And being the bandwagon-jumper that I am, of course I'm getting in on Gillian's top 5! I did it last year as well, though I think I have more projects to choose from this year (yay!).
So let's start with the top 5 misses (get the bad taste out of the way first, right?)
Fail number 1: Knowing what suits me
Fail number 2: Case of the crazies
Another fail about this garment was the million mistakes and how frustrated I was while making it. The result was wearable, so at least that's a relief. Here's to better sewing mental health in 2014...
Fail number 3: Overcooked
Fail number 4: Big fat waste of time
The vintage pattern came in just one size, one size bigger than me. I thought it would just require a few tweaks, but it was huge! Damn that excess ease! A smart move would have been to measure the pattern instead of ploughing in blindly.
Ugh, I hate thinking of all the time I've spent on terrible muslins. Next year, please tell me I will master fitting and stop spending so much time on boring muslins!
My fifth fail is on the same note.
Fail number 5: Muslinitis
I have spent SO much time this year making muslins, and since I have no idea what I'm doing, I often can't even resolve my fitting issues, which is insanely frustrating and I feel really stupid for it.
I end up making multiple muslins sometimes and feel like I'm totally in the dark on the smart way to proceed.
I have several garments this year that have never made it past muslin stage because I don't know how to fix them.
I have to stop looking back on all my muslins and beating myself up for my perceived failures I guess. But I'll never give up the muslin because a bad fit is far more intolerable to me...
So what's the solution to this fail? I'm not sure yet but I'll keep trying. I never give up!
Most of my fails here are for different reasons, but on a similar theme, in that I tend to drive myself crazy. My husband has questioned me a few times saying, "You don't seem to enjoy your hobby". Well, I do enjoy it, but admittedly it holds plenty of frustration sometimes... I think I said it last year, but I hope to get in my own way a lot less in the next year. I've improved, but there's still a long way to go!
Okay, enough fails and introspection. Here are my hits.
Hit number 1:
Hit number 2:
Hit number 3:
This was a fun knitting project, because me and Lauren from Lladybird decided to continue our tradition of being knitting twins and both knit something in green! (You can see her awesome knit here.)
I really liked the colour which isn't a staple of my palette but perhaps should be! This was my most expensive knitting project this year, so hopefully I wear it for years, heh.
Hit number 4:
The list I put together of all the mods myself and other people have made to this pattern can be found here- it just keeps growing!:
Hit number 5:
I chose these 5 wins hoping to have some diverse reasons, but then I realised 3 of them are cropped designs, and 2 of them are dresses. Two things I'm an absolute sucker for. Well, I likes what I likes. Haha!
So those are my top wins and fails of the year... looking back, it's been a year of crafty ups and downs. Here's hoping next year comes with more even more wins (and let's face it, there will definitely be fails, but that's life eh?).