Almost a year ago to the day I decided to blog about nine new projects I wanted to make in the new year. Inspired by the ever popular “Best Nine” roundup on Instagram I shared a “Make Nine” instead. While I didn’t finish every single pattern I set out to make over the course of 2016, it was still really helpful to kick off the new year with a solid plan of action with some visible goals to work towards. I allowed myself to be flexible and make adjustments as the year went by, working towards similar silhouettes and themes rather than exact patterns.
To continue on with my Top Five of 2016, hosted by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow, today I’m sharing five projects I made in 2016 that missed the mark. When working towards a homemade wardrobe, the act of sewing and knitting is really just a long series of trial and error until you find what works for you. It’s a learning process, and because of this I don’t really believe in completely failed projects. If you learned something from the project then it wasn’t a true waste of time and materials. You can make all the plans you want on paper until you’re confident you’re working towards the “best idea ever” but you won’t know for sure how something will work for you until you actually do the work. So here are five examples of me planning the projects, doing the work, and learning something from my efforts.
You’ve probably seen this circulating around the interwebs already but if you haven’t, it’s an awesome series to join! Gillian at Crafting A Rainbow always does a great month of roundup posts for the end of the year. She calls it ‘Top Five’ and coincidentally this is the fifth year it’s been running. There are five prompts to share between now and the new year: 1.) Top five hits, 2.) Top five misses, 3.) Top non-sewing highlights, 4.) Top five reflections, and 5.) Your top five goals for 2017. You can read more about it on Gillian’s blog, and read more about my top five “hits” of 2016 below!
Even before I learned how to knit I would see hand-dyed yarn at some of my favorite fabric boutiques and I’d marvel at it. I loved the variations in colors and stripes and always wondered what type of wizardry one would need to create such cool fiber. Now that I can knit and have been dealing with repetitive stress injuries, I’m even more motivated to try new things and explore new ways to express myself creatively. I wanted to find a way to feed my passion for knitting, even when I can’t physically knit. Well I finally stopped marveling from afar and started doing the research and the work. I’ve learned the basics of the Yarn Wizardry that is dyeing at home! Last month I bought a Craftsy class on sale, one that promised to get me started with yarn dyeing and today I wanted to share a little peek at my efforts.
Recently I had a few readers ask how I prefer to hem my knits since I don’t own a coverstitch machine and don’t plan on buying one anytime soon, or probably ever. Though many people have one and swear by it, there are several other options for a perfectly nice finish on your stretchy garments that don’t require any fancy equipment. I have several different coverstitch alternatives to discuss and maybe one of them (or a combo of a few!) will become your go-to favorite.
Last weekend I made some great progress on my Fall wardrobe plans! Over the past year my most worn/most loved sewing projects have been the simple ones made from stretchy fabrics and I’m proud of myself for concentrating more on sewing for necessity above all else, making basic wardrobe staples instead of dresses I never end up wearing. Last winter my go-to cold weather uniform included comfy tunics paired with leggings and slouchy sweaters, so I’m off to a good start in my quest to creating a wearable me-made wardrobe that I’m happy with.
If you’re not interested in seeing a million photos of Lucille’s super cute face then you might want to skip this post. …but seriously who doesn’t want to see pictures of cute dog faces?! No one I know, that’s for sure. Today I’m sharing another collaboration with Spoonflower and Sprout Patterns but this time I made something for Miss Lucky Lucille herself instead of sewing for me. Spoiler Alert: It’s a fleece dog coat with hot air balloons on it and it’s really cute (just like her face).
I’m partnering up with Harts Fabric for the second year, sharing another tutorial for their Sew Your Hart Out September event! Last year I shared a fun Archer Button-Up hack inspired by an Anthropologie dress. This year I’m showing you how to make your own quilted sleeve for a tablet or laptop. The fabric that Harts provided is from Cotton&Steel’s new collection by Rifle Paper Co. and it’s beautiful!
Today I’m sharing my latest knitting project, The Marled Hat by Plucky Knitter. I actually finished this hat back in early July but we had such an insanely hot summer here in Western New York that I couldn’t even think about putting it on my head. Now that it’s September and the fall season is officially approaching it seems much more appropriate to wear a super thick wool hat.