Ola lovelies! Happy New Year.
I know I’m a bit late to the year-in-review party, but in my defense, I’ve mostly been in my pjs eating Nutella and relaxing with my crew at home till now.
A big part of me thought I’d just skip this post, but I got a lot from 2016 (life wise – world events wise, well all I can say is a big meh).
I did a lot of learning about slowing down. I got to sew a lot of great patterns. And it really got me excited about 2017.
So get comfy, grab a cup of warm coffee and let’s get down to business 😉
My biggest lesson: what I learned about slowing down
This was the year I really pushed myself to slow down and sew with more intention.
I started to refine my planning process and develop my style to make sure my time was being spent on creating things I love to wear and that work for me.
It didn’t always work. I had to take some time off sewing at the end of summer – I was putting too much pressure on myself to sew All The Things. But in some ways that’s what I really needed. I took time out that I needed and came back with a stronger idea of how to plan better and be more focused with less.
I guess in the end, I just learned that sometimes I need to step back from it all. And that’s just ok.
BEST OF: MY FAVOURITE SINGLE MAKE of 2016
Oddly, despite my mantra of slowing down I actually got a lot done.
Which is obviously some kind of Jedi mind trick and/or I got more done because I stressed less, made less mistakes and had more focus.
Either way it was a big win.
If I had to best all time favourite makes of 2016 were camis. Both Simplicity 1366 and True Bias’ Ogden cami were big hits. I wore them All. The. Time. And I still wear my first navy version under sweaters. SO needless to say I’m super keen to sew some more.
BEST of: favourite makes of 2016
Modified turtleneck – based on Kwik Sew 4069 I really love the slouchy, cool.girl French vibe this has going on. I totally sewed the neckband wrong, but it really taught me about owning my mistakes.
Fen dress – This was a quick and easy sew AND is a real staple in my wardrobe. I wear it ALL the time.
Button down Erin skirt – I really love this Sew Over It Erin skirt – made from their City Break ebook. I really, really enjoyed making this. It’s not 100% my current style, but I think that’s more to do with not knowing how to wear it in the cold weather cause I was wearing it all the time in the fall.
Jenna cardi – I modified this pattern for the Indiesew cardi week. It took a lot of planning, but I almost totally nailed the look I wanted (still not sure I got the collar right, but it’s 99% there – so that’s a win in my book)
DIY OTS dress – simple really. Had this in my head. DIYed the patter. Non-stop summer dress perfection.
Sarah shirt – I was a tester for the By Hand London girl’s Sarah shirt. Despite thinking it was a bit too flowy – I wear this at least once a week and it’s a perfect work shirt.
So what’s up for 2017…?
Well I’m still keen to explore that sweet spot of balance between slow fashion, a meaningful handmade wardrobe, and sewing with intention.
But I’m excited to plan a mix of makes that I think will challenge me and fill a gap in my wardrobe. Plus I’m pretty keen to use a lot of what’s in my stash this year. I’ve already culled a lot so now it’s time to use it or lose it!
Watson bra – spoiler alert: this may already be ticked off the list. Will post soon alongside some great suppliers I’ve found for bra making.
Cleo dungarees – kinda thinking a navy corduroy pair would be the best thing ever
Hudson pants/trousers – all my pairs have died, plus I desperately fancy a knit pair for lounging
Morgan jeans – I already have a pair cut and ready to go. Just. Need. Time.
Carolyn pjs – in some insane tropical print. Just for funsies.
Sophie swimsuit – I was a pattern tester for Heather and really loved making my version. Can’t wait to make a ‘proper’ one!
A relaxed button down – I have the Sew Over It Alex shirt from their city break collection in mind, but I could be tempted to make another Archer.
An underwire bra – the Malborough bra looks nice but would love your recommendations of you have any patterns on your radar.
And because to pin is to win – here’s a sum of all of these patterns in case you want to remember 😉
I can pretty much straight up promise you this list is going to change about a bazillion times over the course of the year – but I think these are a good mix of aspirational and basic makes.
I’ve also been really interested in slow fashion and capsule wardrobes. I’d like to explore these on the blog a little more (but how to do it in a non-lame way is the real trick – would you be into a few posts on those topics, or should I just know my place?)
So, that a pretty full on post for our first week in 2017, eh?
I just wanted to end by saying thank you so much for hanging out with me on this little corner of the interweb in 2016. I hope you’ve gotten as much from it as I have. Thanks for sharing this journey with me – you guys really are a wealth of support and inspiration!