Despite making 35 garments this year, I don't feel as if I sewed that much.
The Stats (includes wadders)
- 18 tops
- 5 jackets
- 6 skirts
- 3 pairs of pants (2 are wadders)
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 1 coat
- 2 McCall's
- 5 Kwik Sew
- 5 Simplicity
- 9 New Look
- 1 BWOF
- 1 Indygo Junction
- 8 from RTW
- 4 Jalie
Indygo Junction 740: This pattern is at the top of the list for the second year in a row. I made it back in June because (a) I really liked the fabric and (b) it was my entry to the outerwear contest on PR. Not only do I truly love wearing this coat, I won second place in the contest. Squee!
Kwik Sew 2895: This is a surprise second favorite. After meeting Valerie in Australia last year, I knew I had to have a denim jacket like hers. Even though I bought the same pattern (Butterick 5616), I sewed the Kwik Sew instead. I can't tell you how much I adore this thing! It's my go-to topper and can be paired with a dress, skirt, jeans, or trousers. I've worn it so much, I'm afraid it might start falling apart.
McCall's 6654: Everything about this pattern is awesome sauce. There are only three pieces and can be made from cut to hem in under two hours. You can probably make it in less time, but I give myself room for error. Lots of error.
BWOF 11-2009-125: I can't leve off the funky bells. Bell-bottoms may be oh-so-70s, but I'm rockin' 'em anyway.
Jalie 2559: This will always be my blazer staple; I made it three times in 2014! I will branch off and try other jacket patterns, but I know that if I get frustrated I can always return to this TNT.
I'm getting much better at picking patterns that suit my body, but fabric selection still needs some work. I learned that I don't like stretch cotton poplin that much and not all rayon-poly-lycras are created equal. I don't have many photos because I was bad at documenting the failures. I think it's helpful to talk about wins and losses and will get better at it this year.
UFOs carried into 2015
McCall's 5525 (trench coat) and New Look 6407 (button-front blouse) will be finished this year. I don't remember what stopped me on the trench coat, but I am so close to being done it would be criminal to not finish! The New Look blouse just needs the collar, buttonholes, and hem.
2014 Sewing Intention Results
- Continue to shop the stash: Done and done. Fabric is still everywhere, but I used considerably more stash this year than in previous years.
- Work on a full-length winter coat: Nerp. Gotta add this to the 2015 list.
- Make a trench coat: See section titled "UFOs carried into 2015."
- Go fabric light: Let's call this one a tie.
- Sew a woven button-front blouse: Win! Not only did I make and wear New Look 6407, I learned how to convert a two-darted bodice to shoulder princess seams. I see many more versions of this one in the future.
Stashbusting Challenge 2014
Last January, I made a pledge to use at least 30 pieces of stash fabric and 10 patterns. I used 34 pieces of stash totaling 48.5 yards and 7 patterns. Another win! The pledge is definitely on for 2015. This time, I am committing to using 50 pieces of stash and 10 patterns.
2015 Sewing Intentions
- Sew exclusively from the stash and not buy fabric: This will be a challenge!
- Make a full-length super warm and tailored winter coat: I have the supplies and traced the pattern. I need to get my mind in coat mode and make the muslin.
- Make a bra: I keep putting this off every year. Shopping for bras is worse than shopping for shoes and I really have to get on this!
- Start from Scratch: The Vivienne Files has a whole series on how to build a wardrobe using a selected color palette. I watched Sharon (Petite and Sewing) build hers from beginning to end and love how she was able to create such a diverse wardrobe. I really want to update my "look" and think this is a good place to start. To see the evolution of Sharon's wonderful wardrobe, click on "Starting from Scratch" in her blog labels area.
- Sew one BWOF magazine pattern per month: This will also be a challenge since "oooo shiny" seems to dominate my sewing interest.
I wish everyone a wonderful new year!