Gillian started in 2012 the Sewing Top Five serie. The Sewing Top Five has 5 categories: hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. She writes individual blogposts with each categorie as subject.
I liked the idea but decided to make a mixture of all these categories in just one block of five. Why? Because I didn’t had many misses (no selfmade project was destroyed in the wash, never worn or when it failed it was unpicked and got another look). So here we go in no particular order.
First Sewing Top Five 2018 item
I start with this Style Arc Blaire for my mother. I shared it on Instagram and it was shared on the Sew Over 50 account and the make got an (for me) amazing amount of likes and comments. I loved making this blouse for my mother and this makes shows for me so much more: making something for someone else who likes to wear my makes.
Second and third item
Although I hardly wear dresses this striped dress made from a self drafted T-shirt pattern came out of my closet lot’s of times. This dress also has a cocktail version. Stripe playing counts for me in the category reflections but also for goals. Stripe playing can add great details and style features. This T-shirt is another good example of an easy make and getting an awesome neckline by following the stripe pattern.
A dress shirt for my husband. I started making boxershorts and T-shirts for my him. Gradually my confidence grew and grew so I started making a dress shirt for him. I like to add contrast fabrics and most of the most of the times I use his old and discarded dress shirts.
Sustainability: Fourth and fifth item
Sustainable cloths is a big item and issue. Many people who sew are aware about the consequences how materials that are used to make everything we wear (so not only clothes but also things like shoes, bags etc.) are produced. Besides pollution it’s also the working conditions of the people in the type of industry. I show my concern by reusing, recycling discarded clothes but also using as much as I can of leftover fabrics and scraps.
My fourth item is made of a discarded dress. It was another make that got an amazing amount of likes on on my Instagram account.
Last but not least.
The Crafty Kooka sloth is my fifth item but also my sewing buddy. Made from a discarded hoodie. He sits besides me when I’me sewing on my sewing machine. He prevents me from making mistakes and says sometimes slow down, unpick and re-do.
Looking forward to 2019
This month sewing was filled with Christmas decoration and two pieces of clothing: the Pruella jOne Cardigan and the Sunday Everyday Sweater for myself.
I’ve been thinking about my 2019 goals. I want to reduce my fabric stash a little bit more but also want to use only patterns that I already have. I’ve more patterns then I can sew in my life. Buying and storing PDF-patterns is so easy. To many of these patterns are looking the same and some patterns (like the vintage look ones) aren’t my style.