Saturday, December 27, 2014

2014 End of the Year Roundup

I attempted to make some handmade items for other people in December.  That only ended up being 4 pairs of pajama pants and the beginnings of two stuffed sea horses but hey--I tried.  I have discovered that I really don't like crafty sewing but I am determined to finish those sea horses.

I'm not sure which blogger started the trend of picking your top 5 makes of the year, but I like it and I'm playing along this year. This is the first year I actually made enough items to be able to do a Top 5.  I learned a lot and made a lot in 2014.  Maybe that had something to do with the fact that I was a RTW faster and was forced to make things to wear instead of buying them. 

And the winners are....
Colette Anise in teal wool/cashmere.  I love this coat.  It was a big thing for me to tackle earlier this year and I've enjoyed wearing it again now that the weather is colder.
Colette Albion in a burnt orange wool.  The making of this coat was a long painful process that I almost didn't survive emotionally, but I'm so happy that I stuck with it because I love the end result. This is the first project where I thought outside of the box instead of just doing what the instructions told me to. 
Sewaholic Cambie.  This was another dress where I played with design details by adding pleats to the neckline.  This is a fun number to wear but it's made in silk so I won't break it out too often.
Colette Moneta.  I lived in Colette knit dresses this summer.  They are so easy to make and wear.  This one is my fave because it's made out of Liberty knit.  I wore it all the time.
Colette Parfait in Liberty of London lawn. I love this pattern and I love this print.  I sewed with a lot of Liberty fabric this year.  It's expensive but hard to resist!  This dress is happy and cool on the hot days. 

I know this is supposed to be a list of 5 but I'm throwing in one more.  This is the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt.  I really like the fit and style of this skirt and will most likely make at least one more next summer. 
I had one big miss this year and that was the Sewaholic Saltspring dress.  It just did not work at all which made me sad because it looks so great on other people! It was so bad I seriously doubt I would ever try again.  I don't know what I did wrong.
The year went fast and I'm surprised how easy it was to not buy ready-made clothing.  I went in a store once and walked right back out because there wasn't anything I liked. 
Can't wait to set some goals for 2015!