A sewing year at a glance

That was a whole year full of sewing! What a year!

A sewing year at a glance, Happy sewinh blog

After giving birth to my little one in August 2016, I started sewing again slowly – slowly. In 2017, I began sewing garments on a regular basis as I’ve had more time to sew as a stay at home mum, than before (while I was still working). Every month I used to plan my makes and set sewing goals. This is something I still do and it is very handy. Planning my makes helps me set a budget for each month and stick to the plans.

So let’s have a look at my 2017, shall we?

My first make in 2017 was the Aldaia dress by Pauline Alice. Love this dress! My favorite feature on my Aldaia dress is the neat neckline of which I was so proud back then! Read my review of the Aldaia Dress, here.

Aldaia dress, Pauline alice, Happy sewing blog

 

Aldaia dress, Pauline alice, happy sewing blog

 

 

My last make in 2017 was The Mayberry dress by Jennifer Lauren. This was given to me for reviewing purposes by Jennifer. I love the rich color of it and its unique lines. Read my review of The Mayberry Dress, here.

The Mayberry dress, Jennifer lLauren Handmade, Happy Sewing Blog

The Mayberry dress, Jennifer lLauren Handmade, Happy Sewing Blog

My Top 5 Makes in 2017

1. New Look 6493 Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit, New Look 6493, Happy sewing Blog

Jumpsuit, New Look 6493, Happy sewing Blog

 

 

Every time I wear this jumpsuit or just look at it, I remember the amazing time we’ve had with my husband and our baby boy, the day we took the photos of it. We went to the park on a beautiful sunny day and we laughed a lot! We’ve had a really great time!

2. Mona jacket by Wear Lemonade

Mona jacket, Wear Lemonade, Happy sewing blog

 

Mona jacket, Wear Lemonade, Happy sewing blog

 

 

Love it! This jacket replaced an RTW dusty pink leatherette jacket I’ve bought from Zara, ages ago! The fact that I lined the whole jacket, makes it very special to me as I put a lot of effort into it. Love the color and actually, everything about it.

3. My baby’s first onesie by Brinbilletwig

 My baby's first onesie by Brinbilletwig, Happy sewing blog

 

 My baby's first onesie by Brinbilletwig, happy sewing blog

 

This was the first onesie I sew for my little one! I even cross stitched the Captain America patch! He looked so adorable in it! #proudmum

4. Rosa dress by Tilly and the buttons

Rosa dress by Tilly and the buttons, Happy sewing blog, button up dress

 

 

Rosa dress by Tilly and the buttons, happy sewing blog

This dress is also in my most worn pieces of 2017. It is a wardrobe staple. I enjoyed wearing it during the Summer as it is made out of a beautiful medium denim and it looks so neat!

5. Kim dress by By Hand London

Kim dress by By Hand London, happy sewinh blog

Kim dress by By Hand London, happy sewing blog

 

 

If I could, I would love to wear this kind of dresses every day! Floral, feminine and totally dreamy! Love the beautiful sweetheart neckline and the gathered skirt!

My top 5 most worn pieces in 2017

1. Moneta dress by Colette

Mpneta dress by colette, Happy sewing blog

Kim dress by By Hand London, happy sewing blog

 

 

I made my Moneta back in February in order to join the #monetaparty and I wore it many times during the last year and still do. The fact that it is made out of Ponte fabric makes it super comfy for everyday wear. Plus, the button down opening that I created, helped me nursing my baby boy. Learn how I made the opening at the front in step by step instructions and read my review, here.

2. Rosa dress by Tilly and the buttons

 

 Rosa dress by Tilly and the buttons

Simply, a wardrobe hero! Love this pattern! It has such a beautiful shape.

3. Miette skirt by Tilly and the buttons

Miette skirt by Tilly and the buttons, happy sweing blog

 

I wore it many times since I made it! Easy to wear and super comfy! If you haven’t tried it yet, you should make one or two! Quick, satisfying project!

4. Cleo dungaree dress by Tilly and the buttons

Cleo dungaree dress by Tilly and the buttons, happy sewing blog

 

 

Cleo dungaree dress by Tilly and the buttons, happy sewing blog

Cleo dungaree dress by Tilly and the buttons, happy sewing blog

Another easy to throw on when you’re in a hurry, garment! Nursing friendly and cute! I made two versions; a dusty pink and a denim one which got more wear than the pink.

5. Erin skirt by Sew Over It

Erin skirt by Sew Over It, happy sewing blog

Erin skirt by Sew Over It, happy sewing blog

Another beautiful and easy to wear skirt. I wore it a lot on a daily basis until I lost a few pregnancy weight and now it is big for me. I enjoyed so much wearing it so I plan to make another one in 2018.

Misses in 2017

1. Guise pant by Papercut

Guise pant by Papercut, happy sewing blog

Guise pant by Papercut, happy sewing blog

Sadly, I chose the wrong size and as a result, they turned out huge! I learn a lot of stuff while making them though. I made my first fly zipper! Woop-woop! I may make another one in the future. However, I do not plan it soon enough as I need to make quick projects for now that they are not too much time consuming, as I don’t have much sewing time lately.

2. Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns

Ginger jeans, closet case patterns, happy sewing blog

Ginger jeans, closet case patterns, happy sewing blog

Ginger jeans, closet case patterns, happy sewing blog

 

When I finished them, I wore them and they fit quite nicely. Unfortunately, I did not use the correct stitches and as a result many of them -especially at the crotch area- broke. Not to mention that at that time my sewing machine had issues with topstitching. Every time I used topstitching thread, my sewing machine’s tension broke. Anyway, I wore my gingers only a couple of times. I plan to make another pair but not soon. Maybe next year.

3. Lizzie Skirt by Sew Over It

Lizzie Skirt by Sew Over It, happy sewing blog

This is an unblogged project that I sew for my mother. She never wore it as it turned out really unflattering. I used wrong fabric so that was the mistake. Other than that I enjoyed making it. I plan to make a couple of Lizzie skirts in 2018 using the appropriate fabric this time

Special make of 2017

Betty dress by Sew Over It

Betty dress by Sew over it, happy sewing blog

Betty dress by Sew over it, happy sewing blog

 

This is my special make of the last year! I made the Betty dress to wear it on my son’s baptism day. I was so nervous making it and finish it on time! Thankfully, I managed to get it done for the special day! I lined the entire dress, a fact that makes it really precious to me too.

So that was my 2017 in sewing! I managed to sew a lot of garments and learn many things. I am so proud of my achievements! I feel like I evolved in many ways during the last year. I improved not only my sewing but also my writing, my photo taking, and posing skills and I learned how to edit my photos. I didn’t know anything about editing so my makes never looked as good at the pictures as they were in person.

Finally, I’m so proud of my new site “Happy Sewing Blog” and the layout of it. I hope that you like it as much as I do.

Mona jacket, wear lemonade, aldaia dress, pauline alice, happy sewing blog, Swedish hasbeens

 

May 2018 be as creative and inspiring as 2017 and even more!

*There are reviews on each sewing pattern, except baby onesie and Lizzie skirt. To read the reviews just click on the name/title of each pattern.

Until next time,

happy sewing!!

 

 

 

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