Every year I make an end of the year sewing post on this blog. Some years I’ve been amazed at the sheer amount of things I sewed.
This past year was definitely not like that. While I did sew quite a bit, it was nowhere near past years outputs.
We spent the better part of the year remodeling our home. It was a lot of fun to be able to make long needed changes to the old farmhouse which was getting quite dilapidated. But also a lot of pressure, because I wanted to make sure everything went together and also that things were stylish but not too trendy, as I don’t want to have to do this again for at least another ten years. I lost a lot of sleep over second guessing choices, but we now love the end result. I would say the energy output used on the remodel took up the majority of my creative time.
In March, I volunteered to sew costumes for Eliza Doolittle’s character for the school play. I ended up making and styling four complete 1915 outfits, including two hats. That took up a month of my sewing time. And so did the wedding dress project in July. Looking back, it’s easy to see I have time management issues and a problem saying no. Then I get burned out and freak out. Hence, the blogging hiatus.
I coached the high school cross country team for a few months. We practiced several days a week and often I would run with them because what the heck, I might as well. The kids worked hard and our girls won the regional championship!
I was on the USTA tennis team which was running at the same time as the cross country team and I had matches all around the county every week. After all that was over, I took a few weeks off everything and just vegged. I’m no spring chicken anymore.
There was my father’s cancer which he is getting better from, and the death of my father in law who I miss.
Life moves on and we have to take the good with the bad. My son graduated from college last week. Definitely a good thing!
I did manage to sew a few things for myself, and here are my top five things made for me. Most everything I made this year was with Big 4 patterns, and all my fabric was bought in brick and mortar shops. I just can’t buy online anymore. It’s too risky and hit or miss. I feel for those with no local fabric shops.McCall’s 6754. Cotton Lycra bought from a street vendor in downtown LA.
McCall’s 7116 with an added flounce. Polyester peachskin fabric from Joann.
And here are the top five things I made for my family:Violette Fields Emmaline dress. Fabric from Joann.McCall’s 6613 men’s button down in Robert Kaufmann flannel bought at Fabric Depot in Ventura.Hacked New Look 6414 in Joann’s faux shearling. I’m wearing it here, but it was for my step daughter.
Next year, I want to get back to sewing only for myself and my family. I do have one project I can’t really get out of. A first communion dress I offered up at the school auction last year. But I’m taking down my shingle, otherwise.
So guess what? Suddenly the past month, I got my sewing mojo back! I’ll be sharing the things I made next month since most are Christmas presents for my family, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise by posting in case they happen to see. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet!