A Sewing Recap of 2016

Well, we seem to have reached that time of year again – it’s nearly Christmas and the year is rapidly coming to a close. Last year I did a round-up of my favourite sewing projects of 2015, so I thought I would do a little recap of this years sewing.

By the looks of it, I actually completed more garments this year (although for some reason it doesn’t feel that way). The beginning of the year was rather slow, but by April I had signed-up to the Vintage Pledge. Taking part in the Vintage Pledge really gave me some sewing motivation this year, and as a result of this I have challenged myself in new ways. So, without further ado, here are my sewing projects of 2016 *Some items are not included in this list, due to me not getting around to taking pictures of said items*.


Whilst last year I think I only made one dress, this year I have made a total of 6 (1 of which is yet to be photographed).



I made two dresses based on an original 1920s dress from which I took a pattern. Two Colette Oolongs, one 1960s housedress, and finally one Edwardian gown.



Now that’s variety for you! Whilst I enjoyed the challenge of the Edwardian dress, I actually am not at all keen on the finished garment.


But, I am proud of myself for persevering with it, and a big part of sewing is learning from your mistakes and analysing what you would do differently next time.


This year I finally got around to drafting a pencil skirt pattern to my measurements, and I love it! I also made two 1930s skirts (again, one of which I haven’t photographed yet).


Next year I hope to make some lovely 1930s style skirts cut on the bias, and perhaps even some long skirts too.



Kieren did especially well from my sewing skills this year! I made 3 pairs of trousers for him, one of which required meticulous pattern matching.


I also made one pair of trousers for myself, from an original 1960s pattern. Whilst the fashion of the 1960s is not an era I usually tend to wear, I do love these trousers! I made them pretty much straight after completing my Edwardian dress, and I just love how completely different they are!


Tops & Blouses

I only made one blouse this year, which was from some original vintage fabric I was lucky enough to find.


I also made 2 Gable tops by Jennifer Lauren Handmade, both of which are great for a casual vintage style. In addition to these, I made a few more tops from stretch fabrics too (again, most of which have not been photographed).


I also made the No 5 Arhus top by How to do Fashion – and will be making the No 9 Ronne very soon.


2016 was the year I ventured into the scary world of outerwear, yikes. I started this adventure by taking on the rather involved project of making Kieren a jacket from an original 1940s pattern. Overall, the jacket turned out well, and I am really proud for pushing myself well beyond my comfort zone.


A few months after this, I then made my No 4 London Jacket by How to do Fashion. I absolutely LOVED making this jacket! From the fabric, to the straight-forward construction, this jacket turned-out precisely how I had hoped. By this point, I even included more advanced techniques – I fully lined the jacket, incorporated a back facing with fabric label, inserted shoulder pads, and incorporated pockets in a style I had not previously tried.


So, that is a total of:

  • 6 Dresses
  • 1 Blouse
  • 3 Jersey Tops
  • 1 Formal Top
  • 2 Jackets
  • 4 Trousers
  • 3 Skirts

Phew! Of these, I think around 9 count towards my Vintage Pledge, with the others being made from modern patterns.

Next year I shall face perhaps my biggest challenge to date – my wedding dress! Yes, I am planning on making my wedding dress. For me, a shop bought dress just wouldn’t feel right, and of course original vintage holds its appeal. But I just feel that the dress would be so much more special to me if I had made it myself! Of course, I may change my mind and have to eat my words.. So, I anticipate that next year will not contain as many sewing projects, as I shall be focusing on my wedding gown (and subsequently my honeymoon attire too!).

With the strong possibility of this being my last blog post of 2016, may I wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!

Until next time dears!



12 thoughts on “A Sewing Recap of 2016

  1. Porcelina says:

    What a collection!! You really have produced some fabulous items, and wow what a challenge you’re setting for yourself in 2017. The very best of luck with it.

    A quick question on the Gable top – is it slash neck? I can’t quite see. I’m after a slash neck pattern.

  2. Christina says:

    Wowza!! So much sewing! You have created such beautiful garments. I haven’t been as motivated this year as I have in the past. I’m looking forward to a new year full of sewing though!

  3. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Porcelina, Apologies for the delay in my reply! I have the WordPress app, which notifies me of comments – however it doesn’t allow me to reply to any of them! So I have been waiting for a moment to fire-up my laptop & reply! Yes, the Gable top is a slash neck, and it’s a really easy & quick sewing pattern. I have made two versions, the pink one is a lovely wool jersey I got from Sew Over It’s online shop.
    May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year! xx

  4. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Christina, thank you my lovely! I’m super excited (and a bit daunted) at the prospect of all my sewing projects for 2017. It will certainly be a busy year! Happy New Year to you, may you have a splendid 2017 xxx

  5. Lauren says:

    You’ve achieved a tremendous amount this year! I am so impressed with your skills. Kieren’s jacket is a particular favorite of mine (I want one just like it for myself!), and your Colette Oolong. I can’t wait to see what you whip up this year!

  6. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Lauren, Thank you!
    Kieren’s jacket was definitely a labour of love, I wanted to give up on it a few times! It was only the thought of Kieren eventually wearing it and enjoying it that kept me going! I am probably not going to get as much sewing done this year, but I think the projects I do undertake will be more considered, and hopefully of better quality. Hope you are well my lovely xx

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