Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 Sewing Review

I recently sat down to make a few notes on projects that have been buzzing around my head. I have done very well in prioritizing which sewing patterns to tackle first, even making sure I had the fabric and haberdashery bits and bobs in place to do them, but I have fallen short on time. Not anticipating how busy Christmas time can become has left me a bit behind.

I haven't fully completed a project yet and it has been 5 weeks since my last one. Not a sewing rutt, more a time rutt. But I have lots of plans so to give myself a bit of inspiration I put together some collages of my work over the last year. It is always surprising to look back over my sewing and see what I achieved in terms of output, what new skills and techniques I have learnt, and how the activities of the year have influenced the projects I chose.

I did more sewing for L this year. I have enjoyed using the smaller size ranges on some favourite patterns and indulging in some new ones just for her.

I made the O+S Tea Party Dress and the O+S Swingset Tunic with glee, my big girl is out of those size ranges. The Swingset is one of my favourite makes over the last few months.

Thanks to a pattern swap by the lovely Jenna of Just Sew Jenna, I tried out the Green Bee Sally Romper which I must try again next year.

I went with all the blues for my Oliver + S sewing for Boo.

Some of these definitely seem like more than a few months ago!

Boo's most worn item was the plain blue Seashore Dress. The bodice is just getting too tight for her now, but it has been worn constantly.

I also made the obligatory Queen Elsa dress (unblogged) using the bodice shape of the O+S Seashore Dress, skirt of the O+S Fairytale Dress and the top yoke of the Heidi & Finn Tulip Top. It was a big hit and worn to most parties.

I tested out a variety of trouser/pant patterns for Boo and still haven't decided on the right version for her everyday play ones. 

She was in the top size for the LouBee Hosh pants so is out of them now. The Clever Charlotte Raven pants were great but need tweaking to fit her better. I will try adding a zip fly next time and sizing down.

I can't say enough good things about the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern. We absolutely love them! Best fitting trousers of the year!

I made the Figgys Banyan shorts which were a perfect fit, but didn't get round to making the trousers for her. They are on my to-do list!

For me, it was all skirts and dresses. Summer rolled around and I had a big gap in my wardrobe. I love my red sundress and my Liesl & Co Lazy Days skirts.

I am wearing my Portfolio Top today and it serves as a reminder to make another. It is a great piece for layering in the cooler weather.

I didn't get a whole lot of knitting done. Only two finished projects and one which is still ongoing. The cable yoke cardigan will get picked up again soon when I have taken a deep breath, picked up the stitches for the sleeve and divided them up over my dreaded double pin needles. I need to master the Magic Loop method, I loathe using DPN's!

So that is my recap. It helps me think about all the things I missed out and need to get started on. First up is a new school dress for Boo. I am making her another Music Box Jumper, this time in a light grey needlecord. It should last the majority of the cold season.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! The new year is less than two days away and we are having a quiet one as per usual. Our tradition is to order a Chinese takeaway and once it is collected, open a bottle of bubbly and chill out. To be honest, we rarely last until midnight. The fireworks may filter through our dreams but our Happy New Years wishes wait until the next morning. Old age I guess!

See you all in 2015! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Katy xx


  1. So many lovely outfits! You had such a productive year of sewing and some knitting too.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Best wishes for 2015 Deb! Keep knitting beautiful things and I shall keep on admiring them!

  2. Oh wow. So many beautiful things! I really love that swingset tunic, and the skinny jeans are great too. Are they very time-consuming to make?

    Have a happy and healthy new year; see you in 2015 :)

    1. If you haven't tried one of Laura's patterns, I heartily recommend that you do. I have three and the instructions are superb. The jeans are surprisingly simple to make and if you break it down into a couple of bursts (to stop yourself going top stitch crazy) the sewing goes by smoothly.

  3. Lots of lovely sewing this year!! I think I may have to attempt an Anna dress next year, and an Elsa one too! We will be doing much the same as you this evening, I hope you have a lovely time, happy New Year!!

    1. My parents bought L an Elsa dress (that lights up!) so my Frozen costumes are done and done!
      Have a great 2015, wishing you and your family all the best!

  4. Look at all this, you've had a great sewing year!
    Happy New Year and looking forward to more fantastic outfits in 2015 :)

    1. Thank you! Have a great year and I look forward to seeing more of your lovely sewing too. I adore your sewing style. Hope Bubba has a fantastic year!

  5. So much great sewing, and the knitting is so impressive. Cheers to a great 2015 ahead!

  6. So much loveliness! It all looks very professional and beautiful on you and the girls.
    I was up until midnight, but only because I was cutting out a blouse, not 'cause I'm any kind of party animal. Priorities, huh.
    Here's to a happy and productive 2015

  7. So many beautiful creations, Katy! I can't wait to see what you make in 2015!


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