Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Year in Stitches

Since so many other people seem to be doing these recaps of their sewing projects from the past year, and since I have not been nearly as productive over the break as I had intended, I thought I might as well do one as well (also in an effort to remind myself that I have still been productive, despite the toll that grad school has taken on my sewing). So without further ado, here is a recap of my 2011 sewing...


A 1950s vest and circle skirt in windowpane plaid (not the best picture of me, but oh well). 

A 1930s silk blouse.

A plaid wool skirt from a 1946 pattern.


I started an 1870s corset, but it has been put on the back burner for now. 
A 1950s reproduction top in an 1970s reproduction print.


A 1960s blouse in a vintage feedsack cotton.

1930s natural color linen/rayon lounge pants.

An early 1930s blouse in a vintage feedsack cotton.

A 1960s repro sundress with matching belt (not shown).

 A 1940s seersucker playsuit.


Sky blue knit DKNY dress.


Purple knit DKNY dress.


Black 1930s lounge pants.

Polka-dot knit DKNY dress.

Knit wrap top.

Knit tank top.

Convertible sarong dress.

Tropical challis maxi dress.


Navy wool sailor shorts.

1951 tomato print blouse.

1950s repro blouse with matching belt.

1940s denim shorts.

Denim cigarette pants.

1950s flocked sundress with sash belt.

1950s polka-dot halter dress with bow belt.

1930s inspired challis dress.

1950s repro dress.

1950s suit, still on the back burner.

Sari blouse for my cousin's wedding.

Aqua knit DKNY dress for my cousin.

Red 1930s lounge pants.

Black double-knit tube dress (pardon the dusty mirror).


Blue knit tube dress with bloused top. 
Version of tropical maxi dress for my cousin.

1930s inspired challis dress.
I also made another of the green 1930s inspired challis for my cousin, but didn't take photos, as it looks just the same. 

I took quite a break from September to December, since school and relationships didn't allow for much sewing/crafting time. I did however finish a sweater over the break...


1930s lace sweater.
And I also got half way through a scarf for the boy. Well, there it is; everything I've made in the last twelve months. Not too shabby really, considering that I've been so busy with school. I didn't realize just how many projects I got finished at the end of the summer. Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year! School just started back yesterday, so I won't have much time for sewing most likely over the next few months, but once I graduate at the beginning of May I hope to work through several more projects on my list.

***An amendment***

I realized later that the green dress I made for my cousin, was actually an October project, as I finished it over fall break, and I also made a tunic-dress from a pattern my little brother's girlfriend drafted in November. I unfortunately do not have a picture of that, but I'll make sure and take one soon. It's very comfortable, and I think I may make myself another one this spring. So, I actually didn't take a complete sewing break at all last year. I made at least one garment each month.


  1. Wow, your productivity has left me speechless! You've made truly beautiful things, long may it continue!

  2. What a lovely collection of clothes!

  3. Just a beautiful collection of garments that fit beautifully!

  4. What pattern did you use for the Convertible sarong dress? I have been hunting for a dress like that!

    1. Thank you all so much! I drafted this pattern myself, but EvaDress.com has one in her multi-sized patterns that is very similar.

  5. Wow! You've sewn so many beautiful things in the past year! I'm amazed. Your fit is always perfect, well done.

  6. Wow, what an amazing collection of gorgeous things! What DKNY pattern did you use for the May/June dresses? I love the 1950s polka dot halter!

    1. The DKNY pattern is V 1027. It's a great pattern. I could live in that dress.

  7. I have just discovered your blog and I'm totally admirative! Your garments are perfectly built and I adore your sense of style, you can certainly add a modern twist to vintage patterns :)

  8. I would hardly call you an amateur seamstress like yo say on your profile! This is some of the best vintage stuff I have seen! But it isn't "costumey" on you at all,but very chic! I hope you will stop by and post a project or two at my Sew& Tell Saturday linky and I am your newest follower.

    1. Thank you so much! I would love to participate in a Sew & Tell now and again. Thank you for the invitation!

  9. Wow! Your sewing output last year was incredibly impressive, even more so considering you've been studying. You've made some seriously wonderful and inspiring pieces, thanks for taking the time to catalogue them all in this run down. What do you have planned for this year?!

    All the best
    Zoe x

  10. That's a seriously impressive year of sewing! I hope someday I'm as good as you are!

  11. WOW! LOVE all your sewing, I can't even say wich I like most =)

  12. I loved the sari blouse. The fit looks perfect. Could you do a tutorial on it.

    1. I have to admit, Annie, the sari blouse is something I kind of made up as I went. I can try and put together some semblance of a tutorial, but it may take me a bit to get one together for you.

  13. BEautiful!!! I have a lo of favs! n i love ur tailoring skills very nice. There's nothing like a well tailored piece. Well done!

  14. I just love your work, dresses, blouses, sweaters. Evie, you're the best. You need to share your skill with the world. i would be your student whenever you feel like giving classes.


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