2014 – My Sewing Year

Happy New Year!

I have spent quite some time reading everyone’s reviews of 2014, so I have decided to have a look at what I have achieved again this year using Gillian’s format, from Crafting a Rainbow

Now I know I don’t have 5 for each of the categories, but here we go!

This for me are the garments that have been worn and the following pieces are in constant rotation in my wardrobe.

Vogue 8572 OOP blouses

TNT Self Drafted Skirt – Navy and Brown
KS 3740 knit tops – Arrows and Sandra Knit

Marfy Skirt 0757
Fehr Trade Duathlon Gym Shorts

My Chanel inspired jacket, I had such high hopes for it back in December 2013 but it and the skirt were never worn, the jacket just felt “too big” even though I had made the pattern before the different technique made it a much “softer” jacket which in turn didn’t feel right.

I am still trying to get up the courage to do some major frog stitching as I am in still in love with the fabric.

The second miss is the Marfy blouse, it was worn once but tucking tops into my skirt is not what I normally do and it has too much fullness to be worn untucked.  This will be going to charity but I do plan on making another one but fine tuning the fullness first.

Highlight, Reflections and Goals

Visiting Linton Tweed and purchasing some of their gorgeous fabrics.  This trip also let us spend some quality time with my Mother-In-Law who sadly passed away on Boxing Day, a sad time for us all.

I have noticed over the past 12 months that I am taking a lot more time with my sewing and that hand sewing is not so foreign any more.

Even though I do like to see how many garments I have made during the year (22) I am not going to try and achieve a greater number next year, purely for the reason above.

Now as far as Stash Busting went I was a complete failure this year, 34.95 metres out and an astonishing 51.25 metres in, there must have been a lot of my colours around this year!

So how did I go with last years goals:

1.     Play with my coverstitch binders – Completed – I did play with my coverstich binders, both woven and knit

Woven binder on my yellow top

Knit bind on the Sandra Top

2.     Sew 3/4 of my garments from my stash and fabric purchased will be less than what I sew – Failed.

3.     Enter at least 1 competition – Completed – I entered two contests at Pattern Review, the New to Me Pattern Company Contest with my Coral Shirred Top and the Mini Wardrobe Competition  with my Active Wear!

4.     Spend at least 20 minutes a day in my sewing room – 75% of the time – I do manage to spend time in my sewing room however being active and training does impact on this but I have learnt that life balance is important.

5.     Conquer Pants – Failed – I learnt a lot about pants in 2014 however the fit I am after is still evading me.

    and for 2015, well
    1. Pants – no need to say any more.
    2. Focus on my basics, I suddenly have no short sleeved tops for summer, I need to remedy this immediately.
    3. Enter at least 1 competition on either Stitcher’s Guild or Pattern Review.
    I would like to also take this opportunity to thank all of you who read and/or comment on my blog.
    Finally here is the annual collage of my makes for 2014.

    16 thoughts on “2014 – My Sewing Year

    1. Wow, your misses are great! I really like your Chanel-inspired suit. You have such a wonderful eye for color and style. Thanks for sharing your 2014 round-up. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make in 2015. =)


    2. I'm sorry to hear about your mother in law Sharon, it must have been very difficult and sad at this time of year. Thanks for your 2014 round up – I always like seeing what people like and dislike about what they've made, although usually I disagree! I think your Chanel style suit looks amazing….


    3. Anonymous

      Sorry for your loss 😦 Thanks for sharing your 2014 round up — I'm new to your blog, and so wasn't aware you make (beautiful!) jewelry. Also, your misses are better than some hits, wow!


    4. Oh Sharon! I still feel that your Chanel type jacket is the best I've seen on blogs. What a shame you are not comfortable wearing it ! Slow sewing has become a way of sewing for me too. I find I really enjoy the end results if I've put in extra effort in the construction process.


    5. Pants – I wish you all the best with this endeavor – mine are still not a great fit, but with my boy build it doesn't matter.Re Chanel – could you wear it over a jumper in winter – I know this is not what you had in mind, but better than having it unworn – it's so lovely.I love your collage and look forward to seeing what you make in 2015.


    6. A great year sewing wise for you Sharon! Some great pieces and your active wear wardrobe is to be envied. So sorry about your MIL but I am glad you got an opportunity to visit her recently.


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