Sewing in 2016 – My Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, I like to take a look back on all the projects that I’ve made over the past 12 months and showcase them in one satisfying visual. In 2016 I accomplished and blogged about 17 completed projects – that’s an average of 1.4 items per month, including 13 dressmaking/sewing projects, 3 craft projects and a knitted bobble hat. I’ve also used a variety of pattern makers: I can see Tilly and the Buttons, By Hand London, McCalls, Simplicity and New Look in the gallery here. And this doesn’t take into account the handful of things that I’ve made and not blogged about, or not quite finished, so perhaps that total is nearer 25 than 17.

2016-in-review

So what have I learnt this year?

  • I now take longer on my projects than I did in 2015. Last year, I completed 27 projects – that’s 11 more than 2016! This is partly because I don’t seem to have as much free time as I used to (hello house improvements), but also because the projects I’m choosing are often that bit more complicated, and so take more time and care to complete.
  • Blue and red are my colours. I think I knew this already, but seeing it laid out in one handy photo grid definitely confirms my colour palette for future projects! Knowing what does (and doesn’t) suit me makes choosing fabrics and patterns much, much easier.
  • I love a good Christmas craft. This isn’t news either, but Christmas projects did make up 1/4 of my total for this year…
  • Knitting takes me forever. I knitted my bobble hat over the course of a weekend because it was made with chunky yarn, and I parked myself in front of the TV for hours, but that Millamia fairisle cushion I wanted to get done by Christmas? Well, let’s just say it’s taking longer than expected.
  • Moving into 2017, I need to make use of what I already have. I uploaded 94 fabrics from my stash to the Cora app (!!!), and have numerous sewing patterns and books on my shelves that I’ve been wanting to use for ages, as well as various WIPs. 2017 will be the year this happens.
  • I need to spend more time working on the fit. Every single garment I make has some sort of fitting issue… as time goes on and I make more and more things, the issues have become fewer and less significant, but I still have trouble understanding the shape of my shoulders, back, waist etc. I really need to study this harder!
  • I also need to sew what makes me happy. No more jumping on bandwagons or sewing to tight deadlines, as this only causes me unnecessary stress or leaves me with piles of to-do’s that I know will never get done. Sewing is my hobby and my escape, and I need to sew for me and not because I ‘have to’.

So how was your 2016? Did you complete more or fewer projects than me? And what are your goals for the new year? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas period and have enjoyed reading my posts over the past 12 months. I really do appreciate your attention, comments and support – so thank you, and happy new year!

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11 thoughts on “Sewing in 2016 – My Year in Review

  1. You’ve made some lovely things this year. I do so agree with you about sewing because you enjoy it rather than sewing for a deadline. I always find deadlines stressful and I have enough to deal with in my work life so this year I’ve decided that I’m not going to impose them on myself any more than necessary.

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  2. You’ve made some lovely pieces this year. I particularly like your stripey Coco dress as it looks so comfy yet stylish. If you want to look more into fitting I definitely recommend reading “Fit For Real People”; I’ve found my copy invaluable. My aims for 2017 are to continue to work on fit and also to sew with more knit fabrics.

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  3. I love your thoughts on next year and love all the things you’ve made too. I need to use my stash and really try hard not to buy more just because it’s pretty. I love the little blouse on the left with the elephant print, the fit on that looks pretty good to me!

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    • Thanks Julie! Trying to use up your stash is one of the hardest resolutions to keep – it’s so tempting just to have a browse in the fabric shops and buy everything that catches your eye!

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