Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Top 5 of 2013

Okay, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and look back at my top five of 2013.  I feel like I haven't really been as prolific this year as I have in years past, so I was surprised that I actually made enough things that I could choose five.  But here goes.

At the top of the list is Vogue 8742.  I LOVE this dress.  I love the color, the design, everything.  It's also an easy dress to make which makes it even more awesome.  I can see myself making this again for spring with a short sleeve or even sleeveless.  It's too bad I didn't have any Christmas parties to go to this year because this dress would have been perfect.

Second on my list is Burda Style 04-2013-109.  This should probably have been #1 on the list simply because I wore it so much.  The Vogue dress is just more dramatic and more "me" the way I'm used to. The best thing about this Burda dress is that in addition to being easy to make, comfortable, and (in my opinion) flattering, it changed the way I think about what looks good on me.  This was the first time I made something straight and with minimal shaping and ended up loving it.  I even made this one a second time.  And I think I might make it again when the weather warms up.

Third on my list is My Image M1303.  It was my first MI pattern, and even though it took quite a bit of finagling, I ended up with a skirt that got quite a bit of wear over the summer.  It was also another pattern that changed the way I look at what is flattering.  I really made this because I was curious about the way the pattern went together.  I wasn't sure the wide pockets would work with my already wide hips, but I ended up pleasantly surprised.

New Look 6095 comes in at #4 simply because it gets a ton of wear.  It was great all by itself during the summer and now that the weather is cold it still gets a lot of wear with hose and a cardigan.  I wasn't 100% happy with the fit through the sleeves and bust, but I think this one might be worth some tweaking to get it closer to perfect.  It could be a TNT.

And coming in at #5 is McCall's 5859, the Flamingo Jacket.  This one had to make the list simply because it is so much fun.  It didn't get much wear this past year, but I'm really looking forward to pulling it out this spring.  I think the problem was that I didn't really have anything to wear it with but jeans, and I don't wear jeans that often.  I'm thinking that a simple black sheath to wear under it will solve the problem.  I even already have the fabric in my stash.

Looking back at my list I'm noticing a lot of red, pink, and black.  Funny how the same colors keep popping up over and over.  I think in 2014 I'm going to try some new colors and see if something surprises me.

I also notice that 3 out of 5 of my top five are dresses.  Looking back over the year I saw that I made mostly dresses.  I think I need to stretch myself and make more tops, skirts, pants, and jackets.

Which brings me back to the jacket I'm working on now.  I got quite a bit of work done on it last night.  I might even be able to finish it before the end of the year!  How about you- any last minute finishes before the year is over?


Anonymous said...

ooooh, love that red number :)

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

You had a great year and I'm sure that 2014 will be as wonderful! Happy New Year!

Alice said...

Thanks for your comment on my Christmas dress!

So weird...I was looking through my patterns yesterday and came across V8742 and thought maybe I'll make it up but I wasn't sure, then I come across your blog and WHAM! there it is and it's fabulous! That dress really suits you. I must put it on my "definites" list (the list is SO long now).

All your stuff is great!

Leslie said...

You made such fabulous dresses last year! I LOVE the red one especially!