Crafting A Rainbow since the very beginning. Before I had the courage/time/whatever to actually sew things myself, I read sewing blogs obsessively. I loved seeing everyone's Top 5 lists, but never had enough sewing projects to participate. This year certainly changed that! I'm finally able to actually look back on the sewing year and collect my thoughts. I'll be breaking my lists into separate posts throughout the month - since I can't show anything I'm currently working on until after Christmas this will keep the blog fresh until I get back to selfish making again :)
I figure we should kick things off on a positive note, so without further ado ... here are my hits.
5) Penelope Cardigan
4) Joy Halloween Costume
3) Sorrel Tops
my first version (technically my wearable muslin) so much that I still wear it all the time, and it prompted me to utilize some of my favorite stashed fabric - the silly woodland print you see above. I love the fit, I love the collar that isn't really a collar, I love the asymmetrical collar shape that gives it a retro feel, and I love the sleeve length with the contrasting bands. I have several more of these shirts planned with some awesome fabrics, so you will certainly see more of these early in the next year. (As a side note, I just went to Sea World yesterday wearing my Forest Friends Sorrel and one of the employees said that my shirt was, "very Wes Anderson looking." Woo hoo :) lol)
2) Melissa Skirts
blue jean and solid brown) and it's pretty much all from those pockets. Personally I love how well I made these as well, particularly the brown version. The fabric was a great choice to highlight the a-line shape, and I really took my time with all that top stitching and finishing on the inside so it looks and feels very professional. I wear these skirts constantly since they are both very basic items due to the fabrics I chose and they kind of match everything, particularly my favorite handmade shirts. It also doesn't hurt that my brown version recently won the Muse Loves Merino sewing contest :) (more on that soon) I have more of these planned for the coming year as well, you can be sure.
1) Floral Plantain
All in all, this was a great year in terms of my sewing not only for the greatly increased number of wearable garments, but also judged by how many items I still love to wear. These 5 were just that ... my 5 top favorites. I love and wear most of the things I made this year, and that alone feels like a huge win. I feel like my sewing skills have finally developed enough to really start making things I will love and that represent the me I want to be. I know this year will always stand out as that pivotal point in my sewing career, and I will always be grateful for the pieces I was able to produce :)