I’ve been having such a great time reading so many different year end sewing blog posts! I’m playing along with Gillian’s Top 5 lists again this year. As I did last year, I kept a running list of all of my finished sewing projects for the year and I just sat down to review them and come up with my top 5 hits and misses. This year my list included 102 finished projects. Some were big; some were small. Some were worn quite a bit and some haven’t been worn as much as I hoped. I so love the process of sewing, learning new skills, and trying out new patterns! I feel confident that my output will be less this year because I have really expanded my handmade wardrobe but I am excited to continue to learn new skills and try out new things!
Here are my top 5 hits of 2015:
5. This is a tie between my recently made Luna pants and my Marianne top. I have worn both so many times. The Marianne top was my first try making this pattern before I used my precious fabric for my Marianne Maxi dress. I loved the fit of this top post partum. The sort of a-line shape made me feel less self conscious about my mid section and thankfully I’ve been able to take in the side seams to keep wearing it now that I’ve lost most of the baby weight. The Luna pants are just so darn comfortable! I love them for days when I don’t feel like wearing jeans but I don’t want to wear my ratty old Hudson pants out in public. (Note to self: make new Hudson Pants in 2016!)
4. All of my Linden Sweatshirts. I made three of the long sleeve, full length view right after I had Caroline and I wore them to death. I still wear them all the time. I have the hardest time finding RTW sweatshirts that fit my pear shape. This pattern was a lifesaver in the first half of the year when I had a newborn and nothing in my closet fit! I have made 2 cropped Lindens with added bands and they are in constant rotation. I know I need a few more of these in my life!
3. White Linen Lisa Top. This was one of my most worn tops this summer. It’s gotten a bit too loose and I am going to have to try to take it in when the weather warms up and I want to wear it again. (Or I may just make a new one. I have some double gauze in my stash that would be perfect for this!)
2. Dotty Chambray Archer. My first Archer! I had been wanting to make this pattern forever and it was on my sewing goals from the end of last year. It took a sewing dare for me to actually accomplish it! The fit of the sleeves isn’t perfect– they are too long and the cuffs are too wide. But I just roll them up most of the time and I’ve adjusted the pattern since then. I am really proud of the construction of this shirt and I love wearing it! Also, I love how the fabric has kind of gotten broken in with repeated wearings and washings.
1. Ginger Jeans! These were one of my biggest accomplishments this year and I wear them constantly. Again, the fit isn’t perfect, but it’s so much better than any of my RTW jeans. I learned a lot making these– the most important thing being that I can pretty much sew anything if I just take it step by step.
My top 5 misses:
Oslo Cardigan— the fit wasn’t good on me and the fabric I chose made me feel like I was wearing a bathrobe. The Dude’s bathrobe. I wore it a bunch while pregnant and after having Caroline but eventually I got so upset with it being big on top and small on the bottom. I cut it to bits and I’m hoping I can squeak out something for Caroline with the pieces.
Margot Pajamas— there wasn’t enough ease in the bum for me with these. I never really wore them and I started unpicking them in the hopes that I could turn them into Carolyn pajama pants instead. I wasn’t in love with the fabric, though, so I think I’ll abandon that plan and just make new Carolyn pants out of something I do love.
Jenna Cardi— This one never made it to the blog. The fit on this was terrible on me, which is sad because I put a lot of work into making it. I tried to fix it after it was all done but my unpicking lead to holes in the fabric. Eventually it just ended up in the trash.
Ruby Dress— it just wasn’t a good idea to make a big sack from rayon challis and put it on a lumpy post-baby body. This was the wrong fabric choice for me at that stage of my life. I wore my Ruby top a gazillion times, though.
Alexandria Track Shorts— The pleats just weren’t great on me. I get unfortunate crotch bunching when I walk. Oh well.
Some 2015 Highlights– Sewing and Non-Sewing
Having a baby!
Getting Andrew halfway potty trained– how do I get that kid to poop on the potty????
Making my first lined jacket!
Being the first Sewing Superstar on Made By Rae— this was such a thrill!
Getting the opportunity to do lots of pattern testing for designers that I really admire– True Bias, Made By Rae, See Kate Sew, Hey June, Sew to Grow. It’s so fun to be a small part of their design process!
I love getting to sew samples for Indiesew and it’s been so fun to be on the Indiesew blogger team this year. I really admire everything that Allie does and I think her shop is such a great resource for people who love to sew!
2016 Sewing Goals:
I would say I mostly achieved the goals I set for myself last year. I wanted to make an Archer and Ginger Jeans. I made 3 Archers and 1 pair of Gingers. I wanted to work on sewing my stash. I could have done a little better on that front but I’m still working on it. I wanted to be more intentional about the fabric I bought. I did a lot better at buying apparel fabrics this year as opposed to just buying a bunch of fun quilting cotttons. (I still love quilting cottons, but it’s been fun to start stashing double gauze, lawn, flannel, and all sorts of knits!) I think I bought too much fabric, though, because my stash seems to be the same size as it was at the beginning of the year. My last goal was to continue to learn about fitting adjustments, which is a continual process each time I make a muslin!
1. Make more jeans! I have the Birkin flares pattern and I want to sew that up, as well as another pair of Gingers.
2. Muslin and sew the Sewaholic Granville shirt.
3. Muslin the Emery Dress and Belladone Dress. These patterns have been in my stash for a while and I really want to finally sew them!
4. I have been working on this alphabet crewel sampler for at least the last 4 years. It would be really cool to finish it this year. I think I have 10 letters left so maybe I should set the goal of embroidering one letter per month.
5. Make at least one jacket/coat. I have the Waver jacket pattern so this will probably be my starting point. I REALLY need to replace my 20 year old rain coat.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season! Happy New Year!