I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick review of 2016 as I didn't join in #sewingtopfive this year. 2016 has been an okay year but not that successful in sewing terms. I started a new job in January 2016 which has gone really well, and initially I managed to find some time for sewing.
In April, I spent a long weekend in Bath and visited the Fashion Museum which is well worth paying a visit.
I spent a gorgeous two weeks in France in August and I was full of plans to make a summer wardrobe but it never happened.
We had gorgeous weather while we were away and my family and I enjoyed strolls on the beach every evening. Here is one of the lovely sunsets...
I found it increasingly difficult to find time to sew in the second half of the year, and neglected the blog as life got pretty busy.
I also went to the Knitting & Stitching Show in both March and October and bought lots of nice goodies to add to my stash....
Slouchy knitted hat - Sirdar 9184 (unblogged)
Shawl neck knitted waistcoat - Sirdar 9249
New Look 6262
Sew Over It Betty Dress (unblogged)
Washi Dress - unfinished. I made this previously (see my post here) and had great success but this one just went wrong from start to finish, so is waiting to be recycled into something else.
The Flame tunic - Sirdar 7188 (unblogged)
Oak Ribbed Socks (unblogged)
These were a Christmas gift for my sister and I finished them on Christmas Eve, just in the nick of time.
My most worn garment was New Look 6483. Although this was a relatively simple pattern, I successfully altered the pattern to fit using a FBA. I wore this a lot, and it is a super pattern that I will revisit.
My least worn garment was the Betty Dress. I love this pattern but I tried a full bust adjustment and I don't think it was very successful. The straps fall down also and the circle skirt is not really my style.
I also need to add a hook and eye to the back to make this wearable as I inserted the zip rather too low.
2) To sew more wardrobe basics. I started this blog with the aim of making clothes to wear on an everyday basis and to be honest my wardrobe is looking pretty sparse at the moment. With the exception of New Look 6483, I only made dresses which apart from the Sylvie Dress didn't get that much wear. I have to accept I cannot sew a completely homemade wardrobe as I simply don't have the time, but I can get smarter about what I make. I do need to invest in some basics like jeans and t-shirts but I will think about the gaps in my wardrobe and start making things that I need rather than pretty dresses.
3) To try some new knitting techniques - I have been knitting for years but I'm keen to learn some new things. I have always been an avid knitter and I have really enjoyed knitting a lot this year, so you may see more knitting on this blog from now on. The thing I like about knitting is that you can pick it up at any time and it is much more portable and social, as you can knit and watch telly with the rest of the family whereas sewing seems to be something I do when I am on my own.
5) To blog regularly! As I mentioned, I found it difficult to find time to blog in the second half of this year, and ended up neglecting the blog. I really enjoy reading other blogs and hope that other people like reading what I have to say too. I hope to post a couple of times a month as a minimum, perhaps sharing more of my WIPs and posting about other things if I feel like it, not just my finished makes.
Wishing you all the best for 2017!