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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!  🙂

 

What I made in 2015

So in my head this year has been a bit of a disaster making things wise. I went awol in Spring for three months, thanks to a bit of overenthusiastic exercising kicking off my medical condition and I’ve been so busy with family stuff this Autumn and Winter I just haven’t had the time I’d have liked to be creative.

However, when I actually went through my blog to see what I’ve done, it’s not remotely as bad as I thought……

Thats 10 items of clothes made,(ok, well one is technically an embellishment not a make from scratch) non of which are flops, & all of which get regular outings in both Jon and my wardrobes, apart from the Regency Dress, which has been worn once, fancy dress balls have been a bit thin on the ground lately & the dance class I was attending has folded due to lack of interest 😦

Last year I managed 14 with 2 not functional, so its only actually 2 less. Which considering how ill and busy I’ve been I am really quite happy with.

As far as next years sewing goes I’m not going to set any concrete goals, apart from the Regency dress, I managed non of mine from last year.

Before Christmas I was feeling completely overwhelmed as I had a humongous pile of mending, three zips went at once, one of them invisible 😦 Sadly two of the zips were my own fault for buying cheap zips from Rolls & Rems in Lewisham rather than decent quality zips from central London. But I got really stressed and didn’t have time and energy to sort it, & it was all piled up on my sewing table looking a mess.

So yesterday I just worked through it, & its all mended now. Specially proud of the invisible zip as that was in a shop bought dress that is one of my favourites and I would have had to throw away otherwise. Also its only my second invisible zip (I’ve been doing normal zips for years) & it went perfectly, & took a good two hours less time than my first one, which considering I had to hand stitch the lining with this one and the first one I did the lining on machine, is excellent.

I’ve tidied my workspace and my sewing cupboard, putting scraps away and making it a bit easier to get at things. I’ve bagged up my Christmas dress (sob) and put that away….I’m still not sure what to do with it. My issue actually now I come to analyse it is that now I’ve cut the fabric out it looks a little different from how I was intending & I’m not completely sold on my design idea, but I’m not feeling a lot of lolita inspiration to come up with something better at the moment, so I will shelve it for now. I was listening to a lolita podcast yesterday though and I got a bit excited, so hopefully I’ll start feeling it again soon. Its somewhere easy to get at if I want to get it out again.

For now I’m going on a jersey sewing binge. I’m making another Tilly and the buttons Coco dress (as made by me here) as since I made that its been in the wash pretty much every time, its just so comfy, & so easy to wear.

I’m going to make a couple of Sewaholic Renfrews, a pattern I’ve sewed too any times already, but a couple went in a 60 degree wash a few months ago and hell polo necks are fashionable at the moment. I’m finally going to get round to that one in red I’ve been meaning to sew for 2 years, & I’m going to do a basic one in grey.

I’ve then got attempts at Tilly’s Agnes pattern and Jennifer Lauren Vintage’s Bronte top, both of which I picked up last month.

Hopefully as I seem to have come back from Christmas with no major ailments (touch wood) I’ll manage them in a month or two. Order completely subject to change as I’m still trying to work out how to do them with the least number of changes to the overlocker thread.

All of which seems a little boring, but I do need the damn things, they’ll be quick to sew, & hopefully then I will have inspiration for a few more going off on one or lolita projects.

Anyway, I’m off to sew while I’m feeling all enthusiastic.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

I thought I’d do a year recap and plans for next year, largely for my own benefit as I haven’t actually sat down and counted what I’ve managed to make yet…..

Stuff I made in 2013…

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So thats 14 functional items (13 pictures as the black skirt in the last 3 was made by me as well) Of the ones made for me, I wear all of them regularly apart from the Nightshade dress that is still sadly slightly too small 😦 and the two ladybird tops I made to learn how to use my overlocker. The fabric for those is very thin and looks kinda cheap, and the overlocking is quite loopy and the short sleeved one really really doesn’t suit me. Jon has worn his cloak a few times to fancy dress parties, however the t-shirt was a bit of a disaster, not really his kind of thing and the neck isn’t great. Liz (apparently) wears her hoody as an extra layer around the house, though she wants to put a longer zip in it at some point, which is fair enough.

It doesn’t seem like an awful lot, only I got very much waylaid this year by learning to use the overlocker, three of the four failures, and one semi-failure come from that period, and my health really hasn’t been great, though I seem to largely be getting on top of that, so better luck for next year hopefully, even if I don’t sew much more at least what I sew can be less practising, more decent wardrobe items.

I’ve also very much ended up concentrating on basics for the last few months, a trend which is going to have to continue for at least a few weeks after New Year. This is largely because it is bluddy impossible to get nice basics for plus sizes that don’t cost large amounts of money I don’t have and there were rather a lot of gaps in my wardrobe needing filling.

However, my list for next year does include a load more fun stuff i.e. alternative fashion rather than boring separates…..

What I would like to sew in 2014…

Black and white lined wool skirt (already cut out)

Black and red herringbone wool skirt

Dress for dark Grimm fairytale themed goth clubnight I am hoping to go to in March

Skirt for my friend C.

Top for my friend C. (she is an amazing knitter and has made me loads of stuff over the years, so now I am actually good enough to sew stuff for other people I really owe her one)

Red jersey top

Burgundy jersey top

Hot air balloon steampunk/lolita dress I meant to start last year, but ran out of time and warm winter clothing

Hello Kitty/Kiss dress (again I meant to start last year)

Tim Burton style ball dress for Haloween (this is way overambitious!)

Black and silver damask steampunk/lolita skirt

Red and black stripe steampunk/lolita skirt.

Thats 12 already which is only two less than this year, and given at least 3 of the projects will be super ambitious goth or lolita party outfits, that doesn’t leave me much room for anything else, which may prove a problem as I will probably need some wardrobe basics I haven’t thought of yet. Hopefully my health will be better enough I can squeeze a few more things in along the way.

This is also all based on the assumption that I resist the urge to cosplay for Loncon (London hosting world science fiction convention).

Anyway, I am off to have a snooze in preparation for doing stuff tonight 🙂

Happy New Year Everybody! 🙂