Last year I did a roundup of all my 2013 projects. This year I thought I’d change things up and share the best (and worst) from the year instead.
MOST WORN- OLIVER
I didn’t make many things for O this past year, but those I made were generally worn. I suppose it helps that he has no opinions about clothing yet. He’s still wearing his moose shirt and both pairs of lullaby layette pants are in heavy rotation. He still fits into those big green pants, now with the cuff unrolled. I wish I’d saved the pattern because they fit so nicely over his diaper. I definitely want to make more pants for O in 2015 and have quite a few patterns ready to try. The Little Things to Sew bib didn’t hold up well but the bapron was a winner. He outgrew this one a while ago and I’ve been meaning to make the bigger size for quite some time.
MOST WORN- E
The green library dress definitely wins the award for most-worn item this year. She loves that dress. The pale blue dress I made as a base to her Anna costume has also gotten a lot of wear as a nightgown. The hopscotch dress was also a favorite, despite the fabric being cheap and clingy. This pattern runs small so I need to get a size four made up soon. Finally, not an item of clothing, but E uses her Little Things to Sew backpack for preschool. It’s held up very well.
These items weren’t necessarily most worn, but all were satisfying in some way. Making the Christmas pajamas was just fun and they’ve seen a lot of wear. Making O his Christmas vest was technically fun because of the little welt pockets. Figuring out how to make E her matching dress, given fabric constraints and lack of piping knowledge, also felt like a success. The two coats I made E fall into this category as well. I did some pattern alteration with the Sunday brunch coat to add the hood and I quilted the lining for the school days jacket. Making coats feels like a real accomplishment. E is set for coats for a while, but hopefully there will be some coats for O in 2015.
And then there were a bunch of things that saw hardly any wear. The seersucker dungarees I made for O were a disaster, leading me to focus in on the pattern makers I know and trust. Most of the misses, though, were for E. I hope to learn from my mistakes this past year and do a better job making things that are her style. I learned that the fit and style of clothing from Sew Chic Kids doesn’t appeal to E- all three things I made from that book were largely ignored (pants, pull-over parka, and blue tunic). She also doesn’t like to dress in layers, making the apron and roly poly pinafore big misses. Sadly she had no interest in the jump rope dress. I think she would have liked the playtime mermaid dress except that I made it (and the matching leggings) too small. I was hoping that the Little Things to Sew cape would get some wear during dress up but she far prefers the cape shirt. From the above pictures it’s clear that E prefers knits. I knew this, but somehow kept hoping her opinions would change.
Despite the many misses, this was a satisfying year of sewing. I learned so much. And when I see my kids wearing things I made it just makes me so happy.
This picture reminds me that I am quite behind in sharing recent knitting projects. Maybe I’ll do a knitting roundup later. As for 2015, my biggest goal is to make things that are actually needed and/or will get use. I tend to get distracted and not focus in on the things most needed around here. I have a half-finished quilt for E, some sewing for the house, and a few projects for myself. I’m hoping to alternate these with more-satisfying kid clothes.
And that’s all for 2014. Thank you for reading this past year. It really makes writing and sharing so much more fun. I’ve loved getting to know you through your comments. Thank you and happy new year!