After giving myself a much needed physical and mental break I am ready to tackle 2017 and get back in the creative groove. I have a post about my plans for 2017 lined up so keep an eye out for that to find out more about my sewing plans and what to expect from this blog and my vlog, but for now I wanted to do a round up of the year.
So here is a look back over 2016…
Instagram: So 2016 has been quite the year for my love of Instagram and I have found it such a great creative outlet to share things with the sewing community. Here is my top 9 from the year and I am so happy to have reached over 1000 followers, which I know in the grand scheme of things is small but seeing as I started the year on about 200 I am so happy to be able to share my photos with all my wonderful new followers.
Work and things: After a rocky end to 2015 and start to 2016, one of goals for the year was to push myself further with my work so I am happy and proud to look back over some of the things I have done in 2016. Of course the biggest and most exciting has been making Suzy Magazine and seeing it going out into the world. It has been such a great way to the end the year and surpassed any expectations. I can’t wait for more Suzy fun in 2017. I have also been pushing myself to write for other websites. Earlier in the year I published writing for The Huffington Post and most recently for gal-dem magazine. Some of you might also remember the dresses I made for The Tuts’ music video, these were also on the cover of Bristol Live Magazine. I completed a Introduction to Pattern Cutting course at LCF and, of course, became part of the Sew Crafty Design team. Phew… I can’t wait to have a 2017 full of even more exciting opportunities.
Travel: I had another year of wonderful travels with a VERY cold trip to New York in February and another summer trip to the US travelling from Vancouver to Seattle and finally down to Portland (somewhere that had been on my travel list for quite a while).
Me Made Wardrobe: And, of course, my handmade wardrobe has really developed this year. Since the start of the year my small handmade collection has developed significantly and I am now actually wearing #memadeeveryday. I feel my skills have developed and while there are still many areas of improvement and ways in which my wardrobe can expand, I am proud of how much I have achieved in such a small space of time.
So that’s 2016 in a nutshell and I can’t wait for 2017 to be even more exciting!
This past month I’ve been on a self imposed spending ban, which didn’t go particularly well. With the release of the Republique du Chiffon Ernest coat, I needed to make a winter coat. So I had to buy the pattern and of course the material to go with it. I’ve also found my AW wardrobe to be lacking in the me made department so I’ve been having to buy bits here and there. Now I have enough to keep my occupied I shouldn’t really be spending anymore but here’s what I have my eye on at the moment!
My one rtw weakness has always been khaki green utility style jackets (I own 7 different styles) I never felt the need to make one of my own but then enters the Kelly Anorak from Closet Case Files. It looks like it might be a challenge but I want to add to my utility jacket with a me made one.
Continuing on the wardrobe staple theme, pinafores definitely fall into that category. They are perfect for stylish A/W layering and the Ivy Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren is fab! The gable top is pretty great too.
What’s a pay day wish list without a Wear Lemonade pattern? This time I am lusting over the Maria Jacket. I like the classic shape and think it will look great in some statement fabric.
L-R Cloud 9 – Yucca , Liberty – Day Dream , Art Gallery – Nightfall Lunation
I’ve answered questions for The Seamstress Tag which has been set up by Hollie from Hollie Sews.
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Let me know in the comments below if you have taken part by leaving a link to it or if you haven’t choose your fave question and let me know your answer below. I’d love to know some of your answers! 🙂
Show Monday who’s boss! Here’s some motivation for the week ahead!
Read – Am I introverted or just rude?
Watch – While I still might not be watching anything but Gilmore Girls (End of season 4 OMG!) I will be trying to include some other faves such as Freaks and Geeks.
Listen- Grimes- Flesh without blood
Sew – New Look 6203 (Ok this might not seem like the greatest pattern but I have great plans for this week. Trust me!)
Quote – ‘Once in a While Blow Your Own Damn Mind’
See you next Monday!
After spending all of my hard earned pennies on all the fabric I bought on my recent holiday, not only have I crossed a bunch off of my wish list but I also have too much fabric! (If that is such a thing.) So with that in mind I have recently been hunting for new patterns to try and put all this fabric to good use. So this Pay Day wish list is pattern packed!
While I am yet to make a Named Pattern, their new pattern collection looks set to to change that. The styling, the modern styles. I love! So there are quite a few on my wish list but I think the one I am lusting after the most is the Helmi Tunic. I like the relaxed fit tunic and the neckline. But I think the shirt will be great to layer under pinafores or paired with skirts in the winter.
Since making my Butterick B5030 I can’t get enough of wrap dresses. Why has it taken me so long to wear them? They are so flattering! We all know I love the Wear Lemonade patterns but I really like the Dita and I like the fact it can be worn either way. From the promotional mages I’ve seen I think I really like the wrap at the back.
I’ve always loved Madalynne’s bra patterns so when I heard she was bringing out patterns with Simplicity I was eager to try them. So these two patterns were high on my wish list. They were quickly taken off my wish list and put into my pattern collection when I saw the Simplicity patterns at half price over on Jaycotts. If anyone has any recommendations of places to buy lace lingerie fabric do let me know in the comments below!
What are you lusting over this pay day? Has anyone tried any of these patterns? Let me know in the comments below
Two posts in one week?! Craziness!
Here is my latest vlog which is the second part of my holiday sewing haul. This time I talk about vintage patterns and some other sewing treasures. I hope you all enjoy!
I’m back! Sorry it has been such a long time. I had hoped to schedule some posts while I was away but holiday fun got the better of me.
But now that I’ve been back for a couple of weeks I’m finally back in the swing of normal life and back into the swing of getting my sewing in order. Particularly because with a change of season my wardrobe needs an update. So do expect regular posts to be back up.
For now while I work on getting them in order I have a new video over on my YouTube channel. It’s a haul video of all the fabric I bought while I was away. I do also have another video scheduled to go up this weekend so stay tuned.
Hope you enjoy the video and do let me know if there are any particular posts you are dying to see.