Wow, I have had this pattern in my stash for a long time. I've been intending to make it, as I had a strong feeling it would be a solid pattern for me, but the newest indie pattern is always more of a draw than a stalwart Big 4 basic... or is that just me? But this Big 4 pattern is a winner and I'll definitely make it again:
4. Black jersey Moneta: What a staple piece! This dress is comfy and simple and the perfect backdrop for all sorts of accessories: crazy necklace, bright scarf, loud blazer.
5. A tie: my floral Sureau and my southwestern Emery: I love both dearly, but the Sureau definitely gets more wear because I can rock it at work. The Emery feels a bit loud for the office, so I haven't worn it as much as I would like. But I still adore it!
2. French terry Mabel: I love the Mabel pattern. My ikat print ponte Mabel just barely missed making the top 5 hit list, but the french terry Mabel is a bust. No stretch recovery = terrible skirt. After an hour of wear, it is basically falling off me.
3. Neon popcorn Plantain: another knit recovery fail. This damn fabric will not bounce back. It was stretched out even before I finished sewing the shirt! Unwearable. Boo.
4. Lady Skater peplum top: also not much in the recovery department for this old-school knit fabric. Also, I think my peplum is too full. Have only worn this make once.
5. The Staple Dress... I liked this one at first, but I am not feeling it after wearing it several times. It bunches up at the hips because of the pockets, the waistband is always traveling upwards, and I feel like it's just not that flattering on me.
Top 5 Highlights: Tell us about 5 non-sewing highlights of your year!
Most of my non-sewing 2014 highlights are travel-related, 3 of them from my trip to New Zealand:
Top 5 Reflections: Looking back, what have you learned about sewing or yourself?
1. I learned how to sew a zip fly when making my Ginger jeans! And it works!
2. I learned I have to alternate my sewing projects to keep my sanity... one complicated, then one simple project.
3. I learned never to cut fabric at night when tired.
4. I learned I need more me-made pants.
5. I learned that I need to figure out how to do a swayback adjustment and make it happen regularly.
Top 5 Goals: What do you hope to achieve in 2015?
1. Pants! I need more of them (see reflection above) and I need to learn how to fit them. First on my list are a) more Ginger jeans, b) Colette Clovers, c) Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers, and d) the pedal pushers from Gertie's new book.
2. I have to be more conscious when choosing knits (see misses above). Recovery is key!
3. I must go back and make a second version of many of the patterns I tried this year. Lots of "wearable muslins" were made (see: Bruyere, Comox, Anna, Yaletown, Ginger), but now I have to bust out the good fabric!
4. Zipper perfection... I needs it. Lots of my invisible zippers still show at the waistband. Must fix that. Any tips from the peanut gallery?
5. Gotta work on making my way through my substantial pattern and fabric stashes. They are getting out of control!
Phew, that was a long post! Can't wait to read your Top 5 lists! Thanks to Gillian for masterminding this fun tradition.
I snapped up the Camas blouse, the newest pattern from Thread Theory (and their first pattern for women!), right when it came out. I've enjoyed working with their other patterns and thought the style of the blouse was really flattering, too. Also: I am a pattern junkie. Welp... Merry Christmas to me!