Year in review: 2017 hits and misses


Every year at this time I like to look back and reflect on my makes for the year. 2017 has been my most productive sewing year to date, having made made 136 items. I hope you’re ready for a long read!
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All together I made 40 pieces of clothing for myself, 9 things for the house, 35 baby gift items, and 52 adult gift items. Tallying it up this way, that seems like a ton of gifts. Really, though, it includes a ton of duplicates (12 smocks for babies in the NICU made at a party, 16 curtains for a beach house) and lots of baby clothes made from scraps. For myself, I made 6 pairs of shorts or pants (almost all with an elastic waist), 15 shirts, 7 dresses, 1 rain coat, 3 bras, 6 pairs of underwear, and 2 sets of pajamas. I made a lot of basics (5 Ogdens, 6 Renfrews) and a few higher-investment projects, like my Burda dress, Ginger jeans, and rain coat.

Along the way, there were of course some hits and misses… We’ll start with the hits, in no particular order, but from left to right.

  1. Carrie Cardigan. This is a recent addition to my wardrobe, but it’s on constant rotation. It is so warm and cozy. Perfect for watching tv with a cup of tea.
  2. Burda 6994 Jessica Rabbit dress. This dress is far from perfect, but I’m very proud of myself for tackling a difficult project and felt beautiful wearing it to my friends’ wedding.
  3. Simplicity 8437 strapless bra. With all of the new camis I made this year(see below), I needed something to wear underneath them. I’ve found Simplicity8437 fun to put together and comfortable to wear. It was on constant rotation during the summer.
  4. Ogden camis. The Ogden has become a TNT pattern for me. I’ve now made it up 5 times (not all have made it on the blog) and love how versatile they are, and how they can be worn year-round under a cardigan or blazer.
  5. Kelly Anorak rain coat. So useful. The big pockets are great for walking the dog in the rain.
  6. Ginger jeans, take 2. While I loved my first pair of Gingers, these really take the cake. I used some dark Cone Mills denim made just down the road from my house to make this pair (RIP Cone Mills NC). They are now my go-to jeans.
  7. Hudson sweatpants. I didn’t realize how much I needed a pair of classic sweatpants in my life until I made these. So great for working from home.

And now the misses…

  1. Simplicity 8424 wrap top. This top doesn’t seem to fit quite right. It has a ton of wrinkles around the front, even before I start pretending to dance in it. Nevertheless, I have worn it to barre class, and felt slightly more put together than normal.
  2. Ogden cami. This red and tan Ogden was a dud. It looks terrible with my complexion and tends to stick out in all the wrong places. I gave it to my mom, and she seems much happier with it.
  3. Classic full band bra. The fit on this bra is close but no cigar. I need to go back and tweak the fit and try again, but my motivation on this just isn’t very high. I’ll get there eventually.
  4. McCalls 6896 peplum. I love the concept of this shirt, but it just isn’t right for me. I’ve worn it a handful of times and I’m just not completely comfortable in it. I’m holding on to it, though, to see if it fits in with my wardrobe better once I need to dress more professionally.
  5. Sewaholic Granville #5. This shirt is in the miss category for no fault of the pattern. The interfacing I used for the collar is completely bubbling and looks terrible. Anyone have any solutions for this?

All in all, there were far more hits than misses this year. Always a good sign! I’m looking forward to lots more sewing in 2018. We will see what the future holds!



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