2016 was an emotionally tumultuous sewing year for me. Total discord between me and the buyer of the business that I started in 1986 almost brought me to my knees. I had even made the decision to give up sewing, and this blog, but my dear friends helped my get my “sewjo” back.
Thank you my dear friends!
#1 is Jalie #3461, Eleonore Pull on Jeans. This was the 6th pair I made, and now I’ve lost track of how many more I’ve sewn. These are so comfy and I wear them so often that I’ve started to see signs of these wearing out at the knees.
#2 is Jalie # 2921 Scarf Collar Top. My posts on it aren’t even complete yet, but I already know there will be more of these in my wardrobe in 2017. The pattern and the fabric came from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in Oakville in exchange for writing a review, blog post and the loan of the garment for fashion shows, and I’m convinced I got the best part of that deal!
#3 is this tee top, modified from a simple, but well fitting “Model Tee” by Linda MacPhee. The fabric is an ITY similar to prints available from Distinctive Sewing Supplies, Oakville, Ontario. The pattern is a basic Tee shirt and I added a cut on sleeve, lengthened it and shaped the hem to be high/low. It flows, doesn’t cling, and it makes me feel thinner than I really am.
#4 is a sleeveless top I wore many times this past summer. I’d been spending a lot of time in my garden, enjoying my vegies, planting the last of the seeds, watching the critters at the feeders, and taking lots of pictures.
As a result, I was getting a golden glow on my arms. But my shoulders and upper arms were white, so, it was time to sew a tank-top or two. For a mature person. No gaping, no bra straps showing. I remembered a dress I had made at least 10 years ago. It had princess seams that started mid-shoulder AND bust darts. I LOVE that dress and still wear it.
I found the pattern, and traced off enough of the top parts to make a hip length tank-top. I had a striped fabric and played around with it a bit. And I love it! There’s enough coverage, no straps show!
#5 is a tee with an inverted pleat.
I used a MacPhee Workshop pattern that I’d made many times before, but added an inverted front pleat. The fabric is a poly ITY knit in a discontinued print similar to those available at Distinctive Sewing Supplies in Oakville. The colour goes well with the jeans that have become my uniform of my retirement.