2012 was a great year full of new adventures for me which included more sewing than I thought I was capable of. I know by now that even our mistakes are worthwhile, although it’s the successes I like to celebrate. Below is my honest appraisal of the Best and Worst of 2012 :)
TOP FIVE HITS – NEW PROJECTS
Vogue 8648 - The first thought that pops to mind is – “Thank you, Susan Khalje for teaching me how to make a dress that fits!” What a winner this is :)
Butterick 5415. I love the simple pattern paired with a beautiful bold silk and wear this tunic often. I used the couture techniques of underlining and inserting a zipper by hand making this simple pattern special.
Simplicity 2584 – My go to summer dress! From the streets of Barcelona to the grocery store at home, I threw on this dress constantly. I love the color combinations found in the fabric.
Butterick 5615 - So many elements of my first blouse with buttons came together nicely for this flattering top. I’ve made it in a black silk and hope to make it again.
TOP FIVE REFASHIONS
1. Lilly Pulitzer dress to top
2. Thrift store 80s silk dress to top
3. Favorite floral pants made magazine pretty
4. Too tight sequined dress to top
5. Thrift store dress made chic
TOP FIVE MISSES
Very Easy Vogue 7812 – What can I say other than Yuk. My first pair of pants in years! I modified a perfectly good pattern and chose the wrong fabric, a stretch khaki that bags in the knees and seat.
New Look 6922 - There is nothing wrong with the pattern and the dress is cute, but it doesn’t fit. One of my first knit sewing projects – cotton jersey was the wrong choice of fabric.
Vogue 9771 - The drape of this top was not what it appeared in the pattern illustration. I wear the top but the outcome was slightly disappointing.
Vogue 8833 – And why did I add a silk ribbon ruffle to this shirt???? My choice of quilting cotton was not the best for this pattern either.
The process was actually quite painless!
It’s pretty clear I have learned to make dresses during 2012, and have a lot to learn about sewing with knits and making tops. Hopefully I won’t repeat the same mistakes or get stuck in the rut of staying in my comfort level!
Thank you for being part of my blog during 2012. Sharing my projects with the world has inspired me to always put forth my best efforts in sewing and writing. I consider every comment valuable and am grateful to all who take the time to write.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year full of creative successes and beautiful memories!