Like most people, the run up to Christmas is always a really busy time for me! I usually have an endless list of things to do that get filtered by importance the closer to the 25th we get! Come January, anything left on the list is either abandoned or forgotten about for a few months! This year I was also asked to work on a very special project that needed to be completed by December 20th - and I just couldn’t say no!
All this has left me behind on blog maintenance and picture taking. I’m hoping I will blitz through posting about my missing makes in January, but since the looming New Year is traditionally a time for reflection I decided I would take a look back over my first sewing year and see how far I have come before I start making those fresh, new and exciting plans.
So here it is, my look back at 2018!
Snapshot of the year
23 garments for myself!
2x Deer & Doe Melilot shirts
1x I Am Patterns Pan top
2x Ralph Pink Sahara shirts
1x Kwiksew 3848
1x Nanoo Idoia top
2x In the Folds Collins Tops
2x Deer & Doe Datura tops
1x Tilly & the Buttons Agnes top
2x Morning Glory wrap tops
1x Tessutti Mandy Boat tee
1x Tilly & the Buttons Cleo pinafore
1x Little Tailoress Emmeline tee
2x Tilly & the Buttons Freya tops (no blog post yet!)
1x Republique du Chiffon Annette skirt (no blog post yet!)
1x Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top(no blog post yet!)
1x I Am Patterns Cassiopee Dress (no blog post yet!)
1x I Am Patterns Juliet top (no blog post yet!)
1x Republique du Chiffon Dominique jumpsuit
7 garments for other people
4x Sew Over It Kimono Jackets
1x In the Folds Collins Top
1x customised bodice (no blog post yet!)
1x customised Republique du Chiffon Annette skirt (no blog post yet!)
4 Unwearable ‘wearable toiles’
1x Deer & Doe Datura top
1x Kwiksew 3848
1x Carolyn & Cassie Perth top
1x Negroni Shirt
Craft projects & Gifts
1x Set of cushion covers
1x Quilted Christmas table mat
3x Japanese knot bags
I think that’s a pretty impressive list - but there’s a distinct lack of trousers, dresses and zips there!
MAKE NINE (l-r)
I Am Patterns – Pan top
Deer & Doe – Datura top
Colette – Violet blouse
Republique du Chiffon – Dominique jumpsuit
Republique du Chiffon – Annette skirt
Republique du Chiffon – Myrcella shirt
I Am Patterns – Juliette shirt
Deer & Doe – Melilot shirt
Fancy Tiger Crafts – Sailor top
Ok six and a half out of nine isn’t nine, but it’s more than half so I’m gonna take that as a win! I knew when I started this challenge that I was already distracted by other sewing patterns, so I’m amazed I even managed six. But back in January I was brand new to the community and fairly new to sewing, so I didn’t really know what I wanted to make and hadn’t considered my own style or body shape, time or budget. My Make Nine for 2019 will be a better thought out list!
Me Made May
MMMay 2018 was pretty much a nonstarter for me. I managed a few days (seven) of wearing one me made item, but I’m not very good at taking pictures every day and I also ran out of ‘me mades’ that I wanted to wear. But I did enjoy taking part and seeing the community come together to share in their sewing pride.
It was also a good opportunity to really look at my wardrobe and see if my makes were fitting in, although quite hard to tell with so few under my belt. Towards the end of the year I really started thinking about items that could turn my handmade garments into outfits – hence the Cleo pinafore and Annette skirt! I still have a long way to go, but I’m closer than I have ever been and that’s OK with me.
I’m looking forward to MMMay 2019 – I’m interested to see if my attitude towards my own makes has changed and if I can beat seven days!
Make Nine and MMMay are the only two challenges I took part in this year, although I really enjoyed seeing so many people join in on other Instagram challenges.
This is the hard part, telling you what all my makes mean to me and what I have learnt from them.
Throughout the year I felt like I wasn’t making enough, putting all my effort in or progressing at all. But looking back at that list of makes I know that isn’t true, even if I didn’t make everything I wanted to (which is really no surprise as I have a tendency to make ridiculously impossible goals!).
It’s hard to carry on when your first makes don’t work out the way you expect them to - the fit isn’t perfect or the style isn’t flattering. I also find it hard to wear the things I have made, convinced they don’t look good or suit me! But this is all part of the journey; building confidence in my body, my self and my skills isn’t easy but I know I’m moving in the right direction. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I am really proud of my achievements this year and I feel motivated to continue…
I couldn’t have made it this far without the support of Mr Distracted, my Mother in Law and some some truly good friends and family; I’m so lucky to have these people in my life and I am determined to be as good as they believe I am!
My next post will be my re-’sew’-loutions for 2019! Until then, here are a few of my favourite 2018 makes…
Thanks for being there, see you next year for more sewing adventures!