i think that oona said it best last year when she said that january incites a certain special kind of homicidal mania in new yorkers. seriously. it’s cold, and windy, and every joint in your body hurts just from walking to the laundromat or the supermarket. it’s too hot on the subway and too damn cold everywhere else. the holidays are over – for better or for worse – and suddenly everyone at work remembers they have a job after six weeks (between american thanksgiving and new year’s day) of being able to say “no worries, it can wait until after the holidays.” and now that mythical, far-away time has arrived.
for me, that includes adapting to a new work space and atmosphere and commute. mostly positive – except the commuting nonsense – but still an entirely new power shuffle must play out before everyone is completely comfortable with where we are and what we are doing.
and, alas, i am also adapting to the newly-empty vastness of my palatially-sized apartment. my beloved four-legger left me very suddenly this week and i am in the midst of a long, dark tea-time of the soul. gerry is temporarily on hold while i regain my scattered wits although i think my critter would want me to finish, as he bestowed his stamp of approval by thoughtfully using my poor in-progress gerry as a bed whenever possible.
so i will belatedly take a moment to reflect on some of the successes of 2014. it was my most productive, engaged and positive year of sewing since i began in 2009. i feel i am finally beginning to understand my “voice” and my “point of view”. but i do have many more finished makes than one could be forgiven for thinking by looking at this site.
more on that contentious subject later.
without a doubt one of my more ambitious and crazy ideas was this super-fun flared skirt with alabama chanin string appliqué. i will definitely be revisiting this technique in 2015.
i am similarly obsessed with my chanel-inspired alabama chanin half-sweater. an interior designer colleague of mine called it an “art piece,” and i am pretty sure she meant that in a good way!
i just really like this simplicity 1610 with kitty cat print. it has a lot of my signature details – fun zipper, uneven hem, wacky cotton print – and is easy to grab on a hot summer day for a chic and office-appropriate look. but still with a kitty cat print. nyah.
han solo trousers! need i say more? base pattern was the papercut peter and the wolf pant.
but i think the 2014 signature garment has to be the toquilla-inspired fat quarter challenge playsuit. it combined all of my favorite elements in a garment: fun design, wacky prints, wearability, and good friends.