2017 roundup

Another of my favourite posts to read. I just love seeing what people have made/their total tally over the year.

In 2017 I made a total of 36 things. Of that 7(!) of those were presents (1 Ogden cami, a wallet, harem pants, romper, pouch for the valentine swap and 2 hemlock tops) which I think is a record for me. I also made 9 tops, 8 dresses, 2 bras, 1 skirt, a coat and 4 pairs of trousers. Oh and one sweater!


Burda chambray shirt / McCalls gingham shirt/ Ogden cami in cotton lawn/ alma blouse / Republique du chiffon Suzon blouse in clip dot fabric / pink stripe lark tee / valley blouse in cotton check / Tessuti Alice top / Sewaholic alma blouse


Morgan jeans / Pauline Alice Rosari skirt / Sewoverit ultimate trousers x2 / Pauline Alice Turia dungarees


McCalls shirt pattern / By Hand London Kim dress / Ogden-Southport mashup / BHL Anna / McCalls floral dress / Sewoverit Eve / Tilly and the Buttons Cleo / Named Inari

I’m quite impressed by my productivity this year as I think it’s the most output I’ve ever had in a year!


Hits and misses of 2017

I absolutely love reading these posts about what people have loved and hated about what they’ve made. I find it really interesting.

Misses of 2017

Cleo dungaree dress

I’m not gonna lie I feel ridiculous in this dress. I think because I have a toddler I just feel really stupid if I’m dressed similarly to her! It was a 50/50 choice of making the cleo or another Pauline Alice Rosari skirt so I think I’m going to refashion it and see if it gets more wear.

Turia dungarees

My Turia dungarees have fallen in the same category. Although looking at this picture I might need to try give them another go!

McCalls M6696

I have no idea why I don’t love this dress as much as I was expecting. I think the lack of sleeves makes it harder to wear and the full skirt makes me feel too dressed up. It’s too twee for work and too dressy for a weekend.

Archer shirt

This Archer shirt has no sleeves and is totally the wrong length. I think I needs refashioning but I’m gutted this fabric which I adore isn’t getting worn.

Hits of 2017

Cascade duffle coat

I’m not going to lie I’m super proud of this coat. It’s the most time and effort (and most expensive!) project I’ve ever made. I absolutely love it.

Morgan jeans

As soon as I made these jeans I didn’t take them off for 4 days! The only reason I peeled them off was because they got muddy!

Alexandria peg trousers

I’ve worn and worn these to death! They’re comfy and easy to wear. Great for work too!

Sewoverit Eve dress

This Eve dress is fairly new but I find myself reaching for it straight out of the wash. It’s easy to wear, requires no ironing and makes me feel really put together.

Christmas Moneta

Oh how I hate sewing the moneta! That waistband elastic drives me mad but I love love wearing them.

I wear my white polka dot one on a regular basis and every time I wear it I think I need another! I’ve had some stretch lace in my stash for a while and when I was thinking about making a Christmas dress for our work do it popped into my head.

I had some blue jersey leftovers from a dress I made for a friend and they were a perfect colour match. I had scraps left of that jersey when I was done – gotta love scrap busting.

The lace has a scalloped edge which means no hemming the sleeves or the skirt! Yaaaaas. Therefore the dress came together really quickly. I had to fight my overlocker through the thick layers of jersey around the waist but other than that (and the elastic application which I had to do twice) it was an easy and quick make.

I originally wanted to have some lace without lining on the bodice but I thought it would look messy so I overlocked the layers together and turned under.

2018 Make Nine

I really enjoyed the 2017 challenge although I didn’t have 9 items on my list! Most of the items have been heavily worn and thought out.

And so here’s my 2018 make nine:

I’ve got some rifle paper co canvas to make a bag and this pattern from Niizo looks perfect.

I bought the Kyoto sweater in the Black Friday sale and some of the Atelier Brunette sweatshirting. I need more casual weekend tops and my winter wear is mainly rtw.

I need more variety in my work wardrobe. I’ve got some grey jersey in my stash and plan on drafting a pattern. There’s loads of tutorials online.

I had a lot of success with my Morgan jeans this year and I’ve been my most worn/reached for. I’m going to down a size and try again for some black skinnies and some indigo in cone mills denim.

Out of my whole wardrobe – seasonal, work, leisure – it’s underwear I actually need! Most of my bras don’t fit well since having Emily which is surprising considering my clothes do.

I’m desperately in need of some new work trousers. I binned the only black rtw pair I had. Put a hole in the grey ultimate trousers and the only plain pair I have are my port trousers which are too casual. The other pairs are patterned and don’t go with everything! The sasha trousers look perfect but I might just crack out a couple of ultimate trousers as they don’t require stretch cotton.

This coat!!!!!!! The By Hand London Rumana coat hasn’t been released yet but look at it! It’s stunning. I’m still not brave enough to tackle a big 4 coat due to patchy instructions and this one looks perfect. I’d like to make it in either a classic camel or mustard.

I need a new purse as mine is just too bulky and this one by Noodlehead looks perfect! I’m not sure I have enough of the rifle paper co canvas for both a bag and a purse though so I may have to buy some contrasting canvas to go with it.

Lastly the Hadley top which I also purchased during Black Friday. I’m not reposting the awful photos she has on her website (her previous models were so much better and less awkward) and I think the Hadley has been overlooked. I’d like to make a couple of plaid Hadley’s and maybe even a dress length to use up some of my stash.

My sewyear resolutions are the same as last year; no new patterns or fabric! Of course I didn’t stick to it (thanks to the Rifle Paper Co new release) but I did stop myself from buying fabric without a pattern in mind. I have reduced my stash considerably too and I don’t buy nearly half as much fabric as I did. I may do a one-in-one-out policy once I have used the majority up. I’d also like to blog more as I really enjoy writing up a project at the end.

And that’s it! Of course I’ll end up making more than 9 items next year but this is a great starting point! What are your sewing plans for next year? Any big projects to tackle?