I've been enjoying Sewstainability’s One Year Sewn blog series so much that I decided to shamelessly copy it. Each season, Vicky looks back at the makes she made this time last year and assesses what is and isn’t working in her wardrobe.
Here’s what I made last Winter…
Tilly and the Buttons Freya top in glitter jersey from Sew Me Sunshine (sold out but similar available here)
Selkie Patterns London skirt in glitter broadcloth also from Sew Me Sunshine (sold out in this colour, but alternatives available)
I made this outfit for the New Craft House “All That Glitters” Winter party and absolutely love both items. I wear the skirt year-round and it came to my rescue when my outfit for my boyfriend’s work Christmas party didn’t go to plan! The top is one of my warmest Freyas so I only wear it during Autumn/Winter but I squeezed a t-shirt out of my leftovers because these fabrics are a match made in heaven. The broadcloth has worn amazing well. The jersey has bobbled a little, but nothing that cant be fixed with my beloved de-bobbler.
Tilly and the Buttons Stella hoodie in pink sweatshirting from Escape and Create (sold out but alternatives available) and hand-cut Happy Fabric iron-on vinyl
I made this for the #SewingXmasSweater contest and must admit I only wear it during December but it brings me such joy to bring it out every year, and I know I’ll treasure it for years to come. The fabric and the vinyl have worn really well.
Megan Nielsen Sudley dress, denim from my MIL's stash
I didn't toile this (I only really started in the summer!) but made a few adjustments along the way. I was initially happy with it but later felt that the neck was too tight, the shoulders were too wide and too slanted, and the bodice was too short. Luckily, all my my smock dress needs have now been fulfilled by the Indigo dress. Last summer, I cut this into a simple gathered skirt but I've re-fashioned it for a third time, and you can read about it here.
You can read my initial blog post about my Sudley here.
A trio of Mandy Boat Tees: Fabric from Girl Charlee (sold out), Sew Me Sunshine and Like Sew Amazing (sold out)
It's no secret that I love this pattern, and you can read more about the middle version here. The mint one only lasted a few wears as the fabric bobbled horribly and feels really cheap. It was free in a goodie bag and this was intended as a wearable toile, but I think I gave it to a charity shop. I wear the orange one all the time (Cotton and Steel jersey wears brilliantly), and the toe beans one fairly often. The latter is a thinner jersey and it's more of a Spring/Autumn top, but the fabric has worn and washed well.
Sushijamas! Tilly and the Buttons Frankie top and Stella joggers, fabric from Like Sew Amazing (sold out)
I absolutely love these and they're on constant rotation. I even made a second set using the same patterns. The jersey has worn and washed really well considering it was pretty cheap and these get so much wear through Spring/Autumn/Winter.
You can read more about my sushijamas here.
Schnittchen Patterns Silvia Coatigan, fabric details and review here
This was a super stressful project to make, but I love the finished garment. This is my "main" coat, and gets worn almost daily during the cooler months. The wool has bobbled the teensiest amount (again, saved with a de-bobbler!) and the rayon lining still looks pristine. The pockets have slouched slightly as I put my hands in them all the time but it still looks good. I think this will last me another couple of Winters at least.
Alice and Co Mary Quant dress (free download from the V&A Museum), fabric from Escape and Create (sold out) and Liberty scraps for the sleeves and collar
I pattern tested this and have made two versions. Even though the shoulders are too wide on this one, I love it and wear it quite a bit during Spring/Autumn/Winter. I wish I hadn't made it quite so mini as it's not super practical for work! This slightly stretchy denim-look fabric was an absolute steal at £5 a metre and it's worn amazingly, doesn't need ironing and is super comfy to wear. I sized down for my second version but don't like the fit as much as I do on this version.
Sew Over It Libby shirt in Crowded Faces fabric from Like Sew Amazing
This is the only shirt I've made and I love it but it doesn't get as much wear as I'd like. I find the combination of grown-on sleeves and cuffs means it doesn't layer well under cardigans, and it's quite cropped so I only wear it when it's warmer. I adore this fabric, and despite a couple of instances of snagging while sewing, it's a dream and washes and presses beautifully.
You can read my Libby blog post here.
Total makes: 11
Still in wardrobe: 9 + 1 refashion
I can't believe I made so many items considering one of them was such an involved project! On the whole, I'd say this was a pretty successful season of sewing for me. I definitely lost my sewjo towards the end of last year so it's great to look back on some of my more successful makes.
When I told Vicky she'd inspired this blog, we wondered whether you'd like to join in too? You can share your #OneYearSewn reviews via Instagram or on your blog. It's not a sewing challenge and there's no prizes, its just a fun way to review our own wardrobes and give practical feedback on patterns and fabrics to other makers. I think we're all a little guilty of claiming that our latest make is our FAVOURITE EVER but I'm excited to hear about what really stands the test of time!
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