2014 has been a very productive year for me, I managed to make a grand total of 38 items: 13 dresses, 4 skirts, 3 shirts, 8 tops, 1 jacket, 1 swimsuit, a bag and 7 pairs of knickers (I’m counting the knickers as one!) I’ve also knitted 4 cardigans, a hat and a pair of arm warmers.
Me made May was a catalyst in being able to see what suits me, what I feel comfortable in and what, in essence, is ‘me’. You can have a quick look in the mirror before going out the door but there’s nothing like photographic evidence for getting a true picture of how an outfit works (or doesn’t) on you. There were a few items that went in the Charity shop pile after seeing the pictures but there were also a few pleasant surprises. My main realisation was that I prefer to wear dresses and this is reflected in the thirteen I’ve made this year. I think in part this is because they are easy to wear, you can just throw them on without having to figure out what goes with what. Another reason is that being on the short and curvy side they help to ‘elongated’ me, whereas separates tend to break me up a bit too much.
I know it’s traditional to do a top 5 hits and misses but I struggled to pick these, so I have decided to do favourites, most worn and things left languishing in the wardrobe.
I really love this dress, it fits perfectly, the fabric is lovely and it’s very ‘me’.
My Flock Simplicity 2444 and the accompanying tartan frankenpattern
I think the tweaks to this pattern have resulted in not far off the perfect fit. I also have happy memories linked to them as I wore the grey flocked one for the Sew Brum meet up and the tartan was, of course, my Christmas dress!
This has proved to be the perfect flarey skirt pattern for me, I love the inverted pleats, it gives a bit of body without having the bulk around the waistline.
I enjoyed making this so much and I’m really glad I went for the bottle green. I am also rather
amazed proud that I not only blogged it but posted photos of me wearing it!
These have been like wearing pyjamas, so comfortable yet respectable enough to be seen in public. I actually prefer the blue one, the purple one is starting to bobble a bit but they are both everyday workhorses.
My Maya dress
I’ve worn this loads over a long sleeved tee and leggings, it’s so easy to wear, doesn’t need ironing and it’s got flowers around the bottom!
Perfect for wearing with jeans and have therefore been worn a lot at work.
My Miette Cardigans
I think the Green Miette is my most worn knitted cardigan, I really love the colour and I’ve managed to combine it with a lot of things in my wardrobe. Another Miette is on the cards once I’ve finished my owl sweater.
My Trixie Lixie Knickers
Without a doubt my most worn by far. I made seven pairs back in April and have worn them daily since. They are a really good fit, exceptionally comfortable and they have gingham ruffle elastic! I really need to make a few more pairs as some are starting to look a little too well worn
Languishing in the wardrobe
I’m a little sad that my most expensive dress has ended up being barely worn. The only reason is the fabric, I really liked the dark green and kinda expected the dress to turn out a darker colour but the reality is a very wishy washy yellow colour. I still can’t figure out how it happened, it’s like some kind of optical illusion! It just doesn’t work with my skin tone and it’s probably my biggest disappointment.
The one time I didn’t pre-wash the fabric, it shrank, ended up in the bin, lesson learned!
Great when I’m standing up, rides up far too much when I am sitting down and flashes a bit too much leg for my liking!
I do like this but I think I’ve only worn the dress twice. I was never happy with the fit around the shoulders and it didn’t feel very ‘secure’. I haven’t really worn the cardigan much either, there’s too much fullness in the sleeves and although the colour is a perfect match for the dress it doesn’t really go with anything else in my wardrobe. Another disappointment as I had been hanging onto the fabric for a couple of years, I do have another two metres left of it though so not a total loss!
Some thoughts for 2015
- I really need to consider if something will suit my body type before jumping on each new shiny pattern that get’s released!
- I think I need to slow down a bit and concentrate on quality rather than quantity. I’ve made a considerable amount of garments this year but the one’s I’ve most enjoyed the most have been those I’ve taken the time to achieve a good finish.
- I’m going to try and rid myself of my list making obsession. Lists and plans have helped me focus but they’ve also taken out the spontaneity and added a bit of pressure. This year I want to try and go with the flow and just sew whatever I feel like at the time.
- I really need to get the stash under control. I’ve got enough fabric to last next year and beyond. Now I’m not committing to a total fabric fast, a year without fabric shopping is a far too depressing prospect! I just need to have a really good sort out of what I’ve got and ‘maybe’ set up some kind of system so I know what I’ve got and how much yardage without having to rummage and measure every time I want to sew something.
