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2022: Best in Sewing

Top, Left to Right: McCalls 7381, Legend Sisters Willow Dress, 
Bottom, Left to Right: Peppermint Slouchy Cardi, Seamwork Iris Shorts, Rebecca Page Portia
Top, Left to Right: McCalls 7381, Legend Sisters Willow Dress,
Bottom, Left to Right: Peppermint Slouchy Cardi, Seamwork Iris Shorts, Rebecca Page Portia

In the best tradition of reflecting upon the year that is almost over, I have compiled a list of my favorite makes this year. Some made the list because they were in high rotation throughout the year; others were a first of their kind or taught me something new. All of them brought joy into my closet in 2022.

This has been the year of closure avoidance. I didn’t mean it to be, but as I was putting this list together, I realized that all my favorite garments don’t have a zipper or functional buttons. Other observable trends: black and white prints, empire-waist everything, and season-fluid pieces. 

Top Five Best Makes of 2022

McCalls 7381 Dress

Image of a woman with long black hair and pink hair ends in front of a wall covered in vines. She wears a dress with a V-neck, pleats around the waist, and knee length hem in a leopard print fabric, and black open-toed shoes.
McCalls 7381 in Leopard Print

This is such an easy fun pattern. There are no closures, just some elastic sewn to the back to give the dress some shape. The bodice buttons are just for decoration—and a great opportunity to showcase any beautiful buttons you might have. It is a very comfortable dress with a vintage-y vibe. The leopard print version is the most colorful thing I have in my wardrobe and such a fun statement piece.

Legend Sisters Willow Dress

Image of a woman with long black hair and pink hair ends in front of a white garage wall. She wears a black dress with white moons and stars. The neckline is finished with black bias tape, and the hem is asymmetric. She wears black boots.
Willow Dress in Black Rayon

The Willow dress is a goth pattern for goth sewists. It was my first choice for celebrations in 2022 (family reunion, birthday dress, and Xmas outfit). The neckline finished with bias tape and the many sleeve and skirt options offers lots of opportunities for customization. The uneven skirt is to die for. Hitting the dance floor with me made me feel like Stevie Nicks.

Peppermint Slouchy Cardi (Free Pattern)

Image of a woman with long black hair in front of a white garage wall. Her back is to the camera. She wears an oversized polka dotted cardigan, a black dress, black leggings, and black boots.
Slouchy Cardi in Polka-Dotted Ponte

This pattern is the answer to the question, “How does it feel to be enveloped by a cocoon of fabric?” This is another great option for anyone starting to sew knits. It is perfect for layering and one of my secret weapons when the temperature drops in Los Angeles. This cardi, a knitted scarf, and some leggings make any one of my dresses transition into fall/winter.

Rebecca Page Portia Dress (Free Pattern)

Image of a woman with long black hair and pink hair ends in front of a wall covered in vines. She wears a dress with a V-neck, exaggerated sleeves, and gray boots.
Portia Dress in Black Rayon Knit

This is by far the most comfortable dress I finished in 2022. I wore it to go to the Cruel World festival in May, and even though it was miserably hot, I felt like a goth goddess all day long. This is a great project for those who want to try sewing with knit fabrics (with great instructions and a YouTube tutorial). 

Seamwork Iris

Image of a woman with long black hair and pink hair ends in front of a wall covered in vines. She wears a graphic tee with an alien coming out of a space invader, black shorts, and open-toed shoes.
Iris Shorts in Black Cotton Sateen

My first attempt at a woven garment with legs turned out much better than I expected. I made a pair of black shorts with the intention of wearing them to Cruel World, but I ended up wearing my Portia dress. I was 

On a Personal Note

Even though this is not a review of my personal life in 2022, I could not not mention two life-changing events. In February, my stepfather passed away. This has been a huge loss for all in my family. He was a good man, and he is missed. 

Image of my stepfather, my husband, me, and my mom, 2017
Ricardo, My Husband, Me, and My Mom (2017)

In June, after 20 years together, my partner and I got married. The decision had been years in the making, but practical issues made us finally make the relationship official.

Image of two hands, each with a wedding ring.
We Married!

I end the final post of the year with pictures of our cat, Pota. She lights up every minute of our day.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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