Saturday, January 2, 2016

Top 5 of 2015

I know it's cliche to say this, but, wow, where did 2015 go?!! I meant to post this before year-end, but my Aussie holiday was all-consuming. Meaning I consumed everything in Australia: caramel slices, flat whites, sausage rolls, etc. But I digress...


It's time for the Top 5 Sewing Hits and Misses again, the brainchild of Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow. I'm not adhering to her format exactly, but she loves a good hack, so I think she'll understand!

Top 5 Hits:

1. Union St. Tees- Definitely my most worn weekend wear! The perfect v-neck. Enough said.


2. Maya- I love the versatility and simplicity of this pattern. I wear one of these at least once a week. I can't really choose a favorite between my purple cotton batik or my green viscose batik versions...


3. Batik McCall's 6044- This is not the first or last time I've made this shirt for Tim, but this version is the one that consistently gets him the most compliments. People love the traditional fabric combined with the non-traditional element of the contrasting collar stand and button band.



4.  Appleton wrap dress- Love this dress! Comfortable, effortless, stylish. I have fabric for 3 more versions waiting in the wings to be sewn up...


5. Bettine- I get a ton of wear out of my funfetti and floral Bettines... the perfect weekend dress for heading to the farmers market or grabbing a beer. I think I'll give the edge to the funfetti Bettine, though. Can't beat the comfort of rayon challis!



Just barely missed the top 5 (ok, so this is really a top 8 list):

1. Beatrix- I made a straight-up Beatrix for myself that I love, a buttonless one for my Mom that looks great on her, and a Beatix/Ravenna hack/combo that is super fun. A good, basic blouse!


2. Anna- 2015 was the year I rediscovered the BHL Anna dress, thanks to the International Anna Party. I adore both versions of Anna (giant floral circle skirt and stained glass gathered skirt) that I made this year. The only reason neither made the Top 5 is because they don't get worn regularly, but that's more a lifestyle thing than a desire thing. For me, though, an easy make that looks amazing in basically any fabric? Yes, please.


3. Barb Stretch Pant- Not a glamorous make, but so, so awesome to have a well-fitting staple in the secret pajamas category.  On my Melbourne trip, I just picked up some pinstriped stretch bottomweight at the Tessuti Christmas/Boxing Day sale that I plan to turn into Barbs.



Top 3 surprises (and an associated reflection): 

These 3 makes surprised me... and made me think I should be more confident about sewing things outside my typical style comfort zone! 

1. McCall's 6083 jumpsuit- I adore this jumpsuit! I never thought a jumpsuit could work for me, but turns out I love it. It's comfy, it's stylish... yes. Bonus: corny joke fodder for days (see here and here).


2. Inari tee dress- All bets were against this one working for my body type, but in the end, I love the shape and it's super comfy.


3. Birkin flares- the fit on these babies: good stuff! I was doubtful flares could work for me, but I am in love.



Top 5 Misses:

1. Anderson blouse- Still not sure how to salvage this one... I just think the pattern is not for me, despite how much I want it to be! But that fabric... maybe I can still cut something else out of it.

2. Gillian wrap blouse- This pattern still has potential, I just need to make some tweaks! I've never worn this blouse, though.

3. Marianne dress- Just not a winner for me... I just don't feel good in it. Haven't worn it. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. 

4. Oceanside shorts- The rise in the back is just not high enough to consistently cover my butt crack. Crack is wack! Haven't worn them.

5. Ponte Bess Top- This is a fabric choice issue. I like the top- the shape, the little pleats, the cool sleeve- but after a few wears, I realized that poly ponte is just not a fabric I can wear much in Bangkok. It just doesn't breathe enough for me and feels stifling in the heat.


15 comments:

  1. You've had a great year of sewing - and so great that the hits far far outweigh the misses! Was lovely to meet you on your trip here too!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah!! It was so great to meet you, too! I wish I had a fun sewing crew in my city like you all have in Melbourne... a lovely group of ladies.

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  2. It's a good year when you have a Top 5+3+3more!I"m always impressed with how many garments you crank out even while doing quite a bit of travelling! Anything you are particularly looking forward to sewing in 2016?

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    1. It was a good sewing year! There are a couple more that I wanted to put on there, but I gotta stop somewhere. Re: productivity, it's a combination of factors that leave me with lots of time on my hands these days- no kids, working 50% time, too hot out to do the outdoorsy stuff I like.

      Hmmmm... 2016. I am not a big planner, but am currently tempted by the giant pile of Hot Patterns, Style Arc and Tessuti patterns I obtained in the past few weeks!

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  3. Love your top makes - thanks for sharing your year in review!

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  4. Happy New Year! You had such lovely makes -- even the misses are still beautiful but I understand when you make something and it just doesn't feel right.

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    1. Happy new year to you, too, Annie! And thanks so much!

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  5. You must live in fabric supply heaven...I love your fabrics and enjoy your blog! I have so much trouble finding nice fabric that doesn't cost a mint here in Adelaide. I buy a lot at thrift shops (so many interesting finds!) but would welcome any ideas on purchasing online perhaps? Do any suppliers over there ship to Aust? Many thanks for sharing your makes and look forward to more :-)

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    1. Thanks, Anna! Bangkok does have a pretty amazing (and cheap) fabric district. A bit overwhelming, actually! Not sure about the best online purchasing for Australia. All of the online fabric shopping I've done is in the U.S., where I'm from. Not sure how the shipping rates to Oz would factor in there... sorry I can't be more helpful! It's worth reaching out to some of the Aussie sewing crew on that question.

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  6. You must live in fabric supply heaven...I love your fabrics and enjoy your blog! I have so much trouble finding nice fabric that doesn't cost a mint here in Adelaide. I buy a lot at thrift shops (so many interesting finds!) but would welcome any ideas on purchasing online perhaps? Do any suppliers over there ship to Aust? Many thanks for sharing your makes and look forward to more :-)

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  7. great roundup! I love your choice of fabrics and colours on all your garments, and I think I need to try the inari tee dress too....despite being 90% sure it will look weird on me. Happy new year :D

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Fabric and colorful patterns are definitely what drives my sewing. I find it really hard to buy solid colored or neutral fabric!! You should try the Inari- I was pleasantly surprised

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  8. Great list! You have made so many things Meg - I'm sure it was tough to narrow things down! I love your Annas, and you are totally the reason I am making myself some Birkin Flares.

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    1. Thanks, Heather!! Ooooh- I am waiting with bated breath to see your Birkins!

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