Last week I started going through my posts from last year, in order to write a year in review post, and what did I find? My draft 2013 year in review post, never finished, and never published. Eeep!
What’s a good blogger to do? Re-write it an recycle it for 2014 of course!
Top five favourites for 2014:
- Stockings. The Nana stockings most of all, but they all make me quite happy! And the stocking pattern/tutorial will be published next Wed/Thur!
- The Vionnet chiton dress for ‘When I Was a Bird’. These dresses are so fun to make, fun to wear, and effortlessly elegant. And obviously, I’m pretty pleased over the Threads article about them!
- The Inspired Edwardian Swimsuit. I am just SO chuffed that I made an Edwardian swimsuit, and so pleased by how it looks on! I can’t wait to do a proper photoshoot with it.
- The Ballerina Moment dress, because, Grandma’s fabric & pattern + ballerina moment = happiness!
- The Amazon Queen Pair of Bodies. I’m just amazed at how much I actually like these, despite my initial misgivings about Elizabethan!
Plus, there is the Henrietta Maria in Paradise dress (how can you not like something that reminds you of a tropical holiday?), and the Hepburn in Hakatere trousers (love ’em), the Joy Gives us Wings dress (love it), the 1913 paisley skirt & 1910s checked shirt (love them both!), the Wild Swans shift (OK, it’s really just the photoshoot that makes me love it so much, but that counts too, right?), unders, . Overall, it was just a really good year for sewing!
Top (bottom?) five least favourites from 2014:
- The Regency Wrap Corset a la Paresseuse. So disappointing that this is so uncomfortable on me. Bloody scoliosis.
- The Swiss Waist. Yet another item that I put a ton of work into, made beautifully, and just didn’t get quite right.
- The Regency chemise, only because it turns out it doesn’t fit under either of my Regency frocks! Grrrrrr…..
- The 1860s Maybe Mourning bonnet, just because I think it is frumpy on me.
- The Mariana Victoria skirt. OK, it’s a favourite as an abstract, not intended for anything garment, but I strongly suspect it is too narrow for a 1720s robe de coer, so there may be a panicked ‘Ummm…readers….I’m going to change horses in mid-stream…” post about it in my future.
Five things I’m super proud of myself for:
- Threads! Getting published in Threads is making me extremely happy at the moment.
- Patterns: I’ve gotten a ton of patterns fully drafted, sized and tested. Now to conquer the website/business side of things.
- Sewing for me & historically: I’ve done a ton of both this year, and that does make me quite pleased.
- Teaching: Teaching has been great – nothing beats the feeling of running into someone who first took Absolute Beginners Sewing with you 7 months ago in a fabulous outfit that they made themselves!
- House: We have a house! Finding one was a huge amount of work, and we love our house so much!
Five Two things I’m a bit disappointed about:
- Stress: This year was just very stressful, and I hope 2015 won’t be.
- Patterns: I’m still not wear I wanted to be with patterns – it all takes so much longer than I want it to.
- Ummm… That’s kind of it. Which is really good! But the patterns one is big. :-/
Five goals for 2015:
- Patterns. Patterns. Patterns.
- Big, massive, top secret, may not happen but can’t jinx it by talking about it project.
- House stuff. Especially curtains. We are NOT going to have another year of black curtains, especially since I already have the fabric.
- To not buy any shop-new clothes except bras and socks. Not even unders, I can make my own.
- Historical PHDs done. I’ve got quite a few of them stashed up, and they are all beautiful, but need finishing. So that’s the goal!
What did you accomplish last year that you are really pleased about? What goals do you have for this year?