That was a whole year full of sewing! What a year!
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.
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.
My Top 5 Makes in 2017
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!
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
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
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!
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
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.
Simply, a wardrobe hero! Love this pattern! It has such a beautiful shape.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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,