Today I wanted to look back over my sewing from the last 12 months. It’s been another great year of productivity and making clothes that I enjoy wearing. This was the year that I went back to work after a 5 year hiatus and it doesn’t seem to have slowed me down too much 🙂 I have said it before, but I so enjoy wearing clothes that fit me better than anything I could buy RTW. I am getting older but with that comes more confidence in my style choices and fabric selections. Before I started to make my own clothes, probably 90% of my wardrobe would have been polyester, but now I luxuriate in being able to wear more natural fibres.
Here’s a list of things I blogged about:
- 10 dresses
- 12 tops
- 3 skirts
- 3 pairs of trousers, 1 pair of leggings and 2 pairs of jeans
- 3 jackets (1 blazer, 1 trench coat and 1 utility style jacket)
- 2 coats
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 Indian outfit
- A dress and a top for Kezia and a pair of jeans for Philip
Not blogged about, there is still a boiled wool sweatshirt, a sweatshirt dress and yesterday I finished up a wool jersey jacket (you can see all of them over on Instagram if you can’t wait for the blog posts). There was also a baby quilt, a secret Santa gift, a couple of zippered pouches and I am sure other small things which haven’t made it to the blog.
Here are some of my personal highlights:
I feel amazing everytime I wear this coat, and believe me, I have already worn it lots. Its so cosy and warm and the statement red just makes me feel happy.
The same applies to this dress. I wore it for a valentines day date with Philip and it was…ok…but then I wore it for a meeting at work and felt brilliant wearing it. Total confidence booster.
My Indian Lengha Gown that I slaved over to wear to a wedding in the States. Best fitting Indian outfit I own.
This linen tunic top: yes it rumples and creases but I just feel so cool wearing it, and it is perfect for (rare) hot weather spells. Also, I am just so happy that I have trousers in my wardrobe that fit me!
A couple of things which didn’t work quite as well:
This whole outfit. I let the skirt hang, trimmed it, hemmed it, and then when I went to take it out of the wardrobe it had stretched out more….I have never worn the top either. The skirt has already been donated.
You may be surprised to see this dress in my “misses” list, but hear me out. This is a great pattern and one which I definitely want to make again. I loved this dress but the reason it is on this list is because the instructions don’t make mention of, and I failed to do it myself, stabilising the waist to avoid over stretching. That’s a 6 gore skirt hanging off the waistline and I have found the dress has stretched out. So I will make another one, but will definitely add clear elastic to the waist. Sigh.
Other highlights from this year I have to mention:
- Being featured in Love Sewing Magazine, modeling a blouse I had made, using the featured pattern that was included in that months issue. It was quite the experience visiting the studios and having a professional makeup artist and photography shoot.
- Being shortlisted as dressmaker of the year for the coat I made for Kezia last year. I didn’t win, but it was still an honour to make the shortlist. Just yesterday I took that coat out of the cloakroom and put it away (it’s too small now). I guess it’s one to pass on to the grandchildren 🙂
All that remains for me to say is, as ever, thanks for joining me on the ride. I truly appreciate all of your likes, comments, questions and advice. I wish you all a prosperous, healthy, happy and contented 2018. May your bobbins always be full, your fitting challenges conquered and your dream handmade wardrobe achieved!
See you next year!