2012: The sewing year

It’s that time of the year again!

All things that I have sewed in 2012:

For me: Several tops, pants, skirts and lots of dresses. My style has shifted a lot from the recent days of this blog, this year I didn’t make a single thing for me from my Japanese pattern books. I guess it’s time to find a better place for them and make rooms for more sewing patterns!

Violet Vogue 1250 Pistachio green coat Renfrew top Renfrew top Pink Pendrell and Zebra print Kasia Splotches dress (Vogue 1285 Denim pants (Evan - Tamanegi Kobo) Banksia top and Iris shorts Cambie dress Grey Mission Maxi Starry Mission Maxi dress Orange dress (Vogue 8313) Chevron jersey dress (Vogue 8728) Hearts silk dress (Vogue 1288) Green Pastille dress Peplum top and ankle-length jeans Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281) Houndstooth pants - wearable muslin (Vogue 2948) Hollyburn skirt Vogue 2948

Lingerie: Still passionate about making bra and finding the perfect fit! I finally bought The Bra-Makers Manual (the CD version) and have been learning a lot from it. 2013 will certainly see a lot more of better fitting bra and lingerie for me.

Spring flowers set Red lace set nani IRO lingerie set

Black lingerie set Blue and white lace set Striped bra set

For Sidra: Unfortunately I didn’t make him as many stuff as previous years. Sidra likes clothes and loves to look good in them, but his style is developing to be quite different than mine. I think it is a good thing though, he is now a little man who clearly knows what he wants to wear. Once a while we could work together where I made something that he’s proud to wear and I enjoyed making, like this Thriller jacket! It is one of my master piece.

Lunch pouch Cargo pants: recycled from adult pants Camo pants Sleeveless T-shirts Stick bagDropped crotch jersey pants Jersey pants Boys' hoodie (McCall's 6158

For my husband: I swear I didn’t neglect him! But once a man has several nice fitting shirts and pants, what more can you make for him?

Grey hoodie (McCall's 6614)


5 Most-worn Items:

Side pleats dress (Butterick 5672) Splotches dress (Vogue 1285) Cambie dress Green Pastille dress Jeans

  • Side pleats dress (Butterick 5672). When it was just finished, I wasn’t too sure that I would wear it a lot, it looks like a sculpture. But it turned out to be one of the most worn dress this year. It is such a comfortable dress that hugs my body in all the right places. The double knit wool is beautiful and the color is fabulous. It’s my favorite dress this year and probably ever!
  • Splotches dress (Vogue 1285). Pretty and comfortable dress. Easy to wear. Looks good all the time. What more could I want? I wore this dress so much last spring.
  • Cambie dress. The combination between the pattern, the fabric weight and the style of the dress is just perfect. Not to mention that it is comfortable to wear and has pockets.
  • Green Pastille dress. I had a lot of difficulties making this pattern to fit me that I thought I would hate the dress once it was done. But it turned out looking so cute and comfortable to wear!
  • Ankle-length jeans (Butterick 5682). Simply because I don’t have any other pants in my wardrobe. Next year I shall make more jeans!

Clearly, comfortable is the key word. Also, maybe I should change my nickname to verygreenperson….

5 Never Worn Items:

Hot pink Pendrell Blouse Zebra print Kasia Banksia top Iris shorts Orange dress (Vogue 8313)

  • Pink Pendrell. This is my third Pendrell and I really love this pattern, but the hot pink is just too bright for me to wear comfortably.
  • Zebra print Kasia. I omitted the pockets in this version of Kasia. Big mistake. Now when the skirt rides up, I can’t put my hands in the pockets to pull the skirt down. Apparently this tiny detail is enough to make me not feeling comfortable in it.
  • Banksia top. Entirely my fault in choosing the fabric. It is just too thin and vulnerable.
  • Iris shorts. Same mistake as above. The cotton twill wrinkles too easily.
  • Orange dress (Vogue 8313). The dress is very pretty but as you might guess, the low back with bow is not very practical for my lifestyle. Maybe if I’m a more social person with lots of cocktail parties to attend….

I hope you had a lot of fun too in 2012! Cheers to you and here’s to a new year with more handmade items with love!

