Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow is hosting the Top 5 of 2014. I’m sure you have seen the lists popping everywhere around the blogosphere and since I have more handmade clothes this year, I decided to give it a go, too. Plus I’m not planning to make anything else this year and the only craft I will be exploring is this one. (it’s a Christmas present but couldn’t wait)
I loved this dress and it got a lot of wear from work to evenings out. I still love the fabric and I’m bound to make one more. This is probably the best dress I made in 2014 and it really showed me how better results one can have with patience. Unfortunately the latter ended with this dress, haha!
This was a great match of pattern and fabric resulting in one of my most worn dresses of the year. I’ve worn it during the less hot days of summer in the UK (too thick for Greece though) and through the winter we had so far, with tights and a cardigan. Definitely a pattern I need to make more of.
3. Mabel Skirt
I love this version of the Mabel skirt. It can be dressy or more casual and funky depending on what you combine it with. It’s been worn almost every week at work, with the top in the picture or other combinations. I loved it so much I made another version in the more staple colour black
There was not enough nice Greek weather for this dress but it did get a lot of wear while I was there. I love this dress for a lot of reasons. I didn’t think I could match stripes as well as on this dress and realised that I have the skills to do more things than I thought. This is another item that I took a while to make and paid attention to getting a good fit as much as possible. I love wearing it, it makes me feel tall and airy.
When the boyfriend said he wanted a handmade shirt, I had no idea how much he would like this one. If I didn’t take it from him to wash it, he would have carried on wearing it all summer non-stop (now let’s not imagine that, haha)
Now the least favourite ones
I love the Bellatrix and I still haven’t made another version of it. I really liked the fabric on this but found it really hard to combine with anything but solid colours and I don’t have a lot of them (I like a good print) so it didn’t get worn very often. It was also a size bigger than I needed and there something that tells me I will like the shortest version more. Nevertheless, this was my first attempt at sewing a jacket and welt pockets, I still remember how baffled I was by that haha. Watch this space in 2015
That was the dress that didn’t happen and because a) I loved the fabric too much, b)I have issues with letting go I turned it into a blouse.I wore it three times maximum, as it was too tight around the arms and felt like wearing a polka dot armour.
Another one of my favourite patterns of the year. Loved everything about it and the particular bodysuit. However, the really low back made it difficult to wear, purely because I’m so cold haha. Plus the particular fabric didn’t have enough stretch and I was always scared I’m going to lose the top part of the bodysuit. Another space to watch.
5. I will add here some of the projects I haven’t blogged, not because I don’t want to show the disasters but because in the case of a disaster I always feel so demotivated that I’m in no mood to take any pics. The Emery Dress, I have seen lovely versions but mine was very unfortunate, the waist was much higher than my natural waist, I managed to make it shorter than I wanted and the fabric was on the thick side making the gatherings quite bulky, to be remade and blogged. The Peony dress had similar problems with the Emery, so needs to be remade. The Afternoon blouse, lovely pattern, made only a wearable muslin, so needs remaking in the appropriate fabric and size.
Speaking of size, I may need to go one up after Christmas as at the moment, I keep moving my hands towards this tray of traditional Greek Christmas treats. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!