This picture shows the first time I made a me-made garment to a significant public event — in this case, to a friend’s wedding in May 2013. I figured there was about a 30% chance it was going to disintegrate at some deeply humiliating moment, perhaps while I was standing in line at the buffet.
It didn’t. I even got a compliment on it.
But now it’s 2015, and I don’t worry about that anymore. That’s big! I no longer consider it a possibility that my clothing will literally fall apart once I’m more than a mile from my apartment! That’s what 2014 did for me.
By tackling my own wedding dress, I learned that if I’m careful and methodical, I can take on projects that are really — let’s be honest — way beyond my actual skill level. And by focusing on quick and easy staples, I learned that sewing can really pay off in the daily routine of what-the-hell-am-I-going-to-wear-to-work.
Things I didn’t learn: How to keep my stash below, say, 50 yards of fabric. (!) I’m working on it.So let’s do A BREAKDOWN. Breakdowns (and roundups) are very fashionable right now.
In 2014, I made 24 projects all told:
- 5 skirts: unblogged plaid wool skirt, unblogged pleated cotton skirt, and three pencil skirts;
- 10 dresses: a wrap-back dress. an airy-light sundress, a versatile black lace dress, three Monetas, a scoop-back denim dress, a rayon wrap dress, and a Cambie long in the making — oh, and my wedding dress;
- 7 tops: a handful of lightweight blouses (unblogged) and three Plantains;
- 2 sets of pajamas.
“But Sarah, who gives a crap?”
Because when it’s broken down like that, I can see what I wore and what I didn’t, which makes were a waste of time and which weren’t.
My least-worn items:
The delayed wrap dress. In this case, I think the fabric feels too dressy for the pattern. That was kind of intentional — I was hoping the fabric would elevate this pattern into a low-key cocktail party dress. But then, once it was done, it felt like a work dress. BUT THEN, every time I consider wearing it to work, it just looks so shiny. Maybe I’ll try wearing it out to dinner or something before winter ends.
The fabric-failure top. I thought I had rescued this fabric from the never-gonna-sew category of my stash, but I just never wore this top. It’s supposed to be an airy, easy summer top — the split back makes it very cool — but it’s just such a pain to iron. I wore it maybe once this summer before I made a pair of matching pajama shorts and called it a day. After all, I don’t care if my pajamas are wrinkled.
Well, that was depressing. Let’s look on the bright side.
My most-worn items were:
Basic tops. I couldn’t get enough of these.
The biggest winner is probably the simplest, most boring thing I’ve ever made: a black wool pencil skirt. This baby gets trotted at least twice a week.
Notice a pattern? Yeah. “Simple,” “basic,” “boring.” Like me! (Kidding, sort of.) And the failures came from bad choices in fabric. So: I’m a basic, and I’m still making mistakes in matching fabrics to patterns.
The silver lining here is that I only had 2 makes go bad because of poor fabric choices, and that is way, way, way better than 2013. And I’ve got all SORTS of ideas for 2015.