2017 Top 5 Hits and Plans

2017 had a lot of successes. Now that I look back at blogged and unblogged garments, I did pretty good.

My biggest undertaking was my daughter’s cosplay outfit. From her original art drawing, to drafting, to sewing, to the fact she is still now wearing the top as a jacket, it’s a 100% win.

Next up has to be my wearable muslin Ginger Jeans. They are worn all the time. I’m hoping to get my velvet pair done before Christmas, however unlikely that may be.

Also worn a lot, in tandem, is my Papercut Aomori in Britex wool blend knit with my latest voile Seamwork Savannah. The rayon version of the Aomori made the Fails List, but the wool version is adored. I need some tight, long sleeve t-shirts to wear under it for layering more in winter.

Of course, my latest B5526 is on the list. It’s not even old enough to be worn a ton, I just know.  I wear the first version, pre-edits, all the time, so one that fits so much better is going to get worn to death. 

Last but not least is my Sew House 7 Burnside Bibs. After over-dying the fabric to make it less HELLO I’M PURPLE, it got worn a ton. It’s a super quality linen from Britex, so was worn farther into fall than I expected, but now it’s just too cold. I can’t wait for linen-weather to return.

Honorable mention goes to the Friday Pattern Company for the Garamond top. I made it in September, and it’s a short-sleeved number with a Kimono-sleeve design (READ: doesn’t layer well), so it just hasn’t been worn much. I’m pretty sure I’ll wear it more come spring/summer, but I just can’t right now. Brrr.

2018 Goals

  • Sewing Community Participation. I’d like to participate in our sewing community more. I started actually using my Pattern Review profile, I’ve volunteered to help out Sewcialists and do what I can there, I signed up for the RTW Fast 2018, and originally had signed up for the #SewMyStyle 2018, but after seeing the issues with inclusivity, I’m going to bow back out. I’m a member of the PMQG, and I’d like to continue even though I don’t quilt as much as I have in the past.
  • The Sewing Basket. I’ve started cutting out a stack of projects and putting them in a project basket to help with the project paralysis that happens between projects. There are some pros and cons so far….like it either needs to be a muslin or a TNT, there’s no real major changes once it’s cut…but on the other hand, I have everything ready to go and no question of what to do next. I’ll see how it works over the next year.
  • More Data. I like the idea of tracking what I make, what patterns used, and how much it is worn as I’ve seen in some 2017 round-ups. I think I’m going to give that a go as well. Any thoughts/advice there is welcome!

I love the year end round-ups. I’ve been going through all the round-ups posted at Crafting a Rainbow. It’s such a good way to get fresh ideas and see other people enjoy sewing.

4 Replies to “2017 Top 5 Hits and Plans”

  1. I bopped on over here from the Sewcialists blog because I was curious about which year-long exclusionary sewing hashtag you were referencing. So is the issue with Sew My Style the fact that they picked an awful lot of patterns that have pretty limited size ranges? Because that’s an excellent point. I considered joining in on that challenge for a hot second, but how weird is it to “sew my style” using 12 patterns dictated to me by someone else? I mean, I know you can do your own thing, but it still seems like a disconnect between idea & execution.

    1. Yes, and to add insult to injury, when it was brought up and questioned, they said they couldn’t do anything about it (although some patterns weren’t even picked yet), and that they would address it in 2019, then shut down comments. Jenny Rushmore and Jen of We Bought A Manor were both asking questions and they just got completely shut out. It was both the exclusionary nature, but furthermore the handling of it. Conversation is important. Recently another blogger, Male Pattern Boldness, was really judgy about other’s choices re cosplay, and he’s full on deleting any comments that disagree or tell him it’s not cool to call people weird and make fun of them. While it’s not ok to be abusive in comments, that wasn’t what he’s doing. I saw quite a few before he deleted them and my own.

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