Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely restful festive holiday and feel refreshed for a new start. I’m leaping on to the yearly trend and reviewing my 2022 makes for my first post of 2023.
Yes, I know everyone does these posts so I hope you won’t be too bored by my musings, but I find it to be a useful exercise, for assessing my choices and style direction. So let’s dig in!
I made 25 main items of clothing plus several bras, two bikinis and two beach kaftans. The kaftans were a success and the bras were mostly, except I’m still fine-tuning my pattern. My bikinis were great apart from the fact that both clasps that I used turned out to be inferior quality and broke when I was wearing them! On one occasion on holiday I had to walk out of the sea holding my bikini top together at the back!
Anyway, back to the task at hand… I’m now going to go over the main pieces that I made which comprised of:
2 pairs of trousers
Reviewing My 2022 Makes: The Details
I made McCalls 7476 in a lovely burnt orange chunky knit, the True Bias Marlo in mustard sweatshirting and a self-drafted cardigan in merino wool. All of these pieces have been much-loved and worn a lot. A big thumbs up from me for all 3.
My first make of 2022 was the Adeline pleat-front wide-leg trousers by Vikisews. These didn’t last long in my wardrobe I’m afraid. Something was a bit off with the fit and I disliked the baggy volume around my thighs. I much prefer my Tatjana trousers so I donated the Adelines.
My second trouser make was Simplicity 8701 in cream denim. Love them! They’ve been worn a lot.
This is by far the biggest category of makes, so I won’t go through them all as this would turn out to be a very long post.
I donated only one item and that was the emerald green top embellished with eyelets. I realised that the colour was just way too saturated for me and it also didn’t go with many other pieces except for white jeans.
The only other item with a slight question mark over it is my sheer Delano blouse. I really love the colours in it and I won’t donate it but it’s only been worn once, so I need to work out new ways to wear it….maybe I can layer it somehow.
As for all of my other tops, I love them all and can truly say that they’ve all been a success.
I made a total of four skirts. I started to enjoy maxi skirts and made three of them all using the Style Arc Indigo pattern as a base so I guess that’s now a TNT for me.
The fourth skirt was the Laetitia wrap skirt by Just Patterns and after I made it I realised two things…one was that I feel constricted with a very deep waistband that sits on my high natural waist and the other was that my go-two skirt lengths are either just above the knee or maxi length. So I ended up removing a few inches from the length to make it above my knee and I altered the waistline to have a very narrow band and ties, as a result of this change it got worn a lot during the beautiful summer weather that we had in 2022.
The only skirt that I haven’t worn much is the cream version of the SA Indigo, purely because I made it relatively late in the Summer and I never did get around to playing around and styling it for Autumn. Other than that my skirts have been a success too.
I can’t believe I only made one! It was a hacked version of a Burda design I’d made in leopard wool once before. My new quilted orange coat is fabulous. Worn a lot already. I absolutely love it!
And finally, as I mentioned at the top of this post I also made quite a few bras and some swimwear.
Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with what I sewed in 2022. So many items were a success and they mix and match beautifully with other pieces. I discovered a love for some new colours too, namely burnt orange and mustard/ochre.
Sew what next?
Glad you asked! 😉
Well, I’m going to donate one or two much older wardrobe items to make way for new makes. I’m also going to clarify where I’m at with my colour palette. I’ll be starting to add some chocolate brown, and continuing with more golden mustard and orange tones, plus more olive, camel and blush.
I had a little play in Canva and because I’m an Autumn complexion and tend to wear typically Autumnal shades, I found a suitable photo and had a bit of fun creating a palette, which contains all of the brown, rust, orange, cream, blush, denim (as in jeans) and olive colours that live in my wardrobe. This is more what I wear in Autumn, and Winter and in Spring and Summer I switch out some colours and add a bit of coral pink and maybe some minty tones too.
I’m also going to address the lack of coat makes and I’ll be replacing a couple of very old coats plus I’ll add a further one in faux leather…all will be in slightly looser silhouettes to allow for easy layering underneath.
I really enjoyed thinking about my style and colour preferences as I wrote this post, I think it helped to clear my mind. But what about you? How did your sewing year go? Tell me all about it in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon!