Inspired by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow, I thought I’d have a look back at 2012.
My top five makes of the year are (long pause, tense music etc)…
1. Burda (10/2012) coat. I’ve worn this lots of times and really love it. Also one of my fastest makes due to no lining, seam finishing or buttonholes!
2. Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt. Such a lovely versatile pattern and reminds me of holiday time. I do like a pocket or two, and my first attempt at machine made buttonholes.
3. Vintage Simplicity dress. Makes me feel glamorous and happy – what more could I ask! Also my first attempt at grading up a pattern so rather proud of this one.
4. Vogue 1247 skirt. Lovely shape, great pockets – will make this again and again. I made a muslin for this in black stetch denim which had got badly creased in the wash. It doesn’t look great, but I wear it all the time at home with a jumper and woolly tights – probably my most worn make. Does anyone know how to stop denim fabric creasing in the wash? I know you turn jeans inside out – but I can’t turn fabric inside out!
5. Colette Jasmine. The perfect top for me, the bias cut is really flattering, it doesn’t have any fastenings, and I do like a v neck. I’ve made this pattern three times so far, most recently my own long sleeved version.
And the lows
1. Sewaholic Cambie. Lovely pattern, but I made it in cotton with a slight sheen, which looks awful in sunlight. Every dart and crease is highlighted. Will definitely make again next summer.
2. Colette Hazel. I changed the skirt and shoulder strap placement, but it’s still not right for me. Just a bit bleugh about this one.
3. Grainline tiny pocket tank. This looks great on other people, but too tight/baggy (in the wrong places) on me.
4. Colette Truffle. Shift dresses don’t suit me or my lifestyle – something a little flared like the Cambie is much more me. Also the fabric was quite stiff so didn’t work too well. Cut up and made into something else a while back!
5. Kelly skirt 2. Love this in a drapey fabric, doesn’t look so good on me in wool. I wore this once, but it makes me look twice the size I am – especially from the back. I’ve held onto it though. Might see if I can change the back.
It’s been interesting for me to look back like this. I can see that fabric choice is very important. I sometimes fall in love with a print, but must remember to match the right pattern to the fabric. Generally I prefer soft fabric with a lot of drape.
I’m also learning which shapes look good on me – and which don’t!
And it’s good to take a deep breath and be brave sometimes – I’m amazed the Burda coat was so easy to do and lovely to wear.
To come next time -
- Top 5 Lessons Learned
- Top 5 Blogs and Bloggers that Inspire
- Top 5 Goals for the New Year
See Crafting a Rainbow for more.