This year I made a total of 12 items. I’m not surprised that my productivity has been way down this year. Master Steely has reached an age where those long evenings when he was asleep in bed have completely disappeared and it is really tricky to find any time to sew when I’m either not interrupted or there isn’t the potential to be interrupted.
So here is my review for the year; I’m sticking with own format here of The Good, The Mad and The Ugly.
There has been one stand-out make from this year and that was my denim jumpsuit. This is the first jumpsuit that I have made. I think I have resisted making jumpsuits as I wasn’t sure whether going to the loo in them would annoy me too much; all that trying to hold it up so it doesn’t drape too much on the floor, plus the feeling of being cold because you have to virtually strip off. But I can truly say that I really enjoy wearing this jumpsuit, despite all that!
I used a Burda pattern for my make, but I modified it by adding lots of pockets, both at the front and back and also changing the sleeves to be shorter.
Original Post – Denim Jumpsuit
The “mad” item from the last year, has got to be my faux fur jacket. I love the fabric, it is incredibly soft and is not polyester, but viscose. However, I haven’t had such a lot of wear out of this make so far. It’s a fun make and I do enjoy wearing it, but I think I will need to take this apart. I followed the pattern to the letter, but he jacket does really needs some more structure. I worry how well the lining is going to last since there are no facings and the weight of the hood drags on the poppers.
I have to admit I don’t have a great desire to take it apart as that will create excessive fluff in the house ……..
Original Post – Faux fur jacket
In the Bad category I will place my Wrap and Go pantskirt. This was a project I made quickly before I went on holiday. It was a rushed job, but then it was a simple garment. My real problem though is that the elasticated waist and ties are really uncomfortable to wear. I don’t have much of a waist and in order to get the pantskirt to stay up, I end up tying the waist ties as tightly and that doesn’t feel great. Even the elastic on its own feels tight and uncomfortable. I’ve had a few thoughts on how I can change this garment – I could make the elastic band wider and add elastic to the ties so that they have a little give.
The other problem I have with this make is that I couldn’t find anything that actually looked good with it. These trousers seem to look best when I create a silhouette so that the top half of my body is streamlined . This is a departure from my normal silhouette, since I like to “hide” my waist. All my attempts to co-ordinate an outfit with my pantskirt looked awful, apart from the makeshift bandeau that I wore in the photoshoot. I’ve looked around for a pattern that would work with this and have had a few ideas. I hope to make something appropriate in the coming year.
Original Post – 70s Wrap and Go “PantSkirt”