2016 Review

I’m quite behind on blogging my sewing efforts, and this post won’t get me much further ahead either, however I didn’t want to leave 2016 behind without marking it in some way so I thought I’d do a mini review of my hits and misses this year. I hope you enjoy it.

So, let’s dive right in!



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This Burdastyle dress was on my list for so long and I’m so glad I finally made it. I love the design and the fabric, from Fabworks, is a perfect match.



This Vogue 1465 Donna Karan jacket paired with a Style Arc Emily skirt  is in regular rotation at work and I feel stylish and cosy in it.  The jacket seams were left unfinished and I don’t think I’d do it again as they’re now fraying slightly, however I’m considering making the jacket again as it’s a good shape for me and one up on my normal cardigan/skirt look.



A bit of a surprise, this, as I didn’t care for it much after I’d made it. My first Makers Atelier pattern is an oversized cocoon shape, not particularly flattering, however it’s loose enough and the colour versatile enough to wear over most of my outfits, so it gets taken out of the wardrobe regularly.


My Named Jamie jeans are being worn as I type although sadly they have shrunk a little lengthwise so, not for best any more. I loved making them too. I’m  going off the low rise style lately but will definitely be making more jeans in the future.


The semi-self drafted dress was a real labour of love and I’ve worn it a quite a few times and absolutely love it! It’s that rare combination of comfortable, beautiful and versatile.

This Burdastyle outfit got worn quite a bit over the Summer and I got a few compliments from people too. The Liberty Tana Lawn fabric really is the star but the culottes are very easy to wear and the top has a few nice touches too. I’d like to make some Winter culottes from this pattern and have some fabric lined up all ready.


I didn’t blog this Butterick 5926 jacket as I thought it was too boring but it’s worn regularly and has proved to be a very useful basic. It does make a change from wearing cardigans to the office too.


Lastly, my Simplicity 1504, Liberty Tana lawn PJ’s are oh so comfortable and luxurious. They were a lot of work tho,  so I certainly won’t be rushing to make more.




I only recently made this Named Helmi dress but it was just a bit too snug across the back and one of the seams has already ripped.  Due to it only having 1cm seam allowances it’s not repairable. I do like the pattern though so will probably be making more, once I adjust it properly.


This Butterick B6168 is just a little bit too revealing to be worn regularly. I might donate it sometime in the future.


This StyleArc Ethel top  is just a bit too boxy for me and doesn’t feel very flattering on so I’ve hardly worn it. The Burdastyle jeans are keepers though!

In summary, I feel my skills are now practised enough that I can sew most things confidently to a good standard. Fit is something I can struggle with, but I’ve got a reasonable handle on my issues and because I don’t like doing toiles, or repeating patterns it’s something I have to live with.

Also, after a few years of making my own clothes, I’m at the stage where I’ve sewn enough variety to have a good few patterns that fit well and that flatter, and that I should really use again.  So in 2017 I’m going to try and aim for a few pattern repeats. Sorry?  Not sorry! I’ve already started making another pair of jeans using a pattern that I’ve used before and my list of to do’s is a mix of TNT and new patterns. I must also use some of the “special” fabrics I can’t bear to cut into too.

I’m really looking forward to some extended sewing time as well as sharing a few weeks off work with friends and family over Xmas. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful holiday,  wherever you are,  and hope to see you back in 2017!