Happy New Year’s Eve! My birthday on the 3rd is for resolutions, but I like to go back through the year and do a project recap–just to get what I made in one place and remember what worked and what didn’t.
What I sewed the most was active wear, which makes sense because it’s probably what I wore the most (I’m lifting 4 days a week, bros!). I discovered Greenstyle Creations, whose patterns make your butt look amazing, and I discovered a whole new world of athletic fabric suppliers and custom printers. Being able to make my own tights (with POCKETS) was a revelation and also saved me about $80 per pair vs. buying the high-performance, colorful ones I’m drawn to. Plus, they’re so comfortable and, as I said, make your butt look amazing (I mean, all the squats help, but it’s good drafting.).
I pretty much made a whole new gym/hiking wardrobe, plus a swimsuit (!):
- 6 pairs of gym tights (plus 2 test pairs, but they’ve fallen apart [it took me a while to figure out how to do a secure faux flatlock])
- 3 gym tops
- 1 pair fleece hiking tights
- 1 pair hiking shorts
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 pair gym joggers (not blogged yet; I finished them Sunday)
I made regular clothes, too, from lounge wear to work outfits:
- 2 turtlenecks
- 3 sweatshirts (2 Sloanes and 1 Linden)
- 1 pair linen lounge pants
- 1 pair Winslow Culottes
- 2 camisoles (only 1 blogged; the other was a wearable muslin to match the Winslow Culottes)
- 1 jumpsuit
- 2 girly blouses (not blogged yet)
And, in a departure from my all-pants wardrobe of the last 5 years, I made skirts and dresses:
- 3 dresses (2 big, 1 party)
- 1 flouncy skirt
Doc got some things this year, too:
- 4 woven shirts (2 still to be blogged–birthday and Xmas!) [update: blogged here]
- 2 sweatshirts
- and 2 pairs of underwear
That’s 36 sewn garments for me and Doc (plus 2 knitted sweaters). Last year’s output was 32, so it’s about the same for this year–but it feels like a lot more because I really filled a hole in my wardrobe with all the gym clothes. I also finished 7 out of the 9 things I planned for the 2019 Make Nine (included in the list above). And let’s not forget that I got a NEW SEWING MACHINE in August, which is seriously some of the best money I’ve ever spent.
I’m not doing a Make Nine again (I get too distracted) but 2020’s plans will probably include sports bras, more gym tights, finally sewing up this fabric from 2018, and maybe getting a coverstitch machine (so I can make gym clothes even FASTER, of course).
Yay, congrats on all your sewing accomplishments! All your workout posts/stories were super inspiring and I hope to start lifting again and making more activewear in 2020. 🙂 Happy new year!
Ally! Thank you for the comment! Yessss lifting is the BEST, made even better when you can sew things for it. 🙂 Happy New Year!