Happy New Year, everyone! I thought before delving into what I've got planned for 2014, that it would be good to pause and reflect on my sewing from 2013. I've loved reading everyone's round up posts so I thought I would follow suit and do my own in the style set out by Gillean of Crafting a Rainbow. 2013 was a busy year for me including a promotion at work, the launch of our social enterprise, Weaving Destination, and of course, sewing! Overall, I made 19 garments (13 dresses, 1 gown, 1 children's outfit, 1 nightgown, 2 blouses/tops and 1 halloween costume).
Here are some of my favourites from 2013. I had such a hard time choosing that actually all of these could be my number 1 favourite outfit! I wear all me-mades on a regular basis (at least daily) so they definitely get lots of rotation in my wardrobe.
Tied for 5th place is…
McCall 3865: The 'Bright Side' Dress
and McCall 3686: The 'Fall for Cotton' Dress
Weaving Destination social enterprise and is available from our Etsy store.
4th place goes to….McCall 3980: The 'Wish Upon A Star' Nightgown
Since making this nightgown, I wear it a lot! I wear it at least every other day for sleeping and just love it!! I definitely need to make more lounging outfits and pyjamas.
Coming in third place is McCall 3574 and 741: The 'Scottish Christmas' Outfit
I can tell my most recent make is going to be an all-time favourite. I love tartan. I love 1940s shirtwaist dresses. I love pleats and I love cute Scottish hats. I plan on making a matching jacket--perhaps in dark green so that I can wear the dress year-round.
In second place is McCall 3939: The 'Hiatus' Dress
Tied for first place is McCall 9777: 'THE Awards' Gown
The 'Aviator' Dress
Funny that my two top outfits from the year are not from 1940 and are both a bit of 'frosting'! I just LOVE the gown I made and I have already worn it twice. It's so comfortable and classy. And my Aviator dress makes me all giddy inside. I love the inspiration dress, the amazing collaboration with B Millinery and the striking colour combination. It also gets lots of wear and is super comfortable (viscose again!)
Some misses from 2013:
McCall 764: The 'Birdie' Blouse
I really love this blouse but the shoulders are a bit too wide for me. I need to unpick the sleeves and reinsert them (while trying not to mess up the neat pin tucked shoulder design). I just haven't been able to get around to it yet. The blouse is fine under jackets but it's a bit too wide to wear on its own. I will definitely try to get around to fixing it before spring!
McCall 3908: The 'First Crepe of Summer' Dress
Oh, this is such a sad story. I adore this dress. My first attempt at sewing with wool crepe. Well, it accidentally got mixed in with other clothes and washed…and since it's wool crepe, it shrank quite a bit. David and I are going to try and see if we can salvage it but I'm afraid it will never be the same. So sad but a good excuse to get some more wool crepe and sew up another one!
McCall 3662: The 'Sew Bossy' Top:
Another top that I love that's just a tad bit too big. I got this amazing feedsack print fabric as a gift from one of my favourite bloggers, Cassie Stephens. I decided to use it as a wearable muslin for this cute little top pattern that I needed to grade up by 4 inches. Well, I definitely graded it up-- a bit too much. It's still super cute and wearable and I plan to bring it out on those warm and sunny days. I also plan to sew up a few more now that I know the construction process.
Overall, I'm very happy with my 2013 makes. I'm definitely getting better at making things that I love to wear. I've enjoyed delving into one particular year and pattern company (1940 McCall)--it's been so much fun and I can't wait to make more!!
I'm curious, which outfit is your favourite?