year-end post/my 2017 in sewing

here we are again, at the end of one year.

i think i managed to stick to my resolution this year to only sew what i needed, or what i knew i would wear over and over again. but with that, sadly, it means that i very rarely posted anything anymore here in my blog. i am still keeping it open though, and had many times contemplated to write something, anything that came up to my mind, only to then forget about it. i had been extremely busy at work, rekindled my other hobby that i hadn’t done for almost a decade (not gonna keep you in suspense, the other hobby is called ‘singing’ πŸ˜€ ), so between those two things i barely had any time to visit my blog or anyone else’s.

but since i’ve always posted my year in sewing, i don’t want to stop the tradition now. πŸ˜€ plus, i actually did some more sewing project this year that i had not posted about yet, so i’ll try to put them all here in one last post of the year!

first off, i have a new story to tell. my transformation to be a true Finn is almost done now, as i am becoming more and more dull in terms of colours and shapes. πŸ˜€ LOL. that is to say, i have been more and more inclined to wearing solid colours and black is no exception *gasp*. a few weeks ago i suddenly became interested into biker jackets… as in, black (fake) leather biker jackets. i had never had one in my life, nor even tried it on, but the idea grew on me and when i found a good one with reasonable price, i finally bought it. ME! FAKE LEATHER JACKET! WOOT!

it was not without a dilemma that i got that jacket. but i reminded myself that i am my own best fashion chameleon (ha!) and i can always try new things. it’s not even as permanent as a tattoo (which i also would love to get, one day in this lifetime), so what is the big deal, right? i searched for images on the internet on how to style biker jackets and even asked my friend J if she thinks i would look good in it (plus my mum, haha… really reliable sources!). they both think so, so i went on to get the jacket before i changed my mind.

now before the biker jacket season starts here, i thought it would be a great idea to try styling it with my own taste! here are some that i came up with:

surprise! in some of the pics there are those sewing projects i mentioned earlier.

the first one is a pretty obvious one if you have been following my blog for a while: Marimekko curtains! it had been 4 years since we last changed our curtains, and i’m so glad my husband and i both love Marimekko prints so he didn’t mind this at all. πŸ˜‰

the second one is this simple cardigan. i made it without pattern, and with instructions from good old J on how to place the arm holes.

see? solid colour? again?the material is linen jersey and i used 1,3 meters of it.Β as i once said, i don’t really care much for linen usually, but this one actually feels nice on my skin and this colour was pretty rare to find.i’ve been wearing it a lot, as it’s really comfy and handy. i never even knew this colour suits me, so i’m glad i bravely tried it! πŸ˜€since the jersey is quite thin, i decided to leave the edges raw (also because i have been super lazy to sew this year, ladida). i think it suits the style anyway, since linen is usually kind of rustic & worn-looking, hehe.

no side seams!

the third and last one for year 2017 is this simple tulle/fake leather skirt.

notice the solid colour, and BLACK. i wonder if my gothic years are actually coming back, hahaha. anyway, the fake leather circles already came with the fabric, sewn on the tulle material. so all i did was sew the side seam, added another fabric (polyester satin) to the top part and inserted a wide rubber band inside the extra fabric. done!

i only used 70 cm of the tulle fabric and the whole width (which was about 1,3 m if you only count the part that has the circles). i have been wearing this a lot of times as well, especially since tulle skirts are oh-so-trendy right now. i love how it’s so easy to dress up a simple t-shirt with this skirt. and i actually look okay in black, i think? haha, oh dear!

and that’s it! it feels lighter both in my heart and my closet now that i don’t push myself to keep sewing things just for the sake of sewing. there are still many unsewn fabrics in my closet though, and i will one day sew them, but the best results for me have always been when i wait for the right moment for the fabric & sewing project to shine and actually wear them at least a thousand times.

here’s a recap of my 2017 in sewing, a short but very meaningful list (as i have worn them all for countless times this year only… except the curtains, LOL!). πŸ™‚

and lastly: HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! hope the next year will be even better for all of us in every sense, and maybe, just maybe, i will also have more time to blog & blog-walk. amen! ❀

12 thoughts on “year-end post/my 2017 in sewing

  1. Happy to see you posting. Have missed them. The jacket is super cool and the different outfits look fantastic on you. Maybe you could post a clip of you singing. I wish you a happy, healthy New Year 2018 πŸ™‚

  2. Gosh. It’s been forever since I last blogged, I forgot my own login details. LOL. Love that Goth look, btw! And if you remember our Spore trip, I have a long cardigan in a similar color with the one you made πŸ˜€

    • thanks!! ❀

      LOL, now you understand why i don't make Instagram/Twitter accounts… afraid i'll forget my login details!! πŸ˜€

      yep, i remember your cardigan, this one is actually a bit greenish. did yours have side seams? i shall teach you how to make this one, it's sooooo simple! πŸ˜‰

  3. Ha! Finally the “Biker Chick Look”! Love the “Don’t mess with me” style and the Dark/Gothic one πŸ˜€ Seeing your recap of 2017 sewing projects, amazing how productive you have been! And so many styles, it’s really very creative ❀ ❀ Keep it up in 2018!!

    • LOL, finally, your comment! πŸ˜€ thanks, let’s see how this year’s sewing will be.

      not sure i can pull off the ‘Don’t mess with me’ look in real life, bahaha…. the gothic one i can still do. πŸ˜‰

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