2015 Year in Review: Misses

Sewing Top 5 of 2015 - Crafting a Rainbow

After taking a look at my favorite sewing projects of the year, let’s see which projects rarely made it out of the closet.  I only have 4 projects that I wasn’t really happy with, and since most of them were experiments, I guess that’s not too bad!

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2015 Year in Review: Hits

Sewing Top 5 of 2015 - Crafting a Rainbow

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.

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2014 Year in Review: Reflections and goals

Top 5 of 2014 - Crafting a RainbowTo round out my 2014 Year In Review posts, today I’ll share a few reflections on my year of sewing and some general goals for the new year.  I suspect we’re all at the point of “enough already!” with these year-end posts, so I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet.  🙂

2014 Reflections

#1 – There is no way I’ll have enough time to sew everything I’d like to.

My brain knows this is true, but the road to acceptance is a long one.  Looking back on this year, I wish I had more time to devote to large projects and to muslin new patterns, but let’s face it, there are only so many hours in the day!  I enjoy taking my time on my sewing projects, and as a result, sewing is a very time-consuming hobby for me.  I think I’ve done a good job of choosing my projects based on a balance of wardrobe needs and skill building, but I need to get better about being content with my time limitations.

#2 – There is more to life than sewing!

This is essentially a corollary to #1.  In a quest to devote as much time as possible to sewing, I think I missed out on other fun opportunities in the past year.  However, when I only have 3-4 hours of down time over an entire weekend, it’s really hard not to dedicate them to sewing!  Choosing another activity might mean no sewing time for an entire week, which is a tough pill to swallow.  I’m not sure what the solution is here, but I want to keep reminding myself that it’s ok to not sew sometimes.

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2014 Year in Review: Highlights of my year in sewing (and life)

Top 5 of 2014 - Crafting a Rainbow

Continuing with Gillian’s Top 5 of 2014 series, today I’ll share some highlights of my year in sewing, along with one fairly exciting highlight of my life outside of sewing.  Besides my actual sewing projects (check out my hits and misses post), this year I invested some additional thought, time, and money into this crazy hobby of mine, and I had a lot of great experiences as a result!  I’m glad to see that I’m learning, growing, and pushing myself (albeit slowly) to advance my craft.

Top 5 Sewing Highlights of 2014

#1 – Creating my personal color palette

Allspice Abounds color palette

I had no idea how incredibly useful this would be!  I’m so glad I stumbled upon Gillian’s tutorial earlier this year, because creating my own palette has really helped to guide my fabric purchases and build my everyday wardrobe.  No longer do I wind up with beautifully sewn garments that don’t match with anything else I own, and therefore hardly get any wear.  No longer do I give into that spontaneous impulse to buy that wacky print in the fabric store that I just have to have.  With every fabric purchase I now ask myself:

  • Does this color fit into my palette?
  • What do I already own that will match with it?

After about 6 months of incorporating my palette into my fabric purchases, I’m slowly building a wardrobe where almost everything goes with almost everything else.  And since I mostly wear separates, having pieces that match is key!  The palette also helps me to buy and wear colors that I love and that make me feel good, which just adds to the joy of each day.  🙂

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2014 Year in Review: Hits and misses

Top 5 of 2014 - Crafting a Rainbow

Is it just me, or are these year-in-review posts really fun to read?  🙂  I’m happy to once again be taking part in Gillian’s Top 5 series, in which we take a look back at our year of sewing and reflect on our success, failures, and lessons learned along the way.  Be sure to check out all the other great round-up posts listed in the comments of Gillian’s post here.

Finished Garments in 2014

Before I dive into my hits and misses, here’s a summary of the garments I sewed this year:

  • 6 Renfrew tops (2 short sleeved, 4 long sleeved)
  • 5 Archers
  • 3 Moss mini skirts (1 just finished yesterday and not yet blogged)
  • 2 Renfrew maxi dresses
  • 1 blazer (Simplicity 2446)
  • 1 sleeveless dress (Butterick 5353, now OOP)
  • 11 pairs of So Zo undies
  • 1 infinity scarf (not blogged, but it’s just a simple scarf)
  • 1 bodice and skirt sloper, still in the process of being tweaked

All in all, I sewed a total of 18 garments, not including the undies, scarf, and sloper.  I’m very tempted to say that I didn’t get as much sewing done this year as I would have liked, but looking back, it feels like I was sewing during most of my free time!  Therefore, I’ll simply confirm what I already knew: I sew at a glacial pace and enjoy taking my time.  Nothing wrong with that.  🙂

So which garments were a success, and which sat neglected in a drawer all year?

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2013 Year In Review: Inspirations and Goals

Top 5 of 2013

Rounding out my 2013 year in review posts, today I’ll share some sewing inspirations and goals for the new year.

Sewing Inspirations

Like all of us, I get inspired by all the amazing projects that we share with each other on our blogs and social media sites, and I listed a handful of my recent favorites in this post: “Sewing projects to swoon over.”  And yes, I still find myself swooning over them almost two months later!  I get inspired by practical/functional garments that fit into everyday life, and also by fabulous over-the-top pieces that are completely impractical but drop-dead gorgeous.  You’ll find both on that list.  : )

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2013 Year In Review: Reflections

Top 5 of 2013

Continuing with Gillian’s year in review series, today I’ll share my sewing reflections.  I’ve chosen overarching statements that sum up the “lessons learned” from my hits and misses posts, and hopefully they’ll serve as guidelines for my sewing in 2014 (and beyond).  If I had to sum it all up in one sentence, I’d say that 2013 has made me realize that my handmade garments should be fashionable and functional and well-made.  And really, who wouldn’t agree with that?  : )

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2013 Year In Review: Hits

Top 5 of 2013Continuing with my 2013 Year In Review posts, I’m happy to present my Top 4 Hits of the year (yes, I only have 4 again).  Yay!  These are the garments I’ve worn the most, enjoy wearing the most, and am most proud of.  They’re the garments that make me feel like a million bucks – confident, stylish, and just a little smug.  : )  Hope you enjoy seeing them all again!

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2013 Year In Review: Misses

Top 5 of 2013In the spirit of reflection and growth (and fun!), I’m hopping on Gillian’s bandwagon and posting my Top 5 Lists for 2013.  I really like this idea, not only because it’s interesting to look back on my year of sewing and see what went well and what didn’t, but also because it’ll be helpful in moving forward, planning future projects, and making the most of my precious sewing time.  To get the worst of them out of the way first, I’ll start with the misses (and I’ve got 4 of them, not 5 – close enough!).

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