Top 5 Reflections: Looking back, what trends do you see in your sewing? What have you learned about yourself or changed about your attitude?
Well, I can't look back with out looking at the statistics first.
I made a total of 38 items. Sixteen items for myself. Fifteen items for Mom. And seven child clothing pieces that were gifted. These consisted of:
- 2 coats
- 4 skirts
- 4 sweaters
- 12 panties
- 9 dresses
- 3 pairs of pants
- 3 tops
- 1 jacket
And I managed to de-stash seventy-five metres of fabric, six zippers, five snaps, fourteen metres of elastic, nine and a half metres of Knit-N-Stable tape, forty-five buttons, eight metres of ribbon and interfacing and many spools of thread. Oh and throw in there
a few more than a few sewing machine needles.
1. I started 2018 with the realization that avoiding man-made fibres is a healthier alternative for both myself and the environment and I continued on that quest. A majority of the items that I made (with this exception and the lining and underlining of my winter coat) were items made from natural fibres.
|Solid colour is 100% hemp, floral is 100% cotton.|
2. It is tough to stick to a Ready-to-wear Fast when you work at an organization that supports charity causes via clothing.
Yes, I failed at the 2018 RTW Fast. It was for a cause that I support and even though RTW t-shirts are not my idea of comfortable attire, I will admit that I was quite impressed with the quality of this item. It's made out of 100% cotton, and not that lightweight cotton we're accustomed to find in the RTW landscape. This one is made in the Dominican Republic out of heavy cotton.
The second RTW item was a zipper front sweatshirt hoodie with my workplace logo. It's made in Honduras and is a 50% cotton / 50% polyester garment. I know, I'm supposed to be avoiding RTW items and man-made fibres so this one turned out to be a double fail on my part. Let's just say, I took one for the team.
3. I wasn't tempted by many sewing pattern designs that came out this year. Everything that I made this year were out of patterns released prior to 2018 or rediscovered in a second hand shop.
|Second hand shop score, uncut and factory-folded.|
4. Sewing for others gave me more joy than sewing for myself.
5. I lost a lot of weight this year and I'm trying my best to keep it off. In that, I've noticed that my me-made wardrobe doesn't fit as it once did. This dress now needs a belt. My pants hang and the hem needs to be altered so they don't drag on the floor. There might be a lot of alterations in my near future if I want to hold onto my me-made wardrobe. Fit continues to be a challenge.