My Sewing in 2016: a look back and some things you might have missed

Hi Friends,

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.

I actually still have 2 unblogged items that I completed this year but I am not going to rush into blogging those before the year end. Instead, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the items I have made this year and also share some items that those of you who are not on Instagram might have missed (because I felt they were not worthy of a blog post of their own).

It’s been another great year of sewing for me. I feel like my skills are improving and I am getting more practised at refining the fit of garments – that’s not to say I always get it right – because I don’t! I think I am also more confident in my own sense of style and picking patterns that I think might work on my body shape etc. So all in all, 2016 was a successful year for me.

Here is the complete breakdown (not including the two unblogged items) with some pictures of things that have appeared on the blog before, as well as some pictures of items I shared on my Instagram account.

  • 4 coats – including one for Kezia. These are probably my most favourite items of all the things I have sewn. I have to wear a coat of some kind most days for at least 9 – 10 months of the year and reaching for these items makes me happy. I really enjoy coat making.


  • 2 blazers – both huge learning curves for me. One was a hand tailored wool blazer and one was a wool ponte blazer constructed using fusible interfacings.
  • 2 jackets – one made from Linton tweed and fully lined (that was worn lots when travelling on planes in America) and one unlined kimono style.
  • 3 pairs of pull on jeans made using the Jalie Elenore pattern (my red pair got worn loads – see below for picture. My black pair are in the donate pile – fabric didn’t have enough stretch to make them comfortable).
  • 3 pairs of pants made using Simplicity 1167 – this pattern has become my go to pants pattern – for now. So proud of myself for making pants that fit ME!
Simplicity 1167 pants
  • 2 pairs of culotte style trousers.
  • 2 skirts, both made using Simplicity 8019. I made a version in suede leather and then this (unblogged) denim version, which has gotten a fair amount of wear.
Simplicity 8019 denim button front skirt worn with plaid Grainline Archer shirt
  • 1 pair of workout leggings
  • 5 shirts – including one made for Philip’s big birthday and a floral Grainline Archer made for myself from some soft cotton voile type fabric I purchased a few years ago in Paris that I LOVE wearing.
McCalls 6613 striped shirt
McCalls 6613 striped shirt
Grainline Archer floral shirt worn with Jalie Eleonore pull on jeans
  • 11 further tops/ blouses/ workout top, including this modified McCalls 6886 breton style top. Sadly this has also just gone into the donate pile on account of the fabric not washing very well. It’s a shame as I LOVE the first breton top I made using this pattern and it still gets regularly worn (in a black and white stripe). Need to find the perfect fabric to make more!
McCalls 6886 modified into colour block yoke breton style top
  • 2 cardigans
  • 4 shirt dresses


  • 6 further dresses – one of which was a wadder. The wadder was  my attempt at turning the True Bias Sutton blouse into a dress with an elasticated waist. I made the top part way too blousey and I ended  up chopping the dress apart before giving up on it completely.


True Bias Sutton Dress – wadder!
  • A gymnastics outfit for Kezia
Erbsenprinzessin leotard – fabric purchased from Spandex house, NYC
Erbsenprinzessin leotard (modified) and e+m leggings (modified to shorts)
  • 2 pairs of cotton pyjamas – made using Simplicity 2317. These have been washed and worn and washed and worn. I hope to make more (and more luxurious) versions next year.
Two versions of OOP Simplicity 2317
  • 2 refashions: a blouse of mine which I no longer wanted refashioned into a top for Kezia and a denim peplum jacket made from 2 pairs of old jeans.
Refashioned top into a top for kezia
  • 1 baby dress and pantaloons

Phew! Quite the list. I am proud and happy of all I have achieved this year 🙂

What does 2017 hold? I am not one to tie myself down with challenges/ resolutions or even firm plans. I like to run wild and free, haha. But….

  • More coats: a waterproof Kelly anorak, a trench coat of some kind and another blazer (still need to find my perfect one in terms of fit and style!)
  • Workout tops in the supplex I purchased in America this year
  • More pants! Maybe another pattern?
  • Feel like I need some new tops to freshen my wardrobe up.

Not going to think beyond that. I like to draw up a more specific list up about 3 or 4 times a year and edit as I go along.

So all that remains is for me to say a huge THANK YOU to all of my followers and to all of you who read my blog and comment. It’s great to be part of this community and also it was great to meet some of you in real life and make new friends. Actually, that’s something I hope I get more chance to do next year. I wish all of you health, happiness, peace and prosperity for the new year. Happy and fruitful sewing!




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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

43 thoughts on “My Sewing in 2016: a look back and some things you might have missed

  1. I am blown away by your productivity and skills. Amazing. How big is your closet?!? What a beautiful and impressive collection of clothes. Fantastic job!

  2. It is wonderful to see you projects in one post. You have every reason to be proud of your accomplishments. You inspire me with your pattern and fabric choices. I look forward to seeing what the New Year will bring in the way of sewing. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2017!

  3. OMG. How do you do it? I can’t believe how much you’ve sewn this year! Wonderful I’m inspired to try the Jalie pull on jeans. I really want to try that pattern and I know those jeans will fit my lifestyle.

  4. Wow! What a great sense of style you have and how lucky your family is to have such an accomplished sewist in the house. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.🎉🍾

  5. You have made so many amazing things!!! I love your coats too, and I have the Kelly anorak on my list as well. I look forward to what you will sew up in 2017.

  6. You’ve had such a productive year, and have made some fabulous things. You always pick things that are totally “you” as well. My favourites are the velvet top and the Simplicity brocade trousers to go with it.

  7. Thank you for sharing all your lovely makes, and inspiring us to make our own. looking forward to seeing your next year of makes x

  8. J’aime beaucoup ce que vous faites! Un grand bravo pour tout ce que vous avez confectionné cette année et j’ai hâte de voir les prochains projets!
    Je vous souhaite une bonne fin d’année!

  9. I read this post with complete wonder – what an incredible range of clothes. Even your wadder True Bias dress looked lovely in the picture. Happy New Year! I look forward to next year’s projects.

  10. What a fantastic year Manju! You’ve made some amazing garments and they fit beautifully. And your baby’s coat is a stunning little thing. Happy New Year!!

  11. You certainly had a great year: you should be very proud! Your coats are especially lovely, and you get so much wear out of them to boot! I hope that your plans for 2017 are successful and look forward to following along. =) Happy New Year!

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