It's New Years Eve here in Oz, and all around the world, bloggers are preparing cute cocktails, decorative bunting, sparkly outfits and end of year posts to share with the their readers. So here now is my very own 2013 boast post!
Despite only starting this blog in May, I'm so happy and grateful to you all for where this blog has ended up! In 8 months I've gathered a nice little group of readers who are all so nice and friendly!
And I'm really proud of most of the garments I've made, but once they are made, what happens with them? Did I actually enjoy the dresses I made? Lets have a look!
Well I kind of love everything I make, but the ones that get the most wear are the ones which I've felt most comfortable wearing
The Barbara Dress - The ode to Biba and Barbara Hulanicki. I get a lot of wear out of this one. It's ideal for work, its comfortable and very chic! The only thing I wish I could have changed was the length - I've decided this this could have been longer, to just below the knees, but I love it either way!
I still wear it to work, but I just can't reach up for things!!
The Bliss of Mrs Blossom - I love this dress so much! I plan to copy the design and get it up on Spoonflower so I can make more things from this fantastic print. And that means you can buy it too!
Oh yes, there were flops! These didn't quite work out as planned or I don't get much joy out of wearing them
Goldie - Goldie was a flop from the minute I sewed the first seam, but I stuck through it and finished it well enough for 1 wear, out for a friends birthday. It kind of fell apart after that and after I'd salvaged the zipper, poor old Goldie ended up in the bin.
I'm still looking for a nice gold brocade to make a proper Goldie. Hopefully I'll find it in the new year!
Tuffin - OK, well Tuffin wasn't really a flop, but when I wear it, I doesn't feel right. I think I may need to adjust the fit slightly, perhaps with better darts or something. I still wear it though!
The most painful one was the Pattie Suit. It took a really long time to get the fit right on the jacket sleeves.
But now that I've got the pattern that I originally wanted to use for it, another suit may just be on the list for next year!
The most fun to sew however were the Pyjamas for the Tofino Pyjama Party! I found a 60s pyjama pattern and whipped up a flannelette set. Their pretty darn cute, and so is my cat!
You can see all of my projects anytime by clicking on the All Projects button at the top of the page (Orange button)
But now for 2014! I don't really make resolutions, cause they've just become a bit blah for me. However I would rather make a list of things to do.
Sewing wise, here is my 2014 to do list;
- Make a pair of pants. Yes pants. exciting right? Well other then the pyjama bottoms I've never make a pair of trousers. I might start with a sassy pair of straight leg trousers or maybe a flared pair?
- Make a Work Wardrobe. Allie is challenging herself to make a weekender wardrobe this year and I've decided to join in, though with a work wardrobe. So that means matching jacket, dress, skirt, pants, blouse and coat!
- Participate in Me made May
- Sew more basics in order to buy less/ buy Ethical. After this years factory collapse in Bangladesh, Pip from Meet me at Mikes has declared 2014 a year of ethical fashion. I'm really badly addicted to ASOS and Glassons so its going to be tricky to spend that little bit extra to buy from ethical brands and also lovely vintage items. Despite loving 60s clothes, I don't actually get to buy much of it. Usually cause the price tag is scary or they just don't fit, so I'll need to stop being a tight-ass in that area!
- And lastly - Wear my sewn garments with pride! I sometimes get a little bit worried when wearing my handmade stuff, that someone will notice and pick me out for it. It's so silly because I really don't care what nasty crap people have to say about me, but working in a corporate environment, I do get some really weird comments sometimes, but once I admit that I made it myself, those comments turn into compliments. I don't go to work trying to look ridiculous. But I want to be able to wear my frou frou lace dresses or minis without fear of raised eyebrows.
Do you have a 2014 To-do list? Or even a resolution if you are a fan of these?
I'm off now to make choc dipped banana pops for tonight's NYE party with the boyfriends family!
Enjoy your NYE party and of course thank you for making 2013 such a fun a rewarding year! Lets all have an equally amazing 2014!
Happy New Year readers!