2023 Makes

I’m waiting for midnight on New Year’s Eve and thought it was the perfect time to reflect on this year’s projects. I made fewer garments than in previous years. This is partly because I had less time at my disposal, as I was frequently solo parenting throughout the year which has been challenging, and we have had lots of happy family occasions and travels for which I’m very grateful. I also have made a lot of clothes in previous years which I am still wearing, so I deliberately chose to make some slower projects which took longer than than the quicker projects I’m used to making. That said, I’ve planned to do a lot more sewing in 2024, but will have to be realistic about how much time I have available!

  1. Jacquard skirt using the Kew skirt pattern
  2. Modern Saddle Bag from Bags And Pieces
  3. TPC29 by Trend Patterns gathered wrap dress in Fabric Godmother viscose
  4. New Craft House Everyday Dress in Fabric Godmother viscose
  5. Marilla Walker Bucket Bag in Rifle Paper co canvas
  6. Lysimaque Mariposa blouse in Liberty tana lawn
  7. Fibremood Nina dress in Storrs cotton lawn
  8. Ikatee Singapour trousers in viscose
  9. Quilted boxy pouch by Sweet Cinnamon roses
  1. Flora Child Leilani culottes
  2. Costumes for Just So Festival
  3. Merchant and Mills Mathilde skirt in Judy linen
  4. Tilly and the Buttons swimming costume in Blackbird Fabrics fabric
  5. Zadie jumpsuit in Sister Mintaka viscose
  6. Ikatee Sam coat
  7. Merchant and Mills Shepherd Skirt in linen
  8. Upcycled furniture using chalk paint
  9. Wallpaper project in sewing room
  1. Upcycled March top from a linen tablecloth with hand embroidery from Embroidered Botanicals book
  2. TPC29 in Rainbow Fabrics viscose
  3. Paul Klee sweater kit from Sonder Yarn co
  4. Bella Loves Patterns trousers in Rainbow Fabrics Tencel blend
  5. Papercut patterns Tula trousers for my daughter
  6. Merchant and Mills Harlene dungarees
  7. Knitted baby toy from Vintage Knits for Modern Babies
  8. Fabric Godmother Peony Dress in Rainbow Fabrics deadstock
  9. Fairisle jumper in progress

Looking back at my projects, there is a lot of colour and pattern there! I enjoy using prints and love the ones I’ve used here, but also realise I need to incorporate more solids into my wardrobe to make it easier to mix and match pieces. I didn’t make any coats for myself this year, but I made two for my daughter (one is a pattern test for an exciting release coming in Spring). There are a couple of projects which haven’t been photographed yet, and a few basics like t-shirts, so I made more than I thought.

My plans for the next year are to use some of my extensive fabric and pattern stash. I would like to make a few pairs of trousers for every day wear, such as the Billy trousers I made this year, and the Make by TFS Cass Pants. I have a few other patterns in mind too, including the Tauko Agapanto trousers and the Bisque trousers. I’d like to make more dresses in prints as well. I have some beautiful Borgo de Nor deadstock prints from Rainbow Fabrics which will be perfect for these. I also want to try using some of the more delicate fabrics and precious Liberty tana lawns and silks which deserve to be used.

I was a little disappointed with my knitting this year, I only finished one project which took me a lot longer than expected due to gauge issues. I have a few others which are near completion which I’m hoping to share over the next few months as well as some new jumpers I’m looking forward to making. As I’m a slow knitter, I don’t intend to add to my stash this year and hope I can stick to this plan. I’d also like to make more gifts and items for my children too.

That’s all for this year, wishing you all a Happy New Year, and most importantly, I wish for a permanent ceasefire (I’ve written more about this here).

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