Hello! Happy (Belated) New Year! I’m a little late to the 2016 review/ring in 2017 party but better late than never, right? I hope you all had a wonderful and as unstressful as possible holiday!
I’ve only done one sewing year in review before (for 2014) – I only started this blog in 2013. Last year I just could not get my act together for it, there was WAY too much going on – namely, frantically preparing to teach (for the very first time) 2 courses at a local university for which I’d been hired only just before the holidays. This year I’m teaching again, but it’s not quite so insane…..yet, lol. And man, has this been a bumper year for me in terms of sewing! It didn’t seem like so very much while I was in the middle of it all but looking back it’s surprising even to me how much I got done! Going through this list I’m counting 31 distinct projects – several of them made up of multiple garments. Holy Doodle! I guess this is what happens in a year when I’m engaged in neither all-consuming-research/thesis writing or working a normal-people-hours job! And somehow my fabric stash is only slightly smaller than it was this time last year………………………….oh well.
I’ve decided to break down this review into the three main categories of Historical, Non-Historical, Home Sewing with sub-categories of “blogged” and “not blogged.” I think I did manage to blog most things but there are a few that got missed so I’m using this post to play some catch-up – I hope you won’t mind!
I think 2016 was probably unprecedented for me in terms of the number of historical makes, never before have I had so many reasons/occasions/events to do historical sewing for. I’m getting totally spoiled here in DC and already don’t know what I’m going to do without this kind of vibrant historical dressing community when I go back to Canada in a little over a year and a half.
I did a little calculating and discovered that I sewed 101 metres (approx. 110 yds)) of fabric over 2016! Although my net reduction of the fabric stash was only 23m…….. Anyway, I’d like to say that this year’s goal is to beat that figure but I’m not sure if that will even be feasible, I guess we’ll see!
Historical – Blogged
The fit of the dress needs a little tweaking and the wig needs re-doing (it was my first try at one of these!) so I’m considering this the trial run of this look.
This may be my current fave picture of myself – thank you Taylor!
Although I do also love this rather saucy one – thank you again Taylor!
Historical – Unblogged
Of course, I intended to blog each of these, just never quite managed it.
January – 1908-Inspired Dressing Gown
When we first moved into this house I had plans/dreams of creating a whole 1908 wardrobe to go with the house but this is as far as I’ve gotten. There have been just too many Georgian/Regency events down here to sew for that those have forced 1908 to the back burner!
February/March – Purple Silk 1780s Stays
For all that Georgian sewing I was starting to do I needed some 18th century stays. These are the 1780 stays from Jill Salen’s book. They’re a mix of HA and not, the pattern and overall construction being HA but done on machine with metal grommets and not all HA materials. The silk taffeta covering was scraps left over from one of my Garrison Ball dresses.
November – Black Silk Mantle
A very sweet little piece made from the pattern in Linda Baumgarten’s Costume Close-Up.
December – 1910-12 Burgundy-Plum Wool Walking Suit
This suit was made using tracings of three original late teens commercial sewing patterns – an interesting sewing experience!
Modern – Blogged
Most of this is my “Summer Frock Parade”
Modern – Unblogged
Olive, Ivory & Orange Silk Dress
Coral Silk Dupioni Cocktail Dress
Hot Pink + Black Balenciaga-meets-Schiaparelli Evening Gown
Coral Cotton Pique Dress
Red Cotton Sateen Dress
Chartreuse & Turquoise Cocktail Dress + Bolero
Black & White Polka Dot Dress
Polka Dot PJs
Home Sewing – Blogged
Home Sewing – Unblogged
Crewel work bedspread
No, I did not embroider this! But I was almost as happy as if I had.
I’d had this piece of cotton with wool crewel embroidery for at least 15 years and had never figured out just the right use for it. I always wanted to use it as a whole piece and not cut it up and everything just aligned earlier this year to make a bedspread out of it, and I love it!
How did your (sewing) year go?