12 Outfits One Year Later

by Natalie on January 17, 2014

It has beenĀ  a full year since I started the 12 Outfits project. I had high hopes of getting it all done in year, but it didn’t quite happen. I was starting to get a little down about it, but then I pulled everything out and dudes. I made a ton of stuff last year. I also knit three kids sweaters and had a bit of Christmas knitting, so I’m saying I have a few months of grace time.

Reflecting back on it I would make a few changes. I got a little cocky at the beginning of the year and added in socks to my January and February outfits. If I really wanted to get it done I should have just continued onto the next project and gotten ahead of things. I need to make more time to sew. I did pretty well on the knitting, especially considering the extra stuff I knit as well.

I completely forgot about having to make time for Christmas knitting. What was I thinking?! I could be further along if December wasn’t a holiday month. Silly me.

Here are last years photos, with updated photos from this year. I’ve got something made for every month, and some of them are very close to being finished. The 12 Outfits Project

January 2013

12 Outfits Update

January 2014

JanuaryJanuary

Handspun wool/silk blend from Fleece Artist/Old Maiden Aunt/ Fleece Artist. Mountview Cardigan by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud from Knit Scene/ Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair. Grey pinstripe synthetic blend.

 

January Outfit

 

I added a pair of socks to this outfit. I still love this sweater, I wear it all the time.

Shawl: Handspun wool/silk blend from Fleece Artist/Old Maiden Aunt/ Fleece Artist.

Sweater: Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman. Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in Lupine.

Dress: Grey pinstripe wool blend in a Japanese Dress pattern.

February

February

Handyed by me laceweight and aran yarn. Navy shot cotton by Kaffe Fasset. Japanese dress pattern. Dream in Color Classy in Grey Tabby.

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Not a huge fan of the fit of this sweater. I didn’t do enough thinking before I designed it and the shaping is too loose for my liking and the armholes are just too big. I’m not sure I’ll go back and fix it.

Shawl: Handyed by me laceweight and aran yarn.

Dress: Navy shot cotton by Kaffe Fasset with Liberty trim. Japanese dress pattern.

Sweater: Mohonk by Jill Draper Makes Stuff

Socks: Froot Loops in Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label

March

March

Fabric. Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson in Amethyst. Amy Butler Frenchy Bags pattern. Cosmo embroidery floss. Alexander Henry Ghastlies fabric. Bag Handles. Tula Pink Nightshade fabric.

March
I decided that the print on the first fabric I chose was too big, so I swapped it out for this woodgrain fabric instead. It has my best invisible zipper yet. The bag has all this embroidery on it that you can’t even see very well, but I still like how it turned out. The bag has no depth so I am going to go back and add a gusset piece between the front and back. Right now it is only good for carrying a magazine, and I had the idea that it would hold a knitting project.

 

Skirt: Woodgrain from Les Amis by Patty Sloniger

Sweater: Julissa by Vanessa Smith. Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson in Amethyst.

Bag: Amy Butler Frenchy Bags pattern. Cosmo embroidery floss. Alexander Henry Ghastlies fabric. Bag Handles. Tula Pink Nightshade fabric.

Cowl: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Nimbus

 

April

April

Blue polka dot jersey. Nani Iro cotton/linen. Design-It-Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch.

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A complete change around! I still want to make something with the other pieces of fabric, but I was having a hard time matching anything to them. They don’t even go together very well.

Vest: Watershed by Amy swenson in Wool/Mohair handspun.

Legwarmers: Madeleine Tosh Vintage in Logwood.

Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Voile. To be made into Colette’s Hawthorne.

May

 

May

Monsters fabric. Cosmo floss. Thread. Goldfish fabric. Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Lace in Dutch. Wiksten Tank pattern.

May

The shawl was a massive success. Obviously still working on the bag and tank. They are less of an immediate concern since they aren’t really weather appropriate.

Bag: Monsters fabric.

Tank: Wiksten Tank. Goldfish fabric.

Shawl: Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Lace in Dutch. Wasp and Rose by Anne Hanson.

June

June

Beulah Cardigan Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark from Knitscene Spring 2012. Tanis Blue Label in Grape. Pearl Bracelet by Lizzy House in Glacier.

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Exactly what I wanted! The sweater still needs it’s embroidery, but I have enjoyed wearing it a lot anyway.

Sweater: Beulah Cardigan Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark from Knitscene Spring 2012. Tanis Blue Label in Grape.

Dress: Pearl Bracelet by Lizzy House in Glacier. Homemade pattern.

July

July

Decorator weight fabric from Aix en Provence. Field Friends in Shroom by Birch Fabrics.

