This year, despite best intentions - you know the sort of thing - the delusion that you can make one garment every day and have an entire wardrobe of gorgeous things in under two weeks- I have made 5 garments. All with some degree of frustration (familiar to many of you :) as I have not sewn for a few years.
I started sewing in January and have made a few basic garments. Two are white shirts which can be worn with anything. I have made two pairs of trousers, and two skirts.
I like being able to mix and match my clothes so that I can actually wear them.
My sewing priorities were to sew clothes that filled that gap in my wardrobe (and you probably have a similar gap) called Everyday Clothes for Around the House. Nothing super fashionable, but certainly ideal for casual wear at home. I can also wear some of the garments out as well:
I started the year with my "Blog Skirt" - here is the front view:
And, the back view:
I also made trousers, with tears of frustration along the way. I could not get a jeans pattern to fit me well, and as some of you know, I am now working on my own sloper - there will be more to this story later this year, believe me. Anyway, here are the black pair I thought would have to go in the bin!
Well, really, quite okay for the house - and with pockets! I love pockets. So useful.
So, sometimes we sewists are a little harsh and critical of our own efforts. They are not perfect, and I wouldn't wear them out, but they are quite fine for casual at home. The sort of thing you slouch on and enjoy.
And, I can wear my classic white short sleeve cotton shirt with them.
I also made up some fabric in my stash, which just happened to be Pantone's colour of the year - Emerald.
And, the classic white cotton blouse looks good with the pants.
I also made a little cotton skirt, black with very small polka dots. Just a cheapish craft cotton.
Once again I can wear the skirt with the classic white cotton blouse.
(Yes, okay, I've got great legs, not thin twig legs - and I agree, I should make more of them, but I'm a gamin, so I don't give a great deal of thought to making the most of my assets. Maybe I should change that! :) )
(I think I am going to have to make a few more white blouses - one blouse to three bottoms is not a great ratio!)
(and, isn't is interesting, fellow sewists, how much sleep we lose agonising over aspects of our sewing, which, in the morning light, aren't really so bad. Or only a little bit problematic - a rung on the ladder to future sewing success).
And, my piece de resistance this year, the fitted wrap blouse I made for the Fitted Blouse contest on Pattern Review. Here it is:
It was quite a challenge to get a good fit, but worth it in the end. I have written a review about this pattern - you can find it by visiting www.sewing.patternreview.com. There are lots of other entries as well, all of them fantastic!
Tomorrow a new challenge - I have joined the www.sewyourownwardrobeforayearchallenge.blogspot.com.
This challenge starts tomorrow - some of you are already in it (really looking forward to seeing you sewing projects and getting to know you).
Sarah Liz :)