Happy New Year! 2017 has drawn to a close and in one sense I’m relieved as politically it’s been a year that has scared me (although I suspect that will continue) but personally it’s been a great year of change when our family grew from three to four. With the arrival of Lucy came maternity leave, which was just as hectic and hard as work but in a different way. Lucy’s surprise entry to the world 4 weeks early meant we weren’t prepared at all, but luckily all turned out well and the sewing community gathered round to brighten my spirits when I was feeling a little disappointed that Lucy arrived the week before I’d planned to sew all her clothes.
I’m not really sure where I’m going with this, but I guess it started out as a quick post reflecting on 2017. At first I felt like I’d not achieved much creatively last year, but to be fair there’s been a little distraction, and on further reflection it’s been a year of trying lots of new patterns and being braver with both my fabric choices and techniques. I’ve also increased my sewing machine collection with a new coverstitch machine to share my desk with my overlocker and sewing machine. I’ve yet to have a proper play and reach it’s full potential but I’m impressed what I’ve seen so far, as well as being easier to thread than my overlocker and being quieter, much to my hubby’s delight, it gives a much more professional hem.
Here are my top 3 sews of the year:
- Footed sleepsuit – this is the first pattern I have amended to create my own version to suit my needs, I love this romper but with it being winter in the UK I needed it to have feet for my little lady to stay warm and there are plenty of these cut and ready to sew on my sewing pile
- Waterproof dungarees – Harry is always out playing in rain, mud and snow so the most useful item seems to be waterproof dungarees and this was my first foray into using softshell which is water resistant on the outside and soft on the inside. I suspect there will be more of these for Harry, but I’m glad we had these in time for the recent snow
- Dresses and leggings – I’ve always gravitated to fabrics which many consider ‘boy fabrics,’ although I try not to differentiate by gender, and I started making Harry clothes that gave more options than typical high street shops because there definitely seems to be more choice for girls. So, when it came to making clothes for Lucy it took me a while to search through patterns that weren’t over fussy and remain practical. This t-shirt dress and leggings make a perfect combination that isn’t too ‘girlie’ and I can use my gender neutral fabrics
My sewing has progressed in 2017 but at the sacrifice of my sketching, there just aren’t enough hours in the day and the want to make my children clothes has usurped my drawing time. However, 2018 is the year that I want to get back into sketching and introduce, or finish, some new illustrations. I don’t do New Year Resolutions but my equivalent is joining in with #doodleadayjan by ElloLovey on Instagram, so please follow me if you would like to see my journey getting reunited with my sketchbook. That said, I’ve just remembered that in 2017 I did some new commissions in my As Scene By Me range of some local Yorkshire churches for Weddings and Christenings, and some illustrations for Sarah of Made by Jack’s Mum. So, let the sketching (and sewing) continue…