2016 Year in Review

2016 was not a productive year by most standards, when it comes to my sewing projects, but compared to the several years prior, it was a great year. I started to thinking about the project list I set for myself for this year, and how much of I didn’t finish. Then, I started thinking of how much I did get finished, and how for the several years before I had barely sewn at all. It was very good year in the sewing room after all. So, I thought I would take a look back at what I had wanted to accomplish, and at what I actually did accomplish:

The 2016 Costume Plan
1. 1912 Walking Suit – This is a costume that I have been trying to make since 2013. I nearly finished it this year. I only have a corset, the jacket and the skirt to make for it.

2. 1887 Mourning Dress – A newer project to the list. Never even had a chance to get past the beginning of the planning phase.

3. Great Gatsby Dress – A project that was planned for 2013. We had all planned to wear 20’s dresses to go to see the movie when it premiered, but none of us made it.

4. Regency Half Robe Set – I had bought about 3 yds of two matching fabrics and planned on making a matching set of half robes to wear over an under dress. Well, this goal was mostly met. I did get the under dress and one of the half robes made.

5. 1950’s Christmas Dress – I just wanted to make a lovely dress for the Christmas season. I was going to postpone this project until 2017, but then got it in mind to try to make for this year’s company Christmas party. I almost hit the mark, too. If I had just decided to start a week to two earlier, it would’ve been done. As it currently stands, I just need to attach the sleeves to the bodice, attach the skirts to the bodice, hem the skirts, and make the cumberbund.

Now, for what I did actually accomplish this year:

Mostly finished blouse

Mostly finished blouse

The Gibson Girl blouse for  my 1912 Walking suit.

Folkwear # 203 - Camisole

A full set of Edwardian undergarments, minus the corset.

Wow! Looking good, Jane! Looking good!

1910’s Wearing History blouse.


1910’s Wearing History Suit


1950’s Tispy Tea Dress.


Regency Half Robe with under dress, along with a new chemise and stays.

All in all, a total of 13 individual garments completed. Not bad after a three year dry spell.

Now, time to look forward to my planned sewing list for 2017. What do I want to do in the new year? Let’s have a look, shall we?

  1. Finish the 1912 Walking Suit
  2. Finish the 1950’s Christmas Dress
  3. Sew the 2nd Regency Half Robe
  4. Finally make the Great Gatsby Dress
  5. Sew the Late Bustle Era Emerald Green Dress
  6. Sew a new set of Victorian undergarments, along with a bustle

There is the list, so far. No doubt that it will grow and change through out the year. It looks to be a fun list of goals for the year. How did you do this year? What’s on your list for the new year? Comment and share. I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.

Be sure to drop back by in the new year. I’ll have lots more My Fave 5 Fridays, along with progress on my sewing list. Until then….. Happy Sewing! And, Happy New Year!

Progress??? Not really…

I was really starting to make great progress on the sewing room. Miss PJ came over and we finally got all of the carpet ripped, pretty much got everything shuffled around to where it needed to be, and was just down to sorting everything for keep, give away, and trash piles, plus hauling all of the carpet and carpet pad bundles up and out to the trash. The goal line was well within sight. Then, this happened:


Long story short (shocker, I know, as I love my long stories), I have no clue what I did to my foot, I woke up with it in extreme pain the day before Thanksgiving. I soldiered on, went into work, toughed it out all day, but decided that I was going to the urgent care after work. When I got to the urgent care, they took one look at my foot, and sent me to the emergency room. Several hours (sent home around 10:30 pm), an ultrasound, 3 x-rays, and a doppler sounding of my foot and ankle, I was sent home with this funny shoe to wear for several weeks, pain meds, and orders to stay off of it as much as possible, along with a follow up with my family doctor. So, all we know is that it isn’t a bone spur, I didn’t step on anything, and nothing bit me. We are down to tendon, muscle or other issues. I am pretty much getting back to normal, but it’s taken the better part of a week to get there. In the meantime, I did not get 90% of my Thanksgiving baking/cooking done, I have not been able to make it down the stairs to do anything with the sewing room, and have taken a large number of naps on the couch, which contributed to the fact that I missed posting last week’s My Fave 5 Friday. Sorry. My hubby was extremely sweet in the fact that he made sure all of the carpet and carpet pad bundles made it up out of the basement and out to the curb for the bulk pickup I had scheduled, and then cleared out everything I had in the garage for the same pick up. I am hoping to get back down into the sewing room to keep moving on it. I need to, as I’m starting to go through sewing withdrawals. If nothing else, as long as I can make it down the stairs, I can at least use my newly acquired rolling chair to move around and sort stuff. Hopefully, by this time next week, I’ll have lots of progress made in the sewing room.

Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving holiday went much better, and much smoother than mine. Until next time….. Happy Sewing!

My Fave 5 Friday – Sewing Room Design Ideas

If you have read the blog in the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I am currently in the process of remodeling the sewing room. I got started later in the year that I wanted, and it’s taking a bit longer than I wanted, but it’s moving along. So, in that spirit, I thought I would share the top 5 things I found on (where else) Pinterest that inspired me, and what I will be working into the sewing room makeover.

#5 – Framed Vintage Patterns

I love this idea! There have been many times that I have found some lovely vintage patterns at the thrift store. As it is now, they just occupy space in a pattern box. So, I will be picking my favorites, purchasing frames, and displaying them on the wall.

#4 – Stenciled Peg Board

We did start using peg board in the sewing room several years ago, but with the temporary set up we had, we didn’t attach it to the walls, and left it the drab brown color it came in. Besides the two large sections I already have, I was able to salvage several more pieces from work in different sizes. We’ll be painting all of it a nice base color, and then stenciling designs on it before hanging it all up.

#3 – Curtain Rod Paper Holder

I picked up a huge roll of brown paper several years ago at a yard sale. The guy had the roll of paper for about $5, and he saw that I really wanted, and was only slightly interested in the industrial sewing machine he had sitting beside it. Well, he made me a deal I couldn’t refuse. He told me that if I buy the sewing machine for $5, he would throw in the roll of paper for $1. Who can pass up a deal like that?!?!? Obviously, I couldn’t, even though my hubby wished I had when it came to the sewing machine. lol. I had been looking for a way to store/utilize it since, then I found this idea. Just so happens that as I was cleaning and rearranging the sewing room, I found a couple of old curtain rod hooks. Paired with a sturdy broom handle, and attached to the end of the cutting table, this looks like just the ticket.

#2 – Sewing Table

This idea is already being put together in the sewing room. I used a couple of half sized bookcases I had in the house already, and put a nicely finished counter top I salvaged from work on top. Not sure about the height of it yet, as I have yet to actually work on it, but I’m liking it so far.

And, now for….

#1 – Rolling Chair Cover

This past summer, my work relocated to a brand new facility, and when we did, we got all new office furniture. I took advantage of this and took home 3 nice office chairs for the sewing room. Now, since I work for a freight transportation company, they did get a little dirty, but nothing too terribly bad. So, when I saw this slip cover idea, I fell in love. I can’t wait to go to the fabric store and pick out a lovely fabric to cover them in.

This week, I decided to add a bonus pick:

My Dream Sewing Room

If I ever hit the lotto, this is what my sewing room will probably look like. How about you? What would your sewing room look like? Do any of the above design ideas inspire you? Have a few suggestions that would work great in any sewing room? Please share. I love hearing new ideas. Just click the little heart in the top right corner of the post. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!