Happy New Year to you all!
I am really enjoying all of these top 5 posts but you guys are blogging too much! My reader is overflowing! I think I am all caught up now though, and seeing some great top 5s that have really made me think (and actually possibly re-evaluate a few items on my lists).
1) A pat on the back
I think I did really well this year. My sewing came on leaps and bounds. I can now put on a Me Made garment most days with little effort, and I buy very little RTW any more (except for jeans - more to come on that!). I worked hard on fitting and it really paid off - with a little help from my friends - which leads me on nicely to:
2) Sewing people really are the nicest people you could meet/ chat to
2013 was a tough year for me personally. I lost a close family member and another was diagnosed with a serious illness (which is likely to make 2014 another difficult one). But I really think sewing, sewcial media, bloggers and sewing friends helped me through it (without wishing to take away any credit from family and non-sewing friends of course!). Sometimes it's just great to have an escape from reality and chat to other people who are as excited about the latest indie pattern release or fabric sale as me!
I joined Twitter (@jolittletime if you tweet too!) after resisting for a long time and found a fantastic sewing community on there.
I went to the epic blogger meet up and met some fabulous people and starting following lots of new blogs.
I started meeting the Spoolettes as regularly as I can (given family commitments that's not as often as I would like!). What a great group of ladies that are excellent fun to spend time with, whether drinking, dancing, bowling or fabric shopping!
3) I sewed (mainly) for the life I have
Particpating in Me Made May showed me that my wardrobe needed plain separates and knits and I focused on sewing those. I know a lot of people don't like to sew basics, but there's only so many party dresses and summer frocks my lifestyle calls for, especially in a country when the sun shines for about a month of the year. I love (and wear) dresses quite a lot, but I'm likely to grab a comfy knit one to throw on for work and I have sewn a lot of those this year! But we all need a bit of frosting from time to time - however I want to make what I wear most often. I also sewed much more with plains (and I'm including spots and stripes in plains - they are practically neutrals) which I have enjoyed more than I expected. It's good to be able to see nice design lines and focus on the fit rather than hiding behind a print as I did when I started (all those lovely printed cottons...)
4) I really need to conquer trousers
I wear jeans and trousers a lot, especially in winter and it's a huge gap in my me-made wardrobe. As mentioned in my Hits & Misses post I traced Colette patterns Juniper in my usual size following Sunni's trouser sewalong, added extra seam allowances, thread traced every seam, and threw the muslin in the sewing box to think about what it had done when it didn't remotely fit. It hasn't come back out yet but it will this year! I also want some me made jeans.
I'm quite a planner by nature, but I do have a tendency to get distracted by newer shinier things (squirrel!) like new pattern releases, sewalongs, sewing challenges, competitions etc. I have made a conscious effort only to take part in these if I would have done it anyway! If I have bought a new Cake pattern and there's a sewalong, then I will plan to join. If the Sewcialists are doing Red October, I will join in as I love red. Green December not so much. I didn't love the Laurel pattern and realistically I don't think the shape will work for my shape, so I was proud of resisting the competition.
The sewalong that worked really well for me was the Fall Essentials sewalong. I planned out the garments I wanted to make within a colour palette I love and so I could make sure I had all the notions, zips, thread, buttons etc that normally hold me up on finishing a project. I mainly sew in the evenings so rushing to the shop for more thread isn't going to happen! I made so many more projects in that 2 month period than I ever expected so a big thumbs up for planning sewing!
Inspirations and goals posts coming up soon!