Instead of doing the classic top lists over my 2014, I thought I’d summarise the year with regards to what I learnt in sewing, style and blogging, consider this my hits and misses, if you will.
This year I have made a conscious effort to set aside time so I can get sewing, exercise and family time sorted (and of course all those boring chores in between). This has increased my productivity and up until December I have completed 18 garments for myself and 6 for my children, as well as new Christmas curtains for the kitchen (which is a feat in engineering as well as sewing, but I digress). I have used patterns from 9 different pattern companies and designers. Even though I wanted to sew with a plan and make separates, dresses are what dominates my pie.
Another thing I have worked a lot on is fit. I did my first FBA in January and since then I’ve added them to almost everything and have thus ended up with well-fitting garments. Why have I avoided this for so long? So far, I’ve mostly done FBAs on standard two-darted bodices, so for the upcoming year I hope to get to some other styles of bodices as well and also putting a little more focus onto dart placement and length. After buying my overlocker in 2013, I have really put it to use this year. I love how professional it makes my garments look on the inside! I still have a long way to go before I will master it, but we are taking it one step at the time. Also, quite embarrassing to admit, this was also the year I learnt about understitiching. In school we were taught to topstitch the facings down and ever since then I have thought that it was proper procedure. Another thing to make my garments look more polished with an invisible understitch instead of a badly executed topstitch.
Of course not all was smooth sailing with my sewing this year. I still need to learn more about matching fabrics and pattern and using quality fabrics that don’t look cheap. Another point I need to learn more about is finishings on knit garments as I haven’t really grasped that. A few sessions with the seam ripper and/or scissors could have avoided if I had been more careful. I have gotten better at knowing when to put the scissors down and step away from the sewing machine, but still end up with simple mistakes. Most recently I set a waistband in upside down. Not a flattering look.
I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished in 2015 sewing-wise, I have learnt a lot, but still have things to learn. A great start to the new year. Stay tuned to read about my reflections (including inspiration and some highlights) as well as my goals for the upcoming year!