Happy new year Readers,
I hope the new year has started well for you. Thank you for all the love for my Linton Tweed biker jacket. It was a great way to finish the year on a sewing high. Whilst the new year is still fresh, I thought it would be good to have a look back over my sewing in 2018. As mentioned in my last post, you can always visit the “Sewing by year” tab at the top of this blog to see all the items I have made in any one year, since 2014. Ready? Let’s get started.
In 2018 I made a total of 40 items which made it to the blog. Breakdown:
- 11 dresses
- 4 skirts
- 10 tops
- 2 pairs of trousers and 1 pair of culottes
- 6 jackets/ coats
- 2 cardigans
- 1 swimsuit and a cover-up
- 1 A skirt for Kezia and a coat for Philip
Of course there were other things which I made which didn’t make it to the blog. Off the top of my head I can remember I made a kimono robe for Kezia, a second Blackwood cardigan, a pair of viscose PJs for myself, some faux leather pull on jeggings and 2 Ogden camisoles (I might get round to blogging the camisoles eventually!)
I don’t seem to be falling out of love with sewing any time soon, lol. It feels so empowering to be able to take a piece of fabric and craft it into something unique to fit my own curves. However, there were some definite hits and some less so.
Let me show you what I consider to be my most loved or most worn pieces from this year:
This pinafore dress was a surprise hit in my wardrobe and I have worn it as above when the weather was warmer, as well as with tights and layered over a polo neck in the winter. It feels modern and I like the waist definition with the tie.
I think this year Simplicity 8014 has attained TNT status (watch out for a new animal print crepe version coming soon) and this version in soft flannel has been worn to death since being made. Speaking of Simplicity 8014…
These three shirts made using Simplicity 8014 have been in high rotation. Love the classic style, the fit and the ease of sewing. The striped sequin skirt shown in the last picture is also something I love purely because of the fit I got.
Finally, I know I might have given the pattern a hard time, but I am so proud of how this Avid Seamstress Coat turned out, and it feels wonderful to wear. And this Blackwood cardigan, together with the unblogged one in grey, have been on high rotation in the colder months. Such a great pattern!
The Not So Hits
The not so hits are largely to do with fit issues, which you could say is partly my own fault for continuing to refuse to muslin! And it’s not like any of them are outright wadders…they have all/ continue to be worn but I know I could remake them and refine the fit further.
Love this fabric: not so much love for the fit of the bodice. Slightly mollified by the fact that I know others also had a hard time with the fit of this bodice.
This skirt (and the top too) were off in fit. But they have been worn and will continue to be so.
Finally, this cardigan made in a double faced wool. Wrong pairing of fabric to pattern on this one I fear: really this cardigan needs a lining to work. I can’t stand clothes which I have to constantly adjust or fiddle with! I just want to throw something on and feel confident in it.
This year I have definitely slowed down in my pattern purchasing. One thing which has driven this is the fact that here in the UK we used to have fairly regular 50% sales for the Big Four companies, but since the amalgamation of Simplicity with BMV, the discounts offered have not been as big, and the sales seemed to (perhaps?) have slowed down. I made the decision to take a membership for SewDirect, and have had some issues with the website, but hopefully they have now been resolved.
I think I have also been more considered in my fabric purchasing after having a major clear out of fabric scraps/ remnants and unloved pieces at the beginning of last year. If I do buy fabric I try to buy fabric that I will sew up sooner rather than leaving in my stash.
Along with full bust adjustments, full bum adjustments have become my norm! I used to be a dress girl but now I am loving the options that separates offer me.
I notice I am more drawn than ever to solid colours. They make getting dressed in the morning easier, if you want to look polished and professional. But classic modern prints still have a place in my wardrobe.
As ever, thank you all for following along on my sewing adventures. I look back through my years of sewing and marvel at how far I have come, and how my style is changing and evolving. I am getting older but feel more confident in my style choices. It’s been fun and here’s to more happy sewing memories in 2019!