Whew! That year went by in a flash!
I’ve trawled through all my blog posts, and counted them all up month by month. Not surprisingly, June and July are a bit sparse with all the exam marking taking up my free time, and August was chock-full because I did the CoBloWriMo challenge and posted every single day, learning to schedule posts in the process.
I also did some sewing- 60 or so items [some still on the table, so may be done by January, who knows?] including a few things for friends and family.
I’ve sorted the makes by pattern company, and have also done some top 5 best/worst categories.
Here we go…
Top 5 Hits
This is mainly things I wear like mad, or things I’m particularly proud of.
Best pattern– Vogue 1312, Lynn Mizono dress. I have THREE of these beauties made up, and wear the two darker ones a lot for work. The white one [not surprisingly] will come out again in the summer. The mahoosive skirt on this is a great canvas to play with colour or embellishment if you feel inclined.
Most swirly: Vogue 9145, Claire Shaeffer dress. This was the first make of the year, and was meant for funerals and occasions. As such, it hasn’t been worn much, but I do love it, and am wearing it as I type! I may need a more everyday version with sleeves…
Happiest project: Jackie’s wedding outfit. It’s such a pleasure to make wedding outfits, and to have your efforts so appreciated. Didn’t she look lovely?
Most worn: My Butterick 6287 tunics, [one from the very end of last year, I’ll count it if I want lol]and the wonderfully sensual velvet tunic from Vogue 1415, Tom & Linda Platt. Heavy rotation, and I feel great in them.
Most complimented, and most loved: Dawn’s coat of course! Simplicity 1732 by Arkivestry. She adores it, and swaggers when she wears it [at every opportunity]. She is also recognised by it, so the coat has its own fan club lol.
Top 5 Misses
They either didn’t work, or gave me grief, or are absolutely fine, but just don’t get worn!
Worst pattern company– without a single doubt, Reconstructing History gave me most misery this year. The peplum skirt ended up lovely, but no thanks to the terrible pattern and rubbish instructions. The leg-of-mutton sleeved blouse was a total write off, and I was infuriated by the waste of fabric because the pattern was totally and utterly WRONG. I at least got a refund on that, but binned the other patterns of theirs that I had in the wings.
Worst pattern: [barring the above-mentioned] Asylum corset from Harlots and Angels. It. Does. Not. Work. That is all.
Most meh: The two Sense and Sensibility dresses I made while pattern testing- nothing wrong with the patterns, but I deliberately used meh fabrics in case I didn’t like the finished product. They have not been worn once apart from blog photos, and they really make me feel frumpy- retro is not for me. I think it’s because my mum always dressed/dresses rather like this, and it makes me feel old and dated. Don’t let me stop you though!
Most frustrating: My attempts at getting a good trouser toile for Dawn. I tried various patterns from StyleArc and Vogue, and even drafting from scratch, but gave up in disgust. I like to make things with minimal alteration, and these just didn’t happen easily. My frustration with these actually de-railed my attempt at SWAP 2017. Maybe next year!
Passed on: 2 Style Arc Annika tops, which I really like, but realised I wasn’t wearing. Just that bit too big and square, and felt…unflattering. I had a brainwave last week and gave them to my ma-in-law, who loves them. Yay for not wasting lovely fabric! [There are a couple mopre not getting worn, but I haven’t yet decided to get rid or remake, watch this space!]
Stats-gotta be some maths!
All of this was totted up a week or so back, so yes, there have been some more posts, but not to worry, the general feel is there.
157 posts, thats about 3/week. Thank you August and CoBloWriMo!
54 garments [the mac may yet add on to this list], 41 ‘Muggle’ and 13 steampunk, + a parasol. A bit more than 1/week. Blimey!
15 Style Arc
5 Truly Victorian
3 each New Look, Butterick and self-drafted or rubbed-off
2 each Folkwear, Sense and Sensibility
1 each Sew Curvy, Reconstructing History plus Madeline bloomers and Kielo maxi dress.
I made the most in April, with 10 garments completed, February 7 items and October 6 items. June only had 1!
I only made 8 things for other people all year. Such a selfish sewer…ah well, I yam what I yam.
I may do a month by month summary, simply because I like it, and it reminds me of clothes I may have forgotten!