A Year in Review: Hits and Misses

Last December, I didn’t really bother with a year-end roundup since I had only been back at sewing for a few months when all the review posts started rolling in. However, now that I’ve been sewing solidly for the entirety of 2014, I am happy to bring you the year in review! (According to the well-known format by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow) This will be the “hits and misses” post, and later I’ll talk about the rest.


So, first off, the fails! I wanted to get them over first, since some of them still kind of hurt…

5. The Giant Purple Sweater Dress. Ok, so I still wear is occasionally, but only when I’m feeling super skinny, which is almost never. It does no favors in the booty or tummy departments…


4. The Magenta Belcarra Blouse. It’s just too dang big…at some point, when I feel less lazy, I’d love to take it apart and remake it in the right size. But for now, it’s really too big to wear and have it look good.


3. My Rib Knit Plantain. This is a classic example of a poor fabric/pattern pairing. The pattern clearly states that you need a knit with a fair amount of stretch, but I brazenly ignored it and plowed forward with a sweater knit. So the neckline is huge, despite my trying to interface it with tricot (which I think actually made it worse). Oops. Lesson learned…sort of 😛


2. My Silk Pendrell Blouse. SO SHINY. That is all.


1. An attempt at the Colette Dahlia dress . This one still hurts, and there are no pics. Basically, due to a super-warped grain, I had all sorts of weird fitting issues and an oddly misshapen neckline. Plus it ravels like there’s no tomorrow. I’m hoping to salvage it when I return from my holiday travels. But until then…AGH

And now on to the fun part – the major hits of 2014!

5. My Katy and Laney Tap Shorts! I made three pairs of these (including one unblogged but much-worn denim pair), and absolutely loved wearing them all this summer. I usually hate shorts, but these are kind of magic.


4. The Cat Lady Belladonne. I love this pattern, I love this fabric, and I love the fit! Granted, I haven’t gotten a ton of wear out of it due to it’s rather whimsical nature, but I’m so proud of the way the bias binding compliments the cat fabric. And the fact that I figured out how to apply it :P.


3. The Pavot Coat. While it’s far from perfect and there are definitely some things about it that still bother me, this was my first attempt at coat making, and I’m quite proud of all that I learned. And that I drafted my own lining! I can’t wait to make more coats in the future :).


2. My Color Block Coco. This is one of those projects that just effortlessly turns out perfect. I love it and have worn it a TON. And when Tilly posted it on Twitter, my blog got over 500 hits that day! (Which I’ve never gotten even close to before or since :P) Definitely a favorite!


And #1 is *drumroll* my Anniversary Dress! I’m so thrilled with how this dress turned out (and just generally love the Flora dress!), and I couldn’t have been happier wearing it on my special day.


So that’s my year in review! Tune in again later for more on reflections and goals for next year!


6 thoughts on “A Year in Review: Hits and Misses

  1. What a great round-up! Those polka dot Tap Shorts are pretty fabulous, and I love your Pavot coat. As for the misses, just chalk it up to experimentation and lessons learned. It’s all a part of the learning process, right? 🙂 Congrats on a full year of sewing!

  2. I have exactly the same issue with my belcarra – love the pattern but just a bit too loose to be completely comfortable! I love your cat lady belladone – hope you get to wear it more next summer!


  3. Your wins are so awesome that I think you should just forever ignore your misses! I think the polkadot shorts might be my favourite though!

  4. This is a nice roundup, and based on those pictures the Chardon skirt could be considered a hit as well, you’re wearing it in two of the photos (but perhaps it was completed in 2013?). I have a few of those wrong fabric to pattern misses this year as well, but let’s consider them as lessons learnt, shall we?

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