I thought I would start 2024 with a brief 2023 recap plus an update. I last blogged here on December 1st last year and I hadn’t intended to just vanish into the ether without a trace but fate had other plans.
In late November I started to get what I thought was a back disc problem. It was pretty painful and as soon as I was able I had some physiotherapy. I seemed to be improving and I was moving around a lot better. Then on December 13th, I fell hard onto the side of a chair and jolted my whole back…the jolt was accompanied by a very scary crunch sound from my back and extreme pain. Hospital x-rays confirmed 3 vertebrae compression fractures, ugh!
So here I am today in week 3 and I can only stand for brief periods and can only type up this post in short bursts. Sewing has had to be put on hold while I heal and as we all know, bones unfortunately take a long time to heal. The likely cause of my fractures is osteoporosis so I’ll be having a bone density scan in March once I’ve completely healed. In the meantime, I’m itching to get creating again but I’ll have to be patient. If I get comfy sitting, I might be able to hand-sew a little something, but cutting out anything will have to wait.
I’ll most likely put together some inspiration posts for you but before then I thought I would do a quick recap of my sewing projects from last year. So let’s dive in shall we?
Last year I sewed a total of 23 garments. That comprised of:
- 10 Tops/cardigans
- 6 Trousers/jeans
- 3 Skirts
- 2 Coats
EDIT: How could I forget the denim cap that I made? So actually it’s 24 items 🙂
Tops and trousers feature the most and that’s no surprise because those are what I the most, so at least I’ve been sewing what I know I’ll wear. And speaking of wearing. I’m happy to say there isn’t one item I wish I hadn’t made or want to donate. Every single piece has been worn and enjoyed. The only minor exception is the Thara wide-leg trousers. I’m planning on getting rid of the side slits. I know they look good but I don’t find them all that practical so I’ll turn them into an ordinary seam instead.
So which items made it to my top three? I’m glad you asked 🙂
In third place are my coffee-coloured wide-leg jeans. I wore them a lot and I always felt comfortable and stylish. They go with everything!
In second place is my denim maxi skirt using the Just Patterns Iman design. This was a surprising result for me because of how versatile it proved to be. I can wear it all year round depending on how it’s styled. It works equally well with boots and a sweater as it does with sandals and a tank. I love it!
In first place is my golden-yellow wool shacket coat using the Vikisews Ingrid pattern. I feel sooooo good in it and I’ve had many compliments while wearing it. My favourite pairing is with skinny ponte pants and olive combat boots.
Oh and the denim cap I mentioned? Here it is:
I couldn’t be more pleased with how my sewing went and I’ve got more of a feel for what works and what doesn’t for my style (more on that in another post to come). I can’t wait for my back to heal so that I can get going on some new projects.
I had some lovely fabrics for Christmas and here are some photos of my ‘haul’.
On the top row are some Merino Jerseys. The colours are Brick red, Sea Green and Chocolate. All from The Fabric Store NZ.
On the second row is a leopard sweater knit and a quilted jacketing, both from Croftmill.
On the third row is a sueded scuba also from Croftmill in a beige and black marbled effect print.
I’m not sure about the Merino jerseys yet but I have some skinny pants planned for the scuba and I might get Grasser 630 for the quilted fabric. For the leopard knit, I fancy a sweater with some sort of zip detail at the neck, but no pattern ideas yet.
And that’s it. Lots of plans and a very satisfied feeling about my wardrobe. Fingers crossed I can sew soon.
Happy New Year to you and thank you for continuing to read my blog. I appreciate it. Let’s hope 2024 is a good one xx.
See you soon,