This year has been quite a turbulant time for the monster and me. My faith has helped pull me through along with the love of family and friends – for them I can not be more thankful. I have made more clothes this year than quilts. Dress wise I have discovered a favorite pattern, The Mortmain
this was the first, made in cotton fabric from a John Lewis reprinted vintage design. I wear this dress to work and love it, I modified the bodice to be more fitted and also I used an invisable zip. After that a few more arrived, one a little longer, one with the exposed metal zip after the Gather Girl’s let me know where to find the 22 inch metal zips – Jaycotts. I now have 4 hanging in my wardrobe and also 1 nealy finished.
The Vogue 8956 wrap skirt is a great pattern and have made 3 skirts from the pattern view B & C. Its quick to make, nothing tricky at all and a great wardrobe staple. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the clothes I’ve made this year – not always managed to photograph everything. The Hot Patterns was the only disaster interms of overall fit, although I did have an ironing disaster with a blouse part way through construction and will never ever skim and buy Polyester instead of silk ever agin.
I made 4 silk crepe de chine flora bridesmaids dresses, such a fantastic pattern and have my eye on a special fabric about to fly into the sale at work. Will be a great summer dress, along with a few patterns I found this year and plan to stich as soon as I can find the right fabrics.
Quilting has been a little slower, some EEP as well as machine piecing. Although with 2 new babies on their way I am planning 2 more baby quilts for early January.
There were lots of little makes throughout the year with the odd tutorial dotted in too. Its been great to concentrate on sewing with everything going on, the concentration needed really does help. A little meditation time when all goes well and then there are the times the quick un pick is needed! But after my bro decided to start misehaving I realised how much I depend on him to help me relax, he’s now home and waiting to be pluged in. Here is a snapshot of some small projects that have been whipped up: