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Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 in review--the good, the bad, the downright ugly!

So here it is again, that time of year to reflect on what we've done and make goals to be a better person for the following year!  No, I won't bore you with my new year's resolutions to eat better, exercise more, etc.... but I will will let you know what my thoughts are related to sewing!  Isn't that why you're here?

The good---I made quite a few garments in '14 that I am very proud of and love wearing!  I also made many wads that didn't even make it to the charity pile but rather went right into the good old dumpster.  I hate it when I waste time and fabric on wadders but that's how I get better!  Wadders are typically due to poor fabric choices based on the pattern or a pattern style that simply doesn't look good on me.

First let's look at my top favs!
1.  Sewaholic Minuro jacket!


This is a great pattern and I love the water resistant fabric in gray and the colorful lining!  The orange zipper was a must!  I wear this coat every change I get!  You may notice I added side seam pockets.


The lady skater--what a great and easy to sew pattern!  I know the pink floral is bright and somewhat obnoxious, but I LOVE this dress!

The grainline Archer pattern.  I made five tops last year out of this pattern.  A winner!  I just love this floral fabric and the peplum!  

Jeans--Vogue 8774 which I made five times and plan on many more until I can perfect the fit!  This is a great pattern and I love the theory denim I used for this pair.  

This McCall's jacket--so very RTW with all the details!  I wear this quite a bit!  I love the contrast of the red against the army green.  

My version of the Scout Woven Tee.  I repurposed thrift store finds to make this one of a kind top.  I just love it!  

This Butterick jean jacket pattern is a favorite layering piece!  

I made this BRIGHT yellow Robson Trench coat in about two days!  I added a lining and I wear this as much as I can!  It's a fun pattern to put together.  

I discovered Tilly and the Button's Coco dress and just love both versions, but this one is my fav!  I used an amazing fabric and I like the contrast I added at the sleeves and pocket bands.  

Lastly, Vogue Tunic--I made this twice and I love tunics and this fabric so much!  I received so many compliments when I wore it that I felt like a model or something!  Yay!  


We all have wadders--here are some that I actually blogged about!
I still love this fabric!  Ugh!  This was a Style Arc pattern.  What was I thinking?  It's awful!

This is a McCall's dress pattern that is pretty cute but I think my fabric choice made it a wadder.  The front is fine but the back has issues at the neckline and the hem!

I don't even know what to say about this!  The top is cute--just not on me!  It is way to big and I feel like someone threw up all over me!

So, plans for 2015? I think I am going to narrow this down to five so the goals are more obtainable this year.

1.  I dabbled in bra making but didn't really give it a fair shot.  I need to work on that more, especially after all the patterns and supplies I purchased!
2.  Continue working on fitting pants!
3.  Perfect the FBA.  I need one and have been delusional that I can get by without it.
4.  Try more specialty fabrics such as leather, neoprene, silk, etc.
5.   Finish my quilts from 2013!

Thanks for taking this sewing journey with me!  I so appreciate it when you share your thoughts!
Happy new year everyone!


  1. Ahhhh I have that pink floral from your Lady Skater dress, I LOVE it but haven't figured out what to do with it yet. I only have a yard so I can't copy you, but it's nice to see it made up in something! Very pretty. It will make the perfect blouse someday...

    1. Hi Beth! I am sure whatever you make from the lovely fabric will be awesome! It sewed together so well and washes and dries like a dream! :) Happy New Year!

  2. You have had a fabulous year of sewing Sue, and have been a great source of sewing inspiration for me. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing what you sew in 2015.

    1. Jean, you are so kind! Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing what you create as well!

  3. Fantastic!

    I love that Minoru so much! And your yellow trench too! Really good stuff here.

    Have fun sewing up a storm in 2015!

    1. Thank you Nakisha! I hope to have enough time to sew up a storm in 2015!

  4. I love your honesty . I also like that you narrowed your goals down - good idea - I plan to do that I stead of being all over the board .

    1. Hi Mary Ellen--I had so many goals last year and only got to a few of them! How disappointing that was to look back and see. I hope with only five, it helps!
      Happy New Year!

  5. It looks like it's been a good year for you! I found your blog a few months ago and I like to read along :)

    1. Thank you Bryanna! I so appreciate you reading about my sewing adventures!

  6. Wow you made such great coats. That is something I would like to learn this year.

    1. Hi Janie,
      You have to try a coat--they're not bad at all! A great first try is the Sewaholic Minuro. It's uber popular and the results are very professional!

  7. You've made so many nice items!

    1. Thank you Beverly! It was a satisfying sewing year for me and I appreciate your kind words!