Happy New Year! And I really hope it does turn out to be much better than in 2020. I’ve never done one of these posts before, so I thought I would put that right and start 2021 off with a review of my sewing hits and misses from 2020. I felt like I wanted to share my thoughts about what I created last year so I hope you’ll oblige me by sitting down with a cuppa to read my musings.
So, even though I took two and a half up months off due to lockdown motivation slump I managed to complete 15 items. I know for some that might be a very modest amount and for others it might seem more than they might sew, but for me, I think it was just about right. I have a small wardrobe and I simply don’t need lots and lots of clothes. Plus I’m not the speediest of sewers and I always have a lot of family obligations with elderly parents.
My 2020 Makes (AKA sewing hits and misses):
On the photo collage from top row moving left to right is everything I made:
Row 1: Chunky knit cropped sweater. Leopard-print pants. Tartan jacket.
Row 2: Faux leather and knit top. Fibremood Norma blouse. Vikisews May Top.
Row 3: Dusky pink crops. Grey boyfriend blazer. Fibremood Ida.
Row 4: Grasser blouse, Leopard print coat, Puffed sleeve cardigan.
Row 5: Asymmetric hem skirt. Floral Ponte pants, Knitted midi skirt.
I want to do a quick review of each one and let you know my thoughts. Some you may be surprised with and others will be obvious.
Blue Chunky Knit
This sweater left me feeling very underwhelmed I realised it was impractical due to the heavy fabric combined with the short length and short sleeves. If it was supposed to be a warm Winter knit then longer sleeves would have been more practical, but I was short of fabric. I’m afraid I donated it to charity and don’t regret it one bit. (original post)
Leopard Skinny Pants
I like these and I wear them quite a bit. The fabric is lovely. There are some minor fit issues, especially with the crotch length but they are comfy and deserve a place in my wardrobe. (original post)
What can I say, I adore this jacket and it’s number one on my list. It will have to be pried from my dead hands…I will never, ever part with it, end of. (original post)
Faux leather and Knit Top
This is one of my fave Burda patterns and I’ve worn it a lot it’s definitely a winner. (original post)
I really like this blouse especially the fabric but I found the sleeves to be a bit too ‘sweet’ for me so I altered them into a more structured lantern shape…see here: I now love it and have worn it quite a bit. It’s great paired with my cream jeans and it’s a favourite make for sure. (original post)
Vikisews May Top
It’s super comfy and chic. Love it. (original post)
Dusky Pink Crops
I didn’t get to wear these much. Not sure why but they’re definitely keepers and I’ll wear them in the Spring. I struggle a bit to style a cropped wide-leg pant with coats and jackets so I think I’ll be only making this style for the warmer months from now on, however, I think I’m also starting to move away from this silhouette slightly. (original post)
Grey Boyfriend Blazer
This was part of an enjoyable collaboration with Clothspot and it’s definitely a keeper. It will be worn a lot more once the transitional weather hits in the early Spring. I love it paired with my silver sneakers and slim fit jeans or pants. (original post)
Whilst it maybe not the most flattering silhouette of tops in my wardrobe this was so great to wear in our early summer heatwave because it was so cool and breezy. I made it in textured cotton and have enough left for some shorts so It will end up a fun two-piece. I’ll definitely be keeping it to wear casually when hot weather hits. (original post)
Grasser Balloon Sleeved Blouse
I really love the colours in this fabric but I’m totally on the fence with this style for me, especially since body typing myself as a Dramatic Classic. I’m going to see how I feel about it paired with cream jeans in the Spring but also I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I end up cutting it up and creating something else with it instead. (original post)
Leopard Print Burda Coat
This is way up there on a par with my tartan jacket. I absolutely love it and I’m so glad I made it…Nuff said! (original post)
Puffed Sleeve Cardigan
This is a lovely casual make that I wear a lot a sure-fire winner. (original post)
Asymmetric Hem A-Line Skirt
I’m afraid that this went the same way as my blue cropped sweater and has already been donated. I guess I’ll just write it off as one of those things because I really, really felt totally wrong in it. (original post)
Floral Ponte Pants
These have one or two minor fit issues but I still love them a lot and I love the fabric I’ll definitely be wearing them. (original post)
Ribbed Knit Midi Skirt
My last make of the year (original post) and although it’s early days yet I really like the shape and fit of it. It also aligns with my Dramatic Classic style (mentioned here). I find it easier to style for sure.
Overall I think it was a successful year for my sewing despite all of the horrible goings-on in the world. I had a creative blip in the Summer but for the most part, I felt that my sewing kept me occupied and was good for my mental health.
I want to carry on into 2021 honing my personal style and being more thoughtful regarding the silhouettes and designs that I add to my wardrobe. I also need to take notice of my gut feelings about the things that I’m drawn to. I’m sure you’ll nod your head along with me when I say that it’s all too easy to be tempted to make things that we’ve seen other sewists wearing on Instagram or on blogs and the truth is that what looks right on someone else may not be quite right for us. I’ll try to be mindful about what’s right for me and yet still enjoy myself and have fun seeing what everybody else makes.
I think the Dramatic Classic style guidelines that I learned about recently when I delved into the Kibbe body-typing method seem to be a good fit for me and it’s made me feel a bit more able to spot what will and won’t work for me. In the meantime, I’ve started a Pinterest mood board with some DC style inspiration which I’ll keep reassessing and editing as I go along.
So that’s it…my first post of the New Year and on the whole, I’m feeling cautiously positive. I hope you have a healthy and happy 2021 and will follow along with me as we navigate whatever the year holds for us.
Thanks for reading, see you soon!