By my math skills, which are admittedly poor, I made 17 garments this year. That is extraordinarily productive for me, especially since one of the projects was the slow-sewing Butterick coat. 2013 was definitely the year of the shirtdress, and by my count I made eight (one of which I have not blogged about yet).
So rather than a whole year-in-review, let's go with some highlights and lowlights, the disasters first so we can get them out the way.
My top two, didn't-work-for-me projects were:
1. The "My Favorite Things" wrap dress I blogged about here.
I don't see any reason to enumerate all the pattern's deficiencies, as I covered it pretty thoroughly in my original post. So, moving on:
2. Vogue's 8648, the Couture Dress that I attempted to make without the Couture Craftsy Class:
It looks fine, but the bodice neckline and armholes are too low. I've worn it exactly once, which is the day these photos were taken. It is a shame too, because not only was the dress a joy to sew, there was endless matching and lining and the fabric is a wonderful silk/wool blend. Except for the fit, I love it. This, dear readers, is the shining example of why a muslin is important. Although I haven't quite figured out how to fix the fitting issues, so I'm not certain a muslin would have helped, other than it would have discouraged me from making the dress in the first place. I want to make it clear, however, that the pattern drafting was not the problem with this project; it was my execution.
Let's move on to the winners in an effort to throw off the "why didn't I muslin" blues. Here's my top three highlights of 2013.
1. My coat, of course:
2. My Lock-And-Key shirtdress, vintage Simplicity 6584. I ended up wearing this constantly throughout the summer and receive compliments on it where ever I went. I'm going to have to make more of these:
3. And finally, one dress that I will definitely be making more of is the Hawthorn. I made two:
So that is 2013. I have big plans for 2014 - more to come when I return to Richmond, VA to sort through fabrics and match up with a seemingly endless supply of patterns. First up - a yellow wool skirt. Hopefully next weekend.
Today is the fourth day of Christmas, so Merry Christmas, y'all!