Top 5 hits and misses of 2014

Top 5 hits and misses of 2014

Yay!  Gillian’s (Crafting a Rainbow) top five lists are back.  I love reading these – look  forward to catching up with everyone!

I’m going to split my top fives into two posts, and here are my hits and misses.

1 & 2. Two favourites in one outfit – McCall’s 6751 top and New Look 6100 shorts.  I made these for our holiday in September, and looking forward to next summer so I can make some more.  They fit, are comfortable, and I forget I’ve made them (which is a real sign that I’m happy!).

McCall's 6751

3. Next, Colette’s Myrtle dress, made with my swap butterfly fabric from Alexa of Almost a Hippy. This pattern got some mixed reviews.  I made a size smaller than usual, based on what other sewists had said, and very happy with it.  I lengthened the bodice by a couple of inches, which is a common alteration for me.

Colette Myrtle butterfly dress Vogue 9926

4. Vogue 9926 sweatshirt – I wore it ’till the fabric wore out.  There is no better recommendation!

Burda 7531

5. Burda 7531.  A simple skirt in the perfect a-line shape for me.  I wore this one a lot.  Love the colour too!

The misses – only three!


1. Sadly, my Cake Red Velvet dresses.  The weight of the skirt stretched the middle section out, and they just look weird now.

2. The Prima pattern vintage fabric skirt.   It just isn’t right for me – too swishy.  I will try to make it into something else.

3. I love the skirt pattern from Simplicity 1783, and I learned some new techniques (fly zip, patch pockets).  But the denim was poor quality, and creased horribly during washing (even though I pre-washed).

Lessons learned?

  • I need to make more comfortable, everyday clothes as they are my most successful makes.
  • Try on different styles in the clothes shops first to see if they suit me.  No point making a full skirt if I wouldn’t buy one.
  • Don’t buy rubbish fabric!

3 thoughts on “Top 5 hits and misses of 2014

  1. Yay! You have officially published the very first Top 5 list this year! 🙂 I’m impressed that you had so few fails! I wonder what made your Red Velvet dresses stretch out so badly? Hope you can find a different TNT knit dress pattern instead! 🙂

  2. Yay, I love these posts! It’s always interesting to look back on your less successful projects and take away lessons for future ones. It’s all a part of the learning process, so in that sense, misses always have some success to them. 🙂 My favorite is your Burda skirt – great cut and fabric color!

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