I had a productive sewing year with 18 makes. That’s 11 tops, 2 skirts, 1 jacket, 1 dress and 3 other items (a cushion, baby dress and hat). Phew! I think this was down to finally getting an overlocker and sewing knits (8 in total). To put this in perspective, I made 10 items last year. My top pattern of the year was the Plantain with 4 iterations.
I also had my 1st Blogiversary in August 2014. I forgot to mention it on my blog as I was having an impromptu blogging break at the time. I see sewing and blogging as going together hand in hand and I’ll keep up with it. I also got nominated for two Liebster awards which was very exciting. The Q&A bit is on my to do list!
I took part in two challenges, Me-Made-May 2014 and Marie’s Vintage Pattern Pledge. I completed the former, wearing handmade every day in May but was one short on my quota for the pattern pledge. I also went to two meet ups, NYLON and SewBrum. Both meet ups were a blast, it’s always fun meeting other sewists. I met a few international sewers at NYLON and finally made it beyond the dungeon that is the Birmingham NEC at SewBrum. I’ve been to Birmingham for work but have never seen the city itself. We ended the day at Guthrie and Ghani where I met Lauren from the Sewing Bee!
I achieved some of the goals I set for myself last year. I conquered my fear of sewing knits with Plantain and Renfrew sewing patterns. I used a lot of fabric from my stash, including this little number which is one of my favourite makes of last year.
I also revisited a few patterns, making this white seersucker top (Simplicity 2931) and this plaid Portfolio top from patterns I’d used before.
I didn’t quite achieve my goal of only buying new fabric after sewing 2 garments and added to my stash big time. I’m not kicking myself too much as some fabric buying opportunities are too good to pass by. However, I am running out of storage space so need to curb how much I buy.
My final goal was a biggie and it was to make a coat. I’ve been wanting to make the Gerard coat by RDC for ages. It’s a great first coat pattern. However, I didn’t think I’d start a coat in 2014 as I’d left it too late what with it being December. But after seeing Ginger Makes’ gorgeous version, I got the sellotape out and began sticking together the pdf pattern. That was Christmas week. I’ve been beavering away and now have this.
It’s not finished, but I will, fingers crossed have a coat for this winter, what with the English winter being never ending. So that’s very exciting.
My goals for 2015:
1. Sew a pair of trousers – if I can sew a coat, I can handle trousers right?
2. Sew a shift dress – a glaring omission in my wardrobe. I love wearing them, so why not sew one.
3. Tackle UFO’s – that includes a scarf that is taking 4 years+ to knit.
4. Sew a few smart tops – cos I need some.
5. Ration fabric purchases. If I see something reeaalllly nice, then I’ll make an exception and buy it but my mantra will be – if I’ve not got a specific project in mind, I need to step AWAY from the fabric.