With 2014 on it’s way out, I like to look back on the projects that I’ve completed throughout the year. I’ve found the best way to do this is to keep a “Project Diary” next to my sewing machine…. Here’s what I discovered about the past 365 days:
- I completed 128 total projects – roughly 1 item every 2.5-3 days or 2-3 finished projects per week.
- 2014 was the year of the “Independent Pattern” designer. 67% of the projects I completed were not from “traditional” pattern companies. Of those companies, I only used Kwik Sew and New Look (I did start a McCall, but it’s still in the WIP pile).
- Of those Independent Designers, Jalie was once the most sewn followed by Style ARC, Papercut Patterns, GoToPatterns, Ohhh Lulu, and Peek-a-boo Patterns.
- 31% of the patterns sewn were self-drafted.
I found narrowing down my favorite project(s) of the year was a very difficult process. If I had to pick a top 5 I would go with:
- StyleArc’s Ziggi Jacket. Not only was there a fun sew-along that went with this jacket, I love the end result and the fit was spot on.
- The Get Carded Wallet. I found myself making this cute little wallet by Dog Under My Desk several times throughout the year and had numerous requests to make this item. It was a fun sew, it stitched up in about a day, and the results were beautiful.
- The Pattern Anthology Make Believe Collection (includes the Imagine Jacket, Explorer Hoodie, Adventure Tee, and Bookworm Button-up). Alright, I know this is a collection, but it counts as one, right? Not only did we pattern test for this collection, but I was able to stitch something up for my son – which I rarely get to do. Not only was he thoroughly excited about the prospect of having me make something, he helped ‘design’ his clothing, took some great photos, and loved wearing everything.
- The Comino Cap. This Kitschy Coo design sewed up quickly and the end result is just, ‘wow’. I’m on the hunt for material to make one in cotton.
- Midtown Messenger – This was another one of those patterns that I liked so much, I made it several times…. and my daughter took them all. You may see at least one more of these patterns in 2015 just so I can keep one for myself!