2015 Blogging Amnesty

Happy New Year!

It’s that fun time of year when everyone is looking back over last year’s makes and setting goals for 2016. For my part, 2015 was full of wonderful new experiences. I moved to Rwanda to start a new job, meaning I got to explore local fabric markets, buy beautiful waxprints, and meet fantastic local sewists.

I haven’t actually counted but I’m pretty sure I sewed more this year than ever before. Since I slacked off blogging towards the end of the year, I thought I’d put an amnesty post together with some of the things I made but didn’t get round to sharing.

First up – True Bias Southport Dress in Nani Iro double gauze.

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This was my second go at this pattern (first one here) and I love it. It is the perfect floaty maxi dress for hot weather and I’ve already got a third version in mind. I also love this fabric. I internet stalked it for an embarrassingly long time before taking the plunge. The print is just gorgeous and it’s super soft and comfy to wear. I did have a bit of a mishap with the pattern however. I tried to scoop out the neckline a bit but overdid it and had to take up the straps to compensate. this made the waistline a little more empire-line than intended, but I love it anyway. It definitely gets a lot of wear.

Next – Megan Nielsen Brumby skirt in anchor denim

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This is a great quick little sew with some lovely details. I love the huge pockets and topstitching. I also love the gently curved shape of the waistband. I previously made the Kelly skirt, which has a straight waistband and I can say that the curve makes a huge  difference to the fit. I’ll be using it as a reference point for other patterns in future.

Next – Sew Caroline Out and About Dress in horse print jersey

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This is the first of two makes from right at the beginning of the year. This lightweight jersey fabric is too fine for this dress really (it’s a tweensy bit see-through), but it does make it lovely and cool to wear, even with long sleeves. It also hangs in a draped slinky kind of way, which I tell myself stops it from looking like a giant nightie… right??

And last but not least – Deer and Doe Bruyère shirt in plaid flannel

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I have no idea why I never got round to blogging this. It’s maybe my proudest ever make, as it incorporates lots of first time techniques – flat collar, sleeve plackets, back yoke etc. I’m also ridiculously proud of my plaid matching. I followed Lauren’s awesome tips, cutting the yoke and placket on the bias for contrast and using the notches to carefully match everywhere else. It makes me geekily happy every time I wear it, which is every time I go home to Europe, or to the cooler regions of Rwanda. I love the nipped in shape of this shirt. It’s definitely on the to-make-again list for this year.

And that’s my amnesty done. Ready for a fresh start in 2016. I can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Siobhan xx

Welcome 2014!

Happy New Year!! I hope your Christmas was merry and bright and full of good things.

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Rufus Reindeer… he deserves his own post at some point

2014 then: another year, another set of resolutions to be set and then achieved, partially achieved, or missed entirely and swept under the rug never to be mentioned again. 2013 was a good year for me in terms of progressing my sewing skills. I made a few actual real-life garments (hurray!) and they fitted me and I liked them and I wore them (double hurray!!)

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Blogging, on the other hand, was decidedly patchy. So once again I am resolving to try and post more regularly. I have a whole host of other resolutions, which are ambitiously chalked on our kitchen chalk board. Some of them are to do with work, some to do with home.

A couple of resolutions are about trying to show people in my life how much I appreciate them, however hectic life gets. One resolution is to be better at remembering birthdays, especially family ones. I have a calendar which I’ve diligently written them all in and I’m going to try hard to send real cards. I’m hoping to find time to make a batch early in the year so I’ll at least be armed and ready!

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The calendar

A second resolution relates to this blog, and the woman who inspired it – my Granny Marjorie. I wear the clothes she has made for me pretty much every day. I get comments on them often and love proudly telling people “oh this? Actually my Granny made this. Yes really. Yes she’s amazing.” But it occurred to me over the holidays that I never share those moments with her (you Granny), and that’s such a shame and I’m sorry for it. So this year, I’m going to try out a different kind of post – Made by Marjorie – sharing what I’ve been wearing, and why I love it. I might even try and dig through my mum’s photo albums and do some retrospectives. Of all my resolutions, I’m determined not to let this one go.

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Granny and Me
– photo by fabulous friend and photographer Katherine Leedale (katherineleedale.com)

Siobhan xx