One rather unusual thing about writing a sewing blog is that it’s an online visual diary of your wardrobe, which makes it fun and easy to look back over your makes. 2014 was the year that my sewing got a lot better – no doubt I have a long, long way to go, but at the same time, I know that my techniques and accuracy improved over the past year, and there were a lot of firsts. Coats! Swimsuits! Final getting the wrap dress down pat!
So first up, my top patterns of 2014, as measured by how often I wore them during the year. I’m a TNT girl as will become rapidly evident, but it’s also clear to me that they’re TNT for a reason: because I wear them all the time.
First up, the Colette Moneta. I still wear my first one, made of doubleknit from EmmaOneSock, all the time – it’s such a fantastic comfortable everyday dress, which looks great with gold accessories and a bright yellow cardi. I recently made another stripy version but this time with contrast sleeves and raised stripes – and this one doesn’t even need ironing! Double bonus. A quick hack later and I had a Moneta maxi pattern, and I lived in my black and white one all summer. Sadly the fabric from Girl Charlee was poor quality and was bobbling and tearing within a few washes… I”ll just have to make a new version for next year. And then I also made another maxi with short sleeves which I took on my Cambodian trip, and was the perfect post-bike-ride coverup.
Then, what else but my Christine Jonson adjusted wrap dress pattern? I put together a wrap dress assembly line which was very productive: 4 dresses in a week! And I made another 2 which I didn’t even get to putting on the blog. Wrap dresses are my ultimate go-to for work – smart, a bit fun with the right fabric, and they always fit you regardless of weight fluctuations. I wear them with camisoles because I like the deeper v-neck silhouette it gives, and it makes me feel a little more covered up for work.
Next up, the M6931 skirt. I never would have guessed how much I would like this pattern when I saw it on Instagram and made an impulse buy – but the combination of pleats and a wide elasticated waist (that isn’t too obviously elasticated) makes it smart and fun which being incredibly comfortable (spot a theme?!). It’s awesome for all types of floaty fabric – so far I’ve made it in cotton voile, poly crepe de chine and silk twill.
On the smarter side, my black ponte and pique Burda dress has been a total hit. I don’t think I’ve ever had an item of clothing so simultaneously elegant and comfortable (yeah, that again…). It suits me really well, and has kept looking good through washings. I wore this to present at a bunch of different conferences this year as it’s the perfect neutral option, but I also glammed it up with some polka dot tights and loud jewelry for my office Christmas party.
And finally the piece de resistance of 2014: my Simplicity coat! I was so proud of this when I made it at the beginning of the year, and to my delight it still looks great and got tons of use. I’m still slightly amazed that I made it, and a lot is due to the lovely Marc Jacobs boucle and me taking it very slowly. I’m hoping it lasts me a few more years.