Merry Christmas! Here’s a quick rundown of my projects for this thing over here. And some reflections!
Top 5 Hits:
- Various spousal-unit t-shirts. I made four, and he wears them all the time. He’s wearing one now! These were a big hit.
- My blue burda button down. This hasn’t been worn in a bit since it’s gotten colder, but during the summer I wore it CONSTANTLY. It fits wonderfully, and works great as a lightweight coverup.
- Baby quilt with sharks. I have no idea if they use this much, but it makes me very happy.
- Cow pants. Silly and happy-making.
- Izzy’s dinosaur costume. This was by far my most popular make. So many delighted comments. The cute one-year-old helps.
Top 5 Misses:
- Both red velvet dresses. (Another one, unblogged, pictured here.) I wanted these to be at least wearable muslins, but the reality is that they each need a good 3-4″ of additional front bust length. I can’t fake that, and I hate the seam across my boobs.
- This summer concert tee. The orange clashed with my hair, and on reflection I just can’t handle the butt-mullet effect on this pattern. I made another version in a black and white stripe, same issue. I want to love them, but I don’t.
- This unblogged purple t-shirt. You can’t see in the photo, but the neckline was way too wide and it’s unwearable.
- Green linen skirt. Doesn’t have room for my ass, not quite the shade of green I was going for, and too short in back. Next time, I will mark my hems.
- This Darling Ranges dress I never even finished. It doesn’t fit, it will never fit, best to give up now.
The reflection part:
- I wasn’t very happy with most of the things I sewed for myself. (And honestly, I just put that blue shirt on there so there’d be something for me in the top 5 list.) There are lots of reasons for this: learning about fit, attempting challenging projects, trying to use up fabric that maybe should have just been given away, and having a post-partum body that’s been changing shape and size over the course of the year (I started with a two-month old and now have a 14-month old.)
- But I made a bunch of awesome things for other people! And more importantly, I learned a great deal about construction techniques, fitting and generally leveled up my sewing skills something fierce. I feel pretty good about that.
- I made a lot of things, especially in the first half of the year. This is great from a leveling-up-skills standpoint, but…
- Most of them aren’t in my wardrobe anymore. So probably I should slow down and go for quality over quantity.
- My stash has probably grown this year, but mostly with to-be-upcycled clothing. I should probably either start sewing with it, or ditch it. I like the idea of upcycling, but I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach on that one.
Inspirations is a whole separate post, so let’s save that for later.
- Sew more for me! I don’t want to stop sewing for spousal unit and childtron, but I’m happy to shift the focus a bit more in my own direction.
- Make muslins. I’ve historically skipped this, but with my new bra size I really just can’t get away with it anymore. I need to do a full bust adjustment, sloped shoulder adjustment, and probably a few others on most patterns, which means taking my time on fitting makes a HUGE difference.
- Sew everyday dresses. I need to figure out what this means – knit vs. shirt dress vs. pinafore and so on, but these are the projects that I get the most wear out of and really appreciate having made.
- Sew some more costumey fun stuff. I love dressing up, and I want to do more of it. And I like projects that are about bringing an image to life, whether it’s from media or just from my head.
- Make a coat. This seems like a fun challenge, and would let me tackle lots of new skills along the way.