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Goodbye 2016!

Well now. I managed to write a total of 3 posts (4 with this one) this year.  I do like having a blog, and I like reading blogs, so not my best blog performance ever :)

I know 2016 sucked for lots of people for various reasons, but it went fairly well for me: not everything went well of course, but it was definitely a good year overall, with the tiny one appearing and everything :D  For the first half of 2016, I mostly sewed maternity patterns, you can see my round up post here.

This post is about the second half of 2016, and also plans for 2017.


Sewing: since the baby, I managed to sew two full garments, to mend a bunch of stuff, and to finish a baby blanket (see above). In the first couple of months I was just zombified, so sewing was not a good idea, but then it got better when the baby started sleeping through the night. I mostly didn't sew more because my measurements were pretty off for most of the year - nowadays, I can fit into most of my clothes, the only exceptions being…

Mending with embroidery

Life with baby is lovely, but there's not much time for sewing. I did manage to make one shirt, and I got started on another one (also a shorts muslin for my dad!), but it's pretty slow going.

This is actually a post about craftiness and mending stuff rather than sewing a garment. I buy ready to wear from time to time, especially for the more flowy/looser style of tops which I like wearing but don't really enjoy sewing as I don't find them challenging enough. Still, buying ready to wear can sometimes have its downfalls, as was with this top: it's a very lightweight viscose, but after wearing it for a while it became a bit threadbare in the front. I kept it on my dress form for months - from June to September, when I finally decided what I wanted to do to mend it.


I always figured embroidery would probably be the best option, and I pinned a lot of stuff that I liked. As an aside, I don't normally use pintrest, since I don't see the purpose in just pinning ra…

Pregnancy Pattern Round Up

Whilst I have been sewing these past 9 months, I haven't been posting much because in the past I was not massively keen on reading about people's pregnancy patterns. However, at some point I realized that I'm wrong and having some review out there would be useful, so decided to do a round up post about what I've learnt works and doesn't work in terms of this kind of sewing. This is a very long post :)

I had a fairly easy pregnancy, so I was perfectly positioned to have good results with sewing, which is great since maternity clothing is either decently priced and of bad quality, or expensive. Dime for dime, you get more out of non-maternity ready to wear.

Some lessons I learnt along the way:
Some non-pregnancy patterns will work for pregnancy. Sort of. As bump size increases, in the best case scenario you will get the mother of all pooling at the back, as if a gazillion-inch swayback is required (but isn't!). If that doesn't bother you, you're fine; otherw…

Burda Shawl Coat

I made a new coat! This is Burda 11/2014, models 110 and 111 (the length is somewhere in between the two models, I think I increased the shorter version by 5 inches).


This was a much easier coat to make than my previous one, but it still took aaages to finish. I tried to be careful with everything, and followed instructions in my Singer sewing book closely.

The fabric is a plum wool, I think it might be a boiled wool, but I'm not sure - the yardage came from a store in Bucharest, which is better than most stores in Bucharest at labeling things, but still doesn't really distinguish between the different types of wool.

Truth be told, I wanted something a bit more pink (like the original Burda pictures), but I couldn't find anything suitable, so it had to be either plum or some typical dark winter color (the horror!)


I cut a straight 38, which for Burda coats fits me very well - my previous coat was a 38 too. I didn't need to make a muslin because last May, when I was s…