Top 5 Sewing Projects for 2020

I started 2020 intending to sew a new suit for work out of from Armani deadstock, and wound up with four pairs of elastic-waist pants. 2020 – gotta love ya!

Seriously, I am happy with the pants I made from Jalie’s Eleonore pattern. Definitely a Top 5 project for the year. They’re pull-on mock jeans made with fabric that has at least 20% stretch. They look like nice yoga pants and skinny jeans had a love child.

Jalie Eleonore Pull-on Jeans and Style Arc Creative Cate top

I made these shorts and a full-length pair, which I slashed and spread from knee to hem to create flares.

Most creative project goes to another pair of elastic-waist pants – the “Discover Something Novel” pants from The Cutting Line – a 1980s fever dream of a garment.

Crazypants from The Cutting Line in Japanese denim

These put a smile on my face – every time!

My other “bottom” triumph is… another elastic-waist project… Style Arc’s Gorgeous Gore Skirt.

Gorgeous Gore skirt from Style Arc in teal ponte, with the MariaDenmark Edith blouse

I was really proud of myself for figuring out how to get good pockets in a knit skirt without the pockets distorting or pulling. The secret was to sew the pocket bags in a stable woven fabric and secure them within the gores of the skirt.

Secret pocket action in production

The runner-up for best project of the year is… wait for it… face masks!

<<<Sad trombone music>>>

Well, they are not the most sophisticated things I’ve sewn in my life, or even this year, but they were pretty important. I made about 200 (lost exact count). Most went to friends who are nurses – one at a nursing home and one at a veteran’s hospital. I hope these masks saved some lives and also made people smile, with the cute fabrics I chose.

The #1 project for 2020 – PERSIST!

Quilt in four modules from “The Proverbial Quilt” pattern by Denyse Schmidt

This is one of those projects that kept me sane during the spring and early summer, when the world was going to hell. They were a joy to make and a joy to give to friends who are all helping one another persist through various challenges – health, career, marriage and financial.

Most of the things I made this year were quick projects to fill needs. These I made to last a lifetime.

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

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