might be appropriate (although perhaps a little bright; I'm thinking that an intense blue might not suit a 40's shirtdress. We'll see.) I'm planning on making the short-sleeved version with no front pocket.
In addition to sewing vintage frocks, my other plans for this year include improving my pastry skills (making pastry is not one of my strengths, but since I seem to be eating more pastry these days, I might as well make my own). So far I've shied away from trying my hand at puff pastry, but with Michel Roux's help (a 3 star Michelin chef who wrote a book simply titled "Pastry"), I feel confident that I can, at least somewhat successfully, create rum babas with chantilly cream, apple turnovers, and proper croissants. I'd like to cycle to Port Ludlow in April, taking a detour to La Connor to see the tulips in bloom. I'd like to go to England in the fall. I'd like to write up patterns to post on this website. I'd like to start learning Spanish. And I'd like to find a new poker group (our former poker group sadly dissolved when half our members moved away). But a 1940s shirtdress for the summer would be a good start.