Well, there are a fair number of competitors in this category this year, mostly because this year was really a return to basics. Yes, I could sew fancy dresses every day but the fact is that I rarely wear them and this year I tried to focus more on things that actually get worn. And I have to say that this focus was pretty successful because I regularly find myself turning to handmade garments to wear. As for my most worn items, well this is where you realize that I'm a totally boring human being because probably my most worn items are these Plantain Tees. White and gray t-shirts? Is there even a more boring garment than that? If so, I'll probably make that one too.
A close runner-up though is something a tad bit more exciting - undies! I loved making undies with the Ohhh Lulu Grace pattern and I fully blame this pattern for getting me hooked on lingerie making. The good news is that if my shirts are totally boring, at least my knickers aren't.
As for the kids, I could go with the old standby of undies because O still rocks her handmade undies (in between her Frozen undies, of course), but if we're excluding undergarments, I'm going to go with this Oliver and S Hopscotch dress. O is definitely a dress girl and a knit dress is perfect for everyday wear. Plus I love that it has long sleeves since it's often quite chilly around here. I tried to create my own knit dress for O's first day of school but the result kind of sucked, so I'm definitely going back to the Hopscotch dress. Unfortunately I'll have to buy a bigger size for next year. Wahhh!
For the kids, it was definitely this hat. I wrote about my woes in making it in the original post so there isn't much more to say except that it has since found a new home. So long, Huck Finn cap!
For the kids, definitely the Hanami Dress. As with most things, I was a little late coming around to this pattern, but once I found it I jumped all in. In fact I made not one, not two, but three Hanami dresses this year and there will no doubt be many more made in the future.City Gym Shorts pattern (you gotta love a pattern that comes in child and adult sizes). Not only is it my favorite price (free!), but the shorts use so little fabric and they're really fun to put together. The black and gold version are definitely my and O's favorites. In fact, she decided that they were perfect for soccer and she wore them to every game throughout the season. Be forewarned, however, that the shorts are definitely on the short side. In fact, I had the distinct pleasure of overhearing some parents talking about them, commenting "I didn't even know that you could buy shorts that short anymore." Turns out you can't - you have to make them. Ha!
And can I pick a runner-up for favorite pattern? Good. Then I choose the Watson Bra pattern. I've made two bras from this pattern so far (one that I haven't blogged about yet) and I have to say that it's a great first bra pattern and is surprisingly supportive for not having an underwire (although I don't have a whole lot to support, if you now what I'm saying). I'm really excited to see how I'll be able to use this pattern in the new year. And not surprisingly, so is Ben.
OVERALL FAVORITE PROJECT
My Alabama Chanin Dress. Yes, it's extremely simple but I think that that may be what I love most about it. It's simple, yet it has such a flattering silhouette. It's all hand sewn and I really like the visible hand stitching along the seams and the neckline. I didn't finish it until the end of summer so it hasn't gotten a ton of use, but I'll be excited to break it out again once the sun decides to warm up our little corner of the earth once again.
For the kids, I'd have to say that my overall favorite is this Oliver and S Popover dress. I've never worked with a border print fabric before I loved playing around with the placement of the different prints. I think that the different, yet coordinating prints, really kicked the dress up a notch and I love the way that it came out.
2014 RESOLUTION UPDATE
2014 was supposed to be the year that I got serious about stash busting and while I certainly made a bunch of garments with items from my stash, I'm not sure that I'm ending 2014 with less
crap fabric than I began with.
As for the new year, my hope is to keep learning, whether that's fitting a new garment or trying out a new technique. 2015 may be the year when I finally try to tackle a pair of pants. Also, while not sewing related I also need to work on my posture. I'm not getting any younger around here and my posture gets worse and worse every year. Actually, come to think of it, it may be sewing related because hours of sewing while hunched over a sewing machine is probably not the best thing for you when you already have poor posture.
So here's to loving, learning, and standing up a bit straighter in the new year. Wishing you much health and happiness in 2015!