The Best and Worst of 2014


Top 5 of 2014

Can you believe this year is almost over? A year ago I was working full-time, living in DC, and didn’t even have a sewing blog.  Now, I’m a grad student in small-town North Carolina where there is no quality Thai food, and just  revamped my blog.  Anyways, this post, inspired by Gillian over at Crafting a Rainbow, is all about 2014.  The best and the worst. Do you want to start with the good news or the bad news?  I vote good news.

Top 5 Hits: What have you worn or loved the most?

 1. White ArcherIMG_5486

I am ridiculously proud of this shirt.  It checked off a number of firsts for me: first pattern from Grainline Studios,  first French seemed sleevecycle, first make with all enclosed seams, and my first time seriously taking my time with top stitching. It paid off: I love this shirt and am wearing it about once a week.  The fabric, amazingly, doesn’t wrinkle at all through the laundry.  Unfortunately, the interfacing on the cuffs has gotten very bubbly.  I’m not sure what happened there, but it’s not a problem when I roll my sleeves up.

 2. Blue Go Anywhere DressIMG_5528

Even though this is one of my most recent makes–the most recent make for myself anyways–it is already in regular rotation in my closet.  It is versatile, and I can wear it to school, work, a casual dinner, or a party.  My next version of this pattern is already cut out and ready to be sewn together.

3. Black and White Circle Scarf


This scarf was a completely spontaneous make.  The fabric was in the remnant bin at Joann’s and I bought it on a whim.  I’ve worn it multiple times every week so far this fall and winter.  It dresses up a simple outfit without really needing to put in any effort. Easy peasy.

4. Floral Plantain


Despite this shirt being made from polyester, and thus being warm instead of breathable, I lived in it this summer. I wore it far more than my short-sleeved versions.  I think it’s because of the fun print. The fabric is showing it, though.  It’s pilling and starting to look worn out.

5. Grad School Bag


This bag is used every. single. day. It is so much more comfortable to carry my books and laptop in than the leather purse I was using before, but I still don’t feel out of place when I bring it to my office. It is holding up well, too. I almost want to make another version out of some more colorful fabrics.

And now the bad news….Don’t worry, it’s really not that bad.

Top 5 Misses: What went wrong or never got worn? 

1. Cambie


I really like this dress.  It was my first, and so far only, with a full lining.  I love the fabric, too.  I just never wear it. It seems a little fancy for my everyday life, and the fit isn’t spot-on, so it’s not what I reach for on special occasions.  I want to try again with the Cambie, and tweak the fit so it’s just right.

2. Purple printemps dress


This dress was worn for blog pictures, on Easter for a few hours, and never again.  It is a tad too small in the bodice, in the don’t take a deep breath type or try to lift your arms up kind of way. The fabric was a thrifted sheet and has zero stretch, so that doesn’t help anything either.  I probably won’t make this pattern up again, although I was impressed with how well the back fits.

3. McCall’s Wrap Dress


I never blogged this make completed, because, well, I never finished it, but did show a few in-progress pics here. After it was together enough to try on, I realized that it was hopelessly too big.  Big 4 sizing is always so off. The bodice ended up about 4 sizes too large.  I didn’t like the dress enough to finish it, so, it didn’t make the move with us to NC.

4. Banana Republic Look-Alike Shorts


These shorts were donated to Goodwill.  The fabric, other than being see-through, was super cute.  That was about their only redeeming quality.  The fit was a little strange, and the idea of a rear zipper is bizarre. I think Grainline’s Maritime Shorts might be my next attempt at making shorts.

5. Hi-low skirt


This may have been one of my most intentional makes of the year.  I had the pattern for months before buying fabric specifically with it in mind.  I’m just not feeling it now, though.  On the hanger it looks like something a grandmother would wear.  Hi-low cuts seem to be all the rage with teenagers.  And, from the back, I think it looks like I have a duck tail. The waist is also too small, so it’s not the most comfortable either.  Fail.

And there you have it!  This was a fun little exercise.  On my blogiversary, I plan on recapping my makes from the year.  Don’t worry, though, if you’re tired of recaps, I have some new makes to post soon too.


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