Now on with the show - here are my top 5 lists:
Now on with the show - here are my top 5 lists:
Top 5 Hits:I made a total of 17 garments last year. Ten of those 17 were hits in my book (which still puts me at only a 59% success rate for last year which is a complete failing grade if I were still in school!). Anyways, here are the top 5 of those ten successful garments.
1. McCalls 6844 Cardigan. This was so easy to make and I wear it all the time. I still can't believe it took me so long to make this after seeing all of the wonderful creations and reviews on PatternReview. I can see a few more of these cardigans in my future.
2. Frankenpattern of Simplicity 1607 (for the top) and New Look 6224 (for the bottom). This turned out better than I had anticipated. It's a fun dress created from a cotton purchased at a garage sale.
3. Vogue 8817 - turned into a dress. I wear this all the time. Super comfy and it's a knit - Win! Win!
4. Vogue 8979 - This is a great, unusual top.
5. And last but not least, another Frankenpattern. Butterick 5353 for the top and New Look 6224 for the bottom. I really like this dress and have plans to make a black one with white piping - I think that would look very striking.
Top 5 Misses:Out of my 7 misses - here are the worst ones.
1. Vogue 8834 - a Katherine Tilton blouse. This was a total disaster!
2. Origami Blouse - This was from the Twinkle Sews book by Wenlan Chin. I had high hopes for this blouse, but it was yet another total disaster!
3. The traffic stopper skirt - Vogue 9031. I've never worn this and just need to donate it to a charity shop. Correct that - I just donated it yesterday!
4. Serendipity Studio's Monique Dress was a partial disaster. I wore this dress only once (maybe twice?) and just didn't like it. This has since ended up in the UFO pile as I plan to salvage just the skirt portion and make a blue blouse to go with it. I think it's just too overwhelming with this much print going on in one garment (for me at least).
5. Butterick 5856. I thought this blouse was fun when I first made it. Wearing it though, changed my mind. It was so fiddly (sleeve falling off shoulder, bra strap showing, etc, etc.), that I put it in the donate bin as soon as I got home that day.
Top 5 Non-sewing highlights:1. My biggest one was the remodeling of our kitchen. This was a seemingly all-consuming project that took about seven months to complete. I am sooo happy it is finished and am very happy with the results!!!!
2. Oh - and the laundry room re-do - I guess that counts here too!
3. My tomato plants did really well this year! Cucumbers - not so good.
4. Managed to stay on schedule with my workout routine - was a good stress reliever with the kitchen project!
5. Won $5,000.00! Whoop! Whoop! I see some more fabric in my future!!
Top 5 Reflections:1. Me and ruffles just don't get on which is sad because I understand they are going to be a big item in 2016. I made two garments (these are my two remaining misses!) both with ruffles and ended up not liking either one.
Vogue 8596 has already been donated:
And one of my last garments made - Butterick 5917 - I'm sure will end up in the donate pile soon too.
2. I seem to prefer asymmetrical and fitted garments and will concentrate more on those this year.
3. I was happy I participated in Me-Made-May and plan to do so again this year.
4. Surprisingly, I think I am beginning to enjoy hand sewing and making the inside of the garment look as nice as the outside. It's like you are hiding a pretty little secret every time you wear something that is nicely finished on the inside.
5. It is possible to survive a remodel when working with your spouse! Who knew!
Top 5 Goals for 2016:1. Make a pair of jeans. I just want a bit of bling on the backside - is that too much to ask??!?!? I have such a hard time finding jeans that fit me properly. You would have thought by now I would have made my own custom pair!
2. Make my own workout wear. I can't bring myself to spend $90+ dollars on a pair of workout pants when I know I can make them myself - Just Do It!
3. My September Sew for 30 concept was good, but I failed to execute it properly. This year, it will be much better! Social media involvement, posting daily progress, etc.
4. I sewed almost 70 yards from the stash this past year. Now that our kitchen remodel is completed, I plan to sew alot more this coming year and at least match those 70 yards and maybe a bit more! I still have a long way to go before I can start planning that trip to New York that the DH promised if I completely sewed my entire stash. One garment at a time - I'll get there!!
5. Take better pictures. Period. I'm sure everyone is tired of seeing my closet door in the background!
6. Ok - I have six here. Rid myself of those UFO's. They are starting to take over my room!!!
That's it for me. I hope this coming year brings everyone strong seams, easy pressing and alot of finished projects!
Happy New Year!