Donnerstag, 3. Januar 2019

Retrospective 2018

My dear sewing friends,

Is it possible that 2018 is already past? There is a handful of unblogged garments.

Voilà my last year's makes:
Perth dress, Carolyn&Cassie
The Perth dress is such a cool design. I was lucky being a pattern tester. The "boring" fabric I had in my stash was a perfect match.
Myosotis dress, Deer and Doe
The Myosotis summer dress was a surprise success, such a delight to wear!
Fake-wrapdress, Garconne K-050
I have seen this pattern on different women and it suits really everyone. I sewed size 40 which was much too big and I had to take it in by 10cm (=size 36)grading to the hips size 40.
Mito slip dress, Papercut patterns
This slip dress was a necessary addition to last year's Kobe dress.

1940's Tea Dress, Sew Over It
Dandelions, See you at Six
When released several years ago, I had admired the tea dress pattern and finally bought it at a sale. I had 2m of this lovely Dandelions rayon by See You At Six which was a good match. 
However, I made the mistake of skipping the toile. The fit was just awful and I remembered that many reviews had outlined problems with the fit, too. After a lot of tweaking with the help of my sewing teacher, it is now a lovely to wear dress. 

I used a stretch jacquard reducing my stash for these great garden dungarees. I made them at one of our lovely sewing bees @isewbella is organizing in a neighbour village. I really like wearing these, so comfortable. No more fear bending down. The fabric has no need to be pressed so it's the perfect garment.
Lander Pants, True Bias
They are a little bit too big. Probably this is making them oh so comfortable.

No picture for the Flint Pants, Megan Nielsen
I used a wonderful woolen suiting, but I had to realize that this style doesn't work for me at all. I will refashion the fabric.
I made a wearable muslin of the Veste Nénuphar by Deer and Doe. It's a very firm viskose knit which I had dyed together with the fabric for my Grainline Farrow dress (which is wearable after shortening it by some cm). I can now wear them together. Maybe it's a little much of violet.

I love this sailor blouse after Pattern W-014 by Garconne (size 36 graded to 38 at the waist). The Nani Iro single gauze is incredibly soft to wear. However, the color is very striking and the blouse is very difficult to partner.

Hemisfèric Coat, Pauline Alice Patterns
In spring, I finished this Hemisfèric Coat, Pauline Alice Patterns, using a chic wool coating by René Lézard. 
I had quilted the lining to Maida Infrarot interfacing which made it quite stiff. I had catch stitched the hem seam allowance to the fabric but look at this hem. I have to correct it the days to come.
Isla Trench Coat by Named Clothing
Eventually, I sewed the pink Isla Trench Coat. Mel's husband had made an A0 format of the A4 provided by the pattern. They were overlapped and I had given them to be printed twice so I could cut out the pieces. After a year of consideration, I decided not to line the coat but to finish the edges with bias binding. I did not make the pockets because I didn't like them flapping around. I guess this was a mistake.

Veste Jacqueline by République du Chiffon
My jacket is the cute Veste Jacqueline. This was my contribution to the Christmas Dress Sew Along. I used the little remnant of cotton velvet I had received at our great sewing blogger meet up at Köln in 2017. I wore the jacket on Christmas Eve and Last Year's Eve together with my Robe Viviane. I think that it's a good layering piece with jeans. It works as a cardi and it's quite warm.

I made some lingerie, too:

Harriet Bras, Clothhabit and Smoothie panties
Fenway Bra, Orange Lingerie with two Smoothie panties
Hannah Bralette and Mia Panties, Studio Costuras
I love this design. It's a shame that it's a smidge too small. 

Selfless sewing:
Vogue V7975
Chanel-like jacket for my mother.
I studied the Craftsy Lesson by Lorna Knight and followed her instructions. First of all, however, I made a toile and a fitting with the help of my sewing teacher. The right and left pattern pieces were not symmetrical, so I labeled the pattern pieces before cutting at the seamline. These were my new pattern pieces.
I used textured fabric by Linton Tweeds, which I overlocked immediately after cutting it out because it frayed so much. 
Then I quilted the silk taffeta lining to the main fabric, sewed the seams of the outer fabric and in the end hand stitched the lining seams. I didn't have enough fabric in the sleeve heads and had to patch a strip. 
Last feature was the trim which was a lot of work. In the days between Christmas and the last New Year, my daughters were busy fraying the ruffled bias strips which I trimmed later to even the width. Then I applied the trim at the borders by hand. My mother was very happy about the jacket.
Ensis tee, Papercut patterns, for my mother.

Little pouch like Annie Unrein's Just in Case Pattern. I used a sewn in magnetic closure.
My make for this year's Secret Valentine Exchange went to Samantha living 12000km away at Hawaii! This was exciting for me. I didn't have a lot of time because of family festivities, so I had no time waiting for the Big Bunny Bag pattern by The Maker's Journal but made a similar bag using denim from my stash. 
She loves denim, linen, blue, green, purple, lotus, waves and the moon which I all tried to integrate. I used some new machine embroidery and free motion quilting.

