I’ve taken a deep breath and dived into Crafting A Rainbow’s Top 5 of 2013. Let’s start with the hits, shall we?
A mere nine months ago, I apparently had the energy to make a Minoru in a weekend. Wowzers! This has been a great coat, using fabric that was part of the Tessuti Gridlock competition and some buttery voile from The Village Haberdashery. Proof that combining two distinctly different prints in one make can work.
Mathilde Blouse En Rouge. I love this pattern so and am excited to hear that Tilly is soon to release paper patterns. My first make of this blouse shrunk, shrunk, and shrunk in the wash until it had to be thrown away. I must make another version. The Mathilde is sooooo feminine.
The wool and leather Simplicity 2451 mash up. This has become a stalwart of my wardrobe. Neutral colours but with that flash of something different. This skirt has received so many compliments, yet was simple as to make. A lesson in the power of good basics with a twist.
Another basic – my black wool crepe Hollyburn skirt. I’ve worn this one to death. Not long after making this skirt, I began teaching a Hollyburn skirt class at The Village Haberdashery. I’ve recently bought some red triple wool crepe. Is another Hollyburn skirt in my future?
For my fifth hit I’m going to include my Bound Buttonhole ebook. I’ve been flattered to see this featured on three high profile blogs recently – Tilly’s, Scruffy Badger’s and Lladybird’s. I couldn’t understand the sudden surge in interest, until I remembered that we’d hit coat season. Perfect for bound buttonholes.
What do my Hits have in common? They’re all separates.
Now, onto my Misses. Shall we confront the elephant in the room? I STILL haven’t finished my dress made with Mood fabric, following Susan Khalje’s excellent Craftsy course. It’s a shame – it’s a great dress in the careful making and I haven’t given up on it yet! I am nothing if not stubborn. (Plus, I’m gonna be in New York in March and would quite like to visit Mood without cringing with shame.)
Next up is my sleeveless version of a Mathilde blouse. Made in a mad rush of pre-vacation sewing. A reader compared this top to a dinner lady’s tabard and so the death knell was rung!
Anyone remember the granny square blanket I was crocheting? Me neither. Those crocheted squares languish in my spare bedroom. Maybe I should have a ritualistic burning?
The jersey dress I was too disgusted to blog about! I made a dress, it was very sweet, I tried it on, decided I didn’t like it and started hacking the heck out of it. I managed to rescue a skirt from the whole experience, but this was definitely a lesson in why we shouldn’t sew when stressed.
Only four Misses mentioned here. Maybe there’s one last Miss waiting to be blogged about. Or maybe not… Did someone just say the word ‘Sewlution’?
More to come, my friends!