Last year, I decided to put my list-making and inventorying obsession to good use and document every item I finished. Here is the list:
Pear print corduroy mini – success, but too sweet and too short.
Gray flannel pinstripe pencil skirt – successful basic
Houndstooth pencil stretch mini
Jersey feathers dress – FAIL
Sweatshirt raglan sleeve dress- gifted
Orange fleece sweatshirt for Dax (the dog)
Grey polka dot elbow length jersey tee shirt – relegated to PJs
Deer and Doe Plaintain Breton tunic – FAIL
Deer and Doe Plaintain white jersey shirt – FAIL
Deer and Doe Plaintain shift – FAIL
Long sleeved Breton stripe dress
Fashion sewing group pants – FAIL
Pants v. 1 – FAIL
Pants v. 2 (white) – FAIL
Pants v. 3 (floral linen) – FAIL
Jeggings – FAIL
Pants v. 4 (Brown stretch) – FAIL
Pants v. 5 (Blue and black paintbrush print – FAIL
Pants v. 6 (Blue turquoise broadcloth) – FAIL
Pants v. 7 (Blue turquoise broadcloth) – FAIL
Pants v. 8 Brown and pink pinstripe stretch – (ok, but not awesome)
Ponte and “leather” leggings – ok, but never worn
Black and white geometric ponte dress
Just Cavalli jersey dress – success!
Just Cavalli jersey tunic – birthday present
Grey and teal geometric print ponte tunic
Quilted vest – hot pink – gift for mom
Merino wool leggings– gift for mom
Sweats (green)- gift for mom
Sweats (black) – gift for mom
Floral linen purse – gift for niece
Pants v. 9 (Mohair) – ok, but not a rousing success
Brown open-weave sweater knit Tessuti Fave – LOVE
Plaintain T-Shirt (striped) – FAIL (this is where I give up on the Plantain. It just looks terrible on me)
Peter pan collar sleeveless white blouse – not very well constructed, but worn very frequently.
Ikat skirt – FAIL (just say no to fold-over elastic waistbands)
Trumpet skirt – khaki stretch gabardine – worn and loved to pieces (I tore the invisible zipper out this week)
Green sateen stretch twill Marfy skirt – love at first make.
High-low “crop” top with blue and white “sweater print” lawn – love the shirt, hate crop tops.
Marfy blouse – cut out March 2014 (WIP)
Green slim fit ankle trousers – March 2014 (great fit… except the waist keeps growing. Note to self: use interfacing for stretch pants)
Fur pullover – Surprise win!
“Railroad” pants – favorite pants… wonky pockets.
Navy and white polka dot dress with circle skirt – a favorite summer work dress
Liberty tank – maybe my biggest success. I wear this a lot!
Blue linen rayon trousers – I wore this one to pieces this summer. It is beginning to look threadbare.
Sleeveless blouse with collar and decorative front buttons – Grey and white striped nylon shirting – FAIL
April Rhodes Staple Shirt (polka dot pink rayon) – OK. Got some wear before the seasonal wardrobe transition.
2013 Winter Burdastyle peplum top – hot pink viscose linen – nice but loose on me; gifted to mom.
Tank with scalloped hem – gifted to friend
Striped breton shirt – lightweight summer tank – loved, but then ditched because the clear elastic in the shoulders was scratchy.
Floral Michael Miller skirt – love it, but it’s too short to wear too often.
Orange ponte knit skirt – wardrobe basic
Orange ponte knit blazer/cardigan Vogue 8893 – didn’t like it, but I wear it a lot in the office.
Elsa “Frozen” costume for my friend’s kid. She loves it.
2 Flower-girl tutus – success!
Bridal shower tutu for bride
Altered sister’s wedding dress.
Mr.’s Shirt: Green khaki
Mr.’s Shirt: Black and white chambray western shirt
Mr.’s Shirt: Peacock print
Mr.’s Shirt: Check print
Purple linen shift dress – for grandma
Pink lace dress for grandma
Navy flocked cotton dress – FAIL
Lace bridesmaids dress – FINALLY finished!
“Venice Memories” – pleated midi skirt with elastic waist – super cute. I love it.
That’s quite a bit of sewing. 68 finished garments! It does not include works in progress or UFOs. Lately, I’ve been working on some longer-term projects that are more complex. I like being able to pick up something, do a little bit, move on, and take things in pieces.
There are quite a few fails in this list: 17. Some of them failed because I didn’t work out fit issues. Others failed because the style was simply inappropriate for me (Deer and Doe Plaintain, I’m looking at you). And some failed because I’m just not good at sewing things together (fabric stretched out, something cut slightly off grain, inappropriate fabric choices). Lessons learned.
I am also shocked to see that I do some unselfish sewing: 1 for a friend, 2 garments for Grandma, 2 kids projects, 4 for Mr., 5 for my sister, and 5 for my mom.
The best successes are the garments that I end up wearing a lot (sometimes to pieces). There is a clear theme in the successes: well-fit, simple silhouettes, easy-care fabrics. The skirts that I wear the most are knee length straight or flared. The pants that I’ve worn the most are straight leg and machine washable. My favorite shirts are woven pullovers (collars are a plus). My favorite dresses are ponte shifts for winter and linen shifts for summer. I like a touch of whimsy. And I am not trendy or fashionable. That’s cool. I can work with this.
I think that I’m ready to move on from this particular list… now that I have a blog, I can use the blog to inventory my makes – successes and fails. 🙂