At last count I have made something like 44 articles of clothing this year, and a small number of other projects. This feels pretty mammoth, especially when you consider that for the first three months of the year I only made two items. So, it’s been productive.
I’m pretty shattered from a year that has felt like a kick in the ribs for much of it, so I have been a bit lax on the blogging front. But it is really nice to reflect on the year, plan some small goals for 2018 and have this recorded somewhere to look back on.
- I really feel like my sewing has made a real leap this year. I feel more confident and my skills have improved.
- I have made some things I really love and feel more proud of than any previous makes.
- I also wear a lot of memade every day now, sometimes 3 garments. And for my last 4 big singing gigs, I have worn memade items. Win!
To buck the ‘Top 5’ hashtag, here are my favourite makes of 2017 – there are eight of them:
Talvikki Sweatshirt ^^ (probably most worn item of the year)
Second pair of Lander pants – below.
I had some misses this year too, but only four really disappointing ones.
My Alpi Chinos did not fit. I think I’m giving up on this pattern and going to get the Closet Case Sasha pants as that’s really the fit I was after with these. The first of my Skipper Tunics was a bit meh and a skirt as yet unfinished and unblogged that I was making for my SWAP will be taken apart and (perhaps) remade. Also this top didn’t make the cut as it was just too *not right* in the fit.
But overall, not bad odds there.
Recently I made a spreadsheet of all my 2017 makes (I couldn’t all fit into a screen shot). It was great to look at everything all laid out, and notice some trends.
Some things I noticed were:
- 80% made with secondhand fabric – YES!
- Made clothes I am actually wearing – mostly
- Named Clothing patterns were top of the list
- Mostly made tops – this has been a great boost to my wardrobe
- Not enough pants made. I wear pants just about every day and still don’t make them often enough.
- I made too many things. As much as I love sewing, I don’t need this many new items of clothing a year.
Plans for 2018
The question of quantity is a hard one for me. Sewing is my hobby and relaxation so I want to do it every weekend minimum. But then I start to feel a bit sick about how much I have. Some solutions I am considering:
- Make more difficult items with a higher level of finishing. For instance like the cherry blossom dress I made.
- Make clothes for Alex (and other people) more. This year he has had one pair of shorts, and I am hoping to make him another pair before year’s end.
- Make non clothing things. I have approached a local shop that specialises in “everyday New Zealand made items” to see if they would like to sell napkins/handkerchiefs made from off cuts from my garment sewing and they seem keen. So that’s exciting!
Other plans include:
- Work on a garment per month goal – take my time, sew more mindfully and make small items that aren’t clothes at the same time
- Make at least 50% of the items I make pants – I know I won’t regret this!
- Continue to work on my SWAP sewing – I’m about half way through this
And some specific plans:
- I’ve purchased my first ever Craftsy course. It’s on drafting a pants sloper. Really looking forward to getting into this over my summer break.
- I have the pattern and an old dress to make into the Collins Top by In the Folds. I have looked at this pattern so many times over the last three months and I’ve finally bitten the bullet.
- I have grey denim washed and set aside for a pair of Pinda Pants by Waffle Patterns. My grey jeans have started dying and as I wore them to work a bit this year, it would be good to replace them. I haven’t seen too many iterations of this pattern made up, and I won’t be adding all the pockets, but I do think they are jeans that look less like jeans than a lot of other patterns, which is great for work.
- I have the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater 1 and the Blueprints for Sewing Geodesic patterns. I lived in my sweatshirts this year and know it will be great to have another couple of options there.
- I want to make an anorak from some incredible fabric in my stash for this. I’m thinking the Waffle Patterns Pepernoot pattern as my sister already owns it and has made it. But I’m open to suggestions.
- Closet Case Sasha Trousers and Victory Patterns Esther pants are on my pattern wish list. However maybe after my Craftsy course I won’t need to buy pants patterns ever again… kidding of course!
Have a wonderful Christmas friends out there in blogging land. Thanks for all your kindness and support this year – much appreciated. ❤