My 2019 roundup

Hey everyone,

Quick last minute blogging of 2019! I am rather behind on my blogging so I have a lot to show you all…

I would say I’ve ended the year on a real sewing high, largely because the time I have to sew has increased now that the baby isn’t so small anymore.

I’ve been enjoying seeing everyone’s posts about what they have done this year, so I thought I would join in and do a round up of my 2019.

The beginning of my year involved zero sewing – having a small baby and a husband who had just had major surgery did not create the environment for garment sewing.

However, I did do a lot of cross stitching. This was great for snatching a few minutes of creativity here and there but didn’t strain my mental capacity at the time.

Once Harriet got a bit older I found sewing a little easier. My first garment project of 2019 was the Fjord cardigan (pattern by Papercut Patterns). Unfortunately this was not overly successful… I think my fabric choice was wrong, but also the length isn’t quite right on me.

BUT….

After this point 2019 picked up with some very successful garments also being made:

My breastfeeding sewing journey

A huge chunk of 2019 was spent breastfeeding, so this did dictate a lot of my pattern choices – including the Papercut Patterns Aomori twist top (I made two!), the CocoWawa Patterns Honeycomb shirt (I also made two), and also the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress. For any breastfeeding sewists I would really recommend all three patterns. The first two were super easy to make, and the dress is definitely a beautiful style, but does require a little more time to construct.

Holiday sewing projects

I also managed to do some sewing for our family holiday, but it wasn’t actually as adventurous as I would have liked. That was completely dictated by time restraints. That being said, I did manage to make 5 Ogden camis (pattern from True Bias), and a pair of gorgeous double gauze Winslow culottes (pattern by Helens closet). So I think more adventurous holiday sewing should be on my wish list for 2020 (not that we have a holiday planned yet).

Dresses for days

An upsurge in dress sewing has definitely provided a strong end to my sewing year. Two pattern releases sparked a huge sewing surge/increase in my “sewjo”! Tilly and the Buttons firstly released the gorgeous indigo dress and top (made with woven fabrics) and then shortly after Sew Over It London released the Georgie dress (made with knit fabrics). I fell in love with both dresses straight away and whipped up multiples of each pattern during most of my sewing time in the lead up to Christmas.

My spotty indigo dress won the Day 5 of One Week One Pattern, sponsored by Named Clothing, who generously sent me £50 of PDF patterns. I am so excited for making those in 2020 too.

‘Shopping’ from my stash is something I vowed to do in 2019, as I had reduced money due to being on maternity leave for 10 months of the year. However looking back at my sewing year now, I realise that I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped! I didn’t buy any new fabric for the Georgie dresses below, so they have helped to reduce my fabric stash, but I do now publicly declare that this is something that I will consciously work on more in 2020!!

Proudest Make

As many of you could have guessed, my proudest make of 2019 is my coat. I used an old, unwanted curtain, so it makes me feel even prouder that I have reduced waste within our home-as well as saving money! The pattern I used was the Papercut Patterns Sapporo coat, which I blogged about in November. I still wear the coat most days and it brings me so much joy. It isn’t the warmest this December, so if I was to make it again I would include Thinsulate! Lesson learnt!

This year has brought me so much joy… mostly because of Harriet, but I am pleased to have had a decent amount of sewing time too. I have also joined the Minerva blogger team this year, which was a huge honour. I have loved doing sewing for them and already have a few things on my cutting table for 2020 sewing!

2020 will be really full on with blog posts coming, as well as sewing for my sister’s wedding, which I am SEW excited about!! (Although maybe a little stressed).

Happy New Year everyone, and see you all in 2020!!

Love, Abigail x

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