Hello, everyone! 2013 is coming to an end here, and I’m feeling rather reflective. It’s been quite the year! With so much happening it’s easy to forget what happened at the start of the year. So I’m going to post a series of end-of-the-year posts with links to things I’ve made, both things I’ve knit and sewed, as well as a tutorials round-up post, and a discussions round-up. Lots of round-ups really but it will be handy to have the links in one easy-to-find post.
Let’s start with things I sewed! This is a cheater category as I’m going to include things Caroline sewed too. Basically, here are all the sewn items I posted on the blog. It’s a bit murky since many things get sewn but don’t get posted, or get posted later on, and there are things that both Caroline and I have sewn that you won’t see till next year. As a sewing blogger, I’m not quite blogging in real time, but as a sewing pattern designer, that’s how it seems to be.
- Absolutely nothing! But I talked about Freedom Fridays and working more sewing into my life. And after that, I did get a lot more sewing done!
- Autumn Cambie: Sewing Ugly Fabric Into Something Pretty
- Introducing the next pattern…the Robson Coat!
- A Successful Skirt from a Failed Dress
- Little Letter Dress: McCalls 7743
- Introducing the next pattern…the Tofino Pants! (Caroline sewed these, as well as the Renfrew top in the photos!)
- Let’s Meet Caroline (And Her Animal Print Alma) (Caroline’s blouse)
- Thurlow Shorts: Three Ways! (Caroline’s Thurlow shorts styled in 3 outfits)
- The Instant Dress, Finished! McCalls 3660 and a discussion about petticoats for everyday wear
- Saltspring Dress: No Zipper, No Blousing
- Saltspring Dress, Shorter Version! (Sewn by Caroline)
- Introducing the next pattern…the Saltspring Dress!
- Pleated Thurlow Shorts: How To! (Caroline’s shorts and tutorial)
- An Anna Dress for Me
- My Foggy Knit Saltspring Dress (Caroline’s)
- McCalls 7743 in Rose-print Corduroy
- Saltspring Variation: A Top! (Caroline’s)
- My Sew-Along Saltspring Dress! (Caroline’s dress from the sew-along posts)
- A Fall Floral Saltspring + Fabric Discount! (Caroline’s)
- ‘Around the World’ Anna Dress
- My First Quilt, From Start to Finish
- Skinny Thurlow Trousers! (Caroline’s)
That’s a lot of items! This year I wanted to sew a little more for myself and you can see, as the year progressed I managed to complete more personal sewing projects. My most successful ‘Freedom Friday’ sewing days were the ones where I prepared as much as possible the day before, did the most important work tasks, and then turned off the computer. The work will always be there, but the days slip away if I don’t make time to enjoy sewing.
Having Caroline contributing to the blog made for a more interesting mix as well. It was neat to see her interpretations of the patterns – the Saltspring top variation, the pleated Thurlow shorts, things I might never have thought up myself.
Favourite item: I’m really proud of the rose-print corduroy dress because on my third try sewing the same pattern, it’s finally fitting exactly the way I want. I sew my own patterns at least three times to get the fit and style just right, it makes sense that the same theory would apply to any other commercial pattern. So if you’re not getting the right fit straight out of the package, don’t worry, it does take work sometimes!
Most-worn: Does the quilt count? It sits on our couch and gets sat on every night, and probably during the day as well! Besides the quilt, my most-worn item of clothing is probably the Robson Coat, or the Little Letter Dress.
Most forgettable: I admit I haven’t worn my Blue Hazel very often. I think mostly because it doesn’t have a sweater or jacket that I like to wear with it. That’s a good reminder to me, make sure to sew or buy or knit something to go on top of a new dress, otherwise I won’t wear it very often.
How about you? What’s your favourite item you sewed this year, or your most-worn?