- I am going to commit to a ‘ready to wear’ fast though. I don’t think this will be difficult as I’ve only bought a handful of rtw garments this year. I honestly don’t miss going clothes shopping, being liberated from size labels and shop changing rooms is one of the best things about sewing my own.
So that’s another year of sewing. It has been a brilliant year, I have met some wonderful people through sewing, both online and in real life. I’ve loved reading comments, blogs and particularly developing my instagram addiction! Seeing everyone’s creativity has been inspiring and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a fabulous community.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
19 thoughts on “2014: a year in sewing (and a bit of knitting)”
Happy new year when it comes! Your year’s productivity was amazing! Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2015! And yes, your stash “resolution” is ringing true for me!
Happy new year Helen! The stash really does need attention this year, there’s quite a bit of stuff that I don’t think I’ll ever use, I’ll just have to be ruthless! X
Happy new year! I love your review of the years makes. The Chardon skirt is a particular hit and suits you down to the ground. What a shame about the liberty dress! Personally I think it looks great, as the fit is really good and I think the colour is nice, but I understand what it’s like when something doesn’t feel right. I’m going to join you in the de-stashing. I need to be more considered in my buying, but like you don’t think that a fast is realistic. Anyway, it’s been great getting to know you this year and wish you a happy 2015! Xxxxx
Happy new year Marilla, It’s been lovely seeing you releasing your patterns, I’ve been really excited for you! I wish you all the success in the world for 2015, really think your on to a winner with the tights! X
This was a great post! Your Swishy Anna is such a pretty dress and you inspired me to buy some plaid fabric to make a Christmas dress for next year. (I hope I will still love the fabric next year at this time!). I am also trying to sew my stash this coming year. I need to go on a fabric fast for at least the first 3-4 months of the year…
Happy new year Teri! Thank you, I’ve really enjoyed seeing your makes throughout 2014, it’s also been lovely seeing your bump growing! Looking forward to seeing more of your sewing in 2015 (as well as the new arrival!) X
I love the swishy Anna and especially the Chardon skirts – I really want to try this pattern out! I am looking forward to being more thoughtful about what I make next year as well (and more work on fit!) Happy new year!
Happy new year Louise! Your sewing has been really inspiring, you have a really good eye for pairing fabric with patterns. It was a real highlight to finally meet you at Sew brum, really hope we have chance to do it again this year! X
Thankyou! I love seeing what you have been making as well!
Hi, what a lovely round up! Your Anna is my favourite – it really does fit beautifully. The Liberty Cambie is great too – doesn’t the Miette bring out the green? It is such a shame not to get use out of it. Your Archer looks incredibly professional – I think maybe I should add that to my list too. Looking forward to seeing your new makes and many thanks for your support for my fledgling blog! Happy New Year!
Happy new year Clarinda! I actually chose the liberty fabric to go with the green Miette but it actually makes it look more yellow! It’s been lovely reading your blog and seeing all the things you’ve made, really looking forward to seeing more in 2015! X
Did you say 38 items? I’m impressed! Keep on sewing!
Thanks, I think there may be a few more t-shirts that I haven’t counted. Going to try and be a bit more selective this year! Have a lovely new year! X
Happy New Year!! These are all fab, and although your Liberty Cambie I love it! You have been very inspiring to me throughout the year and now I think I’m going to have to add a Chandon to my ever growing list too! Great swimming costume, I definitely want to make something like that before the summer. It’s been lovely chatting to you this year, good luck in 2015! xx
Thanks Jenna, I’m so pleased you started your blog, you’ve made some fabulous clothes through 2014, I’ve really enjoyed seeing all your creations and I’m more than a little jealous of your sailor top and mustard Marion! You should give the Chardon a go, I think the shape would really suit you! Hope you have a wonderful 2015! X
Helen you have made some wonderful things this year!! I totally get what you are saying about lists – it just adds pressure. Can’t wait to see you make this year!! It’s been fun following along with your sewing adventures!
Thanks Heather! I’ve decided to go totally list free this year and just go with the flow! It’s been lovely seeing all your makes on your blog and instagram. Everytime I see a Pug I think of you now! Hope you have a brilliant year! X
Happy New Year, you certainly have made some amazing dresses and your Archers are perfect. I’ve really enjoyed following along with you this year, maybe not finding time to comment as much I would like but still checking out what you do. Looking forward to seeing your creations in 2014.
Thanks Sharon! You have been so busy too this year. It was lovely seeing all your makes during me made May, really looking forward to doing it again! Have a lovely New Year! X