2014 was my first full year sewing my clothes and it has been a learning curve year that has brought skill building in many areas, a few frustrations, and much enjoyment. Participating in 'Make a Garment a Month Challenge' was good for me... to teach me to take the time to plan, as well as keep on track to sew for myself. It's easy for me to get distracted with home dec projects, projects for my girls, as well as quilts for ministries and family members. But sew for myself I did and made 20 garments, just for me! Even though I kept the 2014 Gallery
up-to-date, it was still a surprise when the numbers were totaled. So let's see how that all worked out. You can find all the project links on the 2014 Gallery page
and links in my sidebar.
Pants (elastic-waist) - 5
Tops - 10
Poncho - 1
Skirts (elastic-waist) - 3
Knit scarf - 1
Total Garments -20
Sewing for Tom - 2
Sewing for my girls - 2
Coat re-fashion - 1
Home Dec - 6
Quilts - 3
My favorite tops are definitely the 2 Alabama Chanin inspired tops. Discovered a love for hand-stitching and though I may be oh-so-slow, it is a process I really enjoy. Used NEWLOOK 6735 as the base shirt.
Next up, the 4 - Kirsten Kimono Tees that were made. This is a free pattern from Maria Denmark
that makes up quickly into a nice little shirt that goes well under jackets, or on its own.
The Vogue 1247 Rachel Comey top and self-drafted, lined skirt
were worn lots even though this top is a little big on me. When the reviews say a pattern runs big, it runs big and the size 10 swallows me..... but who cares! It is a great top out of soft, fluid moving fabric and the converging seams matched perfectly. Plan to make it again soon cutting a size 6 flaring to a 10 at the hem and taking out the big curve at the sides.
Another creative process I enjoyed was copying a rtw inspiration skirt using NEWLOOK 6108 as a start.
Let's see, the self-drafted floaty top
has been fun to wear too.
And I continue to love my poncho
even more!!! Ponchos are fun to wear and this one was a fun creative process to make altering the McCall's M6209 pattern to delete the scarf attachment, used selvage edges for the finish, and a biggie...... add flannel lined pockets with a big button! Gotta' have pockets! The Shetland Lace Scarf
, also in photo below, accessorizes the poncho perfectly.
This was the first time to sew for my husband and will definitely do more for him in the future.
3 quilts were made this year with the biggest project to-date being the Road to Oklahoma quilt
for my cousin Clifford.
Participated in Lily Pad Quilting's annual 'Pets on Quilts Show'
and my Bugs! a Baby Boy's Quilt
won a gift certificate to Abbi May's online store
. The fabric I ordered will be used to make a quilt for my family this year.
Again participated in Gene Black's quilt ministry and donated a strip quilt
to be given to a child in a children's home in my home state of Alabama.
During the month of May it was all about Me-Made-May-2014.
So new to garment sewing, this was the first year I could even consider participating, and even though I had many repeats, I am so glad I did. Ladies around the world, were so nice to this newcomer and so supportive and I learned SO much.
Taking daily photographs forced me to focus on bettering my photography
skills and it was a good chance to go different places
to focus on the
photography, as well as the garment.
These are the highlights of this past year and am looking forward to 2015. A few of my plans are to continue to participate in 'Make a Garment a Month Challenge' and another Me-Made-May with hopes to have a few more garments made before then to offset so many repeats. This will be the year to make quilts for my home and immediate family members, so not sure if there will be time for another Alabama children's home quilt. Will have to see on that. Will try to time a quilt to be ready for Lily Pad Quilting's Pets on Quilts show as that was nice to meet other quilters and see their adorable pets. There are a few home dec projects waiting to be begun with the first being Roman Shades for our hearth room. Got the material and all the supplies just need to jump in. Never made roman shades before, so that will be another learning curve to tackle. My husband's 1947 CJ-2A jeep (it's a guy thing) needs new seat covers/cushions complete with fastening pockets on the back and again, all the supplies and materials are purchased just need to figure where to start with that one.... and hope my machine can handle sewing military weight canvas! And the biggie..... to continue the learning process of sewing my clothes, figuring out my 'style', what looks best on my body type and what works with my lifestyle.
Happy Sewing 2015 everyone!