Top 5 of 2013: Hits and Misses

Monday 30 December 2013

I've decided to join the hoards (hosted by Gillian) and take a moment to reflect on the year of stitching and knitting that was...
This year has been a real revelation for me in regards to crafting and blogging. I started the year rather shakily, and I wondered if my crafting and blogging mojo would ever return. But return it did and in the most surprising way. It started with Amanda of Bimble and Pimble blogging about her first forays into knitting and her post of her version of Andi Satterlund's Mathilde Hat. Quite simply, I found the inspiration I needed to re-establish my mojo in a new direction (knitting) and find my place again creatively. I might have worked considerably on myself as well, but that's a whole other story that don't need telling.

This all culminated in a new love for knitting and an all shiny and new, re-named re-vamped blog! Yay me!

So without further ado, here are my hits and misses all in one post (Reflections and Plans to come tomorrow).

Top 5 Hits of 2013:

In no particular order...

1. "Two Fruits" Dress:

I simply love this dress. It's the best fit I've ever achieved! I love the style, the fabric, the buttons. It's just all good.

I feel a million bucks when I wear it, but, and this is gonna seem weird based on the above... I rarely wear this! I think it's partly to do with Gabrielle's recent observation that the things she truly adores get worn less. This resonates with me! I think it's a morbid fear of ruining it. But it's still a big win for me!

2. Gingham Negroni:

Ok, this one was a HUGE achievement for me and adored by P. This was a me-made birthday gift for my handsome hubby. It was the first item of mens clothing I'd ever made, and P decided to subject me to gingham. Pattern matching anyone? I am so very proud of this one and it gets worn lots.

3. Cape Cod Sweater:

Sigh... Swoon... I made this. 'Nuff said.

4. Scalloped Lace Hat:

I finally made myself a hat that suits me! It's soft and squishy and just all round delicious.

5. Fave Top:

Ahhh September was a good month for me! I wear this top to death. Unfortunately it hasn't stood up to the wear very well. It was made from a somewhat delicate rayon elastine, and now there are some tiny holes along and near the shoulder seams. I am actually petrified it's being eaten by moths, but we certainly can't find any hiding in our drawers.
And then onto the... Top Misses of 2013:

Notice I didn't use the title "Top 5 Misses of 2013"? I truly didn't have 5, so here are three. Might I add that this is probably because I don't sew terribly prolifically and hence when I do I am incredibly careful (and often lucky) with my choices...

1. Tiny Town Shirt:

Sob... sigh... just "no". Ruffles, blousey, puffy sleeves. I cannot be convinced that this was not a complete abomination of a shirt and a heartbreaking use of fabric I adore and had hoarded for ages. Next.

2. Mathilde Hat:

Whilst knitting this hat ignited my passion for knitting, it is just dreadful on me. Wrong colour, wrong yarn, and absolutely wrong style. My brother said it was very "Rasta" and with my curly hair I felt decidedly like "Dickie Knee" (a character from an iconic Aussie TV show, "Hey, Hey it's Saturday").

3. "Feeling Fruity" Dress:

Yeah, yeah, I know it kinda looks pretty. Dudes, it fits really poorly. So poorly it prompted me to enroll in Craftsy's Adjust the Bust course. Which I am, ahem, yet to apply. Oops. I do wear this, so it's not a complete fail - I just am not very proud of it (fit wise) and it billows in the bodice and grabs a bit in the waist after eating a decent sized meal. Not cool.

So there we have it folks. I actually really enjoyed this process, even though I didn't initially intend to join in. I'm pleased that there are only a few misses and some really fabulous (in my mind!) hits.

Tomorrow I am going to sneak in just in time with my Reflections and Plans.

Till then...


  1. Some lovely hits! Even your misses look good! I suppose that's part of the risk and joy of making your clothes you don't really know if they will suit you until you've made it. In my first year of dressmaking things I thought were good 6 months ago I now conisider a miss!

  2. OMG - I thought I was the only one who doesn't wear her favorite items for fear of ruining them! I'm so glad to know I'm not alone!

    I've really enjoyed following your makes this year, both the knitting and the sewing. And I'm so happy for you that you had so few misses!

  3. Wow, I love your cape cod sweater! The colour is gorgeous, I'm actually looking for yarn in a colour like that for myself.. Going to check out my local stores soon :)

  4. Well you know I already luuuurve your cape cod sweater, and I'm hugely impressed by the Negroni too! Your makes are very chic! I know the perfect 2014 project for you - a Kombi resto! ;)

  5. All your hits are just so amazing - but this was the first time that I had seen your Negroni - wow! It is so impressive and even more impressive that it gets worn all the time. But don't hate that tiny town shirt :(

  6. Thank you! I definitely know better now what suits me and will be worn. So the lessons are worth the pain :)

  7. Gail, it makes us seem a little neurotic doesn't it? I think we have to remember that even if we think the garment is "timeless" it probably isn't so we better wear it before we find it's just not cool anymore.

  8. Thanks Kim! The colour wasn't my first choice, but a settled for colour. I wanted this yarn but it was discontinued. I yearned for a fiery red, but the range didn't have anything to suit and this was next best. Let me tell you I am so thankful as it's just an awesome colour!

  9. If only Sarah! I think we may have a mortgage that deserves some attention ;)

  10. Give me your address Kirsty. You're about to receive that Tiny Town shirt :) Truly it might be an overall miss but I have worn it a bit. I just have trouble styling it. Maybe you can give me some hints!

  11. Gabrielle Corbett2 January 2014 at 00:48

    Your hits are fantastic, I so love your fruity dress (but it's even better IRL, I know!), it's a perfect Negroni and I love that Cape Cid sweater - such a perfect fit and colour on you. AND I love your feeling fruity dress too, so sad to hear this is a 'miss' as it looks absolutely gorgeous in your pictures!

  12. Never fear, the feeling fruit dress still gets dragged out. I desperately need to make a few more dresses so I can take it out of rotation a bit. And make something that is better fitting!


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