This year I only really started learning to sew, yet somehow I managed to pull off a variety of projects. Here’s a quick recap of my 2013 sewing projects.
The first dress I made to kick off my summer of sewing was this jumper dress using a vintage 70’s pattern. The dress was pretty easy, and since I was lazy I opted to not include a zipper and just add a bit so I could pull the jumper over my head. The dress has to be one of my favorites since I wear it quite a bit and when I pair it with one of my vintage hats it has a bit of a 1940’s feel to it.
The next dress I made was my “Tea Time” Dress. I call it that only because the vintage fabric I found made me think of England and tea time. I made this dress using a 1965 pattern. While I was happy how the dress turned out it was a little loose on me.
One morning in June I decided that I would make myself a little romper. So, I got up and began work on this project using a 1960’s pattern. It only took about 5 hours but then I had my very own romper to go out and play in the yard.
Even though the fabric was most likely intended to be used as a tablecloth, I just knew I needed to make it a summer sun dress. After all I always needed my very own lemon dress.
Since @TheChicGirl has a birthday in June I thought I’d sew something for her, so I made this Mickey & Mini purse from a recycled tee-shirt.
My favorite dress that I sewed this year has to be this vintage wrap dress. The fabric is beautiful. The dress itself was surprisingly simple to sew and I just loved how it looked on me.
After sewing a few dresses I thought I’d try sewing a lined skirt and jacket. This was my first time lining a garment and I think I did an okay job. I love the peachy colors of this outfit.
While on my sewing binge my mother asked if I could whip up a clothes pin bag for her. Not only did I make this relatively quickly I even embellished it with some left over fabric.
Nothing says summer like cook-outs, so when I came across this fabric filled with salad bowls, whisks, fruit, tea kettles and more, I knew just what to make. My cook-out dress is probably my second favorite dress of the year.
Somewhere just before the end of summer I made a lovely red skirt from a 1940’s pattern, but with the start of school I never got a chance to blog about it or even take a decent picture of it. Despite that it is one of my favorite skirts I’ve made.
My sister was pregnant this year and asked me to make her some maternity clothes. I started with this 1960’s maternity dress pattern, she picked out the fabric.
As the weather began to get cold in late October I decided I’d make some warmer skirts to wear. I started by making a plaid pencil skirt using a vintage pattern.
I needed a dress for Halloween, I would be going as the “Witch of the dead”. However I wanted a dress that I could use year round as well. So I opted to go with a simple strapless dress using this gorgeous white fabric with embroidered black flowers on it. The fabric was perfect for the costume and it turns out I had just enough to make a dress. Above you can see how the dress looks for everyday wear.
By November the weather had gotten really cold. So, I decided to make a few more winter skirts. This time I used a corduroy material and a 1960’s pattern. This was the first time I used corduroy and despite my issues with sewing the grain wrong I did an okay job on the skirt.
My sister’s baby shower was in late November and I decided to sew some little crib pillows for my niece to be. I had found this cute pink abc fabric and thought that it would look great in her nursery.
By the time December had come around I was super busy with the end of the year grading and Christmas I didn’t really get much sewing done. I did however manage to sew some more maternity clothes for my sister (which I still need to get to her), plus two more skirts including a lovely woolen one using the fabric and pattern below.
All in all I think I’ve had a really productive year and have sewn a lot of wonderful items. Not bad for someone who’s really only a beginner. Can’t wait to start my project list for next year, wish me luck!