Well, it’s that time of year again. The time we all get all sentimental and retrospective and look back at our year. I always like this process, taking some time to reflect on the year past and plan for the year to come.
My 2015 was a year of highs and lows. From a sewing and blogging standpoint, I was fairly productive, and went a long way to getting my wardrobe to the 100% handmade state for which I ultimately strive. Behind the scenes, life was far more stressful. I switched firms (which was a very positive development). Albert’s business started off with the lowest of lows (very messy business break up with his ex-partner), and has been up and down ever since. Starting a business is a very looooong process, but things are starting to look up. I may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, but I’m at least starting to have hope that it’s there.
Because of all that, money was extremely tight this year. This is still my biggest stressor — I hate that I have to worry about my budget every. single. day., but there it is. At least for now. J started kindergarten, which has brought all kinds of extra tasks, but he is doing amazingly well. This year has been so validating in that regards — we decided to hold J a year, so he will actually turn 7 before school is out for the year, and now we can see that it was such a good decision. He is so composed, has great focus, and is doing really well in kindergarten, and as a result he really likes school. I know that if we had started him a year earlier, when he was 5, I would be telling an entirely different story.
N continues to be sweet and wonderful, which is a definitely bright spot. Baby J turned two in September and became hell on wheels. Oy. And of course the Royals, our beloved boys in blue, won the World Series!
But I digress.
From a sewing standpoint, I had a really good year, with some great makes that have become wardrobe staples. Here are my Top 5 Hits for 2015:
1. Sew the Show
I took over Sew the Show in June along with Becca from Free Notion. This more than anything helped introduce me to the world of sewing bloggers, tours, etc. It’s a fun, welcoming world, and I have loved collaborating with Becca on this fun project. It also brought my first time coordinating a blog tour of my very own and organizing guest bloggers.
This was definitely the year of jeans for me. By my count, I made 5 pairs of jeans for me and one for J. And I loved making them! I guess I better to make that many pairs (with still more planned) — Jeansmaking takes a LOT of time!
3. Button down shirts
Other than jeans, I made a lot of button down shirts this year. I started out with the Sewaholic Granville top, and made a McCall’s pattern for Albert. Then in October, I painstakingly fitted the Grainline Archer, which rekindled my love for that pattern.
4. Paxson shirt
Speaking of Albert, I finally found a pattern for him that he loves that I can make quickly. The September issue of Seamwork magazine featured menswear, and the Paxson shirt was right up Albert’s alley. Sadly, I haven’t managed to nab pictures of him for a post yet, but I’ve made him 3 Paxsons with fabric for 2 more on the way.
At the same time that Becca and I started coordinating on the Sew the Show blog, I plugged into her Capsule Wardrobe Sewalong group and really started to learn about fitting my body. This has been such a sewing game changer for me! I learned how to properly choose my size, how to do an FBA and the shoulder adjustment that I always need. I also started routinely doing swayback adjustments on my pants and skirts, which vastly improved their overall fit.
- Sallie Jumpsuit — This may be my favorite thing that I made all year. It didn’t define my year in the way that jeans and button downs did, and it didn’t take nearly as much time, but I feel like a million bucks every time I wear it.
- Watson bra and panties — Sewing lingerie was on my bucket list this year, and I accomplished that early on with my Watson bra and panty sets.
- Lark Tee — When Grainline released the Lark tee, I finally ended my quest for my perfect t-shirt pattern. Lark is just want I want.
- Dropje Vest — The Dropje Vest was also notable because it was my first successful piece of outerwear. I don’t wear it that ofte, but I count it as a win since it was outside my comfort zone and actually has me considering making a proper coat this winter.