2017 Year in Review

The year of… This

To quote Dickens, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” Ya got that right, Chuck. As I bid a (semi-)fond farewell to 2017, I realize that this has been a year of wild swings for me. I don’t usually do year end posts, and I rarely talk about year-end stuff that isn’t sewing related, but I feel the need to remind myself that 2017 was not the major bust that it has seemed since early November. To whit, here are the highlights by month, with some sewing projects thrown in…


How better to start the year than on a boat in Sydney Harbor, watching fireworks? My family and I took a bucket list trip to Australia, where we visited dear friends Dave & Renee (my Sister from Around the Planet). Our sons came with us. This was the trip we have planned and saved for since we got married 32 years ago, and it was everything we hoped.

We spent New Years on Sydney Harbor


Where they do fireworks RIGHT
My Sister by Another Mother, and my DH
Brother-in-Law-by-Another-Mother Dave, making Prawn Étouffée with me consulting (we gave them Paul Prudhomme’s cookbook)
Left: the harbor at Port Douglas. Right: Truly the Best Day Ever
Clockwise from top left: Me, DH, DS the Younger, DS the Elder

Yeah, I did nothing. I shut down Gorgeous Fabrics for the time I was gone, and when I got back, well, let’s just say things didn’t go as planned so the site was down for a lot longer than I intended. That was, in effect, the beginning of… we’ll continue that conversation later.


No vacations in February. But I did sew a bunch. I made a fave-rave McCalls M6559 Bolero, which several people have asked me about because I wore it in my Craftsy Class. (More on that later.)


I also made the PHENOMENAL Paco Peralta for Vogue Patterns V1527 Blouse.

No vacations here, either, but some sewing. In March I made Butterick B6446 dress. This is one of the favorite pieces I’ve made in ages, and I wore it to DS the Elder’s college graduation. It’s a wonderful pattern.

Clearly, I am not living up to the picture that starts this post. No vacation here either. But I did make a favorite button-down shirt, Butterick B5678. I have to admit, it was a little pull-y when I first made it. For better or worse, it’s loose now. That’s a story for later in this post. Regardless, I do love it.

Work work work. No vacations. Damn.
But I did have one Massive Fail. And another successful Paco Peralta for Vogue V1527 Coat, in a pink satin, which I wore with my Butterick B5678 dress to DS the Elder’s college graduation!

Oh, thank God, a vacation! DH had to (“Had to”? Whatever – any port in a storm) go to Copenhagen for business, so I went with him, and because we were able to stop over without any penalty, we spent a long weekend in London. Where I dragged him to Saville Row

Tried on a £7.5 Million flawless diamond necklace just for kicks.

It was (almost) better than sex.

AND I got to meet and spend the day with the wonderful Melissa of Fehr Trade Patterns. We went to the Balenciaga Exhibit at the V&A, in the morning, then spent the entire day together.

Love. Huh!

Next I went to Copenhagen, where I spent several days with my dear Maria of Maria Denmark Patterns. OMG, she’s my Sister from This Side of the Planet! We had SUCH a good time!!

Love. Huh!

Yes, there was another trip. This was a vacation that we planned and paid for long before Copenhagen/London became a possibility, and it was our anniversary trip. We love the Big Island of Hawai’i and try to go whenever time and money permit.

Panorama view from the restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner.

There was also a little sewing, in fact for this dinner. I made New Look 6557.

No travel – needed a break and had to work, but I did make one of my favorite garments of 2017, Paco Peralta for Vogue Patterns V1550 tunic and pants. J’adore!!!

No vacations, but some very big decisions. September was when I decided to close Gorgeous Fabrics. I’ll talk more about that later. Maybe.

But it was also a month when my sewing mojo was in full swing. I made lots of things, but my favorite, and the one that gets me stopped by strangers on the street to compliment me is McCalls M7100 Sequined Bomber Jacket.

This was WAY out of my wheelhouse, but I love it.

Well, the big thing, of course, was my announcement that Gorgeous Fabrics, as we all have come to know it and love it, was closing. That caused some… consternation. But it was a good decision, and will lead to a new beginning in 2018. That’s all I have to say about it for now. Stay tuned!

From a sewing standpoint, I made Butterick B6494 dress, which I love except for the damned pockets. I’ll be removing those shortly. But I still love that dress. Great pattern, bad pocket placement, but that’s minor. Great pattern.

And as the month closed, I went to Denver to film my Craftsy class, Sewing Knits Without a Serger!

Denver was beautiful, and I got to visit friends in Boulder (where I worked when I was in my 20s).

Then there was…

November and December
As we wound down Gorgeous Fabrics for the time being, I heard the siren call of the Dior Exhibit at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. It was something I could not resist. My emotions were all over the place, and DH encouraged me to go, so I did. It. Was. Amazing. I went to the exhibit with my friend Joanne, and we met up with Susan Khalje, who was preparing to host her annual tour. The exhibit was nothing less than astounding.

Then there was the rest of the year. As you know if you read this blog or my IG or FB feeds, I got sick. Really sick.

BUT, I am getting better, little by little. I have been sewing, and I will continue to improve. I thank you for sticking with me through this tome, and I really thank you for your love, prayers, thoughts and support over the last month. I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy 2018, and I hope you will continue to create and sew.

Love to you all, and happy sewing!


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13 thoughts on “2017 Year in Review”

  1. Thanks for the review, and I’ll miss Gorgeous Fabrics, but I’m working on my stash and I’m nearly done with the first watching of your Craftsy Class. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your rare ailment and fresh adventures in the New Year!

  2. Appreciate your 2017 review and happy to hear you are getting better. I hope 2018 brings happiness to you and your family. Karen

  3. It certainly was an amazing year! Definitely very high highs and a very unfortunate low. But overall a wonderful year, it seems. I am glad you’re on the mend. It will be exciting to see what you get up to in 2018!

  4. Good luck with your health moving forward, you should read a book “Cantin Ketogenic Diet”

    I was going to purchase shirting fabric, which is sometimes hard to find, from your shop but you were in the process of closing down etc. I would like to find out where to source great fabric, cottons for shirts, pjs, silk charmeuse, great wools, jersey … i am so tired of polyester versions of these fabrics. thank you in advance .. corey

  5. Ann, thank you for all you share with us. I look forward to hearing that your recovery steadily continues, and your sewing adventures. Here’s to the best year ever!

  6. So glad you are feeling better. Like others, will be looking forward to your upcoming surprises for 2018! Really enjoyed your year in review. Thank you🤗

  7. Ann – I had no idea you were so ill! I’m very happy to hear you are recovering and that you had the best care possible in Boston. Best wishes for a happy and health 2018.
    Lois Gase

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