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What I made 2016….

So I didn’t think I’d done great this year, but apparently its one better than last year, when I managed 10 items of clothing and no total flops. Of the stuff I made last year everything has been worn multiple times except for the Regency dress. But I have not been able to start Regency dancing again, even though the trains are running again in the last 3 months we’ve been too busy, & pretty much all the gothic fancy dress parties have died in London. The Goblin King was cancelled and White Mischief is ending on New Year, so there really isn’t much opportunity at all to wear that kind of stuff at the moment. I know times move on and what is counted as alternative changes, there is now an amazing feminist punk & riot grrl scene round Peckham and New Cross, and the Crusty/Gap Yah/hippy scene seems massive at the moment, so there really is plenty to do, but I am going to miss big dress up alternative parties, it was a style I was very into and I enjoyed sewing for them. There are several big steampunk or fairy or goth festivals outside London still though. I will not have a chance to go to any next year, but hopefully all my goth/fancy dress party dresses won’t go to complete waste.

Looking back at what I actually wore out of my 2015 makes though and what I made this year has made me think about what I actually intend to make next year. In January I may well finish my Lolita xmas dress, it has been on the go for 3 years now, the first year I bought the fabric but couldn’t find appropriate trimming, last year I cut out the fabric and then promptly hit a massive creative block and ran out of inspiration. This year I worked out exactly what I wanted to do with it, got sewing and was doing really well, until I got the evil flu of doom that has been doing the rounds this year. That was about 6 weeks ago now and I am still not well (I’m writing this tonight as I was supposed to be at a party, but I’m not feeling up to it, so I’ve packed Jon off without me and am using the time to do quiet things.). If I don’t feel utterly sick of Christmas when Jon goes back to work in January I will finish the damn dress so it doesn’t roll over another year, but after that I have a bit of a ban on the goth and the Lolita and the steampunk for the rest of the year, my wardrobe is well developed enough, and there is no damn point making things if you don’t have the opportunity to wear them.

So…..what I made this year…..

 

So of that there are no obvious flops so far. The Burgundy hat I made for Jon has stretched a bit. He still wears it, but it is not ideal, so at some point in the next few weeks its going to get chucked in the washing machine at 40 in the hope it shrinks a bit and doesn’t die in the process. So that might become a flop if it doesn’t work.

I am also still a bit unconvinced about the Colette Patterns Moneta Dress (The grey one with the big neckline) I have actually worked out how to wear it with a cardigan and my boots for winter and it looks very good and grungy layered. However I still think the fabric is awful and it now has a small patched up hole in it on the waistline where I tried to fix the whole elastic gathering thing not having worked as well as it should, and of course its such crappy fabric a tiny hole stretched right away. This has actually worked out ok, as I now wear the dress with a belt which looks so good with it, but I am not sure how much love its going to get next year. I have bought some wider and more expensive clear elastic though, so I can have another go with the same pattern but better fabric next year.

Stuff that has been worn a hell of a lot this year is the grey cowl neck Renfrew top, the Burgundy polkadot Coco dress I made for me, and the grey Coco dress I made for Mum .

The Jennifer Lauren Vintage top has massively grown on me. I thought it was too young for me but its been on constant rotation with my other long sleeve tops in the washing and I’m even contemplating making another one. I would modify the bottom however as the riding up thing still annoys me and means its no good for layering in winter.

So yeah, next year I’m pretty busy. I’m going to the Sci-fi weekender in March, and have one thing to make for Jon although everything I wear will be pre-existing outfits.

Then two of my friends are having their stag/hen do and getting married in April, so I very much doubt I will have the energy in those months to do any sewing. September is also very much a write off as we already have a family event booked.

Around that my plans are:

Finish the bloody Xmas Lolita dress once and for all.

A pink velvet Sewaholic fraser sweatshirt

A black Tilly and the buttons miette skirt

Another Tilly and the buttons coco dress, this one in yellow with beetles on it.

Two more of my favourite 1940’s dress pattern, one in the black cactus fabric, and one for a special occasion.

Jons costume for Sci-fi weekender

After that I’ll see what I feel like, though the obvious gap in my wardrobe this year was casual dresses for the middle of summer. That doesn’t sound like a lot of pressure, but Jons costume needs to be done for the end of March, and the rest are all needed as soon as possible, so I can’t really slack off too much.

