My 2017 in pictures

January: birthday presents from my husband. That guy just GETS me.
January: the happy-making cowl (Post here)
February: an intense trip to Kenya…
…with my student crew to shoot a documentary about Female Genital Mutilation (post here)
Cute baby elephants and cute school children at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi where they rescue and rehabilitate orphaned elephants
How could I resist buying this beautiful skirt when she models it so well?
My cats. Because squeeeeeee!
April: my volleyball team kicks ass in the playoffs!
May: a trip to Berlin with my husband where we hung out with our dear friend Kristian from Denmark…
…and went fabric shopping at the Turkish Market, of course. (post here)
May: an unexpected reunion with an old friend from New Zealand — in Cleveland. (Also: who knew Cleveland was such a neat city?)
My shoulda-been favourite pants that aren’t a favourite at all. I’d love these if it weren’t for the fact that the fabric bags out so easily and doesn’t recover well. (Post here)
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May: a friend invites me to go to his shooting club to fire some guns. And I say, why not? Scary, but fun. Glad I tried it.
June: my parents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary
Inari Tee Dress by Named Clothing - Frivolous At Last
One of my favourite makes of 2017: The secret pyjamas Inari Tee Dress (post here)
Another killer make: the Named Kielo Wrap Dress (post here)
And another 2017 favourite: the BurdaStyle ruched sheath dress (post here)
Summertime: filled with beach volleyball!
Satin printed fabric from Spoonflower. An unexpected favourite make of 2017 (post here)
Can’t seem to get enough of these Zinnia Skirts by Colette (post here)
I’m grateful for these friends…
…with whom I have way too much fun!
Frivolous at Last shibori-dyed cotton gauze scarf
August: took an indigo dyeing workshop and made this scarf (post here)…
Frivolous At Last - Papercut Skipper Tunic in Shibori cotton linen
…as well as this Papercut Patterns Skipper Tunic (post here)
August: a trip to Prince Edward Island, and a visit to Campbell’s Fibre Farm where I bought some hand-spun alpaca yarn that came from these fellas…
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…and turned it into this hat for my friend’s baby born in October.
Clothes Making Mavens - a sewing podcast about handmade fashion
Helena and I continue to produce episodes of the Clothes Making Mavens podcast somewhat regularly (i.e. when we find time and get our shit together), and we reach over 20,000 listens this year.
Everyone needs a handmade giant metallic leather bag! (post here)
Hallowe’en: My husband and I dressed as Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. I’m quite proud of the syringe I rigged up with literally a paperclip and chewing gum (along with surgical tape, liquid latex and makeup). The cigarette is fake of course!
November: back in the jewelry studio to learn textile techniques for metal…
…and I made this woven silver ball pendant with a gemstone rattling around inside.
December: a long-weekend trip to New York City to soak up some Christmas vibes and visit with friends…
…and buy fabric, of course! I’m doing a little happy dance in the aisles of Mood Fabrics.
December: celebrating party season with my love!
December: another playoff win for the Misfits!
December: handsome husband likes his handmade Wardrobe By Me Ziggi Hoodie Christmas gift.
December: a last-minute-decision trip to Dominican Republic! Worthy of joyful jumping!

It’s been a very good year, and I’m full of gratitude.

What’s coming down the pike for 2018? One thing I know for sure is I won’t be buying any ready-to-wear clothes. I’ve taken the 2018 RTW Fasters pledge. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

Here’s wishing you a very happy and healthy 2018!

Thanks for stopping by.

— Lori


6 thoughts on “My 2017 in pictures

  1. What a great year!!! You really packed a lot in there, including travel and experimenting with new crafts! Hope you have a really fantastic 2018!

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  2. Hey Lori – what a great year you’ve had in so many ways. Mighty impressive. Love the silver bauble with the jewel inside. Want to make one. What would I google for that? I love what you’re wearing in the New Year’s pic – that print!!! Is it something you made? If so, where did you get the fabric.
    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Hi Barbara. Good question. I couldn’t find the technique on google, either. I learned it from Gillian Batcher, who runs Jewel Envy, so maybe you can find more info on their website:
      And that dress — not something I made, but I agree that print is amazing. I’ve had that dress for over 10 years and I remember actually gasping when I saw it. It’s a mini dress with bell sleeves and the mod print has silver metallic accents. If I ever saw fabric for sale like it I would buy it by the bolt! 🙂


      1. Thanks Lori. I’ll check it out. And as for the fabulous dress fabric – I hope you’d get some for me too – or at least share your bolt!!!

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