2014 was a pretty fun sewing year. I contemplated doing a “Top 5 Hits/Misses for 2014” post, like I’ve done in past years, but I thought it would be better to go through some of my posts from this year and pull out highlights of things I did and/or accomplished in my sewing.
1. Made a tailored jacket
Is it the best/most perfect thing I’ve ever made? Heck no! But I’m damn proud of it and learned a lot about the tailoring process, what I need to do to get a good fit for next time, and sewed my first welt pockets.
2. Tried to make pants…again…
My quest for the perfect pants is still a bit out of reach. I learned that just because you’re using a stretch cotton/RPL/whatever, each fabric is different in it’s fiber content and will fit differently! Even in the same category – two stretch cottons will fit differently depending on its ratio of lycra to cotton, recovery, etc. I came pretty close to getting a good fit with my floral pants, but they bag out a bit after wearing for a few hours. I’m still going to tackle this in 2015, and have some updates to post soon on copying a favorite pair of jeans.
3. Analyzed my wardrobe and how I sew
Colette launched The Wardrobe Architect this year and it prompted me to take a long, hard look at what I have in my closet and identify my personal style. I even went so far as to try to sew around a color palette for the spring season. I didn’t stick to these plans 100%, but it gave me more focus when trying to pick out patterns that fit my lifestyle and fabric that will go with other garments I own.
4. Made bikinis! And wore them to the beach!
Holy cow, dudes, I made bikinis! Swimsuits are super easy to sew (thanks to my serger), quick to make, and I don’t think I’ll ever buy them from a store again. I made two for my trip to Florida in February and wore them quite a bit at the pool and beach during the summer.
5. Participated in #MeMadeMay14 and #Sewvember
2014 was the first year I tried to wear something “Me Made” for the entire month of May, and I did it for all 31 days! It was a lot harder than I expected, but I came up with some new ways to mix my handsewn wardrobe together. #Sewvember was a fun Instagram project in November to highlight what we do as sewists, what our creative spaces look like, and what we’re working on.
6. Interviewed for a TV show!
I didn’t share this earlier in the year, but I interviewed for a pilot of the American version of The Great British Sewing Bee. It was a pretty cool process! After I filled out my application, I had a Skype interview with a producer to share my sewing background, what I like to sew, and what I thought would be the biggest challenge about sewing under time-constraints and pressure. Unfortunately, because I didn’t live in NYC for filming the pilot, I didn’t move forward with the process, but I hope that someday a show like this is on TV for American audiences!
7. Met a fabulous group of ladies
Hands down, this was the coolest/most awesome thing that happened this year – I got to meet so many wonderful sewing bloggers in NYC – Lauren, Jennifer, Oona, Sonja, Trice, Amity, Fleur, Clare, Carolyn, and Devra. The sewing community is full of wonderful, welcoming people and I’m so glad to be a part of it!
Here’s to a happy 2015!