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