Tabatha’s Top 5 Hits and Misses of 2013
Hi, hi, and a very happy new year to you all! I’ve been a busy little blogger recently, getting all my makes blogged before 2014 rolled around, and I didn’t quite get chance to write this before New Year. I had trifle to make, you know? Priorities.
This post isn’t to show you a finished project anyway, or rather, not a new finished project! I finished my sewing for the year on the 23rd December, and my total number of completed projects for 2013 is 55! I’m really pleased with this, after all I did give birth in January and breastfed my baby and looked after a 3 year old too. My sewing productivity increased dramatically in the latter half of the year, because I’ve managed to get the children into a good, and predictable napping routine.
Of these 55 projects, 28 were for myself – 20 dresses, 5 tops, 2 pyjama bottoms and 1 pair of culottes. But this year I’ve made quite a few things as gifts for others (21) and I’ve had a few commissions and sales (6), which has been excellent.
Anyway, onto my top 5 hits and misses – idea courtesy of the lovely Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow. I’ll start with my misses as I want to end on a positive note!
- January 2013 – Simplicity 5366 Men’s Shirt – too big – my husband usually wears more tailored, closer-fitting shirts than this. I also accidentally did the buttonholes on the wrong side – oops.
3. September 2013 – Simplicity 1610 jersey maxi dress – yuck, yuck, yuckity yuck. I chopped off the maxi skirt to turn it into a top instead and used the chopped off bit to make a skirt for my daughter.
4. December 2013 – Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes – I think it’s mainly my fabric choice that doesn’t work for these culottes. I’m tempted to try again with a rayon or similar.
And that’s it – only four ‘misses’ for 2013. I was going to include my Colette Jasmine blouse but everyone who commented seemed to think it was nice and I’m still undecided – so I’m not counting it as a failure!
Now for the ‘hits’:
1. March 2013 – Colette Parfait Maxi – I love, love, love this pattern, and I love, love, love this maxi. I can’t give it much higher praise. I will definitely be making another of these in 2014.
2. April 2013 – Sewaholic Pirate Cambie – This dress is ALL about the fabric. Sure, the Cambie is a nice enough pattern, but it’s the print that really makes this dress cool. The bad thing about this make is that because I made it so soon after giving birth, it is now too big, and is currently sitting in a bag in my sewing room completely unpicked and taken apart to be re-made in a smaller size. Hopefully I will get round to this at some point, because I really really do love it and I miss having it in my wearable wardrobe.
3. April-May 2013 – The Gertie Shirtwaist Dresses – I made two of these: one for me and the other for Julia for her 30th birthday. I conquered bound buttonholes and shirring by making them so I feel like they were a good achievement.
4. October 2013 and December 2013 – Clergy/Clerical Shirts – I made these for my friend who is a priest in the Church of England, one black and one red. I drafted a pattern based on an existing shirt she had. I’m really proud that I was able to work out how to make these.
5. November 2013 and December 2013 – By Hand London Anna dress – I made five of these, but I’m only including my green version with a gathered skirt and my maxi version as my favourites. I really do love both of these. If I needed a tiny capsule wardrobe, these two dresses would be included without a doubt.
6. September – December 2013 – My self-drafted dress, made on my pattern cutting course. This dress is a real achievement for me and the making of it was a huge learning curve. I love it!
So there you go. I am very pleased with my year of sewing, and I look forward to more in 2014!