Friday, 19 December 2014

::Blogging:: Top 5 Hits of 2014

Let's get this Top 5 party started!

I decided that a project is a hit if it served the purpose for why I made it and is worn fairly often.
So with that in mind here my Top 5 Hits of 2014. These are in no particular order.

Click on the image or the link below each image to go to the original post. (If you follow me by RSS you may have already had a sneak peak into my Top 5 because I accidentally hit publish on a draft post. Oops! :D )

Self Drafted Polly Pocket Skirt

Polly Pocket Skirt
[Polly Pocket Skirt Post]

I wanted to use my pattern drafting skills to make a comfortable and functional skirt with pockets based on a skirt design that I really like. This skirt definitely fits the bill. The pockets are lovely and deep and hold my essentials when I don't want to carry a bag while out and about.
Tick for 'purpose'.

Since I made this skirt in mid September it has been in high rotation in my wardrobe. I wear it at least once a week, sometimes more! Making another one (or two or three) of these skirts is a high on my to sew list.
Tick for 'wearability'.

Grey Ponte Kitschy Coo The Lady Skater Dress

Grey Lady Skater Dress
[Grey Ponte Lady Skater Post]
I made this dress because I wanted to participate in a The Monthly Sew challenge, but I had been wanting to sew it before then anyway. I wanted a dress that was comfortable (hello knit fabric), flattering (hi fit and flare shape, forgiving ponte knit) and versatile (hey solid neutral colour). This dress delivered.
Tick for 'purpose'.

During winter this was my go to dress and was worn about once a week. It is a simple and easy one piece outfit I can pair with many accessories in my wardrobe. It's starting to pill a bit so making another Lady Skater dress is also high on the to sew list. I'm not sure if I want to make a summer version in a lighter knit.
Tick for 'wearability'.

Spotty Simplicity 2444 Dress

Spotty S2444 Dress
[Spotty S2444 Post]
I made this dress to attend a wedding in April and wanted a dress that could be worn again to other social occasions. Which I have, many times.
Tick for 'purpose'.

This has become one of my favourite 'little bit fancy' going out dresses. Even though it's a bit loose around the upper bodice I really like the spots. Being a cotton dress it is so comfortable because it breathes, which is great when we have warmer weather. I can wear most of my accessories with this so it's a versatile piece.
Tick for 'wearability'.

Two-tone Grainline Studio Scout Woven Tee Top

Two-tone Scout Woven Tee
[Two-tone Scout Woven Tee]
My second Woven Scout Tee has gotten a lot of wear as has my first (and my jersey version too). It gets worn in both warm and cool weather. I layer it over a long sleeved knit top and wear it with jeans when it's cool and in warm weather it gets worn over skirts and shorts. Sometimes I pair it with my Polly skirt and end up with an ombre-ish outfit. :) Though, when it is really hot the poly content in the fabric makes it a little less comfortable to wear.
Mostly a tick for 'wearability'.

I made this before I did the patternmaking course and was an experiment in adapting an existing pattern to match an inspiration top. I had been wearing the heck out of my first top and this was made to take the load off that top.
Tick for 'purpose'.

Self Drafted Bridesmaid Dress

Self Drafted Bridesmaid Dress
[Special Dress for a Special Day Dress Post]
I'm ecstatic about the bridesmaid dress I made to be a part of my friends wedding in October. On the day it was very comfortable to wear and the pockets came in handy to carry speeches, phones and lip balm. Having the bra strap carriers meant I didn't have to fidget with my dress/bra straps and I could enjoy myself that little bit more.
Tick for 'purpose'.

I have only worn it twice, but I think in cooler weather this will be a go to dress for socialising. Being a 'blank canvas' of a dress means I can dress it up or down and this will go with a lot of accessories too. So I'm hoping that it will be an often worn dress.
I'm going to give it a tentative tick for 'wearability'.

~Final Comment~
Dresses seam to be a big winner, which is interesting seeing as in the past I've preferred to wear separates. The reason is probably because in the past finding a RTW dress I like has been difficult because their fit doesn't suit my shape.

I find it funny that I didn't realise what all the garments had in common until I was compiling the collage at the top of this post. They are all dark colours; either black or navy (well mainly, in the case of the Two Tone Scout Tee).

Four out of 5 of these makes are solids and 4 out of 5 of these makes are woven. Many of the RTW items I wear on high rotation are knits so I think I'll have to up the knits next year.

I'm really glad that self drafted and adapted makes have made it into my top 5. It's really encouraging to see that my drafting skills are paying off.

Are you taking part in the 'Top 5' series? 
If so please leave a link in the comments. 
I'd love to read about your 2014 Top 5 :)

#SewingTop5 posts for 2014

Top 5 Hits
Top 5 Misses
Top 5 Highlights
Top 5 Reflections
Top 5 Goals

Until next time,

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  1. Hooray for wearable and functional garments! I also tend to notice that my most-worn pieces are basics (or at least not crazy prints), so it was interesting and encouraging to see that you noticed the same thing in your wardrobe. Looking forward to seeing more of your drafting in 2015!

    I'll definitely be participating in the Top 5, probably at the very end of the year.

    1. Hey Carolyn,
      Yeah, I've found it really interesting to notice trends in the things that I've made this year. I'm definitely more inclined to make garments for everyday wear than party dresses :)


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