Anyway, I am getting tired again now, so everyone have a VERY HAPPY BOXING DAY AND LOVELY NEW YEAR,and I am going to go back to sulking on the sofa with a glass of wine and box of tissues!  🙂

 

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What I made in 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

So technically I’m a day late for the ‘what I made this year’ roundup, but here it is anyway…..

Stuff I made in 2014…

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All pictures link to the original post with that item in, apart from the one of the blue dress in the garden, cuz the second time I photographed it I got much better pictures.

So thats 14 items made this year, 12 of which are sewn 2 of which were knitted, so I am counting that as actually slightly down on last year when I managed 14 sewn items, (I want my knitting to be a bonus to my sewing, not a replacement for it) However massive improvement over last year as 12 of those items are completely wearable (lat year I made 4 duds)  and one of the ones that isn’t (the blue dress) is because the fabric, a viscose I bought off the market stall, faded in the wash and developed white patches, and started fraying along the seams. I’m a bit annoyed because I prewashed it and it didn’t show as an issue, but given I pay £2-£3 a meter for fabric that is much better quality and design than anything I could get for that price from anywhere else, the occasional problem fabric is not too much of a downer. (according to the market stall lady its because not all samples are treated before they get sent to the shops for consideration, and then onwards to her) and it is really rare that happens.

The other item of clothing that has ended up not completely functional is the Sleeping Beauty skirt I made for a costume party. In that case a) I don’t really like it, it reminds me of school, b) the way I caught up the lining in the hem means it wrinkles a bit, which isn’t ideal though I have been assured no one but me would notice, however c) I don’t really like it, it reminds me of school! So it hasn’t really been worn, I will keep it in my wardrobe a couple more months, but if it doesn’t get worn by then it will get slung out.

Last year I made a list of all the things I intended to sew this year…

Black and white lined wool skirt – made

Black and red herringbone wool skirt – made 

Dress for dark Grimm fairytale themed goth clubnight I am hoping to go to in March –didn’t manage and due to life getting busy didn’t make it to the club night at all actually

Skirt for my friend C.- push over to next year, after the Sleeping Beauty skirt didn’t work I’m not quite as confident as I thought I was with the pattern

Top for my friend C. – made

Red jersey top – was on the list, dyed the fabric and the trimming, but got bumped off the list by time constraints

Burgundy jersey top – made 2 of them actually

Hot air balloon steampunk/lolita dress –made

Hello Kitty/Kiss dress – didn’t manage

Tim Burton style ball dress for Haloween –no chance

Black and silver damask steampunk/lolita skirt – sadly didn’t manage

Red and black stripe steampunk/lolita skirt. –didn’t manage

So I managed 5 out of 13, which is terrible really, only looking at that list I feel I was a touch over ambitious.

Also this year ended up being the year of making fairly boring basics for my wardrobe, rather than fun frilly stuff, which was totally necessary, however, I’ve got to say, this winter has been the first time since I put on weight 5 years ago nearly now, that I’ve consistently found stuff on the highstreet and in charity shops that fits and I want to wear. I am beginning to feel, for the first time in 5 years that I have a well rounded wardrobe that can cope with any everyday occasion. Although there are several basics I still would like to make next year, I’m going to have a lot more opportunity to make stuff for fun and on a whim.

However I am finding that alternative culture has pretty much died in London, certainly in the South East of London where I live, which means that although I love the idea of having a wardrobe full of black and frilly, there are less and less opportunities to wear stuff. I need more lolita items, and I need a couple of Regency dancing dresses, but I’m not entirely sure where to go with what I make at the moment, my heart wants loads of impractical but pretty goth dresses, but my head thinks maybe normal basics with the merest hint of a twist to them is more suited to what I actually need. (hate normcore with a massive vengeance)

So I have no idea what the hell I’m going to make next year.

However there is still a short list of stuff I need to make…

Regency dress mockup (I have started this already as the deadline is mid January)

Regency dress more authentic version

Red top 1

Red top 2

Another item of clothing for C.

And thats about it, apart from that I’m just going where the whim takes me. Obviously I’d love to finish more than 12 items as well, but I have to accept, because of the ill and life getting in the way, thats probably not going to happen. But I will have a  go anyway! 🙂