2017, 2018 + a Wedding!

Somehow between traveling, writing my master's thesis, and everything else this year, I realized as I sat down to write this post that I still found quite a bit of time to sew. I think I can attribute that to a bit of unemployment sprinkled in ;)

Looking over my roundup from last year, I also have quite a few more winners this year. Each of my four knit tops got a ton of wear, as did my new pants. In fact, I'm wearing my wine-colored turtle-neck and plaid pants right now! Towards the end of the year I snuck in some outerwear sewing, and have even been trying to (slowly) up my office-wear game. 

Knit tops were the real winners this year. Comfy, cosy, and easy to care for, each of the four above were worn a ton. I have also been continuing to make button-up shirts to varying degrees of success. 

This year I fell in love with Thread Theory's Lazo Trousers, which I made up as per the pattern, as boyfriend jeans, and as overalls! I also made a pair of plaid pants from my pants block, which I have nearly perfected and are so comfy. 

My dresses this year ranged from interview dresses to crazy party wear. I had a fun time playing with shapes and styles, like my Drape Drape and Pattern Magic dresses. 

With the help of Britex, I also snuck in a bit of outerwear sewing for myself at the end of this year. I have always wanted to make that two-toned motorcycle jacket and am so glad I finally did!

Beatrix didn't get quite as much clothing this year, but she did get dressed up as a dragon for our Game of Thrones costumes. 

Finally, not everything was a success. My reversible travel dress, while worn a ton this summer, never quite fit right or had the most flattering cut. I might try to reconfigure it this year. I also made some poor fabric choices that I will have to do over in something better for next time. 

Here's how that all breaks down in terms of patterns, fabrics, and skill level. This year, I've mostly stuck with tried and true pattern companies McCall's and BurdaStyle, which offer so many pattern options at an affordable price point. I sewed a lot in knits, and did a fair amount of intermediate-level sewing. My one experienced pattern was the Pattern Magic Dress, which has you draft the pattern from instructions and included lots of bizarre pattern manipulations. It was fun though!

This was also the year that Twinsburg, the short film that I did costumes for, was released to the public. It's a film about twins at the largest gathering in Twinsburg, Ohio, so the costumes were super wacky and fun. You can catch it on Vimeo here.

2018 ~

Finally, what does 2018 bring? Well, for one, a wedding! After six years together, Mr. Made and I have decided to tie the knot. We got engaged at the top of Prague Castle, where he had arranged for a passerby to capture the moment on camera. It was magical! 

I do not want an over-the-top or Pinterest-inspired do-it-yourself wedding, but I am very excited to sew my own dress (and maybe some simple bridesmaids dresses, too). We are planning a wedding for July, so I hope to share some process posts along the way.  

Other than that, I have quite a few friends getting married this year and have somehow promised them all this shirt, so that will occupy quite a bit of time as well. Plus I always want to make more pants, and some more tees, and... We'll see how it goes.

Wishing you all a happy new year and lots of sewing time, whatever the year may bring!


  1. Congratulations on your engagement!! what a storybook location. And a great excuse for plenty of self-indulgent sewing :) Happy New Year, Beth

  2. Yay, congratulations! What a great photo. I'm newly engaged and planning on sewing my own wedding dress (for summer 2019, so I have some more time!), too. Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

    1. Congrats Sue! I definitely recommend Susan Khalje's Bridal Couture book for construction information (I checked mine out from the library), as well as Alison Smith's Craftsy course on Couture Dressmaking techniques for handy tips. I'm not going full-on couture hand-sewn or anything, but these resources have some good ideas. I'll also share my process a bit here so I hope that helps!

  3. Congratulations Meg on your engagement!! Looking forward to seeing you and catching up at Frocktails this year!

  4. Congrats!!!! Wow, I always assumed because he was "Mr. Made" that you were already married! Looking forward to the wedding dress posts.


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