The Best and Worst of 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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