It’s always good at the turning of the year to review, so I thought I’d go through my makes from this year with the benefit of hindsight and see which had been ultimate successes, and which hadn’t got as much use as I had hoped. Reviewing makes like this does help to gain an overview of what sorts of projects did or didn’t work in my lifestyle, so I’ll be using that to start making my plans for next year too!
Top 5 Hits
I think my first attempt at jeans definitely was a highlight this year. They fitted great, the fabric choice was spot on and I felt justifiably proud with the result. Sadly, because they are fitted and fairly high-waisted, they don’t fit over the bump any more, so I will have to wait a while before I can wear them again, but I have plans to make jeans again in the future and will just have to wait and see if I end up the same shape post baby or need to make some other fit adjustments to the next pair!
Maybe this is a cheat, because I actually made two archers, and mended another with some sashiko mending, but I love them all and they have been in regular wardrobe rotation all year. I think I love most that they are so versatile. The relaxed fit is spot on, and there is something so satisfying about the precision involved in shirt making.
Kwik Sew Coat
The slightly oversized fit of this coat has been an unexpected bonus- I think I will fit into it for most of the winter, even as I grow! That aside, I would change a few things next time I make a coat, but you have to start somewhere, and this project has given me the courage to try some other trickier and more involved sewing projects again in the future.
No longer a weather appropriate option, but these flint shorts were all I wanted to wear on holiday this summer. I felt put together in the cities, sufficiently cool to belong in Italy and they were comfortable and practical too. The fabric might be one of my favorite parts of these, and was a lucky charity shop find. One to make again next summer.
Men’s Metro Tees
Another multi garment pick, but these t-shirts have been a big success. I don’t make much for anyone other than me, but these were worth the effort because Matt wears them all the time.
Top 5 Misses
This top is one of those projects that just doesn’t quite materialise as you envisioned it. I quite like all the components- fabric, buttons etc., but the pattern wasn’t the right choice for me. There is more volume in the sleeves than is really my preference (it makes it really hard to wear with a cardigan), but maybe I can modify them at some point to slim them down and make this more ‘me’.
My first problem with this skirt is that the sizing from the pattern chart seemed to be a little off, so this skirt was much to big at the waist. I was able to bring it is with the elastic at the back waistband, but I’m still not really sure about the fit or the length. It doesn’t really get worn, and I don’t think I will be using the pattern again because there are other patterns which were simpler to construct and more successful for me.
I think the problem with this Alex dress is the fabric/pattern combination. The cotton is a little too stiff, and doesn’t drape well enough for me to feel comfortable in this dress. It is all just a little too oversized, and the fabric emphasised that. This one it savable thought I think, when I eventually get around t putting some darts in the back to take out some of the extra volume.
There is nothing ‘wrong’ with this Saunio Cardigan exactly, except that it never makes it off the coat rack and out of the door. I think it is the fact that it just doesn’t quite fit my lifestyle. 3/4 sleeves on a jacket aren’t sufficiently practical on Dartmoor. If I want or need a coat or jacket, it needs to have full sleeves!
Not actually a disaster of pattern, or of lifestyle, but unfortunately this lycra couldn’t really stand up to running in these Virginia leggings and so some of the seams have started to split. I have some other fabric in mind to give this another go at some point though, so definitely not a wasted pattern.