For my daughters, I made several garments this year:

Another Reef Pyjama (pattern received for free when testing) with Liberty hammered silk.
Ellis Dress, Merchant&Mills size 12 (sleeves longer by 15cm, hem shortened by 10cm after taking the pictures), sewn at our annual blogger sewing bee at Würzburg.

Two Myosotis versions:

One Selja Knot Tee, Named Clothing, three Givre T-Shirts and two shorts and lined trousers Chataigne, Deer and Doe.

The sewing year finished with this lovely Opium Coat, Deer and Doe (Size 38):
Opium Coat, Deer and Doe

To finish the retrospective, I knitted a really soft baby blanket as a present for the next year. The Madelinetosh DK yarn in Hosta Blue is so soft and hand dyed in lovely shades. 

Have a lovely sewing year 2019!

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  1. Wow, du warst wirklich fleißig und hast ganz wundervolle Stücke gearbeitet; ich schaue bei dir immer gerne vorbei.
    Ein frohes neues Jahr und lG von Susanne

    1. Danke, liebe Susanne, das freut mich sehr! Ich freue mich auch immer, Deine wunderbar genähten Kleidungsstücke zu sehen!
      Frohes Neues Jahr und liebe Grüße, SaSa

  2. Sooo viele schöne Sachen. Ich muss nochmal ganz in Ruhe deinen Post durchsehen, ein Teil ist ja wirklich schöner als das nächste! Und die ganzen schönen Stoffe! Hach!
    Liebe Grüße

    1. Oh, danke, liebe Katharina!
      Liebe Grüße, SaSa

  3. Dein Stil ist so besonders, ich bewundere das! So viele feine Sachen! Und gleich mehrere Jacken, eine schöner als die andere! Der Hermisferic Coat gefällt mir sehr gut. In einer älteren Burda ist ein ähnliches Modell, ich hebe sie mir seit langem auf und warte auf mein Bedürfnis, so einen Mantel zu besitzen. Danke, dass du dir die Mühe für diesen ausführlichen Post gemacht hast! Ich lese Blogs nach wie vor viel lieber als Instagram. Liebe Grüße Christiane

    1. Danke, liebe Christiane! Jacken nähen macht mir Freude! Der Hemisfèric Coat ist ein süßer Schnitt. Die Ärmel sind aber sehr eng, die schneide ich nächstes Mal weiter zu und die von mir eingesteppte Einlage ist viel zu steif. Für den Mantelrock ist das Ausgestellte aber ganz nett. Natürlich nähe ich jetzt am Jumpsuit, statt den Mantelsaum zu korrigieren.
      Ein schönes Jahr und liebe Grüße, SaSa

  4. Du nähst wunderschöne Sachen! Ich bewundere Deine Verarbeitung immer sehr und sehe gerne solche Bilder wie die von der Manteltasche!

    1. Danke, Martina! Die Manteltaschen haben mich wirklich gefordert. Mit meiner Nähmaschine (18 Jahre alte gute Bernina) hatte ich die Patten nicht annähen können, weil zu dick und war so froh, dass es mit einer der größeren ging.
      Liebe Grüße, SaSa

  5. Oh, ich bin echt platt von deinen tollen geschneiderten Teilen. Die Paspeltasche hat mich neugierig gemacht.
    Und so tolle BHs und Slip hast du dir genäht, tragen die sich wirklich besser als gekaufte?

    LG, Heike

    1. Danke, Heike! Die Paspeltasche hat mich Nerven gekostet, weil sich die dicken Paspeln partout nicht annähen lassen wollten. Schließlich hat mich eine große Bernina im Nähmaschinenladen gerettet. Dessousnähen macht Spaß, man kann mit den Mustern spielen und ist an einem Tag fertig. Die Panties sind für mich unglaublich bequem. Gekaufte BHs sehen immer noch schöner aus bzw. formen besser. Das liegt aber auch am Material und daran, dass die gefüttert sind. Ich glaube, am wichtigsten ist es, die richtige Bügelgröße zu finden.
      Liebe Grüße, SaSa

  6. Wow! What a lovely year you have had!! All your makes are beautifully made.... your pattern matching is perfect. I love everything and cannot pick a favorite!! Such beautiful jackets, dresses, tops, pants, lingerie and bags. You've made so many different items this past year. What a wonderful retrospective post. Look forward to seeing what you make in 2019 SaSa!!

    1. Thank you so much for your always kind words, dear Lisa! Have a lovely sewing year 2019!

  7. You have made so many beautiful garments last year, Sasa. I love them all and look forward to seeing more creations in 2019 ��

    1. Thank you so much, Hana! Looking forward to another year of sharing makes!��

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