2015 retrospective



I absolutely love looking back at the blog content and recap on key posts of the year. The year kick off with Jungle January Shadi Skirt. This is my favourite yearly community challenge. I talked about sewing on Tv with some incredible vintage footage from BBC. February quick off with awkward situations we face as sewists, a trip to Paris, how to pick a sewing machine and my experience collaborating with House of Fraser. I made a pair of black shorts, a pencil skirt than later in the year turned into a open back dress, a heavily embroidered backcloth crop top. My favourite outfit involved tweed and leather. March I made: Simplicity 1371, Florence tulip dress and two tone Yona Coat. A complementary post on tailoring tips and how to became a better sewists followed. I sewn 2 bunnies but only one made the blog. Wedding excitement started to show on the blog and share a family recipe of Bem-casados. My least favourite make of the year was made this month: Koko top. Your favourite posts were both reviews: The film Dior & I and Fabric PrintingGBSB book review closed the month nicely.



April was a very busy month. I reviewed a crochet book for beginners, “Fashion on the ration” exhibition and shared tips on how to sew snaps. Sewn: coco jacket, burda cardigan, sutton blouse, Cynthia Rowley 2473. I shared a vintage find. May sewing: Vogue 7385, named bikini, another version of my free pattern and Tilly’s francoise dress.  June: I got married to the love of my live.  You saw me sewing a veil from Lisa’s new book, I shared my hen do dress and a backpack. I had all the best intentions to talk about the whole wedding process but it never happened. There were so many handmade elements. I will eventually share all the details.

by Sarah Legge Photography

by Sarah Legge Photography

by Sarah Legge Photography

by Sarah Legge Photography

by Sarah Legge Photography

by Sarah Legge Photography

July you saw my Yoyo skirt, we laughed at “bad pocketing” off my rub-off trousers, a heavy picture post Inari dress, a dress for Brazilian Manequim magazine, Sallie jumpsuit and a baby romper for my goddaughter. You guys appreciated the expert views from Shaftesbury knit& Natter group. August was full of finished items: Geneva & agnes tees, Bruyere shirtdress, Judith jumpsuit, another make from Manequim, yellow pjs and Merchant & Mills book review.  I sewn two jumpsuits which remained unblogged. September: It was a pleasure to co-host a coat sew along with McCall’s. Tailoring tips, fabric choices and toile making were some of the subjects approached. I shared tips on how to sew woven patterns using knit fabrics. I sewn a dress named after myself, a summer beach cover up and tropical visor. I hosted SEWPHOTOHOP on Instagram.

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Winter espadrilles were a big hit in October, as it was colette wrein dress. I modified a repeat make: vogue 7385. Finally shared my favourite make of the year: Bellatriz Blazer on my honeymoon. I always sew at least one Named pattern every month and this time was the sloane sweater. For the coat sew along we sewn the back, sleeves, lining and hem. I partnered with Tefal to share tailoring tips using a hand steamer. Self-less sewing happened when I made my MIL a visor and my goddaughter a mini-mouse costume.  This was a very social month. November you saw the results of my free hand cutting and the new layout of my sewing room. The winter Keilo dress was a biggest No-Go. Regarding tips shared: How to finish a jersey dress with stretch bias. You loved when we talked about Home Sewing Vs fashion. December was just around the corner:  You saw my hand knitted scarfs, a gifted sweater knitted by my MIL, a liberty shirtdress, a christmas wish list & party. Last but not least I finished the year sharing underlining tips and my second favourite make this year: rise& fall turtleneck.

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As always it has been a pleasure to have you with me in my Journey. Do you have a favourite post? Do share.

  • Hélène

    Always nice to read you. In this 2015 retrospective, I would say that your post on Merchant & Mills Workbook came especially handy for me. I had just bought the book and knowing that I could go down one size or two saved me time and fabric! I did the Bantam in linen too – one size smaller than my measurements – and it’s a great summer top! Hope to tackle the long dress on the biais (don’t remember the name of this one) next spring. A post dedicated to your wedding dress would certainly be most enjoyable!

  • So many great makes and great posts! I love reading your blog and getting inspiration from your makes. Here’s to a great 2016.

  • Thank you for blogging! I love reading your posts!

  • A Stitching Odyssey

    What a fabulous year you’ve had Rachel…so productive, despite organising an amazing-looking wedding too! You’re an inspiration to us all :o) xxx

  • Debi_myhappysewingplace

    Such a lovely recap! Catching up on some of the posts I missed! xx

  • Gorgeous recap!
    Love your blog

  • I think my favorite thing you made last year was the Yona coat- it’s so chic!