The highlight of 2016 was without a doubt my brand new Bernina 580. This is my dream sewing machine that I've wanted for a while. I'm still loving it. It's beautiful to work with and beautiful to look at too!
So what did I actually sew in 2016? Let's see.
I started the year off with my ridiculously girly Vintage Apron. I really enjoyed working on this.
The pattern had some unique details which were not only interesting but beneficial to add to my sewing repertoire.
Of course, I also did some knitting and quilting this year.
|Needle turn appliqué|
I also squeezed in my La Joie du Printemps mittens this year.
I made two summer shirt dresses (McCall's 6696) and I learned a lot about fitting with these.
I discovered that doing a sway back adjustment eliminates vertical excess and makes for a lot less poofing. I really enjoyed fitting this dress despite my frustration fitting the collar to my gaping neckline adjustment.
Then I dived into my biggest challenge which will be a tremendous sewing accomplishment if I succeed; drafting and fitting a pants sloper. I've always been frustrated by pants and the lack of a good fit. Now I'm ready for the challenge.
Overall, it's been a pretty good year of sewing. I did a bit more knitting than usual. I find knitting stranded mittens doesn't hurt my wrist as much as knitting sweaters, so those mittens were fun. I certainly did not sew as many garments as I would like but the garments I did sew were excellent quality, and I learned a lot from them. However, I think next year I'd like to sew more garments. So I better get going!
Thanks for reading my blog! Many well wishes from my sewing room to yours!
Happy New Year!