Last Sunday marked my one year blog-iversary, so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the past year!
I rang in 2014 with my husband in Auckland during our two week honeymoon in New Zealand. That trip was definitely the highlight of the year! I'd been wanting to go to New Zealand since I was 11 and first saw The Fellowship of the Ring, and I have to say it did not disappoint! Totally worth the wait. New Zealand is an absolutely gorgeous country, and everyone we met there was so friendly as well! Definitely go there if you ever get the chance.
After we got back I started following along with Colette's Wardrobe Architect series. It really helped me define my style and start making garments that fit into a cohesive wardrobe, rather then just making whatever struck my fancy at the moment. I now know what fabric types, color palettes, and silhouettes work for me, and while I still experiment with different styles, it's done much more thoughtfully, and therefore with more success.
Other Sewing Highlights:
- I had the opportunity to be a part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 and #3 and help raise money for teachers and students in need!
And now some Top 5 lists:
Top 5 Favorite Makes
1. Gerard Coat
I love Gerard! I'm still really proud of myself for making my first coat. The fabrics I used are so nice, and I think Gerard is classic and neutral enough to stay in rotation for a long time!
2. Bruyere Shirt
This is definitely one of my favorite patterns. I really love the silhouette, and the double gauze I used is so comfy!
3. Birthday Shirt
Out of all the shirts I've made for my husband, this one is my favorite! I really took my time with the construction and I think it shows.
4. Tania Culottes
I made these for my birthday trip to New
Orleans! The bold floral fabric makes me happy and I love this pattern
for being comfortable and practical, but also super cute!
5. Rigel Bomber
I love the way this garment came together! I'm crazy about metallic accents on fabric, and I think this was the perfect fabric for this pattern.
Top 5 Most Worn Garments
1. Sleeveless Archer
I lived in this shirt alllll summer long.
2. Maritime Shorts
Same goes for both my white denim and blue denim Maritime Shorts.
3. Merino Plantain
This striped merino wool is one of my all-time favorite fabrics, and this is one of my all-time favorite shirts. In fact, I'm wearing it right now!
4. Otago Archer
My first Archer! I love this fabric too. Both it and the merino were bought in New Zealand, so they have great memories associated with them.
5. Julia Cardigan
A more recent make, but I've already worn it a ton. It's just what my closet needed!
Special mention: my husband uses the Cooper Backpack I made him every day. It's gotten so much wear and tear that I'm about to replace the lining and the straps!
Top 5 Boundary-Pushing/Skill Learning Makes
1. Bombshell Swimsuit
My first time sewing swimwear! I was a little intimidated to try the Bombshell, but Heather's instructions were fantastic and I love how it turned out!
2. Galaxy Anima Pants
These were the result of a make-it-work moment when my first pair of Animas didn't go as planned. Painting the fabric was really fun and I ended up winning a great prize pack in the Anima Pant Competition!
3. Leather Jacket Refashion
I deconstructed my dad's old leather jacket and reconstructed it into a new cropped jacket. This was my first time sewing with leather and my first jacket. It's not perfect, but it was a great learning experience!
4. Shibori Prefontaine Shorts
My first experiment with dyeing fabric! I'd definitely like to try out some more fabric dyeing techniques next year.
5. Madewell Copycat Dress
I learned a lot by altering the Lady Skater pattern to make this Madewell-inspired copycat dress. It's also one of my favorite dresses!
- I'm taking a trip to Paris and Barcelona in March (which I'm super excited about!) - if
you have any fabric store recommendations or if you live there and
would like to meet up please let me know!
- I'm also (probably) going to Chicago in April - same deal with fabric stores / meet-ups!
Looking back I've really learned a lot this year, and I think I'm a much better seamstress than I was a year ago. I'm so glad I started this blog. Not only has it been an archive of my style/what I've sewn, but it's been an amazing way to connect with the sewing community. I've become acquainted with so many truly lovely people, and I hope you know how much I appreciate every one of your kind comments!
Thank you all so much for reading, and I can't wait to see what Year Two has in store!
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