Well, that one went really quickly didn’t it? If you want to know about the makes above just click on the pics for the original posts. Overall, more good than bad in 2013. The really Bad Ones didn’t get photos taken but believe me there were quite a few:
New to Me in 2013
Completing an 11 piece SWAP
Serging (overlocking) – still having the occasional fight but we’re getting on much better
Grading patterns (up, always up!) – Anne’s MIL’s vintage Vogue dress (see animal print), Scarlett’s Hobble dress (see above)
Wearing animal print! Blame Anne.
Move to WordPress in April. Some things are better and some are worse than Blogspot. I think I lost a few followers along the way but I’m here now.
What I’ve learned in 2013
The fabric is all important! Wrong fabric and right pattern don’t make a good combination. Wrong fabric and wrong pattern are even worse. It’s lovely to work with natural fabrics – cotton, silk, wool etc but they are expensive and extremely wasteful if paired with a bad design. Most of my failures this year were due to poor fabric choices not lack of sewing ability.
That my sewing confidence and skills are not where I sometimes think they are: I rush into sewing projects without proper planning or thinking time. My seam ripper was probably the most used item in the sewing room this year.
Which leads nicely onto to a shift in attitude that erupted this year – “if it’s not right, rip it out and start again”. Previously, I would have rolled the whole lot up and hidden it somewhere, now I try to figure out the problem and fix it.
I learned a lot about my body shape this year too: I think I suit skirts that are knee-ish length; I look better with a defined waistline; V-necks and scooped are best for my short neck.
What you’ve given me in 2013
Good advice and support. All those comments really mean something to me, so thank you for taking the time and effort. I may not answer every single one but that doesn’t mean they aren’t read or considered – sometimes life just gets in the way.
Encouragement to complete – when I am hitting a brick wall, you have made me carry on and climb over it.
Compliments – nothing makes you feel better than if someone else likes what you do.
Inspiration – without reading and looking at your sewing projects I’m sure half of mine would never have been made.
Impressive – when I see some staggeringly beautiful dress or meticulously made jacket, you raise the bar on my own achievements.
What I would like for 2014
To complete another SWAP.
To sew with only good quality fabrics. This might mean buying less fabric due to the higher cost per meter but even if I sew less, then maybe what I make will be better too.
To improve my knitting ability – or at least get one thing finished!
To consider my sewing projects a little more before I start – Do I need this garment? Would I look good in it? What is the best fabric?
And of course, that all your sewing adventures will be plan sailing and successful in 2014.
Go on – impress me!