Let the lists begin! First up in my Top 5 Hits of 2015 – my favourite and most worn makes!
In no particular order…
1. Ginger Jeans
I’m actually finding it hard to believe that I first used this pattern so recently! I’ve made at least 5 pairs, probably more, and I love the pattern. It’s time to replace the first denim pairs i made, which are now looking worn and faded – I’ve got enough Cone Mills denim stashed to sew 3 pairs, so I’m hoping to work on that over the Christmas holidays!
Truth be told, I’ve decided since the summer that all 6 bras I’ve sewn are either too small (Pin Up Girls Classic) or beastly uncomfortable (traced from RTW like the one above). I’m not giving up though – I LOVE the idea of sewing bras, and I’m sure as h*** not about to pay $100+ for one in a store. Instead, my husband’s gift to me is 3 hours with talented local-ish bra maker, Emerald Erin. She’s going to help me figure out what’s going wrong with my current wires and bands, and then draft my a custom pattern based on my measurements. I can’t WAIT!
From summer right into fall and winter, I’ve been loving ruffles. Flirty, girly, fun ruffles! I’m seriously tempted to add one to a shift dress and make it into a drop-waisted ruffle dress (most appropriate for a 5 year old, but I want one!)
It all started with a RTW sweater coat that I traced… then I made a turquoise sweatshirt one and this red variation. I’ve worn all three way more than I expected, and a fourth one in windowpane plaid is likely on it’s way!
5. Cashmerette takes over my wardrobe
Oh happy day – I might actually finally have a favourite pattern line! I love certain patterns from Jalie, KitschyKoo, Sewholic, Closet Case Files and other, but Jenny’s patterns have been a bit of a revelation. Firstly, because I didn’t realise how well an FBA could make knits fit, and secondly, the curvy shaping suddenly makes me feel like I can wear (and feel good in) much snugger clothes than I’ve sewn in a while!
It’s been a good year in sewing for me: experimenting with new styles, building my skills, and loving my handmade wardrobe. Seriously, the only thing that makes me sad is that so many clothes that get worn only once a month, because I have so many I love! I’ve been experimenting with simple drafting and hacking patterns past all recognition. It’s fun to get the creative juices flowing!
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