Monthly Archives: January 2014

2013 in Review

Hi, it's been a while. I've still been very busy sewing and crafting, I just haven't posted since October. I misplaced my iPad keyboard which made typing a post a bit difficult, and then life in the form of a 5th birthday party and Christmas got in the way. Yesterday I found my keyboard, so it must have been a sign that I need to get back on the blogging wagon this year.

So, I'm just going to have a quick look at my sewing New Years resolutions I made this time last year, before I plough, head first, into 2014.

2013 Sewing New Years Resolutions

1. Re-organise and tidy up my sewing supplies. Well, they looked nice when I did this at the start of the year.

2. Sew more practical things that I can and will actually wear. Moderately successfully on this one.

3. Sew more muslins before I make the final garment. Yes, I definately learning the value of making a muslin before I cut into that good fabric.

4. Make a few variations of the Darling Ranges dress to learn how to utilitise a pattern to its fullest. I only completed two dresses, but I've used the skirt and pocket pieces constantly.

5. Shop my stash first. Well, I've not done too bad with this, but I have kept adding to my ever-growing my stash with some great op-shop finds. Not too many new-new fabric purchase though.

6. TRY (emphasis on try) to empty my WIP basket. I did finish a few things in there, got rid of a few and I think I'm over the rest.

7. Try not to over think things, when I do I'm always frozen with indecision and fear of failure and never end up making anything. Oh, well, I'm still working on this one, but I am getting better.

8. Sew at least one item from the Colette sewing handbook. I tried my best here, I really did. I made a muslin of the Pastille dress, but their patterns just don't flatter my shape and aren't really my style I think.

9. Sew more things for the kids. Eh…um. Next.

10. Consider moving from my baby blog here on Tumblr, to a grown-up blog on either Blogger or WordPress. Ta da!

And there we have it. I'm not sure I really want to set myself resolutions as such this year, maybe just a few things I like to try. More like suggestions to myself, rather than rigid resolutions.

  1. Making pants.
  2. Making a shirt.
  3. Making another coat.

This year is going to be a busy/exciting/nerve-racking/stressful/different year. I'm going back to work (part time) after 2 years, my eldest starts school and my son is starting child care. But, with all that, I hope I can find the time to get the ball rolling on our shed/garage plans. We need to knock down an old one and replace it with a large and shiney new one, with a studio space for all my sewing stuff. Yay, a dedicated sewing area! Bring it on 2014!



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