It’s that time of year again! I always enjoy participating in Gillian’s Sewing Top 5 series and reading all of your year-in-review posts. It’s fun to look back on another great year of sewing, take stock of our triumphs and failures, and reflect on lessons learned along the way. I’ll start with a round-up of my favorite and most successful sewing projects of the year.
Top 5 Hits of 2015
#1 – Sarrouel Trousers in Floral Rayon
No, you’re not hallucinating, these were my favorite project of the year! I know these shorts are an acquired taste (perhaps requiring more than one human lifetime to acquire, LOL), but there is something about this project that I absolutely adore. Maybe it’s the gorgeous, drapey, floral fabric, maybe it’s the unusual silhouette, or maybe it’s just that I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone and wound up with a surprise hit. Whatever the reason, these shorts were a total win this summer.
#2 – GeoPop Moss Mini
This skirt is all about the fabric. This awesome, boldly geometric, eye-searingly colorful fabric! This skirt was in heavy rotation last winter, and I’ve been wearing it again now that tights weather has come back around. The combination of a fun fabric, a super functional slippery lining, and a classic silhouette make this skirt a staple in my winter wardrobe. I even wore it for Christmas last week! This is one of those garments that I’m always waiting to wear again. After all, you can only wear a crazy skirt like this so often. Is once a week too much?? 🙂
#3 – Floral Renfrew
A simple cotton/spandex t-shirt, this Renfrew was a hit due to the beautiful floral fabric. I find myself saving this shirt for visits with friends and family, presentations at work, meetings, or any occasion that can be deemed as deserving of a special top. Since I wear this about once a week, apparently “buying lunch at the cafeteria” is also considered “special.” 🙂 I always feel great wearing this top – it’s just fun!
#4 – Floral Voile Archer
Once again, the fabric combination in this Archer makes it a favorite. I absolutely love the blue and white floral combined with the accents of blue and white stripes. It just screams “summer” to me. This top got a lot of wear over the summer and early fall (including my thesis defense!), when a light and breezy top like this was perfect for keeping out the chilly air conditioning or a light fall breeze. I was also happy with a few changes I made in construction, including moving the buttons on the sleeve cuffs so they don’t interfere with typing and giving myself a little more wiggle room in the shoulders.
#5 – Granny Chic Racerback Tank
This top was a surprise hit! I wasn’t sure about this ditsy Granny-shamrock-floral fabric at first, but this wound up being one of my favorite summer tops and got lots of wear with this RTW white skirt and my chevron stripe skirt. Despite the fact that it was the first real project I made from my sloper and therefore could have used a few more tweaks, the top fit well and was really comfortable in searing hot weather. This was another top that screamed “summer” and was a fun choice for barbecues and strolls along the beach.
You may have noticed a theme with my Top 5 Hits this year: 4 out of 5 were made from bright floral fabric, and the other one involved a rainbow of colors. What can I say? I love wearing bright, colorful garments. 🙂
Honorable Mention – Alpi Chinos wearable muslin
Finally, although these pants weren’t exactly a roaring success, I made pants this year!! I made these almost exactly a year ago during the holiday break, and I was so immensely proud of this milestone sewing accomplishment. I’m a bit disappointed that I never got around to making another pair and tweaking the fit, but I did draft a pants sloper (still unblogged) and really, really want to get back to this when I have the time. While these pants got some wear last winter, there are a few ongoing problems that limit their wear for a second season, including fading black fabric (WHY did I buy black?), a somewhat baggy fit, and poorly sized and placed back pockets. But still, I made pants. Pretty awesome. 🙂
I’ll be back soon with a list of misses, some highlights from my year in sewing (and life), and a few overarching goals for 2016. I hope you’re all enjoying the holidays and some well-deserved rest and relaxation!
P.S. – There’s still time to enter my She Wears the Pants holiday giveaway! Deadline is January 1.