Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Top 5 of 2013

Happy New Year, everyone!  I thought before delving into what I've got planned for 2014, that it would be good to pause and reflect on my sewing from 2013.  I've loved reading everyone's round up posts so I thought I would follow suit and do my own in the style set out by Gillean of Crafting a Rainbow.  2013 was a busy year for me including a promotion at work, the launch of our social enterprise, Weaving Destination, and of course, sewing!  Overall, I made 19 garments (13 dresses, 1 gown, 1 children's outfit, 1 nightgown, 2 blouses/tops and 1 halloween costume).

Here are some of my favourites from 2013. I had such a hard time choosing that actually all of these could be my number 1 favourite outfit!  I wear all me-mades on a regular basis (at least daily) so they definitely get lots of rotation in my wardrobe.

Tied for 5th place is…

McCall 3865: The 'Bright Side' Dress

and McCall 3686: The 'Fall for Cotton' Dress

Both of these dresses represent the process of transforming a vision into a finished garment.  I had dreamed up these outfits the moment I saw the patterns.  I then just waited to find the perfect fabric for each of them.  I am especially proud of the yoke on the 'Fall for Cotton' dress--a very unique use of a border print fabric!!  The fabric is part of the Weaving Destination social enterprise and is available from our Etsy store.

4th place goes to….McCall 3980: The 'Wish Upon A Star' Nightgown

Since making this nightgown, I wear it a lot!  I wear it at least every other day for sleeping and just love it!!  I definitely need to make more lounging outfits and pyjamas.

Coming in third place is McCall 3574 and 741: The 'Scottish Christmas' Outfit

I can tell my most recent make is going to be an all-time favourite.  I love tartan. I love 1940s shirtwaist dresses. I love pleats and I love cute Scottish hats.  I plan on making a matching jacket--perhaps in dark green so that I can wear the dress year-round.

In second place is McCall 3939: The 'Hiatus' Dress

This is definitely my most worn make from 2013 (tied with the nightgown).  I wear it at least once a week to work and I love it.  It goes perfectly with jackets and I can mix and match lots of colours nicely with it.  The viscose fabric is very comfortable and the design is unique and fun.

Tied for first place is McCall 9777: 'THE Awards' Gown

and Advance 4143: The 'Aviator' Dress

Funny that my two top outfits from the year are not from 1940 and are both a bit of 'frosting'!  I just LOVE the gown I made and I have already worn it twice.  It's so comfortable and classy.  And my Aviator dress makes me all giddy inside. I love the inspiration dress, the amazing collaboration with B Millinery and the striking colour combination. It also gets lots of wear and is super comfortable (viscose again!)

Some misses from 2013:

McCall 764: The 'Birdie' Blouse

I really love this blouse but the shoulders are a bit too wide for me.  I need to unpick the sleeves and reinsert them (while trying not to mess up the neat pin tucked shoulder design).  I just haven't been able to get around to it yet.  The blouse is fine under jackets but it's a bit too wide to wear on its own.  I will definitely try to get around to fixing it before spring!

McCall 3908: The 'First Crepe of Summer' Dress

Oh, this is such a sad story.  I adore this dress.  My first attempt at sewing with wool crepe.  Well, it accidentally got mixed in with other clothes and washed…and since it's wool crepe, it shrank quite a bit.  David and I are going to try and see if we can salvage it but I'm afraid it will never be the same. So sad but a good excuse to get some more wool crepe and sew up another one!

McCall 3662: The 'Sew Bossy' Top:

Another top that I love that's just a tad bit too big.  I got this amazing feedsack print fabric as a gift from one of my favourite bloggers, Cassie Stephens.  I decided to use it as a wearable muslin for this cute little top pattern that I needed to grade up by 4 inches.  Well, I definitely graded it up-- a bit too much.  It's still super cute and wearable and I plan to bring it out on those warm and sunny days.  I also plan to sew up a few more now that I know the construction process.

Overall, I'm very happy with my 2013 makes.  I'm definitely getting better at making things that I love to wear.  I've enjoyed delving into one particular year and pattern company (1940 McCall)--it's been so much fun and I can't wait to make more!!

I'm curious, which outfit is your favourite?


  1. The Awards gown is just stunning. Happy 2014!

  2. Great wrap up of your 2013! I would totally wear that nightdress everyday!

  3. Whilst not so much into vintage styled sewing for myself, yours was still one of the first blogs I discovered when I started blogging a few months ago. I recognise one of my favourites - that nightdress! I also love your bright side dress, while your hiatus and aviator dress are so lovely, I think I want to make them for myself! What a fabulous year!

  4. The fit on your garments in impeccable! Happy New Year and do continue with the lovely work. :)

  5. What stunning makes - looking forward to what 2014 brings your way! (ps I would totally wear that nightgown as a day dress!)

  6. My favourite is the aviator dress. I think it's just stunning.

  7. such wonderful garments, you have a great sense of style!

  8. Oh Debi, I always love seeing what you've made and the way you style it with complimentary hair and make-up! Such a joy to see. You also inspire me to use my vast array of vintage patterns, so I think that this year I may set myself a mini-challenge in order to start making some of them up! Happy New Year to you and yours, can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2014!!

  9. I don't know how you did it - making all these fantastic outfits. I think McCalls 3939 is my favorite but so many are beautiful. Amazing how spot on your "Birdie" blouse is with the photo! From your photo the sleeves don't look too poofy but I have broad shoulders so I feel like I look like a linebacker in anything with a little pouf :) Looking forward to all you will create in 2014!

  10. These are all lovely, Debi, but I'm partial to the Aviator Dress -- maybe I just love hats! he he

    Happy New Year!

  11. I just adore your aviator dress! I wish I could get my hands on that pattern (I'm too lazy to draft one from scratch :P) and your other hits are truly, well, hits as well.

    It's too bad about the crepe summer dress, I really love the style and I think the colour looks stunning on you.

  12. I love them all! Your Christmas dress is just such a perfect, quintessential holiday outfit, and I especially love it with the matching hat. I can't wait to see what you make this year! :)

  13. I especially loved your Fall for Cotton dress, the neckline is just stunning.

  14. The Aviator outfit is my favorite thing that you have ever made :)

  15. I love that McCall 3939 on you, that colour is divine and suits you so well. I also adore your Aviator dress, the colours and style are perfect! Those misses aren't so bad at all, sorry about the wool crepe dress though, that is sad :(

  16. I think every garment you make is perfect! I nearly fell off my chair when I saw your
    latest tartan dress, I *need* one badly!! Also love your Birdie blouse, I dont know why but it reminds me of The Wisard of Oz :) I wish you a happy new year!

  17. Ooh, these are all so amazing! I think the Aviator dress is my favorite-- it's just so unusual and the color combination is outstanding! It's a real showstopper!

  18. They are all fabulous Debi! My fave is the hiatus dress, that color looks so gorgeous on you and the style is so timeless !

  19. STUNNING! You are fantastic. I adore the Hiatus dress especially - you positively shine in it :) Here's to a happy 2014 for you, love!

  20. I'd have such trouble choosing my favourites. I absolutely adore every thing you make. Such an inspiration x

  21. I love the birdie blouse😊can I buy your pattern?

  22. That tartan hat!! GAH! And I love the last 1/2 tops; so adorable. Heck, all of it is amazing. I love what you're doing!


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