2013 – hits and misses

I totally didn’t see Gillians Top 5 sewing recap arrangement last year, but I’ll happily join this year! I see that I’m not as prolific as a lot of the bloggers I follow, so I’m doing top 3 instead of 5. Today are hits and misses, and tomorrow comes the reflections and goals part of this end-of-year summary. I’m in good company doing this sort of round-up – head over to Gillan’s blog Crafting a Rainbow to see more!

Top 3 Hits

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The Ireland dress. I *loved* wearing this dress. I loved being able to finally use the lovely fabric for an elegant, floorlength gown, I loved how appropriate it was for the occasion, and I loved that I took the time to make several muslins to get the fit right. Love all around!


The Slouchy bubbles hat. This wasn’t a big, difficult or time-consuming project with intricate fitting issues, but this is definitely one of my favorite makes this year. The cables are the most advanced I have knitted (and that makes it fun to make!), and the yarn and the color are just perfect.

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Refashioned custom dress. This wasn’t even a dress for me! I remade this for a customer, but I was thrilled with the end result – it fit her, it was the style and length that she wanted, and I was able to use my experience to construct the dress to a professional finish, which made me quite proud! 

Top 3 Misses


Amerson undies. I tried twice, and they were just total fails. They seem to have been quite popular, so I don’t think there is anything wrong with the pattern per se. I might have chosen the wrong size, and maybe materials that weren’t optimal, but after two fails I’m letting this one lie.

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Tiny pocket tank in turquoise silk. A well-loved pattern and a down-right staple in my wardrobe at this point, but with this one I made some bad choices. I did an FBA that resulted in a stupidly large dart (pointy dart ends!), I was impatient and grabbed some not quite matching bias tape in a funny dark pink silk, and I was a little sloppy in applying it. I was craving some instant gratification, so I wanted to complete this top immediately! None of these things are deal breakers however – but paired with the color being too bright for me to feel comfortable in this has ended up in a top I just haven’t worn.


Wool Marie (not blogged yet). I had high hopes for this one! One of my sewing goals for 2013 was to finish UFO’s, and this is one of them. I stalled several times because of bad choices and bad memory, and now after finishing it – it doesn’t fit! I like the fabric and the color and the topstitching I added to keep the pleats under control, but it’s too big and is quite unflattering when it sits too low. Yes, I could take in the sides with a lot of unpicking, but I’m not sure the work is worth it. I haven’t even blogged about this one yet – probably purely out of disappointment, but now I think I will give it its own post after all.

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Finally, I did also want to collect all my finished projects in one place like last year, so here are links to my completed sewing and knitting projects this year:

SewnAfrican dress tweaksTiny pocket tank in turquoise silkFolk dance costumesBeignet corduroy skirtIreland dressUnderwearrefashioned custom dressTiny pocket tank in bird-printWearable muslin of Ireland dress (not blogged yet, but finished in 2013 I promise!)

Knitted: Renegade Mallory sweater Re-knit yellow cowlWedding present mittensGreen & tweedy seamless sweaterSlouchy bubbles winter hat


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