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  • Hello Novita, I have passed onto you the very Inspiring Bloggers award, if you would like to take it up then the button is here
    but please don’t feel obliged if you don’t want it 🙂

  • Valerie

    I love you website and visit every week hoping to see something new from you. I am also a sewing enthusiastic!!! I also make lingerie, taken a couple of courses purchased books and visited many websites. It’s not easy but I usually figure out the problem. I LOVE MAKING MYSELF A NEW SET!! It’s been almost 2 years now I do not buy store bought bras and undies. Keep up the inspirations and motivation to keep on sewing. Your an art in progress.

    • Thank you Valerie!
      I love making lingerie sets too! They are so pretty, yet so personal… 🙂
      Can’t wait to start a new one this year!

  • That zebra print skirt is gorgeous! I can’t believe you never wear it. It looked great with that pink shirt 😀 You have the body type that can pull off any look, and therefore I hate you (j.k) lol Love you style

    • Please don’t hate me lol!
      I want to love that zebra skirt but I just can’t feel comfortable in it 🙁
      Thank you for the comment Erica! 🙂

  • You´ve made many lovely garments!!! I love the Thriller jacket and all the lingerie you made and the Side pleats dress…I love all of them!
    Happy new year Novita!

  • I love the green dress…it looks great on you…and the pants too. I really love all your lingerie sets. I wish you a great productive year!

  • I’ve followed your blog since almost the beginning and your style changed dramatically. I like what you sew these days but your old style(all those dresses from japanese books) is really close to my heart. I love those dresses!!
    I wonder what happened with them. Do you wear them? Would you consider to sell them? I would be very interested in buying some.

    Wish you all the best for the new year!

  • Anita

    I’ve followed your blog since almost the beginning and your style changed dramatically. I like what you sew these days, but your old style(all those dresses from japanese books) is very close to my heart. I just love those dresses!!!
    I wonder what happened with them. Do you wear them or just wait in your closet? Would you consider sell them? I would be really interested in to buy some.

    Wish you all the best for 2013!

  • Karen

    Really like the what you wore most and what you never wore section. Very useful perspective.

  • Great job Novita, can’t wait to see what you make this year. The Thriller jacket is sooooo good and I just love love your lingerie sets. Here’s to another productive year of sewing.

    • Thank you you dearest Kazz! 🙂

  • Beautiful Projects!

  • You’ve inspired me to get sewing more often in 2013 after looking at all your beautiful projects! Selamat Tahun Baru, Novita!

  • You’ve had a wonderful year Novita, everything you make is so inspiring to me, and I cannot wait to see what you make next year… all the best for a terrific 2013! 🙂

    • Thank you Carolyn! Looking forward to see more beautiful things in your blog too! Wishing you and your family all the best in 2013! 🙂

  • おおおお 好きですよ!シヅラのふくわすごいです!

    • ありがとうございます!^^

  • Gosh, what a great lineup! Your lime green side pleats dress is my favorite, too– it’s just so cute and the color is YUMMY! Sidra’s Thriller jacket is amazing, too. Happy New Year!

    • Happy New Year Ginger! 🙂

  • Anna

    Great work Novita! I´m impressed as always. I´m really looking forward to 2013 and all the inspiring things you will create. Happy New Year!

  • All things are beautyful but this green (fresh green) dress I like best 🙂
    Have a Wonderful and Happy New Year 2013 🙂
    Aneta from Poland

  • Holy moly you’ve made a lot of garments. And all beautiful. Hope 2013 is equally, or even more productive!

  • wow! you made a lot! Isn’t it such a feeling of accomplishment to look back and see HOW much you’ve made.

    I also just bought the bra makers manual on CD and I can’t wait to start learning! 2013 will bring a lot more lingerie sewing to you and I!

    • Isn’t that a great book! Looking forward to your lingerie sewing next year!

  • Great sewing year. I’m amazed on how good your lingerie is sewn. You are a great seamstress. Let 2013 be another great sewing year!! Happy New Year!

    • You’re too kind! Wishing you a great year ahead!

  • If I had that stunning lime green Butterick 5672 I would also wear it most often 🙂 You have made some awesome things this year. All the very best for 2013 and may it be a sew-filled year for you…and me! x

    • Thank you and have a happy new year! 😀