Looking back at 2018 and forward to 2019

2018 was a pretty great year for sewing for me. I hit the one year mark of picking up my sewing machine again, and I am so glad I did! I also hit the one year mark of owning a serger and sewing clothing.

I never dreamed of sewing clothing for myself and thought that was way out of my league. This year, I completely changed my mind on that. My running tally for myself in 2018 is two pairs of joggers, two athletic leggings, two skirts, three dresses, six (at least) tank tops, three tunics, five shirts, two pairs of shorts, one cardigan, four hoodies, and a couple of swimsuits. I’m sure I’m missing some, and there are a couple of these items that I donated because of poor fit, but that’s a pretty great list!

The item that surprised me the most was the swimsuits that I discussed here. If I was not chosen to test the pattern, I have no doubt in my mind that I would have not sewn a swimsuit this year. So thank you, Greenstyle Creations, for the opportunity!

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I have a couple of favorite items. Currently, I’m loving my Brassie Joggers and Tami Hoodie (blog post coming soon). That may be because I’m currently in Flagstaff and it’s much colder than the Southern Arizona weather I am used to! If I was writing this is August, I may have had a different answer. 🙂

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I continued sewing for the Little. His wardrobe is now probably around 90% mama made. I don’t think we bought him a single clothing item in 2018! I’m not going to even try to count all the items I made him, but it ranges from trainers to hoodies to rash guards to hats!

Two of the items for him that I made this year that were a little out of my comfort level were the Zip It Jacket (blogged here) and his Scrundlewear Trainers (blog post coming)! I am glad I made both, and definitely learned along the way. I am no longer afraid/nervous of sewing zippers in clothing!

My favorite item I made for him was probably his dinosaur hoodie (blogged here). It took a long time with all the spikes (cutting, ironing the interfacing, sewing, turning, ironing, then finally adding them to the hoodie), but he loves it!

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This year I also tackled sewing items for my partner! I had made him a pair of boxer briefs and joggers last year, but was too intimidated to make him anything else. It took until November to sew him anything, but I’ve now made him three shirts, a hoodie, and joggers! I think I have the confidence to tackle most things he asks (sewn with knit fabric, of course). I loved making him the Hudson Pullover Hoodie. It also helps that he wears it quite often!

I would not have been successful with so many of these items without buying a cover stitch machine this summer. I fought with my twin needle on my sewing machine for a long time and hated hemming! Thankfully now with a cover stitch machine, hemming and top stitching are a breeze! I also don’t shy away from patterns that use methods best done on different machines. The Little’s Zip It Jacket used all three machines. 🙂

Looking forward to 2019, I am trying to set some goals for myself. I am hoping to not buy any clothing for myself (except maybe jeans). I want to replace worn out or poorly fitting items with me made items that fit well. I also want to tackle more items for my husband! Seeing him wear items I make is one of the best compliments I could ever ask for!

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!

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