After reading everyone’s brilliant new year blog posts reflecting over achievements over the past year as well as planning upcoming ones, I started looking over my own sewing in 2015. I had no intention of writing a blog post about it (as I did last year), but a few things prompted me to do so anyway…
First, I realised that as of this month, I haven’t bought any new clothes (shoes, underwear and vintage clothes not included) from RTW clothes shops in 2 years. That blew me away a little. I have been pretty tempted to at times, but ultimately I think my brain’s been reconditioned to just not factor in clothes shopping as an option (after taking the seamless pledge). I’ve just been so stubborn on the matter that it’s become normal to just think ‘I need to make that’ instead.
I imagine that most of my friends think I’m an annoying knob when I talk about it, in the same way I get annoyed when people go on about how little they drink or healthy they eat (wine and pizza being my staple diet). Obviously I am not judging anyone who shops for cheap clothes. Sewing takes a lot of time and passion, and ultimately it’s the big bad brands that are the environmental and ethical villains, not the consumers. Even though I think that responsible consumption could be a liiiittle bit higher up on everyone’s agenda.
My second reason for writing this post, was Carrie’s recent geek-out. She took her sewing stats for 2015 and turned it into a bunch of delicious graphs. So I decided to rip her off, hehe.
All in all I sewed 43 pieces of clothing this year. I’m always interested in seeing what kind of pieces I am making, and also what pattern companies I use the most, so that’s what I have focused on. I always think I make too few tops, which is kind of ridiculous looking at the following graph. Overall it’s a pretty good spread, and I am so proud of my jeans making journey which started with my Ginger jeans early last year.
Just like last year, Grainline studio comes out on top in terms of patterns most used. Just like in Carrie’s case, the overall pattern winner is the Linden Sweatshirt. A new favourite indie pattern company this year has been Tessuti patterns. I made a lot of Sydney Jackets and Jac shirts. Memade generally refers to pieces that I have upcycled, like this and this. All my Merchant and Mills pieces are Bantam tops from the workbook they released this year.
Last year was also a lot about this amazing sewing community I’m fortunate to be part of. Portia invited me to take part in her Refashioners bonanza, and I’ve soooo thoroughly enjoyed chatting with all of you here on my blog and on Instagram. Women are usually each others harshest critics, but I see none of that here, only positive support. You are all awesome. I spent an hour trying to explain the concept of this epic ‘online sewing community’ to my sister the other day, but I think you have to experience it to understand.
Here’s to more of everything in 2016 xx