Hello! As usual, I'm tardy to the Top 5 party. 2019 was stressful and didn't start off great, but I'm happy to say I got through it and hit upon some personal and creative growth along the way. I also made some pretty nice things. Although I haven't counted, I think I sewed fewer garments. I think this is because I really like my current wardrobe and how it has developed over the years. I'm less likely to feel like I have to make every little thing. Black leggings? No way. A well-fitting bra? No thanks, I'm happy with my favorite brand. I'm also trying to be mindful of fabric purchases, my stash size, and the accumulation of scraps.
Top 5 Sewing Hits
Clockwise from top left.
- This is my third pair of CCP Carolyn Pajamas and definitely my favorite pair. Flannel is such a joy to sew and is so comfortable. I finally understand why it's so popular.
- My Papercut Patterns Stacker Jacket in a soft, wide whale corduroy from Blackbird. This is a great little pattern, comes together like a dream, and is such a great everyday jacket. I also like that I made a special pocket for my phone that fits perfectly. So slick!
- My Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit. I am definitely on board the Zadie love train. I love how this garment looks fabulous on everyone, but more importantly, it's how this makes people feel. Of course, I can't speak for everyone, but just google image or hashtag the zadie and look at all of those confident, smiling faces. It's also never a bad thing to be swathed in linen.
- My Seamwork Carter Tunic. I reach for this about once a week. I'm wearing it now! I love how the square neckline (my first one) mirrors the ikat squares. Just a nice marrying of fabric with pattern.
- My Paper Theory Kabuki Tee. This is another one that I reach for on a weekly basis. I took it slow with the square sleeve and it paid off.
Top 4 Misses
- Cashmerette Cedar Dolman top. To no one's surprise, the misses don't always make it to the blog. I had been wanting a tie top for a while and think it's a great look, especially if you're like me and have round tummy, but it's a bit too casual to feel special. I tend to wear it on weekends when I'm doing my laundry and don't mind looking kind of sloppy. To be fair, this is part of an active wear group of patterns. I may make this again in a knit and see if I like it more.
- I actually made three Cielo tops and two pairs of Pietra pants, and none of them made it to the blog. I like the pants and the tops are certainly wearable. I was excited about a fast and easy sew and didn't take the time to fit it for my height, etc. Also, the viscose noil doesn't work as well with a facing. I should have used a binding instead.
- My Sew Liberated Matcha top. I made this pattern in a black crepe, and I absolutely love it. With this version, I don't hate it or anything, but I wish I had not serged the neckline facing. It tends to flip out and show and isn't a worthy finishing for such a pretty fabric and neckline.
- My Klum House Fremont Tote. I really loved this when I made it, but, sadly it hasn't held up well. A few of the rivets have fallen out, and the wax never fully cured. Also, the beautiful indigo ikat I used for the lining bleeds a bit, which isn't ideal for a bag that I can't wash. Eventually, I will salvage this project and re-set the rivets. They came off during a busy time for work, so I ended up just buying a bag from Madewell, which has held up fabulously.
Top 2019 Experiences
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, 2019 was a banner year for growth and while challenging particularly at the beginning, there were many rewarding personal experiences.
- Becoming interesed (actually obsessed!) with modern quilting remains one of my most rewarding creative endeavors. Sorting through all my scraps really impressed upon me how much fabric I consume, and how many lovely pieces were still usable. Be warned, there will be more quilting stories around here.
- I never blogged about it, but this summer Beej and I went to Berlin and Prague. I love traveling with Beej. We always come back from our trips invigorated by all we've seen and the adventures we've shared. I didn't do any fabric shopping in either city, but I did happen upon a super cool textile exhibit at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
- I fell down a big ole rabbit hole this summer making surface design patterns and uploading them to Spoonflower. That sort of fell by the wayside once I got caught up with quilting (I guess I only have the time and brain space for one obsession at a time.), but I'm grateful for picking up some new software skills and getting back into a regular drawing/artmaking practice. I hope to create some more patterns this year.
So that's 2019 done and dusted. Looking forward to a brand new year filled with creative endeavors and more personal growth. I wish the same for all of you. Thank you for reading and Happy New Year!