After a rate of almost a garment a week in 2012, this was a quieter and less impulsive year of sewing. I made outfits for others and invested time in picking up tailoring techniques (canvasing up, making pockets and bound buttonholes).
But as I still don’t seem to have the right thing to wear half the time, I’m glad I’ve added the following mini-gems to the wardrobe. Here’s the countdown with the most favourite at number 1 (click the pics for links):
5. Two Peas in a Pod
Pattern Magic that’s wearable?! How novel! I didn’t think I’d get much out of a T-shirt that makes me look like I’ve swallowed someone. But for a one-day job – half of it spent at the photocopier – this shrink pattern/enlarge pattern experiment paid off.
I’d file this under “Barmy, but works for me“!
There’s a subtext to this Anna project as I was persuaded to make it by a very good friend who’s also really caught the sewing bug. One of the highlights of the year have been our fabric-acquisition expeditions to Goldhawk Road and Walthamstow!
That’s right, readers: one more woman with a stash problem!
Not as prickly as I’d feared!
2. Teal Isn’t Just For Ducks, You Know
Shame then that it’s too draughty!
1. Zen Charmer
The Alexander Henry print steals the show here; the pattern is the simple Laurel. But I’m quite proud of having matched the two to make a dress that plays with the idea of a Chongsam without being so enclosing around the neck as a traditional Chinese dress. I’ve not had one bad day in this dress. It must be magic or something…
Anyway, thank you all for reading my blog this year. It was great to steadily increase readership and I’m always encouraged along by your feedback and comments. Stick around in 2014: we’re going places!
P.S. Here’s another list of good things that happened (it’s actually just an excuse to sneak in a picture of Blogstalker!).
5. Best car song: Counting Stars, One Republic
4. Favourite album: Like Clockwork, QOTSA
3. Best Book: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (reread after 27 years)
2. Best cinema trip: Life of Pi
1. The hot summer of 2013! I finally got to wear the summer dresses I made last year…