Happy New Year and time to catch up!

I have been off for the holidays since Friday, December 23.  I have gotten a lot of rest, spent time with family and long time friends during Christmas weekend in my hometown of Danville, VA.

My DH caught the "crud" that has been going around so he ended up being home several days last week.  We both return to work tomorrow.

I completed the Renfrew top by Sewaholic using stretch velvet knit from Style Maker Fabrics. This is my fourth version of this pattern since it's release.   Here is a photo of me wearing it with my husband's niece where we celebrated Christmas afternoon/evening in Halifax, VA.
I also completed another Vogue top pattern, one I had made previously.  This too included fabric from Style Maker Fabrics.  The texture winter white (cream) knit is from them.  The solid is from Fabric Mart. Both worked well together.

The pattern is now out of print.  I made View B previously and decided to make View C.  My cowl neck does not drape like the view on the pattern envelope.  I think that the fabric is heavier and the cowl is not very wide.  I am okay with this.  I did use the cuffs from View B on the sleeves using the textured knit.
I will most likely wear this to work tomorrow or either the velvet knit top.  Both are warm and though the weather is expected to be in 50's my office always feels colder.

I have started on another project which will be my first for 2017.  I am making a sweater duster using Simplicity 8059.  I was going to make the longer version with some adjustments for my height.  I did not have enough fabric so went with the shorter version which will be longer on me as I did not adjust the length  for this view.  I am using a sweater knit fabric from EOS. This is a  heather pink/purple with black.
I have a bunch of patterns I purchased in December taking advantage of Simplicity sales on Pattern Review and Club BMV for year end.  I plan to go on a pattern diet as well as fabric diet for several months.  I did make some fabric purchases before year end and will post about these next.

I plan to sew from my pattern and fabric stash more in 2017.  More later.


  1. What lovely tops. I hope your holiday was cheerful and restful (and that you don't catch what your DH had!). Happy new year - Coco

  2. You are going to love Simplicity 8059. I'm in the process of making a couple more out of various fabrics. Hope your DH feels better soon!

    1. I hope you are feeling better! I hope I have good success with this. My fabric is a little fiddly!

  3. So glad you had a great break. I love your velvet top and I made a similar top with a textured knit paired with plain ponte. I thought I'd lost it in my epic lost-sweater event but I found it yesterday when I cleaned up my sewing cave. YAY!

    Can't wait to see that beautiful sweater knit in action.

    1. Thank you! I love the velvet knit and was not difficult to sew. I just had to remember to keep all pattern pieces going in the same direction for the nap. The sweater knit is a little fiddly so hoping it goes well.

  4. The velvet top looks so luxurious and comfortable! The cream knit top is also fabulous. So lovely to have these beautiful tops that are versatile too.


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