July

I used the fabric from the original March skirt for the lining of the duffle bags. I love that I have a matching set, and the duffle bag carries a ton of stuff.

Duffle Bag and mini: Pattern by Gui Latulippe. Decorator weight fabric from Aix en Provence.

Tote: Shopping Tote from The Workroom. Field Friends in Shroom by Birch Fabrics used for tote lining.

Tank: Cascade Pima Cotton. #01 Vogue Summer 2013 by Mari Tobita.

August

August

Secret Garden Lock and Key by Sandi Henderson. Coral Kona Solid.

August

Work in progress. I may rip out the cast off for the cowl and add more length. I forgot how much those cowls can condense and turn into very little fabric once you start wearing them. I have made a muslin for the top so I should be able to cut it out anytime.

Cowl: Laceweight Silk.

Top: Cream Voile. Pattern Jasmine by Colette.

Skirt: Secret Garden Lock and Key by Sandi Henderson. Coral Kona Solid.

September

September

Spud and Chloe Sweater in Popsicle. Seberg Sweater Tarasovich-Clark from Knitscene Spring 2012. Alexander Henry Ghastlies fabric. Red/blue striped fabric. Blue tile fabric. Walk in the Park Backpack Tote pattern. Navy ribbon.

September

The sweater needs only a sleeve and some finishing. Skirt cut out already. Backpack exactly where it was a year ago.

Sweater: Spud and Chloe Sweater in Popsicle. Seberg Sweater Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark from Knitscene Spring 2012.

Skirt: Kelly by Megan Neilson. Alexander Henry Ghastlies fabric.

Backpack: Red/blue striped fabric. Blue tile fabric. Walk in the Park Backpack Tote pattern. Navy ribbon.

October

October

Red Diamond Sock yarn. Flea Market Fancy by Denise Schmidt. Imperial Yarn Tracie Too in Natural. O-Wool Legacy DK in Lava, Raincloud, Earth and Rutabaga.

October

I love this sweater! I can’t wait to get it finished. It is going to be a constant in my wardrobe for sure. I’m not a huge fan of the socks. They are kind of blah. I wish I had done some sort of texture instead of just stripes. Whatever, they will still get worn.

Socks: Red Diamond Sock yarn.

Skirt: Flea Market Fancy by Denise Schmidt.

Sweater: Imperial Yarn Tracie Too in Natural. O-Wool Legacy DK in Lava, Raincloud, Earth and Rutabaga.

November

November

Madeleinetosh Tosh sock in Composition Book Grey. Stripey Fabric. Jill Draper Catskill in Bering Sea and Concord.

November

I think I am going to turn that stripey fabric into an apron instead. I think this outfit is going to be a great cool winter colours outfit. The shawl gets loads of wear already. I’ve got the sweater up to the armpits on the body, sleeves done already. I am going to be making some changes to the collar. The skirt just needs an adjustment to the back and buttons.

Sweater: Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers. Madeleinetosh Tosh sock in Composition Book Grey.

Skirt: Kelly by Megan Neilson. Constellations fabric by Lizzy House.

Hat: Jill Draper Catskill in Bering Sea and Concord.

Shawl: My handspun giant crochet granny triangle.

December

December

Blossom by Kim Hargreaves from Misty. Sashiko fabric. Cosmo floss. Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2ply in Pewter.

December

Another perfect choice from the get go. The sweater is amazing. Soft like butter. I did this for NaKniSweMo. I’m so glad I got it done in time for the holidays. The skirt, not so much. I started on the embroidery, but that will take a while to get done.

Sweater: Blossom by Kim Hargreaves from Misty. Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2ply in Pewter.

Skirt: Sashiko fabric. Cosmo floss.

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nursenikkiknits January 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Amazing! What a a great way to see the fruit of a year’s work. It is all fabulous. You should be very proud.

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AngelaH January 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

Natalie, this is incredible! You should feel so, so good about yourself and all the work you did. It’s one think to be prolific in one area, but that you knit, crocheted, and sewed so many pieces in one year is crazy impressive.

I cannot wait to see that colourwork sweater finished.

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Mary February 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Natalie, found your blog a few days ago and love this post. Such lovely items, I`m now determined to try to do this outfit a month project too (albeit a month late). These are really wonderful! Mary

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jan February 17, 2014 at 12:29 am

Hey, Natalie! What a tremendous undertaking this was, and you have so much to show for it! Congratulations on not losing your inspiration and keeping your energy focused. Good luck on your new adventure! I have missed seeing you, and I wish you all the best.

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Elise April 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Wow! Great work. I love how you documented it all. I think I may take a note from you and give that a go.

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