My goal for 2017 was to slow down, to toile, to improve my fitting knowledge and sew things that I loved and would stay in my wardrobe for years to come. I think I made good progress towards this goal. This year,
- I sewed 30 items, which was 20 less than the previous year
- I re-homed 5 garments due to fit and/or style issues – it’s good to experiment, but experiments don’t always work!
- I tackled my first a flat bottom adjustment
- I started doing forward shoulder adjustments on all my tops with great success, and
- I wrote a tutorial on hemming tricky knits.
My highlights for the year, in no particular order:
I was lucky enough to attend two Frocktails events in two cities this year. In February, I ventured up to Sydney Frocktails and bravely sported some silk Reef Shorts and a modified ‘Pattern D’ from the now out-of-print original Nani Iro book. Melbourne Frocktails was a more recent event, and just as much fun. I sewed a pair of Tully Pants and re-wore my Sydney Frocktails tops. It was a good reminder we don’t have to make a whole new outfit for each sewing event we attend.
My boiled wool/viscose Saunio Cardigan was just the pop of colour that my winter wardrobe needed this year. I wore it often with jeans, ankle boots, my two ponte McCalls 7059 tops (striped version and botanical version) and of course a colourful scarf and bright lipstick.
I’m so proud of this jacket and I wear it a lot. It was an essential part of my travel wardrobe for our Europe/UK family holiday in September. I think it’s one of those pieces that will be in my wardrobe for years and years to come. I’m also predicting it will get better as it ages.
Demin ponte dress
There is a lot to love about this dress. Easy to wash and wear, suitable for all occasions (I’ve worn it to a funeral, a 70th birthday celebration and out to dinner with girlfriends) and it’s comfortable to boot! I’m not usually a pattern masher, so I was very pleased how easy to was to blend the McCall’s 7059 with the skirt of the Karl Dress. I’m looking forward to wearing this dress again when the weather cools down.
I have a serious crush on the Sadie Tunic, which I shortened to a top. The style, the fit and those amazing sleeves. I adore my mustard linen version and I predict more Sadie’s in my near future. Okay, I’ve already sewn another one, but it hasn’t made it to the blog yet. Sneak peek here.
A round-up of the year can’t proceed without a huge shout-out to my dear friend Sharon for her photography and styling expertise. I really don’t think I would have a blog anymore without Sharon. We have a lot of fun brainstorming blog photo shoot locations, styling my me-made items and of course taking the photos. It really is a creative collaboration and there are lots of laughs along the way.
And to you my readers, who I feel very connected to, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment both here and on Instagram. I feel blessed to be able to share my hobby with like-minded people all over the world.
- Sewing: Sew your own leggings
- Sewing: The perfect demin tote (Genoa Tote)
- Sewing: An introduction to jackets
Tickets to the Soul Craft Festival can be purchased here. Will I see you there?
Happy New Year to all.