I do have plans to think through the successes and failures of my last year of sewing (much like last year’s hits and misses), but I thought that first it would be interesting to see what did I make. So I made some pretty graphs to help me understand the bigger picture!
First up, is patterns. I used patterns from a wide variety of patternmakers this year, but almost entirely independent pattern companies. The largest proportion was of Brindle and Twig patterns, and that is likely because every time I have made their baby leggings or top patterns I have cut and sewn in bulk! Megan Nielson also features heavily because I have made multiples of the Acacia Underwear and Amber top/dress patterns.
When I look at which patterns specifically I used, quite a few of them were either made multiple times this year (like the above mentioned baby and Megan Nielson patterns), or are remakes of patterns that I have had a while and have made before such as the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes, Grainline Moss and Archer (the new ones haven’t been blogged yet!), Sew House 7 Toaster and Oliver and S Mens Metro Tee. I’m glad to see that my sewing is not all about sewing the newest releases and following trends, but that I am developing my own style and am able to use and adapt patterns to be made multiples of times. Its much more cost effective for me, but also seems more sustainable. I can be pretty sure that when I make these patterns they will be worn again and again.
Next I thought I would like to see what sorts of things I was making. Unsurprisingly, the majority of my sewing was clothing for myself, followed by the novelty of scrap busting with baby clothes! Newer for me though was the addition of refashioning clothes from the charity shops or my wardrobe to make them more pregnancy friendly. There have also been a few more practical projects such as bags and baby wipes which make up the ‘other category’.
One of my aims this year was to sew more from stash, and to buy less fabric. I didn’t buy fabric at all for the first 6 months except where it was given to me in exchange for writing a post. After that point, I did buy some fabric, but it has been a bit more restrained and this year has mostly been sewing from my stash. It feels good, though I feel like there is still a bit further to go. In the next few months I want to sort through properly and give away or sell the fabric that is no longer my style, or for projects that I don’t think I will ever get to.
So a pretty productive year I feel. There are still a few projects and presents in the works, but it feels like even in a year with big changes in lifestyle, free time and priorities I’m getting better and better at knowing my style and sewing things that will really get well used.