2018 in creations

Hello! It’s been a while – I had minor surgery* that totally knocked me, so I took a break for the rest of the year. I’ll be back next year with more creations and some other content, but for now, here’s a review of everything I sewed and knitted in 2018.

I’m very proud of everything I created this year. Even if some of the items didn’t work out for me, I’m still satisfied with my craftmanship (craftwomanship?) and feel confident in my little handmade wardrobe. There are a few more items to add once I’ve photographed and blogged them, but they’ll have to wait for next year.

A collage of sewn and knitted creations.
L-R, top-bottom: Butterick 6139, Sew Over It Kimono Sleeve Jacket, Insulate! Hat, Ljós Hat, Named Inari Tee, In the Folds Peplum Top, Ottobre 2/2017 #1. Statement t-shirt, Ottobre 5/2015 11. Pencil shape printed pants, Sew Over It Kimono Jacket.
A collage of sewn and knitted creations.
L-R, top-bottom: Bronwyn Jumper, Burda long sleeved blouse 04/2010 #114, Grainline Hemlock Tee x 2, self drafted ponte skirt from Maria Denmark tutorial, Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee, Ottobre Autumn/Winter 5/2017 #18. Ladder Stripes – viscose knit dress (altered), Strokkur Jumper, Style Arc Blaire Shirt.
A collage of knitted and sewn creations.
L-R, top-bottom: Grainline Hemlock Tee, Tessuti Frankie Dress, Grainline Hemlock Tee, Named Inari Tee Dress, In the Folds Wide Leg Pants, Strokkur Jumper (again), In the Folds Jersey Dress, Grainline Archer Shirt, Grainline Hemlock Tee.
Woman poses in front of a pink vintage car. She wears a retro playsuit, consisting of a bustier top and sarong skirt in a blue tropical print. She holds a parasol.
Butterick 6354 
A fair isle cowl, handknitted in 70s colours of brown, blue, orange and yellow.
Pyukkleen Cowl.

Now for the stats! I made 29 garments, 22 sewn and 6 knitted. Of those sewn, 11 were made in wovens (many stretch woven) and 12 knits (all of my handknits were in sheep’s wool). That’s a far cry from when I used to exclusively wear fitted woven dresses.

Pie chart showing value of each garment type. Top highest with 12 (41.4%), then dress 5 (17.2%), jumper 3 (10.3%), hat, jacket and pants 2 (6.9%), playsuit, cowl and skirt 1 (3.4%).

No surprise that I made mainly tops, thanks to the ridiculous number of Grainline Hemlocks I sewed. I really must cut back on dresses given how little I wear them. But they’re so easy to sew!

Pie chart showing value of each pattern company. Grainline 6 (21.4%), Ysolda 4 (14.3%), In the Folds 3 (10.7%), Ottobre 3 (10.7%), Named, Sew Over It and Butterick 2 (7.1%), Tessuti, Pattern Fantastique, Brooklyn Tweed, Amy van de Laar 1 (3.6%).

Sad to see my beloved Burda bumped down to 1 make this year! (It didn’t show on the chart but it’s the pink “1” slice.)


Thanks for sticking with me this year, friends. I truly appreciate your comments and interactions on this little space here. Best wishes for a happy and healthful as possible 2019!




*Investigative laproscopy to look for causes of abdominal pain, they found nothing, story of my life.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

15 thoughts on “2018 in creations”

  1. Well Siobhan, I had noticed you were quite this year. I hoped you were well (well’ish anyway). Hopefully 2019 will be a better year. You say less dresses but I used to live what you made with an old sheet! Those summer dresses looked cool fun and funky! I have been saving mine now… Wished I brought something other than white 😁 all the very best for 2019 xxx

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  2. Wow! Nice haul! Really impressive. Not only your output, but how much you’ve grown in terms of skills, honed and mastered, and ideation, imagination, and overall (true to) Siobahn-ness. I look forward to more in 2019. Gosh, you should feel proud!

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  3. I have to say, it really doesn’t matter what the tests show. If you have abnormal pain then somethings wrong. I was treated like a malingerer for pain that had me climbing the walls during period…no no its not fibroid, ovarian cyst stuff etc. After the hysterectomy, the surgeon said, very grudgingly, “Oh, you did have a fibroid, but it was just a small one.” Gee, aren’t I glad god knows what he was talking about. So don’t let them make you feel bad, they’re largely ignorant because cysts and other disorders won’t show up unless the time is right eg during periods etc.

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  4. Hoping this year brings you answers and/or relief. I also hope it brings you projects where you don’t want to set the whole thing on fire on start over. 😉

    It’s such a pleasure to follow along with you here. I love your creations and I often think…I would totally wear that! 🙂 (I’m incredibly picky about clothes so that surprises even me. :)) Take good care!!

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    1. Haha, there will always be those kinds of projects! You’re not doing it right otherwise 😉

      I appreciate your comments here so much, Mishka. Nice to see you have good taste too, hehe. Hope your 2019 is everything you deserve (ie, lots of good things! And less rude people).

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