Firstly, I should perhaps clue you in on what's happened. I have not lost interest in sewing or blogging about it, the opposite! I have gained so much inspiration and ideas. But there has been no time. My life has been so busy the last couple of months that blogging slipped right down the list of priorities to...bottom. Well, almost. Cleaning the house and washing the dishes got bottom place.
So what have I been up to? About 300 life changes at once. To name a few, how about moving halfway across the country, quitting my job and starting a new one, then quitting that one for another one, making new friends, planning a trip to India for a very dear friend's wedding and taking on an enormous sewing challenge (a post for another day).
More on all that never (well, it's not exactly sewing related). Let's talk about 2013.
It was the year I decided to start making clothes from scratch again. A good old-fashioned pattern, a couple of meters of fabric and lots of fittings. Two of my attempts made the blog, but there have been many, many more. Also many more alterations from second hand treasures.
I always find myself making things on a whim without intending to post them, but then being so happy with the result I wish I had taken some photos. So my resolution for 2014 will quite simply be to superglue my camera to my right hand.
For now, a short review of my posted 2013 projects.
The "white sack". I have to admit that this cardigan has not fared well. I mindlessly threw it into the washing machine one day and it destroyed the fake leather pockets. Now it is back in my future projects basket.
The lace bralette. More pretty and a fun idea than practical. I think I'll stick to getting my underwear from the shops and sew other stuff instead.
Turban headband. Loved this one! Unfortunately I seem to have lost it in the move. Think that means I'll have to make a new one!
Sleeveless ruffle blouse. Also loved this one. Until I stained the whole front of it with something. Now this too is in the future projects basket.
Studded card holders. Oh, I cannot begin to tell you how much use I have gotten out of mine. And I'm pleased to say it is still going strong, no quality issues here. So I made about 5 more, one has become a present and the rest will probably follow suit.
Silky maxi skirt. Wore this a lot right after making it, then lost interest in maxi skirts.
Anniversary dress. This one is brilliant, because with a smart cardigan, black tights and neat flats it makes a great office outfit. So much wear! Which is good, because it took forever to stitch all those flowers on.
Knitted jumper to cardigan. Love, love, love. It became the perfect summer evening layering item.
Darling Ranges dress. Omg, lovelovelove! Took this with me on holiday to Croatia in August and don't remember wearing anything else. The buttons make it perfect over a bikini for the beach, it is nice and cool, the pockets are great for carrying just some ice cream money and nothing else around, and the thin cotton means it can be washed and dry in the sunshine in like one hour.
Denim vest. I was massively in the mood for a denim vest last summer. I wore it all the time and now I couldn't be less interested in it. Will see how I feel this summer, maybe it will go back to the charity shop.
Righty-o! See you in a week or so for the first 2014 project! x