Reflections on #sewmystyle2018

I can’t believe that we have reached the halfway point for #sewmystyle2018! I have loved being a part of this project so far this year – seeing so many makers and their takes on each pattern has been really inspiring. As it’s the halfway point, I’ve been thinking about the past 6 months and those coming ahead….

By Hand London Rumana Coat - knee length version

February was possibly my favourite month so far. I loved getting to grips with the Rumana coat, and found our online community to be super helpful for this. This could be the one item I’m proudest of so far in my dressmaking journey. I also managed to make the Estelle jacket too (how was I so productive!) and am glad to have such a quick and easy pattern on hand that I can pair with lots of different outfits. My ivory cropped version is already getting a lot of wear, and I like knowing that if I need another one it’s easy to manage.

Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket pattern review

I have had a few misses too - my Sunny dress was far too short, and I’ve converted it to a top now. I had such beautiful fabric I felt quite disappointed. I also never managed a blog post about my Marigold either – my version turned out well and is perfect for holidays but I couldn’t manage any decent photos (it looks better in real life!) so left this out. I know none of you mind, but I had hoped to post about each make in the schedule as part of the journey (who knows, maybe a belated post may arrive sometime).

I was really excited about having a surprise release on the schedule and enjoyed being able to make the Mysosotis as soon as it came out. However, there are a number of features that are quite similar to other patterns in the line-up. I also knew that I needed to start making clothes that could fit into my every day wear more easily so I had to push my creativity to think of other ways to make and style this pattern...hence the 10 hack ideas! Sometimes things turn out for the best – I love my final version!

So far I’ve also enjoyed discovering new designers as well as new patterns. I think that this project has helped me to move out of a comfort zone and learn new skills that I wouldn’t otherwise have done. At times I’ve looked at patterns and thought that if they weren’t in the schedule, I would have passed on them. There aren’t any that I’ve thought were a waste of time though because I’ve made them all work for my style and learned new things.

Coming up there is still a lot of making to do! I’m most excited about the Halifax hoodie, as I know that I will wear this a lot in the winter. We still have another surprise from Evie La Luve coming up as well so I’m interested to find out about that, though haven’t made this type of pattern before so a little apprehensive. Similarly I haven’t made a bag before so the Totes will be a new experience. I know how popular the Lander Pants are so getting to these is going to be fun!


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