My sewing in 2014!

Hello There Friends,

Happy new year!

I wanted to take a quick look back over this past sewing year, as well as look forward to 2015.

2014 has been a (even if I do say so myself), phenomenal year for me in terms of sewing. Not only in terms of output, but also in terms of variety of garments and fabric types sewn, as well as the increase in my technical abilities. Here are some brief stats:

I think these are correct….

  • 45 items sewn in total (that have been blogged about; I have also sewn one pair of curtains so far for the new house, and am carrying one UFO forward into the new year – my birthday dress. I don’t do UFOs, so this will have to be finished….but now I don’t have a big occasion coming up that I need the dress for, I am dragging my heels slightly).
  • 17 dresses (including one not mentioned above that has not yet been blogged).
  • 9 tops
  • 8 jackets/ coats/ cardigans/ sweatshirts
  • 4 items for Kezia
  • 1 shirt for Philip
  • 3 bottoms
  • 1 knitted item
  • 1 underwired bra
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 patchwork teddy!

These items are definitely the ones that got worn the most:

Butterick 5683: quilted jacket
Butterick 5683: quilted jacket
Plaid Flannel Archer Button Up Shirt
Plaid Flannel Archer Button Up Shirt
Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim
Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

So suffice to say, I realise that I need to make more tops in the new year!

I also wanted to give a “special mention” to these garments, which I genuinely love each and every time I put them on:

Vogue 8884: spring jacket
Vogue 8884: spring jacket
Simplicity 2444, worn with McCalls 6696 slip
Simplicity 2444, worn with McCalls 6696 slip
McCalls 6696: DIY navy linen shirt dress
McCalls 6696: DIY navy linen shirt dress
Burdastyle Plus Size Placket Blouse 01/2010#133
Burdastyle Plus Size Placket Blouse 01/2010#133

Now on to the garments which I didn’t love:

Vogue 8936 studded peplum top
Vogue 8936 studded peplum top

The bodice length was too short on this peplum top and I really didn’t know what to wear it with. It has been donated to charity.

Simplicity 1423
Simplicity 1423

The puckered seams on this dress made it a fail for me. I wore it once and then realised how embarrassed I was of it…it went to the charity shop.

McCalls 6991 and Vogue 8936
McCalls 6991 and Vogue 8936

Ah yes, the beautiful silk crossover top. Don’t worry, this is still in my wardrobe…but it has only been worn once. I am thinking what to do with it.

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014
Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

This last one may (or may not!) surprise you. I love wearing this sweatshirt, and I would like to make another (maybe sized down slightly). The issue is with the fabric. It is extremely delicate and snags (and tears) very easily. I have actually acquired more quilted fabric from another source which seems more durable…so expect to see some quilted dresses appearing.

Plans for 2015? I don’t like to restrain myself with resolutions or plans. I like to go with the flow 🙂 But I would like to make more tops, more every day wearable pieces, still try and do the tailoring thing, and sew some classic tailored pieces like a beautiful blazer and a tailored coat.

All that remains is for me to say thank YOU, readers, sincerely, for following along this year. For leaving comments, answering my questions, offering opinions and entering my giveaways. Peoples, it’s been emotional….until soon and happy new year.

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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

30 thoughts on “My sewing in 2014!

  1. Wow – what an impressive array of sewing! You’ve had many more hits than misses!! Thanks so much for sharing your sewing journey with us. I thoroughly enjoy your blogs and have bought and sewn several patterns based on your recommendations. Happy new year to you and yours!

  2. Well done, you got so many of the garments spot on! I tend to have more misses than hits, and if it is a hit, I tend to make it over and over. Thanks I have enjoyed following your blog and look forward to following another year of inspirational sewing.

  3. Love your selection! I am late to this blogger/pinterest way of finding information but I am starting on Vogue 8884 and I see you made a lovely version back in the spring. I really am not a beginner but I am quite stumped over the directions on the foldline on both the front and back yoke pieces. Please if you don’t mind, do you crease the foldline and then bring it down to the seam line, then topstitch 1/4″ from there??
    Also, did you use woven interfacing?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hello Mary Kay….erm….that dress was made such as long time ago, I really don’t recall at all…although I don’t remember needing interfacing? If I can look at the directions in the next couple of days I will….

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