Why hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season! It appears my 3 month sabbatical has come to an end and I am glad to be back. I have some big goals for 2017 that I am excited to share. But first, let’s talk about how I finished 2016.
My stash definitely grew this year. I brought in 261.75 yards of fabric! Yikes! But what is a fabric hoarder to do when a local Jo-Ann’s closes?! I did end up using 116.25 yards of fabric though. So, really I only added 145.5 yards of fabric to my stash. Still that is a lot to add to the stash and brings my total stash to 836.5 yards. EEPS!
I made 45 garments in 2016. They were mostly tops and dresses for myself. I played it pretty safe in 2016 and made a lot of repeats. My sewing year was about making quick and easy casual pieces. The tops in these pics are some of the last garments I made in December. All three are patterns I have previously made multiple times. Even still I do enjoy them, but I wish I had made time to make a few more frosting pieces and a few less cake pieces. In case you are unfamiliar with the reference, cake are the basic everyday garments and frosting is the fun special one-off garments.
What does this mean for 2017? It means a whole lot more sewing needs to happen. I have a short goal list this year.
- Shop my stash instead of the store. I have enough stash that if I sew up a hundred yards a year, it would take just over 8 years to use it all! While I know I will give in and purchase some fabric this year I really need to focus on stashbusting. My target number is 150 yards. I am hosting a month for the Stashbusting Sewalong again this year, which will help out with that. More on that at a later date.
- Make more frosting! I have been planning some more in-depth pieces for 2017. To start, I will finally be making the Grainline Studio – Cascade coat. It has been three years since I made my last winter coat and two years since I made Eric’s wool coat. I am due to make another now. I also want to sew less casual knit pieces and more wovens.
- Participate more in the online sewing community. I have not been as active as I would have liked to have been. I have been watching from the sidelines but I need to jump in the game with everyone else. This month I am participating in the 5th annual Jungle January, which is always a favorite of mine. I will also be blogging on the Whatcha Wearin January. There are a few other sewalongs I have signed up for too, and of course the sewing photo-hops on Instagram.
What are your sewing goals for 2017?
I am back this week with another new-ish make. I made it back in mid-March. This top is the reason I stopped working on my PR wardrobe collection. I had a vision of how this top could turn out and I desperately wanted to create it. I used Simplicity 1062 in view C for this top. This is actually the second version of this pattern I made. The pattern envelope describes this as an easy to wear hi-lo top, and I must agree with them. I made an XL which is the size my measurements fit into on the measurement chart. There is a lot of ease in the pattern that makes it super casual and comfortable. The finished top is 10.5″ bigger in the bust than the standard measurements.
For this top I used 2 yards of green stripe cotton jersey from my August 2015 Girl Charlee Knitfix. The fabric was $5.75 a yard for a total of $11.50 in materials cost for this top. Another well worth it make. I have one last 2 yard cut from my August Knitfix left to use, before I can purchase another bag. I think the Knitfix is well worth the cost and I do love a mystery fabric grab bag.
Overall, I really like the way this top turned out. I love that the strips on the cuff go the opposite direction as the stripes on the sleeve. I also love the techniques for adding the cuffs and neckband. The are both fold in half pieces that I serged on. The only thing I would change is the front length. While I like the hi-lo, it is just a couple of inches to high for my preference in the front.
Having shared my second version, now I want to share my first version. It is drastically different than what the original pattern is. This is the last of my tops that I had made for the PR Wardrobe contest. I made this version way back in February. I bought a top from Torrid last year that I love so much I wanted to recreate my own version of it. Simplicity 1062 was the perfect pattern to hack for this project.
For this top I used one yard of black jegging ponte knit from Jo-Ann’s ($8.99/yd) and .75 yards of polka dot and roses chiffon from Fabric Mart ($4.49), both of which came from my stash. Total fabric cost for this version was $13.48, which is far less than what I paid for the inspiration piece.
I don’t want to go into any details just yet on how I hacked the pattern to create this top. I am planning on making another version this weekend so I can get some good pictures and write up a tutorial for the pattern hack with that next version. I think that this makes a great basic that could work for almost everyone, so I want to share how to get your own version.
What do you think? Have you tried this pattern yet? Leave a comment and let’s chat about it!