Ah, the beginning of a new year. Perfect time to jump on the sewing reflections bandwagon led by Gillian, and have a look back over 2013’s crafting….
First up – the top 5 misses of 2013.
Starting with the biggest fail of all – my attempts at the Hummingbird peplum top.
It started with an ill-advised attempt at colour-blocking, which failed not only due to fitting issues, but also because the pale pink looks horrid on me, and colour-blocking at the waist really doesn’t work. At all.
So I decided to try the pattern again, in a solid colour and with some fit adjustments.
Conclusion: this style just isn’t ‘me’ at all. I was being brave and trying something a bit different, and yeah. Fail. (On the plus side, the Cupcake one in purple looks great on my friend Gill!)
Next up – my Blackcurrant Tiramisu.
I’m rather sad about this one – I love how the fabric combination looks, and it should have been a clear winner for weekend casual wear. But by going down a size, the waist ended up higher, and the midriff starts on my boobs. Not a good look. *sad* I’m still considering making this one again – same size, but making the bodice the same length as the next size up (that I used for my first Tiramisu)….
And then, there was the Lovebirds dress.
This one should have been a win – bright colours, quirky print, 1950’s pattern. Everything that I love! But it needs a bit of adjusting as it’s too big in the waist (not that that’ll be particularly hard to do). Main reason it’s a fail – I just don’t feel comfortable in it. The straight-skirted style seems more ‘dressy’ to me, and just doesn’t match the fabric. I’m gonna cut the skirt to just below the knee (instead of this 1950’s long length) and see if I can rescue it as a cute summer dress, because really, this should work!!
(Hmm. Turns out I only have the three fails for the year. Woo hoo!!)
And next – the top 5 hits of 2013!
One of my favourite, and most-worn makes of 2013 was my Birds of a Feather dress.
Made from a mash-up of two 1940’s patterns, this dress has been worn so many times! (Partially because the fabric doesn’t need ironed, unlike pretty much all my other dresses, so it’s perfect for wash-and-go days and for travelling in too.) I love it, it works for both summer and winter, and I get compliments on it pretty much every time I wear it, which is always a nice bonus. 😉
While it’s not on the most-worn list (it’s just a bit too much of a statement piece for that!), I’m super happy with my Corporate Hipster blazer.
I love the cut, the style, the fabric, the way it’s lined, and the pattern was a delight to work with. It was such an enjoyable process making this (except maybe the bit where I’d nearly finished and then realised I’d forgotten to add the red piping around the collar. Much unpicking followed….), and I love the end result. (On a side note though, it turns out it doesn’t really go with anything in my wardrobe as I have a bit of a habit of using prints for pretty much everything, so I’m now working on a plain-colours wardrobe so I can wear the blazer more often. Coz you know, that’s the logical order to do things in, right?)
Another one that’s had a huge amount of wear, and gets quite a lot of compliments, is my Melissa dress.
Again, using a 1940’s pattern, I love wearing this. The pattern has such cute details, and hey, it’s got pockets! Always a great thing for a dress to have. 😉
Unexpectedly, a tshirt has made it onto my top-5 list for 2013. My 80’s Ensis tee, in fact.
I must admit that I wasn’t sure this pattern was really going to be for me when I first saw it, but I thought, what the heck, and gave it a go anyway. And this tshirt has been worn pretty much at least once a week since then. Great cut, fun colours, good length for wearing with jeans. Oh yeah, Ensis has my vote. Chances are you’ll be seeing another one or two in the future, just as soon as I get around to making ’em….
And last on the top 5 list is…. a baby sleeping bag!
Made way back at the start of the year, this thing definitely wasn’t my neatest or most stylish make ever, but my gosh was it useful! Our little guy slept in this pretty much every second night for the first half of this year. (The other nights, he was sleeping in one my friend Gina made him, that I took a pattern off for making this one.) I think this was probably my most useful make. Ever.
So there we have it folks – the top hits and misses (according to me, anyway) of my 2013 makes!
(PS I’m really enjoying reading everyone else’s lists of their reflections on 2013. So much fun to go back and revisit all the awesome things people have made! 🙂 )
I really enjoyed reading your reflections, it’s great to think about what we’ve been doing instead of always diving into the next project! I love the baby sleeping bag, it’s so useful and cute!
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 I must admit, I have a habit of never really looking back at what I’ve done, so joining in these round-ups that Gillian has organised is really good. Makes me pause and think about what I’m making that’s actually getting worn, and why, and hopefully make better sewing choices for the following year….
I think you are right about the Lovebirds dress — it is lovely but refashioning it will make it more propotional and fun. Baby sleeping bag is genius.
Thanks! Hopefully there’ll be a new post up about it in the next couple of weeks, with it turned into a more wearable version…. *fingers crossed* 😉
Thanks for sharing! I also had all kinds of trouble with the Cake stuff I tried to make. Knits can be weirdly tricky to fit when you go for designs beyond the standard t-shirt. But I’m glad I tried! Fortunately you have the Ensis tee, which is lovely.
I look forward to seeing the next step in the life of the flamingo dress. Such a fun print! Hopefully you’ll be able to turn it into something you can wear.
Yeah, knits can definitely be harder than they should be at times! All those different weights and stretchiness variations…. *sigh* After writing this post, I’m thinking sorting out that pink-and-yellow dress will be the next thing on my list after I finish my current project!
I think with your Tiramisu, you might need to do what I did and narrow the waistband by about 1.5″ and leave the bodice. I love the Lovebirds dress, it seems perfect as is.
Your hits are just great – I look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2014!
Hmm, narrowing the waistband… Interesting idea…. Thanks, I’m gonna go have a look at it again now! 🙂
Lovebirds dress for the win! It is such a great colour and it really suits you – 6 inches off the bottom (or even 12?) will make all the difference.
I love the colour and pattern combination for your tiramisu, and think you should try to salvage it or remake it. I think it’s great, and maybe if you mixed the two that you have made you could come up with the perfect fit. As far as the lovebirds dress, I think it looks lovely as it is, but first and foremost, you need to feel comfortable in it to wear it. If shortening it does that, great idea. I love when items can be salvaged, rather than just being relegated to the “just not me” pile.
Ooh, I love your hits! They’re all so awesome! The blazer is particularly awesome, as is the lovebirds dress! You’re tempting me with that Ensis tee again, too!
Thanks lady! 🙂 You should so make the Ensis tee – I reckon you’d love it 🙂
You’ve had some great hits this year – well done!! 🙂 I really love that yellow dress – hopefully you can salvage it to get some more wear cause it’s so pretty!! ^__^
Thank you! 🙂 Efforts will soon be made to rescue it and drag it out of the ‘to be fixed’ pile and into the light of day! 😉