Monday, January 01, 2018

Hello 2018! Finishing Up Projects and Moving Ahead

2017 was a bit of rough year with a family member's cancer diagnosis (all is well), multiple funerals (three in one week alone), some minor surgeries, and of course just the busyness of careers and life.  Obviously it takes a toll on trying to find time to enjoy hobbies, such as sewing and working out, and I'm quite happy to put the year behind me!

As 2017 came to an end, I had multiple sewing projects in the works.  I'm going to finish them up before I decide what I need/want in my wardrobe next.

First up on my need to complete list is a floral jacket using McCall's 3322 pattern, a NYNY design from 2001.  It's one of few NYNY patterns I kept when I was decreasing my pattern collection.  I've always loved that faux fur collar!  The jacket is on hold as the faux fur I had purchased didn't work as well with the floral print as I had hoped. (I see a quick trip to SR Harris in my future!)
Another jacket that is in progress is one of Sandra Betzina's latest offerings, Vogue 1574.  I'm using a black and red stretch woven with black piping.  I didn't have any faux leather tabs, couldn't find any locally and ended up ordering from M&J Trimming. They've arrived so I can now finish up this jacket.
This gorgeous teal animal print coat (Vogue 8930) has been in progress for much longer than I want to admit!  I started it more than a year ago expecting it to be a quick sew.  I was about halfway through the construction before admitting to myself that I couldn't stand the unfinished seam edges, especially since the fabric ravels so much.  I need to rip out some of the seams and restitch.  As a final touch I'll cover the hems with faux suede ribbon, also found at M&J Trimming.
This simple knit top, McCall's 7688, is cut out just waiting to be stitched up. I debated about the double ruffled version, but am having a hard time getting the vision of those early 80s ruffle tops out of my head! I'm going to sew the dress, but plan on wearing it with leggings or skinny jeans. The fabric is a purple stretch velvet with stars outlined in mauve.
The last item I have cut out and ready to sew is another StyleArc Sunny Top. I'm using this fun knit print I found at Hobby Lobby. It's like a cross between a sweatshirt and fleece material.
With limited sewing time in 2017, I choose many instant gratification sewing projects. One of my goals in the new year is to be more intentional with my sewing, and to not focus on as many quick-to-sew projects. I'm looking forward to what 2018 will bring! Pin It


  1. Vogue 8930 is an absolutely GREAT coat – in so many ways. I've made three of them and plan for more. It's cozy and looks spectacular. Best of luck with yours. It's also a very fast project. The suede trim sounds super deluxe. I look forward to seeing pix when you're done.

  2. Can't wait to see that Betzina jacket. I have my eye on it. M7688 is a very fun sew. Though I have to admit; I'm removing my bodice ruffles and just leaving the sleeve ruffles. I do want to make the dress with the drawstring though. And may make the dress with both ruffles in a fabric withmore drape.

  3. Have a fabulous 2018, Sharon! Looking forward to seeing all those "in progress" projects when you have time to finish them.
    Quick projects are wonderful for a quick fix, but, don't you find that more involved projects give a greater sense of accomplishment?

  4. These all look like fantastic projects! Can't wait to see them come to life. Happy New Year- hope you have a great year, Sharon!



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