2016: The Year In Sewing

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. 1915dress6 And so did the wedding dress project in July.SewingAFRenchBustle 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.1McCall’s 6754. Cotton Lycra bought from a street vendor in downtown LA.bias6

McCall’s 7116 with an added flounce. Polyester  peachskin fabric from Joann.

3Butterick 6178 culottes and a cropped version of McCall’s 6927. Rayon challis from Joann.dress5McCall’s 7313. Cotton Lycra fabric from downtown LA.

5Eleanore by Jalie pull on jean. Stretch denim bought in downtown LA.

And here are the top five things I made for my family:blog11Violette Fields Emmaline dress. Fabric from Joann.richard7McCall’s 6613 men’s button down in Robert Kaufmann flannel bought at Fabric Depot in Ventura.me750pxHacked New Look 6414 in Joann’s faux shearling. I’m wearing it here, but it was for my step daughter.

8Burdastyle 154 faux shearling coat. She wears this all the time.belladress1Jalie Bella dress in double faced stretch satin from the Fabric Depot. Such an easy sew!

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.the family photo 2016 A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet!




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  1. Cheri Partridge says

    I just want you to know that I look forward to every blog that you post I’ve only been following you for about a year now but it really makes my day when I see an e-mail from sewcountrychick. You are so very inspirational, I’ve been sewing for over 37 years but you give me the courage to challenge myself, so Thank you and I look forward to 2017 hope you have a merry Christmas. Cheri

  2. Sandy Osborne says

    Like Cheri above, I too, look forward to your posts. I missed you when you took a (well-deserved) break. This post was a great review of the things you have made, which was a lot, especially with all the other activities you had going on in your life. Love the family shot at the end — great looking group 🙂

    Enjoy the holidays! See you in the next year — take care

  3. karen says

    Justine, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! The sewing has been varied this year. Lovely family photo as well. Enjoy the holiday season.
    Best Wishes.