I’ve caved and joined in with a mini review of my year.
In total I made:
dresses 18 / skirts 7 / tops 3
dresses 4 / skirts 2 / coats 1 – nearly
I haven’t counted a large handful of up cycles, but I have included some of the remakes where I completely changed the original item. I’m surprised how many items I made, as one of my goals for last year was to sew less and sew better. However, I think I did sew fewer items, and they are all regularly worn, so I think on the whole I stuck to that goal. You can see pretty much everything I sewed for myself, over on my Pinterest board.
So, to move on without further ado, these are the top 5 makes in my opinion. I actually found it really hard to choose these – shock horror, I pretty much like everything I’ve made this year, but after some long, hard reflections, I have finally come to a conclusion…which will very likely change next time I look at my wardrobe again.
In no particular order…
My navy and cream bow dress. For no other reason that that I absolutely love it. I haven’t actually worn it out yet, but I have a wedding in 2 weeks that it’s already earmarked for.
This years Mad Men entry. I actually wear this all the time and I just love the fullness of the skirt and the hook and eye fastening.
You might think this next one is an odd choice, but I’ve chosen it because it’s on constant rotation in my wardrobe and was such a simple, but effective way to up cycle an unwanted shirt.
And finally, this isn’t even finished yet and it has caused me more headaches than I can say, but I have to give special mention to Martin’s coat, purely for the labour intensivity and new skills that have gone into it. I’m hoping that claiming it as a top make, doesn’t jinx the actual finished item!
What do you think? Have I chosen wisely?
Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! As I mentioned last week, I’m only making one sewing resolution this year. It’s actually more of a warning to myself, rather than a resolution, but I’m determined to sleep on issues in my makes rather than literally cutting into fabric to attempt quick fixes. It never works and I should have learnt that by now! Who else has sewing warnings / resolutions for themselves this year? I’d love to hear them.