Umbrellas Up

Sewing has been slow these holidays. Most of my life has been slow. We’ve been a little occupied with life crap and while I would love to have sewn a number of new items, I really haven’t felt like it. It’s Murphy’s Law right? When I have no time to sew, all I want to do is make. Then when I get the time, I couldn’t think of anything less interesting. At least I’ve read a few books these holidays.

This dress was finished a couple of months ago, when it was still cool enough to wear sateen. Right now you would have to be nuts to wear a dress this thick.

I’m sure I’ll get a stack of wear from it when autumn comes. It is work friendly and I really like the cute umbrellas. While there is so much to like about this dress, at the moment, I just don’t love it. I hope it grows on me, because I really like the fabric. It was purchased from Tessuti and was one of those pieces of fabric that I just had to have when they listed it.

School is back tomorrow, so hopefully when I have a little less time on my hands, I’ll find more time to blog and sew 🙂

Happy New Year

Happy new year all! As the eternal optimist, I feel 2017 is going to be a cracker year. We are already gearing up for a busy one though, but I’m sure the sewing will continue, though likely at a much slower pace.

To round up 2016, I blogged 56 finished items, but I think the real count of completed items is somewhere closer to 80 or more. While I love blogging to maintain records of my makes, it is time consuming, so many more simple items, or those made during hectic life times have been left off the blog. You can see most of my finished items from 2016 here on my blog.

To wrap up the year, I’ve completed some faves and fails for the year.

Most worn item

My most worn finished item never made it to the blog, as I wore it too often. This item is a testament to the fact that you don’t need fancy fabric or patterns to make a winning item.

Both fabrics remnants for this tank were purchased from an Op Shop over 6 years ago. I used them back here to make leggings for Adele when she was a baby. Gosh, it’s crazy, funny reading old blog posts. Those times, with three really little kids were so, so tough! I’m surprised I got as much as I did done, though I didn’t sleep much back then.

A close runner up for my most worn item made in 2016 is this Style Arc Elsie Overshirt. I suspect I’ll be making another of these this year.

Most Complimented Item

While I don’t love this dress, I do get the most compliments when I wear it. It is also a polyester or similar fabric, so I don’t need to iron it, which makes it great for rushed mornings, so long as it’s not going to be a stinker.

This top, while a recent make, is a close second. The colours get people and I am often stopped to ask where I got it. As my two most complimented items are bright, I really should take note and try to shift my fabric purchases to include more vibrant colours.

Item most proud of

Again I have two items, this first was also not blogged. I made a shirt for my husband this year and it is really awesome. It fits, it looks good and he likes it! Hopefully I’ll get proper photos and do a real blog post on this one.

The other item is my Christian Dior winter coat. This took forever to make, it fits and looks awesome.

Perfect for my life!

I adore this dress. I love wearing it to work. If only it would be OK for me to own 20 of these to wear all the time.


Most unique

Seriously, everyone needs a quilted Liberty vest – Love!!


Least loved

Busy fabric. Need to stay away from it!


Total fail

This one kills me. I spent so much time making this frock and I adore the Liberty, but the straight skirt just does not work for work. Impossible! I’ve unpicked it, but now need to buy more Liberty to make it with a gathered skirt. I really need to get onto this as it’s too much of a waste to leave it unpicked on the floor of my sewing room. Seriously this kills me!!! So sad.

Too short – uggh! Thankfully I have short friends 🙂


While I’m in a sewing funk right now, I’m hopeful inspiration will strike shortly and I’ll squish in a few more makes before school goes back. Hopefully also regular blog programming will start again shortly, though I suspect I’ll be dumping the remaining items for 2016 into one post, just to catch up.

Stay cool east coast – it’s going to be a hot one!!