2016 review. Another year of sewing

It was 2 years ago today that Male Devon Sewing was created when I posted my first blog to record my sewing adventures. 2 years down the line we are still here! As 2016 comes to an end, it is time to look back and review the year but where has the time has gone? It has certainly flown by and so many things have happened.

2016 ReviewThe Great British Sewing Bee

It seems like only yesterday, waiting for the call confirming my appearance on the Great British Sewing Bee. Well, I did get that call and you may have seen me on the TV! The run up, preparation and filming certainly made the first few months disappear.

I only made it to week 3 but leaving when I did, gave me the opportunity to be at the 12 week scan of my second child; a special thing indeed. The Sewing Bee was good fun and certainly a different experience for me. It was great to meet so many other talented sewers and I am sure we will remain friends for many years.

Sewing Bee Quote

My sewing review

I set up the #Blazerof2016 challenge (aided by Janene over at Ooobop) in January. The idea being to get people sewing menswear and to have a go at a jacket/blazer. Lots of people joined in and there have been some excellent makes. The jacket I wore on the third week of the Sewing Bee was my make for the challenge.

Three more things for the Minerva Crafts Bloggers Network were made this year: A floral shirt, maternity top and some smart clothes for little Harry to go to a friends wedding. I also made the Brides wedding dress and a smart dress for the Mother-of-the-Groom.

I was also contacted by Britex Fabrics in San Francisco! Yes in the USA! They asked my to write a few guest blogs for them. Here you can read about my Shacket and Guayabera.

This year I’ve  been researching and developing my ‘tailoring’ skills so actual makes have been limited in number. It has been great looking at all the different techniques involved in tailored clothes and trying to put them into practise. I made a copy of the ‘Bleu de travail’ or French chore jacket as I do like utilitarian clothing styles. Drafting more of my own patterns this year has been great fun and something I will continue to develop. This has given me lots of content to blog about soon.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my many posts recently, when I decided to make a 3-piece suit for myself, again trying to ‘tailor’ as accurately as possible. Well after 6 weeks, the jacket is finished! Now for the waistcoat and trousers.

Tailored jacket

New Arrival

In August, a whole month early, Harry got a little brother: George decided he was ready and arrived a healthy 8lb 15oz. I was allowed to pick a middle name and kept with a sewing theme. So Harris it was (after the tweed, of course). All is well and things are slowly settling down as we all get into a routine.


What to expect in 2017

I’ve posted before about a book I am writing, well it’s still being written!  ‘How to Build a Shirt’ should have been finished a long time ago but I didn’t want to rush it and obviously many other things got in the way. I am hoping to get a publishing date soon and will, of course, let you know. (Don’t forget to sign up to this blog as 5 lucky subscribers will win a copy)

I was invited to write a few articles for a magazine called ‘Sewing Made Simple’ in 2016. From this I have now have a regular slot in the new ‘Sew Now‘ magazine with my feature ‘Sustainable Tailoring’. Expect to see more of me each month.

Sew Now

I have some ideas for sewing patterns that I hope to get released next year. Nothing too exciting but a few more patterns for men can’t be bad.

The Blogging will continue and I will be making more regular posts in 2017. I will aim to give at least 1 tutorial a month and hopefully at least 1 post a week.


Well thats about it for another year. So I shall wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you for following me as my journey unfolds.


Until next time……Happy Sewing

3 thoughts on “2016 review. Another year of sewing”

  1. My goodness, what a year you’ve had! Congratulations on the new babe and on your many sewing successes. I hope 2017 is another wonderful year for you; I’ll certainly be following along (and eagerly hoping for news of any menswear patterns). Happy New Year!

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