2013: All the Sewing Projects

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!










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?

9 Responses to 2013: All the Sewing Projects

  1. Emily December 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    It is indeed handy to have a load of links in the same post; last night I went swimming and thought (again) how I need to find some nice suitable fabric to make a bombshell swimsuit to cover all the important bits and make swimming less scary – I was about to go hunting for a link to review the pattern, but not any more, thank you :o)

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Oh good! You know, I never got out swimming last summer even though I had a nice and comfortable suit to wear. Must make that happen this coming summer!

  2. Irina December 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    That’s an amazing list! Beautiful dresses! Love each and every one of them! I love how colourful all of your projects are! It’s so inspiring!

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Thank you so much! I do love colour, it’s quite apparent from looking back :)

  3. Sue December 11, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    I think the blue Hazel dress is adorable. Couldn’t you just slip a black jacket or cardi on with it? I absolutely love the vintage shift dresses – all of them! I am off to find a similar pattern. Thank you for reflecting on your year!

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      I probably could but all my black jackets feel too heavy, too wintery or something. A cardigan would be much better I’d think. Thanks for the idea! And yes, the shift dresses are great. So easy to wear. There are tons of similar patterns out there, happy shopping!

  4. Mitch December 11, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    It’s fun to look back & see progress – especially, if like me, it feels like enough didn’t happen. I made a resolution this year to keep track of the fabric & yardage that I used for personal projects. It certainly helped to curb my fabric buying habit. I keep track of the costumes for the dance school & company separately.

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      I bet that writing everything down helped curb fabric buying! Logging all the yarn into Ravelry makes me go ‘whoa, you have a lot of yarn..’ The good thing is you won’t forget about fabric that’s out of sight! And it’s neat to see yards in, yards out.

  5. Liz December 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Love the roundup, I am loving your Hazel and you have inspired me to make another one…right after I finish my Cambie!! I’m looking forward to seeing what you have planned in the New Year.