Happy new year, Readers. Did you all have fun celebrating new year? We stayed at home and I cooked a meal and my mum, brother and sister joined us. It was a cosy way to welcome the new year amidst this perpetual miserable weather we have been having.
Lots of fellow bloggers have been joining in with Gillian’s Top 5 list, and before it’s too late, here is mine.
First some stats.
In 2013, my first full year of blogging, I made a total of 42 garments (and a couple of unblogged wadders):
- 2 shirts and a body warmer for Philip
- 3 dresses and a nativity outfit for Kezia (it felt like much more?!)
- 2 skirts
- 6 tops
- A pair of pyjamas
- 3 coats and a jacket
- 22 dresses
Wow, when I see it written down like that I am quite amazed.
5 6 hits of 2013 (selected only from items made for myself):
I couldn’t quite restrict it to 5 so it’s 6, actually….
It’s interesting that 4 of the 6 items are made from knit fabrics….before I started to sew clothes for myself I would have avoided knit fabrics like the plague as I felt they just weren’t flattering on me. My mother’s day gift this year was a serger and it has opened up a whole new sewing wardrobe for me!
Top 5 misses of 2013:
This just isn’t me…the print and the slightly retro look…worn once, maybe twice I think.
This coat has already been given away to charity. I didn’t love the colour to start with and the fit wasn’t that great either.
So the interesting thing about these last 3 garments is that they all had slight fit issues but more than that, I think it is the brightness of the colours which is off putting to me. I definitely want to revisit the Kelly skirt and the Moss mini and get them right, so that is something I will look to do this year. But I think this year has made me realise that actually, whilst I do love some colours (like jewel colours), I actually wear basic/ neutral colours more on a day to day basis and am happier introducing colour into my outfits with accessories.
I don’t want to restrict myself by making resolutions. I just want to continue to enjoy my sewing, improve my technical and fitting skills and tailor a jacket/ coat (I was totally inspired by Peter’s pea coat series!)
I do also want to say thank you Readers for following along, leaving comments, hosting competitions and giveaways (I won 2 prizes in 2013!), being inspirational, giving advice, and making what can sometimes feel like a solitary hobby more sociable and interactive.
Wishing you all every happiness, peace, health and prosperity for 2014!