I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s reflections and reviews of 2015 and thought it was about time I scrambled a post together for mine.
I’ve been blogging now since September 2013 but this is the first time I’ve looked back and posted on the previous year.
I’m basing my post around Gillian’s Annual Roundup but only doing the top 3 of each category and I’ve tweaked them a bit too.
So here’s my top Threes………
(CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO BE TAKEN TO THE ORIGINAL POST)
TOP 3 MOST POPULAR POSTS
1 The GBSB drapey knit dress with 644 views! I cringe every time I look at this post. No make-up, grey roots and the most unflattering dress I’ve ever worn!! And an unwilling photographer who caused my to scowl a lot! I
donated it to science gave it to SewSouthLondon and she wore it to work – it looked fab on her!!
2 “Magic Our Morris” – my Grainline Studio Blazer. I totally get why this was such a popular post – nearly everyone made one, and we all
drooled admired each others and looked for insiration. Mine had quite a bit of wear through the summer, and my MIL even borrowed it to wear at a wedding.
3 The “Spoolettes are coming to Yorkshire!” post! And what a great time we had when they did!! Dewsbury must be amongst the best places for fabric shopping.
MY TOP 3 FAVOURITE GARMENTS
1 The Colette Wren. Love this! And so I should after so many muslins! I’ve worn it full length for a black tie do and at my works Christmas do, then I shortened it and have worn it a few more times at less formal occasions.
2 My umpteenth Coco. Love this and despite it not fitting as well as i’d like across the upper bust i’ve worn it more times than anything in my wardrobe.
3 Vogue 1429 – a top I made to wear for golf. I also made matching Espresso leggings and a self drafted pull on skirt so i could wear the top whatever the weather! I really need to make more of these, there’s also a version as a dress which I should make too. The neckline is unusual and flattering and not too faffy either.
TOP 3 MISSES
1 Obviously the GBSB dress. Enough said, but why not have another photo? Why not!?
2 A cycling cap – beautifully made but never worn!
3 The By Hand London Georgia Dress. I love this dress but have never wore it. I thought it would be perfect to wear at a BBQ. Can someone please invite me to one this year!? I still love the style and am hoping to make another one this year. In it’s defense it did start it’s life as a muslin, so I shouldn’t be too harsh on it!
TOP 3 COMMENTERS (is that even a word, it must be, it hasn’t got a red line under it!)
Thankyou ladies for your support and wise words, and to all of you who take time to read and comment on my posts.
3 NONE SEWING HIGHLIGHTS
H made the Yorkshire Cricket squad again in his age group and played all the games in the B team. Proud mum!
2015 was my first whole year as a none smoker! I stopped on the 27h Feb 2014, so it’s nearly my 2nd anniversary.
I did the couch to 5k and took part in my first 5k park run and am now hooked! I’m hoping to complete a 10k run this year.
2016 – Looking ahead
3 Garments I WILL make in 2016
1 A shirt for my hubby (that is wearable!).
2 At least 1 pair of jeans.
3 The Sewoverit Pussy Bow Blouse. I’ve lusted over it across the internet and whether it suits me or not I will have one!
Its not a garment, but I really want to try my hand at quilting. By quilting I mean proper quilting – something big enough to use as a throw on the bed or the couch. Maybe one of the Block of the Month’s that’s about might be what I need to spur me on.
I also want to dabble in making underwear – at least some knickers if not a bra. The thing that puts me off bra making is that i want to loose a few pounds, and inevitably the weight is likely to come off the boobs and not the waist line where I’d like it to! So then I’d be left with a bra that’s too big!
I also want to concentrate on quality rather than quantity, and challenge myself with at least one advanced sew.
This year we are planning an extension to our home which will not only give us more living space, and another bedroom, it will also give me a decent sized sewing room! The downside is that there will be quite a lot of disruption and walls being knocked down. No doubt the work will effect my current sewing space, but I’ve asked my lovely parents for a corner at their house for my sewing machine so hopefully production won’t come to a complete halt!
So to finish with a photo of my current sewing space – it’s a bit cramped and I have to run up and down stairs when I need to iron, and also when I’m cutting out. Fingers crossed in next years review it will look a bit different to this! (this isn’t what it actually looks like at the minute. That photo would be more embarrassing than the GBSB drapey dress!).
A belated good luck in all you choose to do in 2016.
May your seams be straight, your collars pointy and your reader be full of inspiration!