So it’s time to look back over 2014! I have sewn a lot this year so it’s really useful to look back at what worked and (always more interesting?) what didn’t work so well. Looking at my 2013 post I am pleased that I have continued to wear three out of the five hits – the Hawthorn dress, blue Anna dress and the Hemlocks.
The 2014 Hits
This is a mash up of Kitschycoo’s Lady Skater and a Burdastyle ‘Princess’ dress. I absolutely love this dress, love the colour and style and it has been worn at least weekly since I made it. I think it is more special to me because I had to put two patterns together to create exactly the look I wanted, which I haven’t done before.
This is Grainline Studio’s Archer View B, which I haven’t seen as much as View A. Although I was pleased with my very first Archer in the classic button up style, it hasn’t been worn nearly as much as this second version. I really love the ruffled back when wearing the shirt both over jeans at weekends and at work over trousers. I feel as if it is a little bit more dressed up and the extra length covers all the bits I prefer to hide!
The Hepworth dress is a Sinbad and Sailor pattern. The picture is of my second version which is my favourite. I did wear this and the original lilac version a lot over the summer. The pattern is a classic shape – princess seams and flared skirt.
This pattern was part of my hits last year and this year I used my many versions for One Week One Pattern. My clear favourite is the latest version – this is the A line version and it is the fabric which makes this one special – Echino Decoro – Soaring in black, which is now sold out. The fabric is a lovely slightly silky cotton sateen and I wear this regularly.
Capital Chic Bellini. I jumped into the sew-along for this pattern about half way through and managed to make two blouses by the end. This is a really perfect woven top pattern – once again my two versions work well both in and out of work. I think this blue version is my favourite as I love how the stripes lined up across the collar and front.
The 2014 Misses
I am arguing with myself about whether this is really a miss or just a dress that doesn’t yet have a purpose. I love the fabric, the design and the bodice fit was good – but I haven’t worn it because it feels as if it belongs at a garden party or a wedding rather than in my day to day life. Maybe I will wear it more in future or maybe it is just a dress for a special occasion?
Named Patterns Nascha skirt. Once again this isn’t a complete failure – I have worn it since I blogged it and I think I that it will be worth trying again with the pattern (though even lengthened considerably it still feels a litle short for me!) Ultimately this is a fabric fail – the grey wool mix fabric gets baggy with wear, the waist got particularly loose and the lining got twisted up as I had to unpick it from the hem facing.
Unblogged – Poly Anna
I have struggled with the By Hand London Anna dress – my first version was one of last year’s fails as it ended up too tight. This version was another fabric fail – the fabric is a navy blue polyester. It was shifty to cut, horrible to press, snagged on everything and when I finally wore it was incredibly clingy and full of static. Since then I have been very cautious about sewing with polyester! On a positive note I have made a ponte version as a Christmas dress which I am really happy with!
This is Victory Patterns Lola dress. For me it was a fabric problem again – I used quite a thick sweatshirt type fabric with four way stretch and I didn’t have a walking foot at the time so I ended up with a lot of very wavey seams and also the pattern wasn’t the most flattering for my shape. Despite these issues I do wear this quite a lot around the house over jeans as it is super comfortable so it isn’t a total fail!
I have worn this one several times so it isn’t a total fail but I don’t love it – the fit is slightly off and I need to completely revisit it to make a more successful version. This is my first version and the neck is too wide, so it slips over my bra straps, it is slightly too baggy at the chest and I cut it slightly too short. Recently I have come to realise that I need a forward shoulder adjustment and I think that might help here as a starting point. I tried sizing down with a second version but that wasn’t the solution. I got as far as reprinting the PDF for another go and I may revisit it next year.
There are a number of things I could have included in hits – including the costumes I made for my daughter, but I focused on things I have worn regularly that fit my style and make me feel happy and comfortable. Most of the misses are wearable so they aren’t complete failures which is a pretty good place to be!
How about you – what have your successes and failures been this year?