Well, that was QUITE the year. The one in which I quit my day job, launched a pattern company, grew “long” hair (!), and bought all the fabric in Japan (sorry folks, there’s none left). So I thought I’d jump on Gillian’s lovely bandwagon, and I’ll be doing a post on hits and one on misses. First up, here’s the things that not only did I love, but I also wore the most: my top sewing patterns of 2015. And then, some honorable mentions for garments I loved but are worn less often.
Heather Lou is a genius. I have been totally converted to jeans-wearing and already have 4 pairs and clearly need to make loads more. The pocket stay totally gives me a flat tummy and I feel like a Certified Sewing Genius every time someone compliments me and I tell them that I MADE them.
I LOVE THIS COAT. That’s really all there is to it. I wear it constantly and it must be one of my most professional looking garments to date. Another bonus? No fitting. It’s reasonably loose fitting and I fit into the straight 18. The little touches of tartan inside also make me happy.
Paddington Bear Goals: ACHIEVED.
Turns out that midi-length 6 gored, faced waistband skirts suit me, are super comfortable, and are one of the easiest ways to look all fancy-pants with minimal effort. I’ve worn this skirt way more than I imagined I would when I made it, but it’s the perfect day-to-night piece, and all I have to do is through on a black scoop neck and I feel like a Fancy Lady.
Ok Ok I know this is kind of indulgent… but I honestly love this Appleton so much that I’m either wearing it or washing it! I’ve avoided polys in the past, but first, there seem to be “nice” polys and this is one of them – and it washes and dries with no need for ironing, and doesn’t crease after a day in a suitcase. Can’t think of anything better! (I still have a few kits and some yardage left if you want to make your own).
Having grown up in Scotland I’m a sucker for any type of plaid, and this skirt has become a favourite as a result. It’s super comfy, I love the hidden raspberry lining, and I feel like an “on trend” gal. Though naturally, I’ll continue wearing it when it’s no longer on trend…
A pretty good year’s sewing! I did also want to feature a few other pieces I made this year which I totally loved, but for one reason or another don’t get quite as much wear.
Starting on the left, we have my silk Southport dress that I made for a wedding in Mexico. It’s the ultimate combo of fabric and pattern for me, and I loved wearing it this summer and will no doubt bring it out next. Then, my second Bombshell swimsuit (pattern here)! Nothing like that to make you feel like a fox at the beach. And then, my stripy lace skirt, which makes me happy every time I put it on.
What were your favourite patterns of the year? Do you find your best ones are the ones you wear most often, or do they end up being the “special occasion” outfits?