Now the good stuff, my hits of 2013. These are the fun ones – a surprising mix of the simple makes and challenging makes.
I heart this pattern of Steph’s – its just wonderful. It fitted well straight out of envelope. Made from a digital print jersey from Tessuti (a successful extension of my fabric repertoire) and has practically been worn at least once a fortnight since I made it in January. A very welcomed make that pushed my ‘sewing with knits’ skills forward. The dress is just starting to show some wear with the fabric starting to pile and lose some recovery. A STAR of 2013
Made from a navy merino jersey from the Fabric Store and another successful extension of the fabric repertoire. Merino jersey is wonderful to work with. The top was a breeze to get together and I was thinking of make a zillion more of the them but the Brisbane summer clicked in a little too this year to warrant it.
While the Grainline tiny pocket tee had mention in my misses, the Moss skirt is the redeemer of all. I made this make challenging – my first attempt with denim and top stitching thread along with my second attempt of a fly front. I added the hem band for some extra length. I bound the pocket lining seams with bias binding and ‘fake felled’ seams with topstitching thread. So very proud of my work on this one. And to make matters better I have lived in this skirt – every weekend since I completed it in April. Worn with tights and my Coppelia top in winter and with my Scout tees in summer.
Yes, another Grainline pattern. They really are that awesome. I have made two versions so far of the Scout tees both with silk fabric from the Fabric Store. With each make I mixed up the construction a little – one used my narrow hem foot attachment for the sewing machine to finish the sleeves and hem line, while the other I changed construction of the neck bindings; all with mixed results. These two shirts are seen lots of wear. I see them as the underachievers of 2013 – no strangers gushing over them just quiet admiration.
This skirt I made for the Tessuti Gridlock challenge. Tessuti earmarked a jacquard for people to work with and the ability to play with the fabric reverse side is just too tempting to resist. I took the opportunity to use one of Sandra Betzina’s Today Fit patterns – V1333. As the pattern is designed for knits some adjustments were needed. I scaled down the waist, included a side zipper and new waistband using Susan Khajle’s instructions from a timely Threads article. This skirt is FUN to wear – F.U.N. I have received complements from numerous strangers asking where I bought it from “oh this, I actually make it myself”. And if said stranger also sews, I had explain the construction. The skirt makes frequent appearance in my work wardrobe and will continue to do so.
Well, that’s it. The hits of 2013 – it does seem strange that the hits are the ones that receive the most compliments from other people. Do I need other people to mention that me-make is good before I think it is good? Or is other people’s comments an affirmation of what I already know. One thing I notice is the hits are frequently worn. Here’s to many more “hits” for 2014.