Now that I feel that I’ve got over the shock of it being 2019, I think it’s time for me to reflect on last year and look forward to what I want to achieve in 2019.
Last year was an incredible year in my dressmaking journey. I took the plunge in creating a blog, something that before I was very nervous about. It actually feels great to write down how I feel at various points, how my projects go and also to look back on, almost as a journal. The blog led to me feeling more confident to create video content. After some persuasion from friends I made a short Instagram TV video and I actually loved it! That made me take that huge jump over to YouTube! The Button and Pip Vlog was born. I have started to feel more comfortable and visualise talking to friends when I film. After a moment where I’ve received some negative attention in my personal life, I’ve decided that ‘haters can hate’ and just to turn a blind eye to that. The positives will always outway the negatives. So I plan to return to vlogging and to create some new videos soon.
2018 was also a year that I’ve met some many incredible people IRL! I took a step into meeting another sewist that lives near me and together we went along to our first sewing meet up. There I met even more lovely ladies and now I have a group of friends who also sew!!
I entered one of my makes into a competition ‘Sew Your Style’ was placed 3rd in the Vintage section. I was very proud to see my dress on display at the Creative Craft Show at the NEC and the dress went on tour around the country!
My biggest highlight in 2018 was being able to attend the Sewing Weekender. In previous years I had felt very nervous to attend a large event but after the success of meeting other people, I was lucky enough to get a ticket. It was a dream weekend, the Glastonbury of Sewing. You can hear more about this weekend over on my vlog or read here.
I was very honoured this year to be asked to write blog posts for other people. I made a beautiful Doris dress for Material Girl and a bright Marigold jumpsuit for SewEssential. I want to thank both Laura and Lucy for giving these opportunities. I’ve also joined the Minerva craft blog team which is just breathtaking to be amongst so many other fantastic sewists.
Another successful road trip in 2018 was our trip down to London for the New Craft House Winter Party. We made a full weekend trip out of the event, visiting all the important sewing/fabric shops in London. The event itself was fantastic. A room full of ladies all in me-mades and I even found other sewists in matching Joni’s!
My proudest make for 2018 was our matching family swimwear! When I had the idea of us all to match I never thought it would be so effective. I also didn’t think my husband would be up for it!
I’ve also made garments for others. As well as his swimming trunks, my hubby got some Hudson pants and a cycling top. I made a Penny dress for my friends birthday which looks perfect for afternoon tea. Also I made my sister-in-law a Cleo and an Agnes.
In 2018 I set myself a personal challenge. To not buy any RTW and only to create my wardrobe. I didn’t manage this completely, a pair of shorts, 1 pair of jeans and a colourful top for a charity event was my only purchases this year. Despite not fulfilling my target I’m pretty proud that my Me-made wardrobe is now overtaking my RTW.
So my plans for 2019…… the best place to start is my #2019makenine
- Deer and Doe: Centauree dress This dress looks perfect for summer and I love the cross detail on the bodice. I just hope we have a lovely summer again.
- Sew Over It: Camille trousers I want to make a few more work clothes and these wide legged trousers look perfect. I usually have no issues with fitting Sew Over It patterns do I hope this will be a quick and simple make.
- Simplicity New Look 6493 jumpsuit I love the simple shape of this playsuit. There is also an option for a dress so I’ve not complete decided on which version yet.
- Simplicity New Look 6554 maxi wrap dress This dress is going to be my outfit for the Dressmakers Ball in March. I’ve already bought some teal velvet to make it in. I’m just hoping the fitting goes ok.
- Sew Over It: Mia Jeans I really want to make jeans this year, that was one RTW garment that I bought. I would like to make the ginger jeans but I’m choosing my nine patterns from the patterns that I already have. The Mia jeans look a simple make and with the stretch denim, fitting should be straight forward.
- Tilly and the Buttons: Seren dress I saw so many pretty versions of this dress last summer but I was just too slow to get around to getting the pattern. I picked it up in the Black Friday sale so I am making it this summer for sure.
- Sew Your Own Wardrobe: Daisy Bralette and Shorts. I’ve bought this pattern as a kit with all the notions and lace. I’m a little apprehensive sewing with lace, I’ve got visions of my sewing machine eating it up. I’ll need to do a little research before I begin.
- True Bias: Lander Shorts I’m cheating a little with this pattern as I’ve already made the trousers. I love the fit, need to make some adjustments to the waistband, but the design of this pattern is just up my street. High waisted, big pockets and slightly fitted.
- Sew Over It: Hackney Shirt I enjoyed making garments for my husband and so I’m going to answer his calls for me to make him a shirt. This pattern is an online class so I hope there are many useful tips included.
I’m continuing with guest blogging for Minerva Crafts. My latest make will be live soon in the future and I’m pleased with the result. I’ve also been asked to guest post again for Material Girl Laura. Thank you.
I’m hoping to continue attending as many sewing meet ups as I can in 2019. I’ve already planned to visit the SewLeicester meetup in January and I have my ticket for the Dress Makers Ball in March. I’ve really enjoyed meeting face to face with many of the sewists that I follow on Instagram. It’s very surreal because you feel like you already know the person but they haven’t got a clue who you are!!
I’m also planning to blog more about my makes. Since starting my vlog, I’ve neglected talking about my makes over on my blog and it felt a little like I was repeating myself. But looking back over the year I’ve actually enjoyed reading back about my makes. It’s almost a memory book for the future.
2019 looks like the adventure it set to continue. Thank you to everybody who has supported me this year. I have finally found my little oasis.