Friday, 26 January 2018

2017 sewing, Mostly Hits!

I have finally got round to reporting on my 2017 sewing!  It's taken a while, but I think it is an important thing to do, to look back to see what worked and what didn't.

I sewed 12 items to wear last year.  4 dresses, 6 tops,  a 2-piece jumpsuit, and my favourite item, and the most worn - my jeans!

I used a shorts pattern (Kwik Sew K3614) that I had altered to fit, and simply lengthened them into trousers.  I made them with a gorgeous black denim, from

I made 2 dresses for weddings:

I just love this bright red crepe fabric, again from  The pattern is Loretta Jewel Neck dress by Simple Sew.  This is the second Loretta Jewel dress I have made.  It came free with a magazine, and says it is for beginners.  I am not so sure about that!  I needed a lot of help to alter the pattern to get it to fit right.

The second one is a Tiramisu, by Cake Patterns.   I really like this pattern,  this is my second Tiramisu, and I will probably make it again.  This lovely bright fresh fabric, (again from More Sewing) gives it a summery look. 

I made a maxi dress to take on holiday to Sardinia.  The pattern is New Look 6230.  It feels really nice to wear, and look how colourful this fabric is! Another More Sewing purchase!  It's great with a tan!

Other successes include a black and white jumpsuit, which is in fact a two-piece, t-shirt and trousers. I love wearing this and always get compliments!  The only problem is that the fabric was very cheap, and does not have good recovery.  I might have to take it in for wearing this summer. 

Finally, here's a picture of my 'Christmas' top.  I decided this year to make a top to go with black trousers.  I meant to make the trousers, but ran out of time, so had to buy some.  This is a Katherine Tilton pattern for Butterick, B6325.  I love the collar detail - the little pleats make it looked 'puffed', and the side detail, which unfortunately is a bit lost in the pattern of the fabric.  It is very loose fitting, which I am not sure really suits me, but I did love wearing it!

I didn't have any complete misses, just a couple of items I made from cheap fabric that didn't drape or recover well.  I go to sewing classes at More Sewing, where Laura the owner and teacher, helps with fitting and techniques to make sure that we don't get any compete misses!  


  1. I'm quite impressed, Linda. How clever of you to adapt a shorts pattern to make these amazing jeans! Other favourites are the red dress and the exotic maxi, although I'm also partial to the Tiramisu dress. What a delightful name, and by Cake Patterns, too ;-) xxx

  2. What a lot of lovely projects. I love your dresses and the idea of a 2-piece jumpsuit is brilliant. They are so hard to wear as a one-piece. That is fab being able to go to sewing classes. I would love to but I don't think that there are any close to where I stay. Fitting yourself is always really difficult so having a hand would be a Godsend. I like the Katherine Tilton top. Xx