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151 looking back at 2023

Jan 9 – looking back at 2023

Catch up

Jenny: I’ve not really been sewing a lot as the year ends, so I guess my big make was my Mrs Claus costume from Honeybourne by Cashmerette.  🙂

Beverly: Two pairs of chinos! Olive oxford and taupe twill from Stylemaker Fabrics

Finished my hand quilted vest from the class I took at end of 2022. Gave to mom for Christmas.

New patterns:

Brenda Brief – Porcelynn patterns.  Up to 63” hip. 

This pattern has 4 view options, two are high waisted and two are mid rise. The youth version is included which features only View A. This brief was created to incorporate a wide variety of body sizes. 

Encore Skirt – Love notions

Encore Skirt Features:

  • Four body styles – pencil, a-line, full and pleated
  • Two lengths – above knee and midi
  • Large pockets!
  • 2 videos for the pocket construction & zipper/waistband construction
  • Meant for woven fabrics

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Confident beginner or Intermediate

Our 2023 in review:

Jenny’s statistics. 

Total makes:  133 – a record low for me

Items still in my closet:  42 pieces – also a low!

Designers where I made more than 10 pieces: CaramiyaMaui, myself, Jessilous, True Bias, Helen’s Closet

Patterns I made more than 10 of: Lodo & DIY Daisy’s sundress

Most common fabric: a tie between cotton woven, and linen, with cotton lycra coming in a close 2nd.

Fabric sources: 34 different stores, online and in person.

Most common:  Fabrics-store.com, Fine Fabrics USA, and Freeman’s creative – so hilarious, all start with F.  Funny!

Beverly’s statistics. 

Total makes:  Stopped using the spreadsheet in June, had 27 at that point.  Would make ~1/week on that rate and it sounds about right, so probably 50 or so.

Items still in my closet: Almost all of them.  I offer to my mom if the shoulders are too tight or I don’t love the style.  

Designers where I made more than 10 pieces: Myself 

Patterns I made more than 10 of: none

Most common fabric: Linen for sure, from stats: 19 unique values, 11 linen

Fabric sources: Probably about 7

QuestionJenny Beverly 
most made patternLodo dress by True Bias, max 59.5” hip though I found it ran big.A shirt for Jim!  Several versions. Mostly one offs or self-drafted
fav new techniqueWelt pockets!  With a zip if I’m feeling adventurousLapped hand-picked zipper, underlining to dramatically improve the quality and durability of the garment
fav new designerJessilous – of the Tate romper!ME!
best thing about 2023 sewing communityThe growth of small designers, and classes to teach pattern design.  So much variety!Local eventsOnline learning 
worst thing?So many size limited patterns still coming out, with the same old excuses for why.
advice from 2023 you to 2024 you?It’s okay to slow down.Your favorite part of sewing is the sewing, so enjoy it 
fav fabric sourcesMood.  Fabrics-store.com, Fancy Tiger Craft.Domesticity, Merchant and Mills, Stylemaker Fabrics, Mood

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