Friday, 29 December 2017

CJ Made 2017 Review

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
7 Hand-Made Gifts (selfless sewing)

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.


  1. What a great collection of makes for one year! There are so many lovely things that I couldn't begin to choose a favourite, but you have really inspired me to try some embroidery on denim.

  2. So nice to see all of your beautiful makes of 2017 together :) I enjoyed reading about every single one of them! :)

  3. Well done on all your makes for 2017 and here to a lot more in 2018

  4. What a year! I love your handmade wardrobe, especially the Coco jacket. I missed your post about the jeans and have just had a look at it - they are incredible!!

  5. It's so nice to see your year of makes all set out together. I love your bargain polka dot dress, that and those gorgeous jeans are probably my favourite of all your makes.