1. The Persimmon Shirt
This shirt is every bit as bright as the photograph, and it cheers me up every time I put it on. It walks the narrow line between success and failure because I unknowingly made it from very low-quality, fragile voile. This means I only hand-wash it, but I still consider it a favorite from 2012!
Pattern: McCall's 6436
Fabric: cotton voile
2. The Grown-Up Flower Girl Dress
My life-long dream of being a flower girl was fulfilled this February thanks to my very indulgent uncle and now-aunt who got married after 20 years together. I waffled between making matching dresses for my sister and me and decided at the last minute to go for it. I made a muslin for myself, finished my dress, then made some guesses about my sister's dress based on how mine fit her.
Even though I haven't had the occasion to wear this dress again (where does one wear a loud hot orange Amy Butler floral?), I'm so proud of the fit and construction.
Patterns: Butterick 5639 (dress), McCall's 6044 (shirt)
Fabric: Amy Butler quilting cotton (dress), thrifted cotton gingham (shirt)
Here's another exercise in good fitting. I made several rounds of adjustments to a muslin before making this bustier top and really saw a lot of gains from it. This top layers really well and has been a versatile piece for both work and other occasions. The fabric was first thrifted by my friend Elizabeth, then re-gifted to me when she made a big move to California.
Pattern: McCall's 6325
Fabric: thifted quilting cotton
4. The Wedding Guest Dress
I'm so very proud of this dress. Somehow I managed to sew slowly and carefully but complete it in a matter of days before a wedding (with a muslin!) It was my first time sewing a big project using silk and definitely the most expensive fabric I've ever sprung for.
Pattern: Vogue 1228
Fabric: silk habotai
5. The Long-Awaited Minoru
Months in the making, my Sewaholic Minoru has quickly become one of the most-worn pieces in my wardrobe. I expect that will be even more true when the weather warms up a bit. I won't go on too much about this piece since it's blog debut was fairly recent, but it definitely makes the Top 5.
Pattern: Sewaholic Minoru
Fabric: Cotton twill with cotton lining
There you have it! The Top 5 Crab&Bee creations of 2012. (PS I had no idea I was such a McCall's fan! The first three items on this list all involve a McCall's pattern).