Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014 - A Review of the Year

I hope you all have had a great Christmas and New Year, I certainly have! Father Christmas was certainly kind to me this year, bringing me a walking foot for my machine, and the gorgeous book "Learn to Sew with Lauren" which I think I will write a review on shortly.

So 2014 has been a busy year. I started sewing seriously at the end of 2013 and I started this blog in May as I enjoyed reading all the other blogs out there and thought it would be nice to share my makes too and connect with other sewers. I've really enjoyed blogging my makes although to be honest I've found it hard to fit the blogging in with work and family commitments and I have a slight backlog now of finished garments! I have also found the photography aspect very challenging, so that's something I want to work on in 2015.

So what have I sewn this year? 

My makes in 2014

Three pairs of pajama bottoms
Two Cocos (one as yet unblogged)
Megan dress (as yet unblogged)
Deer and Doe, Reglisse (unblogged as yet. A Xmas present for my daughter)
One knitted cardigan
Delphine Skirt
Two Simplicity 1693 (one blogged and one unblogged)
New Look 6035 (unblogged as yet)

That's quite a bit of sewing!

The make I'm most proud of is  New Look 6022 as this was quite technically challenging for me, plus my daughter has worn it loads!

My most worn garments have to be Simplicity 1693. A great wardrobe basic and I will be making more in 2015 I'm sure.

My least worn garment, unfortunately has to be the Mimi blouse. I've never worn it since I made it. It just doesn't go with anything else I own or maybe just isn't my style.

My aims for 2015

1) To sew more wardrobe basics.  I want to concentrate on making some things that I can wear on a daily basis.

2) To use up some of my fabric and knitting yarn stash. Although I've only been sewing seriously just over year, I've managed to accumulate a fair bit of fabric and I already have a lot of yarn waiting to be knitted up. 

3) To plan my sewing projects in advance and buy fabric as I need it. Hmm this one could be tricky!

4) To try sewing other things rather than just clothes. Got lots of ideas some of which I've been adding to Pinterest.

5) To tackle some of the vintage patterns I've bought.

6) To fit time in to blog at least twice a month. That seems manageable to me. 

And finally all that remains for me to say is thank you to anyone who has read my blog in the past year or left any comments for me. I've loved hearing from you and being part of the online sewing community.

Best wishes for 2015!

Catherine x


  1. Happy New Year to you. I also had a walking foot for Christmas and am pleased to say I have used it already!

    1. Happy New Year to you too! I haven't used mine yet but think it's going to be so useful! x


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