One Year Sewn… Winter Edition

I am trying to be a bit more timely in my publishing of One Year Sewn posts this year, although I’ve been thinking about it and I am not sure how much use they will be this year? I did sew several garments in 2020 but the garments that I made haven’t seen the usual amount of wear and tear as I spent most of the year wearing pyjamas or activewear! I usually use these posts to reflect on which patterns have made it into regular rotation as well as examining which fabrics are washing and wearing well after a year of use, this is a bit of an exceptional case this year though! Nevertheless, I am examining last winter – the months of December 2019, January and February of 2020 – the last months before the world turned upside down!

My first make of 2020 was the York Pinafore, and I actually had to double check my notes to be sure I did actually make this in 2020. I have worn it so much I thought it must be older! It is now just a year old and has been worn loads, however because it is a garment that doesn’t sit close to the body (I usually wear a t-shirt and leggings underneath) I think this has only been washed a few times which probably accounts for why it is still looking pretty new! Love it, worn it loads. Blog post here if you want to read about it.

Corduroy Archer Shirt dress hack. I did wear this a few times in the autumn- it’s warm and comfortable – but whilst I am really happy with the finish of this, I am not super pleased with the proportions of my dress hack. I think the bodice needs to be a tiny bit shorter in the front and a good chunk shorter in the back as I seem to have made it slanted? I plan on making this adjustment to the dress as I think it will make me wear it more, and when I have done it I will look at whether I want to adjust the overall length. Some changes to be made to this one, but I am still so happy with it! Original blog post here.

I can’t find a photo of the back, but this shows how I got the proportions ‘off’ a little bit and the waistline slopes towards the back?

Denim Scraps Julien Jacket. I love this, and wore it several times during the warmer months, however I didn’t leave the house that much so didn’t have loads of occasion to wear it. Still love it though and am thrilled to have it in my wardrobe! This was a guest post for the Sewcialists, you can find the blog post here.

Closet Core Patterns Carolyn PJs. These weren’t a huge success, I discovered I just can’t sleep in them! Anyone else only able to sleep in a t-shirt? I felt like I got all tangled up in the fabric and so these have been relegated to loungewear only. Which is fine and has at least pointed out to me that there is no point spending any more time making gorgeous pyjamas that I won’t sleep in! Lesson learned and I am grateful for it. Blog post here.

Tessuti Lisa dress. This was worn several times during spring and summer but again with nowhere to go, hasn’t seen that much wear and is another one that looks like new. I hope to wear this much more in the future as I love it! Blog post.

Obviously these things haven’t seen loads of wear but enough to know where I want to make changes. I feel like I am being more consistent in my making and am much better at making things that I like and that fit me!

If you liked reading this (I hope they aren’t too boring as I know they are basically just lists) you can find my previous One Year Sewn posts here: Spring, Summer, Autumn. As always, I encourage you to get involved and assess which garments are wearing well in your wardrobe after a year or so of wear. Any warnings for us? Any great successes?

2 thoughts on “One Year Sewn… Winter Edition

  1. Loved reading and seeing the pics! That Lisa dress is just so gorgeous. And yes – I can only sleep in a top too, or a short nightie which is basically a t shirt. But I do lounge about in pyjamas in the evenings so I think pretty pjs are worth it 🙂

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  2. I LOVE this idea! I went back and read the others.
    On Instagram, we see so very many makes, and with some-“influencers”?-I wonder if the garments ever get worn after the photo shoot. I think this should be a movement! I would love to be able to look up a hashtag and see a peek behind the curtain! Also, I appreciate the information about the fabrics (such as the expensive jersey fading somewhat). It’s also interesting to see how a garment does after the initial flush of successful making.
    I think I’ll mention this idea (and you in particular) to Helen and Caroline at Love to Sew. They express an interest in sustainability, and actually wearing what you make is a part of that.


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