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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.

Baby blanket

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 all the skirts I ever made. The two garments I made were a shirt for me and a dress for a neighbour.

Dress for neighbour, Vogue 1351

I'm currently working on another shirt from the same pattern (M6035), which came along nicely until I got to the set in sleeves - hopefully it won't turn into a wadder, I will see this week. But the collar is super cute, so I want to share.

Fabric: bought more than I will sew anytime soon over the past five and a half months. This included an in-person trip to Mood in NY (during a business trip a month ago) - I came back from there with a LOVELY length of DVF coating fabric. Which I might, or might not, sew up while I'm using up the last of my maternity leave over the holidays (I'm off for another 3 weeks). I also got the exact fabric Burda used for this skirt, but decided to wait for a while until I sew it up, mostly because I want this to be a staple in my wardrobe longer term.

Patterns: I bought a bunch of shirt dress patterns, and also lots of the Donna Karan patterns when they went out of sale back in the summer. Happy about the DK patterns, not quite sure why I got all the shirt dress patterns (blame it on sleep deprivation!). Some of them can be made into just shirts, so I've got that going for me. I also got a few men's patterns (Vogue and Burda), and a silly number of Burda coats from the website during the Black Friday sale - I rationalized it at the time as "most interesting thing that will fit me reasonably well". Which, even in hindsight, is true, although I have regained my pre-pregnancy top-measurements in the past month, and I'm in the gym 2xweek, so hopefully the waist measurement will fall into line soon too!

General wardrobe thoughts: maternity leave was fairly easy since I was at home and wearing either maternity or otherwise loose clothes - I was quite lucky with the pregnancy belly being almost gone after 3ish weeks. By week 5-6 I fit into most of my old "time off" clothes, including jeans, so that was pretty nice too. Starting work again was not so easy, I had trouble with a work appropriate wardrobe. I prefer wearing shirts to work, but most of my shirts were fitted, so that was a bit of a stretch to wear at first. In the end, I zoned in to two looks: either jeans + silk shirt (because ease, so they still fit), or jeans + (preferably) semi-fitted cotton shirt + pullover. Towards the holidays, I also started wearing dresses from time to time, but I'm not yet confident enough to do that on a more regular basis. Come January, I should be able to wear all my work shirts again, so quite looking forward to that!

Making baby clothes: nope. Too fiddly and they grow too fast. Also, grandparents seem to genuinely enjoy getting things for the little one, so I can't deprive them of that joy :)

Future: I don't particularly want to make lots of sewing plans for next year, because you never know with a small baby at home, but one thing I want to do for sure is blog more. That probably means blogging about more than just finished garments, so I'll have to think about that for a bit too. And who knows, I might even get to sew some of the many Burda coat patterns I now own!


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