The Sewing Year in Review...

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Thanks so much for all of your comments on the new blog look!

I've spent the past few days working on Etsy shop items and watching (and finishing in 2 days...) season three of Downton Abbey. I'm pretty sure the shop will be up and running at the end of January and I can't wait to get back to it again. It will feature embroidery and 40s inspired design and that's all I'll say :)

I'm dreading heading back to work tomorrow, I've made so much progress on three new sewing projects (including 2 from my list) during the past 2 weeks. It will be sad to break my sewing routine and struggle to find the time to do it again (as always). So in light of the sewing projects ahead in 2013, I thought it would be fun to do a 2012 Sewing in Review. I sewed much more towards the end of the year after coming back from Europe feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my sewing machine again (and perhaps use some of the pile of fabric I bought back from Paris).

The last two items I haven't yet managed to get up on the blog yet, but I'll be posting them soon!


19th Jan 2012 3

Black floral circle skirt made from vintage cotton.


26th Feb 2012 7

Floral v neck dress with added pleats.


20th May 2012 2

Colette Patterns Jasmine Blouse and blue circle skirt.


19th June 2012 2

Grey circle skirt.



Blush pink wool 60s a line skirt with added belt tabs and buttons.


23 Oct 2012 5

Floral v neck dress with added waist band - number 5 on my sewing list.


16 Nov 2012 1

Red circle skirt.


Plaid 50's dress with added pleat detail - number 3 on my sewing list. Blog post coming.

50s floral blouse - number 2 on my sewing list. Blog post coming.

So that was my sewing year in review, not too bad in my opinion (though not as good as some of you!!).  It was certainly the year of the circle skirt for me and I've just begun making a black one (I can't believe I've gone this long without a black circle skirt...).

The one really great thing I can take away from my sewing last year is that almost all of these items have become things I wear regularly. It's always nice to know that I wear the things I make!

11 comments on "The Sewing Year in Review..."
  1. Gosh, I adore every single one, particularly the first 3! And I love the little top you are wearing in the first pic!

    I always try to figure out whereabouts in Oz you are. I'm guessing Vic or SA by the stone on your house?


  2. You sewed wonderful clothes! And I think it's really great that you wear them regulary. I only wore a couple of pieces last year.

  3. Noelle - not my house unfortunately :( It's a very old one from an estate that is now open to the public and that's close to us. I'm in Sydney :)

    Miriam - thanks! I've started to think about what I really need in my wardrobe when I'm sewing, which ultimately means what I make gets worn :)

  4. What a nice lineup! That plaid dress is to die for!

  5. Oh, you're so lucky! I also always think about what I need and what I like to wear but it still happens that I don't like it in the end. I realize that the sewing pattern or fabric pattern had been a bad choice in the end. That is the only plus of bought clothes, here I see it immediately - but store-bought often fits poorly! Finding the right pattern and the right fabric, that's what I need to work on most!

  6. Every one of your makes is gorgeous and it's always better to focus on quality over quantity...that's my aim for this year! Also, how very exciting about our upcoming Etsy shop...can't wait to visit!

  7. Oh wow, your 50s floral blouse is stunning! I'm completely enamoured with it.

  8. These are all amazing! I haven't made any clothes for years and really want to get back to it this year.

    The circle skirts are gorgeous!

  9. They are all beautiful! Love your style!

  10. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments :)

  11. Wow! You have done so well for yourself! They all look lovely!


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