Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Favorites of 2017

Here are my favorite makes for this year!

Jalie ~ 2
Angela Wolf ~ 2
Pauline Alice ~ 1
Burda Young ~ 1

I noticed I haven't blogged as much this year as I have in previous years, but I believe this is a result of more focused sewing for me.  I've tried to approach my sewing with more realistic goals, combining what I want to make with what I will actually wear.  I love to sew, but I'm trying to resist those patterns that are just "eye candy."  I have so many patterns now, and as I look back through them, so many are not exactly my style.  I want a lot of those dresses, but darn it, they aren't exactly the kind of thing I want to be wearing to the grocery store!  I find myself reaching for those comfy leggings or yoga pants (Jalie your yoga pants are the BEST).


I LOVE this dress.  It's a wear-anywhere-kind-of-dress.  It feels comfortable, it's flirty and fun.



This was my first Pauline Alice pattern and I have made it 3 times and there will continue to be more.  With different bodice, skirt, neck, and sleeve options, you can make this pattern over and over and they will all be different.



I'm so proud of this outfit....these jeans!!  I find myself grabbing this top to wear often as well.  The whole outfit is totally my kind of style.





My daughter wanted a Cheetah print bomber jacket.  Ask and you shall receive, especially when you have a mother who sews!  Jalie never disappoints.



This makes the list too since I have made my son 3 and they are in constant weekly rotation.  My son is 16 and he continues to want me to sew for him--I am blessed.

I'm also very excited and proud to announce that I have been selected to be part of a Jalie Promo team!  I look forward to showcasing new Jalie pattern releases on my blog.

If you have been following me throughout the years, you may also know that I am a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at 45.  January 17, 2018, will be my 5th anniversary of having my cancerous tumors removed, followed by 6 months of chemo, several weeks of radiation, as well as an additional treatment of Herceptin for another 12 months.

Thank you for stopping by and continuing to follow my blog.  There are so many amazing sewing blogs out there and I'm thrilled to be one of the ones you visit!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours,
Shirley



13 comments:

  1. A great sewing year! I love both your dresses, so pretty and comfortable. I love reading your blog and look forward to seeing what 2018 holds for you, congratulations on being a Jalie pattern tester! Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well!

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  2. Congratulations on your 5 year survival, Shirley! That's a big deal, and I am happy for you. I hope that being a pattern tester for Jalie means more posts, because I really enjoy your posts. Have a blessed holiday.

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    1. Thank you so much! Turning 50 and 5 years post is such a mile marker in my life. It was quite the journey and my love for sewing definitely helped me through rough times.

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  3. A great sewing year and I can't believe you made those jeans! Your projects are always so well done,and the kinds of things you end up wearing all the time. I really want to try that Pauline Alice pattern, too. Congratulations on being cancer free and also for looking totally fabulous at fifty!

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    1. Thanks Justine! I have to say this birthday was the most exciting for me since it was the 5 year mark as well. You should try these jeans out! They are just like RTW but only better. Even if it takes a few tries to perfect fit like it did for me, it was still less the the number of jeans I tote off to the dressing room that still don't fit. LOL

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  4. Looking lovely, Shirley! I love how you sew outfits. The jeans are my favourite project of yours. You are skillful at sewing and great mom. Bravo!

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    1. Thanks Eli! Jeans are so rewarding. I think because it is the hardest for me to find in a store...for years the fit just wasn't right. It's nice to not have to accept that and make my own!

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  5. I love your pauline alice dress, so pretty; must most of all congratulations on your 5th year free from cancer! that must be such a relief to you and your family... best of wishes for a productive and fun sewing year for 2018. xx

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  6. Fantastic makes this year. That Aldaia dress was made for you, it truly was. Such a fantastic looking dress and I wish it was mine everytime I see it. :)
    congrats on the 5 yr anniversary, that is a huge milestone! I look forward to seeing all you make in 2018 my best sewing friend <3

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