Continuing in the Top 5 series, as hosted by the lovely Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow, I am writing my final entry in the series on my Hits and Misses of 2014 in this entry with a bonus summary of my 2014 sewing. If you missed my other entries, here are highlights and reflections/goals.
I’m going to start off with the Misses, because I like ending my entries on a high note.
1. Espresso Leggings. By far the most frustrating miss of the year. I make three muslins and just had horrible fitting issues with all three. It was a combo of the pattern and fabric choices, but I was not pleased with the result. The hunt for a better pattern continues!
Sour look says it all.
I think it was partially poor fabric choices for these and the fact that I graded them up and really did not need to. I wear them, but I am very grateful they are pjs and no one sees them. They are far too loose on the waist and can make for unfortunate pants-dropping incidents. Ha!
4. Parisian Top cardigan hack.
Initially, this one was a fail, but ended up being a lot more wearable as a cropped cardigan. I don’t wear it that often, though. It isn’t my go-to cardigan, but I love the style of the Parisian top and am glad I made the top again as it was drafted, because I love it. Cardigan, though, not so much.
5. Cat paw buttons for my Kitty Chronicle Shirt Dress.
Several of these buttons broke after being thrown in the wash the first time. They seemed more like decorative scrapbook cabochons when I received them in the mail even though they were listed as garment grade, but I wanted to have them on for the final pictures. I received a bunch of basic black buttons in the mail have sewn them on the dress to replace the pink paws. I will use the paws for something else in the future, but not garment sewing.
My shiny gold Moneta is my go-to party dress to thrown on for a night on the town. It’s so comfortable, but looks super fancy. I love the compliments I get in it. While the rose print Moneta isn’t worn as much due to low-quality fabric, I still love it and bring it out about once every two weeks. I also frequently wear my colourblocked Moneta. The only reason my orange Fall Moneta didn’t emerge was because I have procrastinated for so long with installing that stupid elastic at the waist…derp…
2. Many many many skirts aplenty.
This time last year I would have scoffed at making skirts (dresses gal all the way). Where skirts hit me before, I was not happy: talk about lump city. The smallest part of me is my underbust and I prefer to emphasize that while still giving my girls the highlight. I wear a lot of dresses with waists in the underbust and flared skirts and find that style the most flattering on me. I’m glad to have quite a few more separates in my wardrobe now and find that I grab those in my sleepy morning grumbling search for clothes more than a woven dress now.
I am very much a skirt fan now, because twirls:
4. M6696, the Kitty Chronicle dress
God damn, I love this pattern and this specific dress. I’m so happy to have the replacement buttons and be super cute in it again! I suspect that this pattern will make an appearance several more times. Since the Autumn of 1000 Shirtdresses ends on Saturday, I am going to try to whip up another one before then. I think it’s doable…
5. My first coat! Vogue 8346
I haven’t blogged about it yet. Honestly, it’s taking me forever to write the entry, because there is so much to say about what happened in the process. I might break it into two parts, actually. Construction and then final product, along with what I liked and what I would change. That would make it into much easier to read and to write. I thought I would show you a teasing image, though. 😛
The success is huge, though, and I’ve been wearing it a lot. It’s incredibly warm. Example: today is -22 Celcius with the wind chill and I feel toasty warm in my coat. I know I did a great job! 🙂
A Year in Review
The incredible Tanya over at Mrs. Hughes wrote a lovely entry that included pie charts on her sewing for 2014. She borrowed the idea from amazing Kelly at Flowercat Designs and I had to borrow it, too, because I am a sucker for pie charts. Mmm….pie….
2014 was really my year of falling in love with sewing and starting a long-term relationship with it. Before we were complicated….I’d return to it for costumes and maybe a dress here and there, but I wasn’t in love with it and sometimes used and abused it. Poor sewing. It cried many a night. Now, I’ve officially declared my love and put a ring on it and decided to spend the rest of my life with it. I am Mrs. Sewing now, everyone!
