2018 Recap And My Top Three Makes

2018 recap and my top three makes

Hello, my lovelies. I wanted to finish off the year before the Christmas hols with a very quick post and a little bit of a recap.

It’s been a very hectic and at times a trying and stressful year for me mostly due to the worry with my father’s health that I’ve mentioned on here from time to time. My dear dad has been a permanent resident in a local care home since late January and is now in the nursing care unit of the home where I visit him regularly with my mum whom I’ve supported at every step of the way this past 12 months. It’ll be a very strange Christmas without him around the table joining us for dinner and although we will visit him often, he’ll be greatly missed. It’s comforting to know he is being looked after so well though.

2018 Recap And My Top Three Makes

I do have a lot to be thankful for and amongst the stressful times I’ve enjoyed my sewing time immensely. Funny but when time becomes more scarce we treasure the moments that we can call our own don’t we? Just enjoying a cup of tea by my sewing machine has come to mean a lot to me.

This year I enjoyed writing many blog posts, I entered a few IG challenges, I was one of the ambassador blogger team for the Day and Night Dress Challenge, I got to spend a fab 2 days at Stitch Room Sewcial and I met many fab and lovely sewists in real life at various meetups. I was also really thrilled to be asked to become a member of the 10 strong BurdaStyle Influencer Team back in June.

My Top Three Makes

Throughout the year, I’ve sewn up a storm and made myself all sorts of things, and as I was looking through the photos of all of my makes I decided that it would be fun to choose my three favourites. Therefore without further ado here they are in reverse order:

So in third place is a silk chiffon camisole top that reminds me of the everlasting hot summer that we had in the UK. I enjoyed the challenge of the sheer fabric and getting all creative with the beaded straps.

Silk Cami...2018 Recap And My Top Three Makes

In second place is my dramatic waterfall front coat. Butterick 6444 by Lisette makes me feel oh so glam and dramatic every single time I wear it.

Lisette coat...2018 Recap And My Top Three Makes

And in First place is my blush coloured drapey trench…another coat that gives me all the glam and dramatic feels when I  put it on.

Blush drapey trench...2018 Recap And My Top Three Makes

It was really difficult to nail down three and I kept chopping and changing…which of my 2018 makes are your faves? Let me know in comments 🙂

As is always the way there were a few things that I made that didn’t make the cut at all and I had a mini wardrobe purge this Autumn of some things that just didn’t float my boat… I might include them in a post in the new year…

2018 Recap And My Top Three Makes

…Which brings me nicely onto the subject of 2019. Firstly, I had intended to post my December BurdaStyle project before Christmas (burgundy trousers with a side stripe), but time, unfortunately, has got away from me and so I’m hoping to post it very early in January. I’ll be showing you a sneak peek on Instagram though, so do be sure to check out my posts. I’ll be taking some family time off and eating and drinking myself into a festive stupor during my time off and then I’ll be getting back into the social media fray.

One of the things I’m planning to make very early on in the New Year is my outfit for The Dressmakers Ball in March. I have some very special fabric winging its way across Europe to me for part of my outfit and hope to use some couture methods to sew it up. I’ll be sharing all of the details on my blog so stay tuned. Lot’s coming to Dream Cut Sew during 2019.

In closing, I just want to say thank you to you all for following and sharing my sewing journey in my little corner of the internet. Thanks for all of the comments on my posts and for sticking with me throughout the year. I want to wish you a peaceful and happy holiday, however you celebrate it and I hope that 2019 is a good year for you.

2018 Recap And My Top Three Makes

See you soon and keep sewing!

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  1. December 19, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    It’s been a wonderful year of watching ALL of your fabulous makes of which I loved every one. I don’t know how in the world you were able to pick just 3. Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

    • diane
      December 20, 2018 / 1:43 am

      Aww, bless you Faye and thank you for all of your support. Have a fab Christmas and gew year xx

  2. December 20, 2018 / 9:40 am

    Thank you for your fabulous blogs this year Diane, inspirational. I would have chosen the trench too I absolutely love it. I hope you can still enjoy Christmas. I know how hard a situation like yours is. Really hope we get to meet somewhere in 2019! Xx

    • diane
      December 20, 2018 / 11:26 am

      You’re so kind, thanks so much Mags. Yes, I hope we get to meet in 2019!
      Merry Christmas xx

  3. Linda
    December 20, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Sometimes it’s best to be in a festive stupor when spending time with family. LOL Looking forward to forging ahead with new sewing challenges in 2019. Really enjoy your blog. Happy Holiday’s – blessing to you in 2019.

    • diane
      December 20, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Linda. Yes, here’s to plenty of new sewing challenges in 2019. Happy Holidays to you too xx

  4. December 20, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    Happy holidays Diane, and I love your choice of top theee makes. My favorite of those three is the Lisette coat. Love your fabric choice and styling. Here’s to a great 2019!

    • diane
      December 20, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Linda…and happy holidays to you too. I hope 2019 is good for you as well xx

  5. Christine Trory
    December 20, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Seasons greetings Diane. All your makes are wonderful but so pleased to chose the trench for the no.1 place as that is fabulous. Thank you for all your tips and advice on your blog and I am looking forward to reading more about your sewing journey in 2019.

    • diane
      December 20, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Christine. And thanks for following me along on my sewing journey. Have a lovely Christmas x

    • diane
      December 26, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you!

  6. Rachel
    January 11, 2019 / 1:58 pm

    I had to order the waterfall coat pattern after seeing your pictures. Swoon!

    • diane
      January 11, 2019 / 2:35 pm

      Ooh fab! You won’t regret it Rachel!

  7. January 18, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    I’m happy you chose these three. The colours on the top are lovely on you. I love the fabric on the waterfall coat and you worked so hard and did a fabulous job on your trench coat. It was a good sewing year for you! I’m looking forward to seeing your makes in 2019!

    • diane
      January 19, 2019 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks, Linda! I think I did have a pretty good sewing year, I’ve been happy with so much of what I made and used up a lot of my stash too. Look forward to following your 2019 makes too x

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