My Top-Ten Makes (as decided by me.)
I started sewing, almost to the day, last year! It was part of a New Year's resolution to myself, and I'm made so many things in that time!
As my sewing anniversary, and the new year approaches, I wanted to take the time to reflect on some of my pieces. Here are some of my favourite makes, based on totally made-up categories I just invented :)
Number 1: Trendsetter
#2017yearofthesleeve anyone? While normally I tend to shy away from trends, I did enjoy making this Eve dress from Sew Over It with a flutter sleeve and the softest brushed rayon from Fabric.com.
I wore this at our BBQ housewarming party and felt very trendy indeed.
Number 2: Loudest Make
Sneaky peek at one of the makes from this year I haven't blogged/posted about yet, but wanted to include here because a) I think it turned out pretty great. b)Super fun fabric
I got this crepe for $3 per metre at our local fabricland and had the chance to try the fantastic Pussy Bow Blouse Pattern from Sew Over It.
Number 3: Proudest Make
Gah! Why did I do this to myself! I realize these categories are arbitrary and can be changed at any point, but this was a tough one.
I decided to choose the Rosa Shirt Dress I made (Tilly and the Buttons Pattern). I took her online class when making this and I'm so glad I did. It was an early make for me (I think my third?) and the class took you through everything step by step. This pattern, and this shirt, have all the bells and whistles - a floral button placket and collar stand, a perfect point on the yoke, top-stitching for days... it's a beauty.
Number 4: Wardrobe Workhorse
My sneaky way of including 3 makes in one category! As many of you know, I LOVE the Hey June Handmade Charleston Dress. My favourite version is the black one, and I wear it out everywhere! It's incredibly versatile, comfortable and flattering. I got this black floral ponte from Fabric.com
The second time I made this I totally aced pattern matching stripes, and it was a work staple this summer. This fabric came from our local Fabricland.
The third time I made this dress was for my sister-in-law Olga. You'll see in my Christmas gift post how amazing this turned out!
Number 5: Biggest Fail
While my Orsola Dress from By Hand London did not turn out fantastic, neither did this Butterick B6351 at first. I re-attached the back cross-over peices three times before giving up. There's still a bit of a wrinkle in the back - but I'm (getting) over it. Although it was marked where to attach, because I had a petite top, they were too big at first. I think next summer I will go back and re-adjust them, but for now it will have to do. This dress was made with Art Gallery Fabric from Fabric.com.
Great dress for mini-putt this summer though!
Number 6: Best Fabric
This one was a no-brainer. I bought this fabric while on our honeymoon in the Azores. I think the print represents our experience there perfectly - strolls along the marina, (a lot) of wine tasting, outdoor adventure, and just slowing our pace.
I sewed this up into a Sew Over It Rosie Dress which made an appearance at many a BBQ this summer.
Number 7: Coziest Make
Another tough category. Runners up include my Candi Cardigan from Sinclair Patterns (my first "Pattern Testing" experience) and the series of Linden Sweatshirts I made earlier this winter (see the blog post here).
However, I'm going to have to go with my most recent make, the Alex Shirt Dress from Sew Over It in a brushed buffalo plaid flannel. It's like wearing actual pjs in real life - I say this, because it also doubles as a nice flannel night shirt!
Number 8: Best Memories
Can I ever share these pictures enough. My second project ever - sewing myself a cape to wear on my wedding day brings back such wonderful memories. I even included lace on the shoulders that came off my dress in alterations.
I remember having a "vote" with my sisters, mother and mother-in-law - first I came out in the fur stole I had planned to wear, and then this (expecting them to say that it looked a little "handmade in a bad way"). They hands-down preferred this cape - and thus an obsession was born.
Number 9: Twirliest Make
A tough category for sure. How can you beat a full circle skirt Betty Dress from Sew Over It? With a Nancy Dress from Sew Over It.
I chose the Nancy because I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. My bias binding application was on. point. It's also quite practical and the fabric super swishy. You can read more about my experiences with the pattern in these blog posts here and here.
Number 10: Best in Show
My other proudest make was the first dress I ever made - NewLook 6431 in a bright orange floral satin, with a lining that I created. Looking back, it was quite a complex project for a first make - pleated neckline, difficult fabric choice and a pretty basic skill-set. But it all came together in this amazing, one-of-a-kind dress that I wore out for my Bachelorette Party. Definitely worthy of the 2017 Best in Show ribbon.
What were your proudest makes? Biggest fails? Other category suggestions? Year end is a great time for reflection. I'd love to see your own top 10 categories on instagram (#my2017sewingtop10).
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.