2015, what a sewing year! I feel a good deal more confident in my skills and am excited to continue on my sewing journey. In total I made 21 garments with lots of pattern repeats, late night sewing sessions, and quality time with the seam ripper!
Without intending to, I sewed disproportionately from Indie pattern companies. And spent the most effort sewing for special events (6 weddings + 1 bar mitzvah).
I was most pleased with the fit and flare knit dress for an engagement party (blogged here). Bonus: It was a quick and pain-free sew!
|Fit and Flare|
Ironically, I was the most disappointed with my Anna dress (blogged here). I put so much effort into it and still don't think the dress fits all that well or that the design is very flattering on me. Furthermore I really regret buying cheap lace and silk for the project.
Did the 2015 RTW Fast save me $$ that I would have otherwise spent on clothes? Nope. After adjusting for my lessons with Sharon and Camp Workroom Social, I still spent about the same on fabric/supplies as I did on RTW clothes in 2014. I wasn't surprised by these results, as my RTW Fast was more Goodbye Ann Taylor Loft than Goodbye Valentino. Although I abstained from RTW, I did experience an uptick in shoe spending... Got to get that retail therapy in somehow!
It doesn't look like special occasion sewing will be slowing down in 2016. But I am aiming to stop underestimating the amount of time it takes to complete special occasion garments. To build up my casual wardrobe, I plan to buy a serger in the spring.
My husband and I are headed to Vietnam for a much anticipated vacation on Friday (!!!) I plan to bring several pieces of stash fabric with me to take to a well-reputed Hanoi tailor. I am hoping that these garments will fill in some of my wardrobe holes and I can avoid stressful 2am sewing sessions this year.
2016 Sewing Queue of My Dreams
Asaka kimono(Feb 2016) Wool knit cardigan(McCall 6844) (Nov 2016)
- Bras that fit!
- Little Black Jungle Dress (Gertie's Bombshell Craftsy Video) (Almost finished!)
Lace bridesmaid dress with Gertie's video(April 2016)
- Pencil skirt using techniques from Claire Schaeffer book and Craftsy skirt sloper class
- Ginger Jeans
- Susan Khalje Couture Dress class (Craftsy Video)
- French Jacket (Susan Khalje Video)
Workout clothes(steeplechase leggings, Dec 2016)
- Winter coat (Clare Coat or Minoru)
- Pant sloper
- TNT knit t-shirt pattern
- Style Arc Kate Wrap Dress
Finish a UFO(Laurel Dress, May 2016)
Onwards with 2016!