You can sort of see the increase in love reflected in how much I sewed over the year:
For comparison, in 2013, I made a total of 11 things; 2014: I made a whopping 33 things! By far, my most successful month this year was December with 12 garments sewn for me and other people. Phew, that was a lot! I suspect I won’t have as much in January, but I do have a few things planned out for the month to go along with several of the themes in the sewing blogverse.
So, what did I sew?
Knit dresses won overall, but I almost kicked them out with skirts and cardigans came in a close third. I surprisingly made more PJs than I expected for a person that, full disclosure, doesn’t actually wear PJs….. I didn’t count all the PJ pants I made for my kids and my nieces and nephew here. This chart is all selfish sewing.
Unsurprisingly, Colette patterns wins as the most sewn. I sewed four Monetas and one Myrtle during the year. Muse Patterns is a close second and, I suspect, will take over in 2015, because I love Kat’s designs. If my Natalie dress hadn’t been a disaster in the fabric department, Muse Patterns would have been tied with Colette. Technically, I did sew a Natalie dress…it just was betrayed by horrible fabric.
2014 was a great year! I’m super excited to see how my sewing grows in 2015 and what my wedding dress looks like! Eeeee, I can’t wait!
18 thoughts on “Top 5 Hits and Misses and a 2014 Summary”
I’m still working on my wrap-up post, and now you’ve given me an idea. PIE CHARTS!
I’m so happy for you and sewing. I hope you will continue to be very happy together.
Pie charts are the tastiest charts! Hehe. 😀
Sewing and I are sew happy! (hardee har har)
Woah look at that December graph! I particularly love your skirts: The pavlova with braces is dreamy. And wonder woman is a thing of genius. Can’t wait to see your coat triumph!
Thanks so much, Rosie. 🙂 The spike in December makes me super happy. I think I will be sewing more skirts this year than anything else, because I also particularly love them. 🙂
As you should! They really show off your va va voom figure!
😀 /blushes furiously
Yay for a successful year! Can’t WAIT to see the coat in all of its glory. I’m still catching up on blog reading after the holidays, so maybe it is already posted and I haven’t seen it yet. I wanted to mention that I make all of my leggings using this tutorial on the etsy blog: https://blog.etsy.com/en/2012/design-sew-your-own-leggings/
I can’t believe I don’t see more people in the sewing blogosphere use it, so i am trying to spread the word. I drafted my pattern exactly to my measurements and then did not add in a seam allowance, so I think that would result in 1/2 inch of negative ease when I use my serger’s 1/4 inch seam allowance. Depending on how much vertical stretch there is in a fabric, I sometimes remove an inch in length across the thigh and the calf. Let me know if you want to chat about legging making, I LOVE leggings!
That tutorial rocks! Thanks for sharing that! 😀 I love leggings, too. I definitely need to have several pairs of them in my wardrobe. 🙂
The coat post isn’t up yet. Soon! 🙂
The coat reveal is up now! 😀
Awesome! Good luck with the leggings. I had never found any RTW ones that I liked, so I was very motivated to make some really early in my sewing career. They were one of the first 5 things I sewed. And I still use that pattern I drafted to this day!
Ahhh, those dreaded leggings! They vex me so. I am done with Cake patterns. Too many heartaches with good fabric! You were a busy sewing woman last year! Congratulations on all your wonderful sews. I am so sad that the kitty paws didn’t work out, but that dress is amazeballs on you!
Thanks, Alicia! I’ve also had troubles with Cake patterns. Although, I’ve sewn up the Pavlova skirt many times. My first make had way too much ease in it and had to be taken in so many times. 😦
Charts for the win! I’m glad I never bought the Espresso leggings. They were in my etsy cart to purchase….it sucks they did not work for you!! You inspire me so much with you colors and prints and all your cardis. I can’t wait to see what awesome things you make this year!!!
I think the Espresso leggings work for a lot of people, but they really didn’t work for me… :S
Charts make me giddy. I can’t wait to compare them to 2015 and see how it changes. 🙂
Awww, I inspire you! 😀 You inspire me! You’re the whole reason I started blogging/sewing again. ❤ ❤ ❤ Sewing love!
Awe, that’s such a wonderful comment. 🙂 I truly wouldn’t have such an awesome wardrobe without the SBC!