Hello, lovelies. Today I’m reviewing my 2021 makes but before I get going, a quick update.
So in this strange in-between time after Christmas and before the new year, I hope that this post finds you well. Sewing-wise, things for me before the holiday break sort of ground to a halt. Firstly because I got busy with family commitments…and sadly my very elderly mum-in-law passed away rather suddenly at the very end of November. Then I had many errands to run for my mum and my son. And then to top it all off I got ill with a very bad cold (not Covid…I tested negative twice) and in fact, I’m still suffering from it after 10 days so just when I would love to get sewing again I have no energy, ugh.
So, with all that said I thought that perhaps this would be a great time to look back over all that I made in 2021 and find out what worked for me and what didn’t. Shall we crack on them? Lets…
First off…the numbers. I made a total of 28 items. Actually, it’s 29 but I’ll share my last make of 2021 next week with you so I’m not including it here.
Reviewing My 2021 Makes…AKA What Made The Cut?
I’ve made photo collages of everything and I’ll do a brief rundown of each garment. I’ll also link back to the original blog post for each one too.
Olive trousers with button detail at the ankle. I battled with creating a master pattern for slim pants to create these and they turned out pretty successful. I’ve worn them quite a lot so I consider these a hit (though I may still tweak my pattern a smidge more in the crotch area)
Olive wool Emmanuelle coat by Vikisews. I made this as the winter weather was fading and never wore it after I made it. However, I’m about to shorten it by about 8” or so because I’ve come to realise that my happy overcoat length is just slightly above or at knee level. I’m looking forward to wearing it and loving the new length.
Paulette blouse. At the time I really thought this was a great make but sadly I only wore it twice. The ruffles were just a ruffle too far…too much and too wide. I’m afraid I’ve already donated it to charity.
Tatiana trousers. I love these a lot but I need to find more ways to style them. I’ve worn them a few times and felt fab but styling jackets with them proved a problem so I’ve been working on finding out the length of jacket/coat that I like with them.
Burda duck egg blue top. Sheesh… Again with the ruffles! I adore this colour jersey but before you could blink I’d removed the remaining ruffles and made it into a plainer style. It’s been worn a lot since and I love it!
Grasser polo…love, love love! A big hit and has been worn several times.
Bras…I made two Boylston bras and two lots of undies for each bra. Sadly the maroon and black padded one (top right) is too tight and I still need to get around to adjusting it. I’ve worn the other a couple of times but lately, I’ve mostly defaulted to an old RTW one. I still intend to sew some more at some point though.
Grey jeans…They were a failure and I donated them. The fabric was just too stiff and I’m afraid they just weren’t comfortable. Something in the rise or crotch curve was out of whack and it annoyed me.
Lekala wrap sundress…another style failure for me I’m afraid. The pattern was well-drafted and in theory, I loved the design, but in practice, it wasn’t so good. Every time I sat down the wrap was falling open and I was faffing to not show too much leg and as a result, I was continually adjusting it. I really like the fabric so for next summer I’ll do a major refashion and make it more wearer-friendly.
Ezra skirt by Fibremood. This was a success and I wore it a few times. Love the fabric and the easy shape. A definite hit.
Self-drafted blush cardi. Another hit and it’s been worn a lot. Love it.
Claudia tank x2. I wore both of these quite a bit and I’m really happy that I made them. Easy to wear and style.
Drape front tank. I designed this myself using a Pinterest image as inspiration. I absolutely love it and enjoyed wearing it on our holiday to Wales in August, when the weather was very kind to us. I did a white-out look with my RTW white jeans and felt wonderful.
White cotton dobby summer top. Again I was inspired by Pinterest to create this little summer top. Made quite late in the Summer, I only got to wear it a couple of times but I’m very happy with it and look forward to wearing it more next year
Cream cropped jacket. I love this little jacket that I made using a vintage pattern from the 60s. Sadly I haven’t had much chance to wear it yet as the weather started to get colder and I got very busy. I think it’s more suited to transitional weather so I’ll be looking forward to wearing it in early Spring 2022.
Statement print tee. A style hit with me. Already worn a lot. More suited to mild winter weather with a layer underneath.
Ribbed skirt. I’m a little on the fence with this skirt. For some reason, I really struggle with styling skirts and getting the right jackets and coats combinations. That’s why I like the Ezra which I can wear in Summer paired with a top and no jacket. I think sometimes I feel too dressy in Winter skirts or I can’t seem to feel happy with coat/jacket proportions or…dare I say that I sometimes feel the dreaded F word (frumpy). I need to take the time to play dress up and see what works for me.
Wide leg jeans. Love these a lot. They’re very comfy and I love them with my olive trench coat so much (very 70s).
Tilly blouse. I’ll never be the biggest fan of blouses or shirts but this is one I’m definitely happy with. I like the unusual sleeves and I’m very happy that I made my version more fitted through the body. The double gauze also feels lovely to wear. I wore it on Christmas Day and enjoyed the festive sparkliness.
Newsboy hats. I adore these! Already worn soooo much!
Vikisews Terry top. Love this pretty pink and the easy style. The cut-out isn’t OTT either.
As I mentioned earlier, I still have my final make of 2021 to share with you but as I only finished it a couple of weeks or so before Christmas I haven’t even blogged it yet so that’s going to be the subject of next weeks post.
Overall I’d call 2021 quite successful. I managed to make quite a lot of things that I love and a couple that didn’t quite work were altered so I feel pretty happy with everything. At one point I also did a purge of my closet and several older pieces were donated to charity shops. Now all I need are more opportunities to wear the darn things!
Well, I actually found the process of writing this post to be very helpful and positive and I’m looking forward to getting going on some new projects as soon as my energy comes back. Thanks so much for reading. Let me know what you think in the comments and I’ll catch you soon.