Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye to 2016

December went by me in a blur of travel and illness. Luckily the illnesses were not serious - just temporarily debilitating - the flu and shingles. And the travel was fun - one trip to NH to see our son and family and then on Christmas a trip to Charleston to see our daughter and her family. Both great trips.

But I sewed very little this month. And here it is the last day of the year and I'm finally back in my sewing space making clothes for me! We have some fun plans tonight and so I'm making Quincy pants to go with a top I made a while back. The top is Vogue 9063 and I see that it is on sale today over at ClubBMV. I made it from one of those interesting Asian silks - actually 2 pieces that seemed to go together.

The Quincy pants are made using this mystery fabric. It's been in my stash so long I do not remember buying it and I have no idea of the fiber content. Seems a bit like tencil or some other kind of rayon. Drapey. Soft.

Vogue 9063 made over a year ago. I just love the fabric!

The Quincy pants are from the Sewing Workshop (TSW). They are narrow leg pants which leaves me hoping that I do not end up looking like a top-heavy golf tee in them. TSW also has the Helix pants - narrow leg for knits. The Quincy is intended for woven fabrics and so should work this tencil (?) fabric. I've made the Quincy pants twice before - once was unsuccessful due to poor fabric choice but the second pair was more useful. I have high hopes for this 3rd pair.

I'll be omitting the artsy buttons on the outside seam this time, but it is kind-of cute, isn't it?

I did manage to make a few more clothesline bowls as gifts, many wrapped in pretty cotton batik fabric. But I still like the naked ones. Have I mentioned that these are entirely addictive to make?

This one was given to daughter but her MIL liked it so I re-gifted it to her. It'll be no problem to make another!

This one I kept. I like the beehive-like structure and use it as a tissue holder.
Lastly I made PJ pants for two grandsons, and a jacket for one granddaughter. Then I ran out of time.

Onward to 2017! I'm closing out 2016 with a wish that we all spend more time making and creating in 2017. Life is shorter and shorter - here's to being happy where we find ourselves each day.



  1. Sorry about the illnesses, I had that honker of an upper respiratory thing that had been going around. Love the top and pants, interesting patterns! And the beautiful bowls you make, you have quite the eye for color and design!

  2. You were busy! I haven't sewn as much this year as in years past. I have many UFOs that I hope to tackle soon. My new "helper" the pup that joined us in May has other ideas for me so I can only sew when he naps. (yep, just like a kid). Oh well, wouldn't do without him! I agree that the bowls are addictive. I made a "naked" tote for my sewing guild gift for the Christmas party. It went over well. Can't remember if I posted on my blog. I'll check soon. Here's to all of us having a wonderful 2017!

  3. Oh, bummer to be ill so much of the holiday season. And shingles...oh, hope you're doing better. Your sewing and bowls are a joy. Happy New Year! and I hope January brings you new energy and good health.

  4. Such cool baskets, and the jacket at the end is wonderful!!

  5. I've thought about making those baskets for years, they look very easy and zen to sew and so nice when they are done. Yours are lovely. Looking forward to seeing the completed pants!

  6. I love your bowls, they are so fun and useful.
    Here's to a better 2017

  7. WOW, those bowls, especially the one you kept, beautiful. I am so sorry you had the shingles. I hope it was not a totally miserable interlude because it can be! I love your holiday outfit; I bet you looked fabulous. Share a picture, yeah? And I know you want to move on, but could you talk about that jacket? I am about to sew a jacket, and I would love to know how it went. That fabric is wonderful; I bet your grandaughter loves it. Happy New Year, and thanks for sharing your makes with us!

  8. The jacket is SO pretty! And beautiful bowls!

    Ouch. Glad you're on the mend.

  9. Shingles, UGH! Hope it wasn't too terrible of a case. Those bowls are so amazing, Martha!

  10. For "sewing very little this month," you certainly accomplished alot! Love the baskets. I just can't get the courage to try one. Joy, peace, and good health in the new year!