Top 5 of 2013 – Part 2

This is the 2nd half of Gillian’s Top 5 for 2013, my Reflections, Inspirations and Goals.


  1.  I thought that my sewing didn’t produce as many garments this year, 22 in total (2 for DH and 1 knitted), but I’ve just noticed that my goal for 2013 was to sew at least 22 so win!  This included the 2 major projects, The Trench and Chanel Jacket and a lot of my sewing was completed in the first  4 months of the year.
  2. I seem to sign up for countless sew-alongs but have only managed to complete 1 on time and the others, well I will have to settle for being late!
  3.  The same goes for Craftsy classes, I have 7 classes that are a combination of free and paid for and so far I haven’t finished one, although my jeans have been basted for the past 12 months J
  4. I love my sewing as it gives me another focus than my stressful job, and keeps me sane.
  5. I committed to sew from my stash this year,

    I, Sharon of Petite and Sewing, commit to sew 3/4 of all projects in 2013 from Stash.  Fabric purchases will be less than the yardage used during the stash sewing in 2013.

    and I managed to keep to my pledge, 18 of the above garments were from my stash and a total of 32.65m went out and a scary 24.8m came in.


This is so hard to define, I find it in all sorts of places on the internet, the blogs I follow, Stitcher’s Guild, Pattern Review and life in general.  
I know that all your comments inspire me to do better with my sewing and I thank you all for that.
  1. I’m not sure if I should put this here as for the last 2 years I have said I would play with my coverstitch binders and guess what, I still haven’t touched them!
  2. Continue to sew from the stash and commit to sewing 3/4 of my projects from the stash and fabric purchases will be less than what I sew!  This could all go out the window if I see any burgundy/aubergine fabric!!
  3. Complete at least one competition either on Stitcher’s Guild or Pattern Review.
  4. To spend 20 minutes a day in my sewing room, it is surprising how this time adds up!
  5. I am going to conquer pants!

This next bit isn’t part of Gillan’s list, but I do like to see at a glance all my projects so here is the collage for 2013.

I’ve loved reading everyone else’s Top 5 and have found some new blogs to follow.
Now back to regular sewing!

Top 5 of 2013

Happy New Year!

I was going to do my normal yearly review, but this year decided to join Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow on posting my Top 5 for 2013 that is appearing on so many other blogs.

I’m going to start with my Hits & Misses


1.  Burda 11/2008/123

My Trench Coat,  I love it and it has proved very useful, keeping that chilly wind at bay and even keeping me dry during the horrendous down pour we got caught in on 16 November.  This was a major project for me this year and I would hate to say how many hours this took but I am so glad I took my time and made a coat that will last me for many years.

2.  Vogue 7975

The Chanel Inspired Jacket, another garment I am in love with and can see it working so well in my wardrobe.  This was the 2nd major project that I took on this year and again I can’t say how many hours it took as there was a long break between starting this and the finish, however the process was very enjoyable and I love the feel of this jacket on.

3.  Vogue 8815

I absolutely love this blouse and need to make some with sleeves as it gets worn constantly in summer with navy and brown but I don’t like the look with a cardigan or jacket for the cooler months so sleeves are necessary.

4.  Vogue 1247

I have made 2 skirts from this pattern, the brown denim and burnt orange linen and they both get worn frequently and I love those pockets!  The navy and white spot top is also one that I reach for constantly which has surprised me as this is quite a different style of top for me.

5.  Self Drafted Skirt

All four skirts are based on my Self Drafted TNT Skirt pattern, the first is the Suede Skirt which works well for both work and evening; next is the Ribbon skirt which was a lot of fun to make and has been worn out to the Sydney Theatre a couple of times;  now my forest green denim style skirt is another skirt that gets worn a lot casually and finally my Tweed skirt that matches my Chanel inspired jacket.


Burda 02/2013/126

I have been very lucky and only really count this one as a miss and you know why!  I do plan on getting this style to work so all is not lost.