I'm joining Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow with a review of my sewing top five. I have had a pretty prolific year in terms of sewing and managed to make 20 garments for myself, 7 hand-made gifts, 4 re-fashions and many other art and craft projects!
20 Hand-Made Garments
- Sew Over It Coco Jacket
- Merchant and Mills Camber Set Top #2
- Merchant and Mills Camber Set Dress
- Colette Mabel Skirt
- Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress
- Merchant and Mills Camber Set Top #3
- Sew Over It Linen Ultimate Shift Dress
- Multi-Coloured By Hand London Victoria Blazer #1
- Colette Liberty Laurel Dress
- Tropical By Hand London Charlotte Skirt #1
- Gather Buchanan Dressing Gown
- Dixie DIY Bonnell Dress
- Sew Over It Alex Shirt Dress
- Christine Haynes Emery Dress
- Reversible By Hand London Victoria Blazer #2
- Sew Over It Pheobe Dress
- McCall's 6696 Shirt Dress
- Autumnal By Hand London Charlotte Skirt #2
- Cashmere By Hand London Charlotte Skirt #3
- Plaid By Hand London Charlotte Skirt #4
7 Hand-Made Gifts (selfless sewing)
- Hand Embroidered Christmas Decoration
- Hand Embroidered Jeans
- Marilla Walker Maya Top
- Hand Quilted Alison Glass Patchwork Baby Quilt
- #SVE2017 Valentine Exchange (English Paper Piecing Patchwork Tote Bag)
- Panda Buchanan Dressing Gown
- Cherry Blossom Buchanan Dressing Gown
Top Five Sewing Hits of 2017
1) My most useful garment I made this year is my Gather Buchanan Dressing Gown as I wear it pretty much every morning and evening!
2) My most worn garment during the working week is my Sew Over It Coco Jacket that I finished in January 2017. It is a very versatile jacket that creates a smart silhouette with dresses, skirts and trousers alike.
3) My favourite skirt has to be the By Hand London Charlotte skirt made in a beautiful dark floral linen fabric. I only made it fairly recently but it has had a lot of wears in the past two months.
4) The garment I was most proud of when I finished was the Sew Over It Alex Shirt Dress. Working in a rather slippery viscose was a little tricky so I was really happy how it turned out.
5) My most comfortable (and most economical make at £4) item is my Christine Haynes Emery Dress in a soft polka dot viscose.
Favourite Hand-Made Gifts
As for my selfless sewing its a tie between two items for my favourite hand-made gifts.
Both pieces took a long time to make but in terms of man-hours the most time consuming item was the baby quilt I made for my friend Esther. Using Alison Glass Chroma fabrics it took over 40+ hours to machine patchwork and then hand-quilt.
The most fun hand-made gift to make was the most recent, my friend Mel's hand-embroidered jeans. I spent about 25+ hours hand-embroidering them using a wide variety of hand-stitches.