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!


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?

A quilt for grandma

When Emily was a few weeks old grandma (my mother in law) saw the triangle baby quilt I made and asked if I would make her a quilt. Now I’m forever in her debt as she kept me sane during the intense newborn days and so I was more than happy to oblige. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t take me a year to get around to doing it though… 

It’s backed by the same fabric I used for Emily’s baby quilt and it’s lovely and soft. I think it’s Carolyn Friedlander. 

The ombré effect comes from a Moda charm pack with 5 inch squares. I made half square triangles out of them and another fabric from my stash – the black textured one. The binding comes from the same piece of fabric. The HST were done months and months ago but I couldn’t bring myself to sew them together, not when I needed a new work wardrobe! #selfishsewing

All the fabric comes from Simply Solids in Huddersfield where I occasionally teach a dressmaking class. 

I actually really enjoyed making this quilt. It’s the fourth I’ve made. I only ever seem to make quilts for other people. However I usually find it incredibly dull. All that straight line sewing – yawn!! I managed to sew half the quilt top, quilt and bind it within a few days. It’s amazing what a deadline can do! Although I wish I’d not stressed over Christmas so much as I’ve made myself poorly and there’s really no need. 

I also figured out my sewing superpower – I can measure distance accurately by eye. I cut this binding without measuring!

And that’s the one and only Christmas present I made this year. I’ve sworn off making things for other people as I don’t feel it’s appreciated. I’ve made plenty of things and literally never even seen it again! Selfish sewing all the way…. 

Merry Christmas everyone!