This year, I’m going to take a self created award for the latest Top 5 post! As you will see in part two (up tomorrow), this is one of my goals, to be kinder to myself. It’s been 40+ degrees, I’m 8 months pregnant and working hard on the sewsquirrel pattern store. Taking blog photos has been a VERY low priority.
Gillian has put out the call for the top5 lists, and while mine is a little late to the party, it’s so good to take the time to reflect. I find it especially interesting to compare people’s 2013 Top 5 lists to their 2012 Top 5 lists. It’s amazing how much we can improve and challenge ourselves (and also ignore the ever growing stash).
Top 5 Hits: Favourite Creations, most worn or most loved
This was a fantastic mix of print and pattern, and this has been washed and worn so many times it’s faded grey. In fact the black faded before any of the print, and I would still wear this around the house/locally if it fit at the moment. This pattern is comfortable, easy to make and looks great. It’s well suited to a firmer knit fabric, so I’m tempted to get a similar weight interlock and make another.
The Sewaholic Hollyburn got so much use, it looks fantastic on, and while skirts with firm waistbands aren’t my first preference, this made me a bit of a convert. This was a really win as it was easy to sew, and the fabric had that mystically perfect amount of drape. The hollyburn for me was a Work outfit, and as such the pattern probably won’t see much love in 2014 while I’m at home.
This dress was a matter of personal pride, and has only been worn twice in 2013. It was a labour of love, with hand basting and well, lots of tiny hand stitches everywhere. It’s was the most time consuming item sewn in 2013, and dang it I’m proud.
This dress gets a mention for three reasons, one being that I actually finished it in time for a competition, two being that I tried a new style for me (based on the best use of the fabric – and I love it), and three, I wore this all the time to work! Picking the pattern for the fabric meant I was really pleased with the final result, and as it’s handmade the style suits as it’s fitted properly. Sometimes it’s hard to get past the RTW mental blocks of certain styles not suiting you.
This Audrey dress was meant to be a wearable muslin, and was whipped up using jumper fleece. It reminds me of my primary school jumper, and dang it was comfortable, washed well and was suitable for most occasions. This dress was like not wearing anything at all, and incredibly warm.
A most honourable mention goes out to my Tofino pjs, which is one of the few items I wear with my giant preggo belly, and the final versions Jalie 3133, which is pretty much R’s childcare uniform. At last count she has about 8 in high rotation in her wardrobe.
Top 5 Misses: Sewing Fails, UFOs, worn once, or complete disasters
Silk Pavlova blouse
This gorgeous silk is from Astratex in Richmond, and it was a total splurge. It was about $50 for two metres, and was SO far out of my skill level. I love the pavlova pattern by Steph of Cake Patterns, but the damn slippery silk was just out of my depth when I tried it. It still needs to be finished, but I’m thinking of just calling it a wadder and trying again with some silk georgette. It’s unfinished, barely recognisable and all around I made a hash of it. I’m going to try this again with a knit.
This cord dress was the first thing I’ve made in corduroy, and while it was cute the fabric didn’t really suit the pattern. Also, the finish was not brilliant as I should have done lots of test stitches and overlocking…and didn’t. It was a good lesson on researching fabric before sewing. *Sigh*.
Husbands raglan tee
The raglan tee fit nicely, except for the neckline which I stretched out HORRIFICALLY. It makes me very sad. Next time, I need to shorten the ribbing. As I pinned it, I KNEW it was too long, but I sewed it up anyway. If I had trusted my gut, and sewed it at the tension I thought it should be it might have turned out ok.
I cut these way too small. Aside from that, they were fine. Just Unwearable.
Oliver and S playtime dress
This is the super cute dress pattern by Oliver and S, the Playtime dress which I love, and will make more of, it just needs to not be in this fabric. Blergh. A well made, lovely pattern and I manage to make her look a like a cast member of little house on the prairie.
All in all, I’ve learnt from the fails, they weren’t as bad as my fails last year and I’m very pleased with my favourites. What more can you ask for?