2016MakeNine – A follow up

The end of 2016 is upon us. Thank goodness.

2016 was such a weird year…a hard year. We added a second child to our family. My children are such a joy…and equally exhausting.

In August, when my baby girl was just 4 months old, my husband was in a bad bicycle accident and fractured most of the bones in his face. It was a pretty rough couple of months.

I have managed to get sewing in here and there throughout the year. My 2016MakeNine didn’t get followed too closely, but I did manage to make my gingham Grainline Archer. I might not have followed through on that project without my original intention made public.

These were my original plans…and here is how it went.

Sew Sweetness Dot Dot Dash – Nope. I didn’t make a bag of any sort this year.

Thread Theory Jedediah Pants – Nope. I bought my hubby two pairs of pants from Banana Republic. He’s mostly come to terms with my low output on his behalf.

Sewaholic Pacific Leggings – Nope. I bought a new pair of leggings and a few tank tops at Old Navy. I need to find an appropriate fabric…my current stash does not really have a lot of activewear knit.

Gingham Archer – YES. I made this shirt on my ASG retreat in October. Unfortunately I do not currently have a single photo to prove it.

Sewaholic Seymour Jacket – Nope. I did however make a cute bomber that is great for the gym and other casual outfits. The pattern is McCall’s 7100. I believe there is a sewalong. I have made this jacket once before as well.

Simplicity Maternity Dress – I didn’t make this pattern, but I did make a few maternity dresses that got a lot of wear during the final months of my pregnancy.

Lullabye Layette – Yes! One of my favorite items from 2016 was the cute onesie/bodysuit. I used a tutorial for the flutter sleeves. I also made a gold corduroy jacket, lined with scraps from the onesie.

Art Museum Vest and Trousers – I finished the vest, and still have a pair of trousers cropped to shorts that never got finished. The vest turned out OK. I’m not happy with the buttonholes and it’s in the closet unworn. I have, however made the after school pants a handful of times. I’ve become quite proficient with these little pants. My preferred fabric is baby corduroy. Do you recognize the gold corduroy? My little man has had two pairs of gold corduroy pants (6-12 and 12-18 months). Sadly, both are now too small.

The gold pants made it into our family photo. I think I finished them the night before.

Burda Baby Pants – Yes.

I used the Burda Pants pattern for these two little ensembles.

The printed knit is from Art Gallery. Art Gallery knits are a little spendy, but totally worth it when you can squeeze so much out of a yard when you’re sewing for tiny people.

The solid knit is Robert Kaufman Laguna. It also washes and wears pretty well.

The shirt pattern is Oliver and S Field Trip Raglan (another pattern I’ve made at least a dozen times).

The headband is a free pattern from Megan Nielsen.



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