Then I read a few others, but the one that pushed me over and made think I could just name my Top 5 pieces/outfits was HeatherB, who blogs at Handmade By Heather B. I read her posts this morning on the bus and they made me smile. There is such joy in her posts that I thought that's really how I should end my year with joy, not drama, not sorrow or worry but joy.
So a little background ~ this Top 5 concept started on Gillian's tumbler post, Join Me in Posting Your Top 5 Lists for 2013. She did this last year also with a graphic to announce that you're participating. I know that I've been doing an "end of year recap" for years, as many others have, but Gillian kinda gathered everyone together under one umbrella.
This year I've decided to stand under the umbrella with my fellow sewists...so here is my graphic...
...and here are my Top 5 Hits of 2013...
My Ponte & Leather Lafayette 148 knock-off started January off with a bang. I get compliments every time I wear this dress and I think it symbolizes how I wanted my sewing to evolve in 2013.
Pantsuits are always on my to-sew list. This year I actually made one and for that reason alone it makes the list. Even though this jacket just about killed me...however, after a time-out, it's been worn several times for important meetings at work. I've gotten over the pain of it's birth and have come to love it for how easily it wears, yet how professional it looks.
I really pushed myself for the Mood Blogger's Lace Challenge. My Easter Dress had 25-30 hours of hand stitching in it. It was a knock-off of an Oscar de la Renta dress that was priced at $2,990 and as much as I love Oscar, he didn't make this dress in plus sizes. My version was about $350. A lot of money yes but it has the most amazing guipure lace hand stitched to the wool tweed fabric which was used as the base of the dress. I was thrilled with the final dress which I've only worn twice. Once to church and once to a wedding but I learned so much from making this dress, that it was worth every penny!
Number four is another outfit that's been on my to-sew list every season...a jacket and a dress combo. I did manage to make a couple of these this year but this one stands out because it's so trendy! More pleather and ponte - my two favorite fabrics this year! I have loads of ideas for additional outfits using ponte and pleather but I've tried to restrain myself because I don't exactly have a job where I can look like a rocker chick!
My final piece for the Top 5 of 2013 ~ would be my latest sew ~ Vogue 1370. This is the perfect piece to culminate my sewing journey for 2013. It's a sheath dress (my favorite silhouette) in black 'n white (so trendy this fall) and it brought the drama...which is definitely how 2013 is ending for me.
I have one runner-up garment and that would be my niece's prom dress. I would never have been able to make such an elegant gown for her if it wasn't for the Lace Dress I made for myself. Her dress had just as much hand sewing in it and a whole lot of handwringing but mostly I was just thrilled and proud that she had the dress of her dreams to wear to prom.
I won't be listing any of the other Top 5's because like I said earlier I want to end the year with joy. In 2013, I made 35 outfits which you can see here and here. However, I have no sewing resolutions for 2014 other than to sew as much as I possibly can and to enjoy the journey.
There will be one more post before 2013 rolls into 2014, I'm participating in a sew-along that I'm excited about and the details will be in that post. I am sewing this weekend but I won't have anything to share...hey I'm taking my own advice and enjoying the journey!
Do tell me though, did I list your favorite of my garments for 2013? If I didn't which one did you like and why? Oh and one more thing...I've finally changed my comment section and can reply to questions as they are asked. Now here is the codicil...I won't be answering every comment but I will try really hard to answer any question left in the comments section. So if you leave a question check back later, there will more than likely be an answer.
...as always more later!