Burda Hoodie. This, from a person who thought she hated hoodies. Ha! Need to make another as this is worn constantly from outerwear to comfywear.... it is perfect. Shown below, as it kicked off the first day of Me-Made-May 2017 with one, of the 4 versions, of the Itch to Stitch shorts.
Lyocell White top, McCalls 7509, has been in strong rotation too with its not-quite-sleeveless sleeves it works well on its own with a bit of shoulder coverage, and slips under jackets and cardis easily in the cooler weather. Am finding I love the shawl collar and should probably make another top or two from this pattern.
Burda fur coat!!! A show-stopper whenever I wear it!! Love it! So warm lined with the black fleece. 2017 was the year my husband took me back 'home' to sweet home Alabama, my home state, for our anniversary trip to include a day spent at Alabama Chanin. Great trip!
Handmade by Carolyn, sent me a special package full of hand-painted fabric, Australian tea, botanical garden cup, chocolate and the Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt Pattern. I haven't shown you the hand-painted fabric yet because I haven't had enough courage to cut into the precious piece! But have had great fun with this cute skirt pattern making it below, as per pattern instructions......
Simplicity 4192 coral top and wear it lots.
SC State Fair..... such fun! Imagine all three entries receiving blue ribbons!! This was my first year of entering garments in any fair/competition like this.
Pilvi Coat has not been worn, nor enjoyed as much as I thought it would be, though I love the fabric today as much as ever. A piece of this lovely Dandelion fabric was shared with Carolyn and she made a stunning dress! Love her work and she is always so gracious to share her knowledge.
Christmas Dress in time to actually wear to Christmas festivities! Love this! And a big 'Thank You'!!! to all who voted for my entry during Linda's Designin' December 2017 challenge as the dress won a pattern from Jennie at Sense & Sensibility Patterns. I chose the 1940s Swing Dress Pattern and will talk more about that in 2018. Thank you both Linda and Jennie for this fun challenge! Anyway, find I'm wearing this dress constantly on these cold days and want to make more fit 'n flare type dresses
Me-Made-May 2017, and I took 31 out of 31 days of 'daily' photos!!! THAT, in and of itself, was a HUGE accomplishment for me... not to mention I finally have enough handmade clothes to not have repeat upon repeat. Again used the month of May to work on bettering my photography skills and photo-editing skills and enjoyed a couple of outings with my family that a 'need' for a MMM2017 photo created. That's a nice 'bonus'!
Instagram and I couldn't resist posting a collage of my own personal favorites instead of IG's customary BestNine2017 that uses an algorithm to determine which posts were most 'liked'. Participated in a couple of different challenges there this past year and will continue to be a part of that social media platform, but do find it's easy to spend way too much time there sometimes.
Make a Garment a Month again this year. This might be the 4th year with MAGAM. I'm making garments, but not always associated with the theme. She has made a few changes to the guidelines this year and I'll be discussing that in an upcoming post.
Began a few items toward the end of 2017 that were finished in 2018... the vest below is one. Man alive has this simple little thing been a skillset builder! Flat-felled seams, including 2 in-seam pockets, plaid matching, all interior seams finished..... whew! Hopefully will blog about this soon as I'm already wearing it lots.
- Tops - 10
- Pants - 1
- Shorts - 4
- Jackets - 2
- Dresses - 3
- Skirts - 2
- Quilts/Blankets - 2
- Unblogged: A total of 8 pieces
Ya' know, 32 is a good number for me!
What I've also been interested in is what pattern companies I've been using. So let's see those numbers:
- Burda: 6
- Ottobre Design Woman: 5
- McCall Pattern: 1
- NewLook/Simplicity: 9 (most of these were elastic-waist comfy pants for me and my family)
- Itch-to-Stitch: 4
- Lotta Jansdotter: 1
- Megan Nielsen: 2
- Non-garment: 3
- Orla Dress: 1
If you've hung in there with me so far, thank you! But especially thank you dear readers for reading my blog and writing kind, encouraging comments. I love being a part of our wonderful international sewing community!
I'll be back soon with plans for 2018.
Happy Sewing Everyone! :)