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    Top 5s of 2013! Goals

    And now the last. Some goals for the new year!


    I have so many plans and there isn’t enough time to do everything but I’ve put a few things down below that would make me happy to have a go at specifically in 2014. Hey these aren’t set in stone (just like last year!) but since you’re asking me about it…


    1. Specific Big Hitter Items – Jeans (Kathryn, next time we meet up I’m totally going to bore you to death about Jean sewing as these are mid-construction and I can already see myself making more pairs), a proper button-up blouse (meaning one with a proper collar), a weekend or satchel bag and finally the perfect knit dress.


    2. New Exciting Classes, events and exhibits – I want to take a screen-printing class, maybe a digital design class and definitely go to the amazing Couture Inside Out session at FTM (reviewed here by Janene) when it returns. I have to convince the Mr to take a trip to the Bowes fashion gallery. And most importantly I want to keep meeting up with the fabulous sewing ladies of the blogisphere.

    3. Better blog photography – Now obviously I don’t have total control over this goal as I need a willing photographer to assist me but I’m getting him on board by being extra sweet to him! Hopefully we can put together some better photoshoots and show off a bit more of what Leeds has to offer while still showcasing my makes.

    4. Spoonflower/Be Fab Creative printing – I’ve been teaching myself Photoshop during the past year and have learnt some fun techniques for creating repeating prints. I’d really like to try getting some of these printed up on fabric. I’m not saying they’ll be the most inventive genius designs the world will have ever seen but hopefully they’ll entertain me if no one else.


    5. Attitude to goals and deadlines – My final goal is to not beat myself up if I don’t finish my goals or perfectly meet deadlines (heehee). It just seems silly to get upset over some self-imposed target. Saying that I know there are a few items I want to make this year that definitely do have firm deadlines so as long as I hit the bare minimum I’ll be happy with slipping on any others.

    I really enjoyed doing these posts again this year. Thanks to Gillian for cooking the whole idea up!

    Out of all the areas I have to say I find people’s inspirations and goals the two best areas. Things that inspire your fellow bloggers can totally lead to new inspirations for you. And seeing each other’s goals help you maintain perspective on realistic challenges to set yourself and see if your goals align with anyone elses! Instant moral support.

    If you’re not writing a post on your goals for 2014 let me know in the comments what your plans are. I’d love to hear them!

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    Recap of 2012 (part two)

    Top 5 Graphic

    Now it’s time for some naval-gazing to review my year with reflections, inspirations and goals


    • My second year of sewing didn’t go too badly. I started blogging; kickstarted by participating in Me Made May. I worked on key skills like neatness and calm efficiency; mostly helped by my buying a serger which has made a massive difference to the quality of my garments. And I practiced fun techniques such as french seams, invisible and exposed zips, sewing in sleeves flat and drafting my own Peter Pan collars.
    • I’ve been quite naughty with my fabric and pattern stash but comparative to other sewers I think I’m doing okay on that front. It’s still fairly contained and tidy but has definitely grown exponentially!


    I discovered pinterest this year. I have pinned so much since I joined. Its awesome fun! I also recently started to get full on addicted to Modcloth which fuelled further pinning.

    I have also been really inspired reading about Edith Head’s career and I love Project Runway for its endless creativity and humour.

    I’m so so impressed that my friend Charlotte is starting up her own business as a professional seamstress after years of teaching. She is going to do brilliantly.

    Finally and most obviously I have been most thankful for the wonderful blogs I read with so many talented sewers and pattern makers out there to draw inspiration from.


    Right, 2013 is the year I get serious.

    • Tailored jacket course. I have been gifted a 2 day Chanel style jacket making course which will hopefully produce a sophisticated jacket and teach me tailoring skills.
    • Blouses. Collars, buttonholes, cuffs… I’m gonna conquer them all!
    • Jersey. I want to make lovely jersey items as they are so comfy and flattering. Feedback indicates tension issues may be the reason for my jersey fails this year. Surely this is achievable in 2013?!
    • Sew with more cotton. Sounds simple enough right? So why do I keep gravitating to chiffon, crepe and polyester?? Cotton may be my new best friend in the new year.
    • Stop rushing. I need to stop imposing stupid short deadlines on myself and take longer so I make fewer mistakes. I have been good at trying this throughout the year but feel I can get better at calm efficiency with more practice.
  • Other stuff

    Recap of 2012 (part one)

    Top 5 Graphic

    As I read everyone’s reflections of the sewing year I notice excellent throughput and similar tales of joy and woe.

    Now I want a go!!! Here are my hits, misses, reflections, inspirations and goals!

    5 hits

    1. The knockoff Elsie dress


    2. New Look 6808 FINALLY


    3. Little Green UFO


    4. Slippy shiny slinky fake cambie


    5. I love polka dots 6808


    5 misses

    1. Twinkle skirt – still not hemmed and mega frumpy


    2. Tartan 6808 – cut a big slash in the back bodice when being careless


    3. Fish print dress – Something about the fit or the length just isn’t right but I adore the fabric


    4. Little Red Lace Dress – Too smart for work but too prim for parties


    5. Not-so-sexy Sadie – Already falling apart due to poor jersey sewing skills

    Sexy Sadie
    Sexy Sadie

    Stay tuned for more in part two!