Made at year's end, the plaid McCall's M5252 jacket is a great example of my progress out of the cycle. I'd been wanting to make that jacket for over a year and once it was decided it should be next in the queue, in the course of a very short period of time for me, I'd chosen fabric from my stash and dug in to such a degree that I even ran the collar stand through my machine (after pinning ever so carefully) and stitched a perfect stitch on both inside and outside right then and there. Totally amazed myself at my newfound 'bravery'.
Australian friend Carolyn at the end of the 2015 year.
bird dress in time for the wedding and sewed the coordinating Burda jacket in a mere 2 days! Both were worn at the Florida wedding. And when I arrived home, felt very honored that Simplicity Pattern Company picked up the first photo below, and ran it on their facebook feed.
more Plantains and another Burda jacket. A pretty Toile de Jouy dress was finished in April using NewLook 6370.
Ottobre 2/2016 no. 10 shift dress that I love!
Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 top....
top and skirt.
but it was done.... and I am so proud of my work and feel I did Carolyn and her beautiful fabric justice in the end. In fact, when the dress was (finally!) completely finished, I cried. It was a fantastic feeling. Thank you Carolyn.
NewLook 6374 has been worn to death and
NewLook 6192 basic skirt was made.
Ottobre's 05/2016 no. 15 'Like a Warm Hug' with its exposed serged rolled hem seams center front and center back. I'll let you in on a little secret here..... I was trying to act all cool and nonchalant in the photo below, but was actually so stressed as there were *gasp* PEOPLE nearby!!!! Still not comfortable about photos in public, but do force myself out of my comfort zone occasionally and take 'on location' shots with my camera and tripod.
NL6216 gray cords and a slew of leggings from Ottobre's 05/2016 no. 9 Leggings. LOVE these!!!
Home Dec project of corduroy pillows with zip and not one single quilt. The statistics came down to: 7 tops, 4 dresses, 3 jackets, 1 cardi, 9 pants and 2 skirts. I also (poorly) participated in Make a Garment a Month for the 3rd year and want to do better with that sweet group in 2017. Sarah Liz is our lovely moderator who I have enjoyed getting to know all these years. I've only been sewing garments for myself since 2013 and joined her group shortly thereafter and found it a source of inspiration and motivation. Also participated in Me-Made-May 2016 for the 3rd year and worked hard to take self-photos 28 of the 31 days of May and used that month to better my photography skills. I cannot conclude without mentioning Instagram. This was my 2nd year on IG and cannot even begin to express how much enjoyment, creative inspiration and sweet encouragement there is to be found in our wonderful sewing community via that social media outlet.
So that's it for 2016. I want to thank you, dear readers, for reading my posts and following along as my hope might be to inspire you in some sort of creative way. Looking forward to seeing what 2017 may bring.
Happy New Year!!
EDITED 1.4.2017: the full 2016 Gallery of My Work can be viewed here with links to all posts written in 2016 with garment construction information: 2016 | GALLERY OF MY WORK
Firstly I want to send my wishes to you and your family and daughter. So glad she is cancer free and I can imagine your pride too. I have 3 daughters and full well know that motherly feeling. OK now , wow about your sewing doubts. Everything you make looks so well fitted and made and you really know your style so I was surprised by that. Finally I love your Mccalls plaid jacket too.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Janine! It's interesting, in that it was only when I was writing this post, it occurred to me to talk about some of the struggles I've tried to overcome (manage?!) and not write like all is okay all the time. "Life" really is a journey! :)Delete
What an awful start to the year, with Melissa unwell. That must have been such a tremendous worry to you. I am so thrilled she is better. It must be awful having a child in that situation. Now on to sewing - you certainly have made progress in conquering your fears - I think we all have them, it's just some of us don't always say so. And I think personality also comes into play. Everything you have made looks lovely - and goodness, 26 garments is quite impressive. I'm thrilled that your "Caroline" dress turned out well - you would have been so devastated otherwise. And thank you for your kind words about me. Happy New Year, Lisa, to you and your family.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Sarah Liz! And oh my goodness, if I had not been able to construct Carolyn's dress to my high expectations, you are oh-so-right it would've been devastating! But then again, because it was a success it sort of catapulted me into a newfound confidence of my abilities. You have been a part of the confidence building too.... and I am oh-so-grateful. :)Delete
I love all the projects you have shown here, particularly the plaid jacket and the bird print dress. You really know the print/colour and shapes that flatter your body. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects in 2017!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! :)Delete
So many achievements for you Lisa. Well done you must be so proud of yourself. And a totally wonderful outcome for your daughter. So happy for you! here's to 2017 :)ReplyDelete
Yes! Here's to 2017! Thank you so much Dawn! :)Delete
You've had a phenomenal year - first with your daughter being cancer free and second with your sewing breakthrough. I didn't realize that you'd only been garment sewing for 3 years! You are sewing so well in such a short period of time. I loved the dress from Carolyn's fabric - you did it and her proud. Will continue to follow your sewing journey in 2017!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Carolyn! What a kind compliment!! You probably might not remember, but 3 years ago, you helped me by answering my question about laundering linen. The first time I'd ever worked with linen and was at such a loss. You were so kind in responding right away and encouraging me along. And I still prep linen fabrics the way you recommended to this day. :)Delete
Happy New Year to you Lisa! I enjoyed reading this review, as much as I enjoyed reading about every single item you've made! It is a lot of fun to me following you along on your journey. I'm excited about your 2017 projects. Also I'm glad that Melissa is cancer free!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Katharina! And I love seeing all the beautiful creations you make too! :)Delete
Lisa, you have made so many beautiful garments. I love them all, especially your latest jacket and the bird dress. Looking forward to seeing and reading your 2017 makes.ReplyDelete
Glad that Melissa is cancer free.
Thank you so much Hana! :)Delete
Lisa, you have made so many beautiful, carefully worked garments, that suit you and your lovely style to a tee. I really get the sense that you approach your wardrobe with a super thoughtful, discerning eye, and truly pay full attention to each decision, in fact each decision along the way. It' very very inspiring to me! Thank you so much for your friendship, and I am so glad my fabric made you feel like a hurdle had been cleared for you in making it. You sure look absolutely gorgeous in it!!ReplyDelete
I am also so happy to hear that Melissa is happy and thriving and doing so well. You must be proud of your beautiful daughter and how well she has coped with a difficult year, As have you all.
I'm looking forward so much to a safe, happy, in fact fantastic 2017 for you.
You certainly had a productive year and made some stunning clothes. I am so thrilled for you that your daughter has regained good health. I am looking forward to following your progress in 2017.ReplyDelete