I have never written a New Year post...the closest I have come was this post in May after MMM... but this year I feel inspired by Gillian's Hit and Misses series to reflect on the past year and share with you my thoughts on the year ahead. Gillian said that there are no rules...thank you Gillian!... so I'm going to hit this with just one post.
As I looked back on my blog posts this year I realized that I only made 23 garments.... well 23 that I blogged about that is.
The first one of the year was this coat...oh how I loathed both the coat and the wasted time I spent making it! I couldn't bring myself to post about it. I looked like a figure skater in it and not in a good way....the only good thing about this coat was the bound button holes...they turned out pretty nice...if I do say so myself.
Next up is my First Renfrew. This is only on the list because it is too short for me and my long torso so I never wear it. Now that I look at the pictures though, I can see it worn tucked onto a high waisted skirt. There may be hope for it yet!
Sooo.... My next one is a pattern placement disaster. I was so disappointed with myself on this one but hopefully I learned my lesson and will not make this mistake again.
My Charlie Jumpsuit is one that I liked in the beginning but never wore again... not even once... so that deems it a miss in my book. It was a good exercise in pattern hacking but I won't be wearing this anytime soon.
I'm including my beachy dress as a "half miss" only because after wearing it I found that it stretches in the length. I will have to get around to hemming it shorter before the warmer weather hits.
Now that the misses are behind me...lets move on to my favorite...
My white moto jacket! I love this thing... that says it all.
Are you guys tired of seeing me twirling about in these skirts yet?! Well too bad... because I just can't stop!
I wore this dress so much over the summer that I had to be careful not to over wear it. The print, color and pattern were all well suited to each other!
My running jacket may very well be my personal favorite make of the entire year! It is so practical in my wardrobe and was satisfying to make. I wear it many times a week...a sure sign of a hit.
My last hit just happens to be my last make of the year. I surprised myself by how often I wore this seasonal sweater. I am even looking forward to wearing it next year!
I realize that I don't share much about my non-sewing life here so I am still reluctant to do so now. An oxymoron for a blogger to want to be private... I fully realize this. Sewing related though...my best moment of the year was when Gillian emailed me to let me know that I was featured on McCall's Pattern Company's office fan board. I was elated!!
1. Sewing Spaces
This year has been the year of new sewing rooms...hopefully I won't be moving again this coming year as it can really wreak havoc on the sewing mojo. Although, I do feel that my current studio is well laid out and works nicely for me.
2. My Style
As I look back I can see that I really did wear a lot of what I made which is a good indicator that I am on track and making garments that suit my lifestyle. I also still wear garments from previous years as well. I know that I like what I make because I'm so disappointed when it mysteriously disappears (like this dress) or gets worn out. I don't like sewing staples but I do like sewing things that I will actually wear.
Life this past year didn't leave me with a lot of time or desire to sew... hence the measly 23 blogged makes.
4. Mysteriously Missing
I didn't make any pants this year! What the heck is that all about?!! I know I like dresses but com' on! Not one pair?!
5. Bad Blogger
My frequency of blogging was half that of the previous year. Huh? I posted only 40 times in 2014 as compared to 87 in 2013. Pathetic.
As for goals for 2015...let me get the first two out of the way.....
2. More posts
3. Stash Bust
Use up some of my stash. I know that I have talked about this last year and my husband doesn't feel the same way about it as I do ( to refresh your memory) but I do think that a "stash bust" is over due.
4. Expand My Skills
I would like to learn how to make jeans and more tailored clothes like coats or blazers..heavens knows I have a pattern for them!
5. Sew More Knits
I have a coverstitch machine that is sooooo under-utilized in my studio and I would really like to conquer the mystery of knits especially the more slinky, tricky ones.
So there you have it...my first (of many..hopefully) post of 2015! A new year on the calender always feels like a fresh new start.