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Happy New Year 2015

I wasn't going to do a 2014 review because I don't think I make enough items, good quality sewing or offer very much to the sewing community. That's ok, I sew for my enjoyment and I do love it. So I'll do an overview of my sewing. (A few photos of some favourites)

I made a total of 49 items... this includes 14 tops, 9 dresses, 6 pants, and 9 items for Alex which includes tops shirts (4), swimmers (2), a cloak, and some shorts. On top of these 'real' items I made school shorts and trousers, 1 dress for a friend, a tunic for my Mum, 2 other cloaks, a yoga carry bag, 2 shower caps, 5 pairs of undies and a bevy of clothes for little girls out of some leftovers I couldn't throw out and gave to a friend's daughter and I made 4 large cushions for gifts. Also about 15 beach skirts that have nearly all been given away now. I also made jeans but made an error in sizing so I'll be making these come cooler weather in the next size and I think they'll be great.

I bought labels this year, I organised my stash (although that's gone a little to the dogs), I got some new/old machines, got nearly all my machines serviced. I really tried not to buy fabric this year but I went to Sydney once and Melbourne twice and couldn't resist some. I've got 3 things not finished because they have no hope of fitting at the moment but I think I'll finish them and get them out of the way.

The favourite thing I made is the Burda Batwing Dress. I have had many positive comments about this dress and I LOVE it. It is really easy to wear, is easy to make and has such nice drama about it. I have another one planned ... maybe next week.  I made some duds too... but I'm not too worried.. all adds to the knowledge bank so I

In 2015, loose plans would be to make some work appropriate clothing (office attire) in anticipation of getting work, I'd like to try bra making and getting fit worked out a bit better. I would like to use my coverstitch (now that it is serviced) and make some togs for myself.

I want to say thanks for all those who read my little blog, a big, gigantic thanks for those who make the effort to comment as I really love reading them. I want to say thanks to all this who write blogs too as I really enjoy reading all the different styles of blogs. 


  1. Happy New Year ~ we certainly are starting 2015 off with a hot one! Loved your recap, and yes, the Batwing dress is awesome ... J

  2. Tosh, of course you offer something to the sewing world - we are all different, and all have something to offer. For instance, those pants are pretty good - I haven't made any yet. Looking forward to your 2015 makes, Happy New Year.

  3. Happy New Year - I am a big fan of the batwing dress too. It looks like quite a good year to me. All the best for 2015!

  4. Happy new year! The batwing dress is awesome.

  5. I really like your new labels, and your dress. As my mom would say, "make it in every color".
    Happy New Year!

  6. I love that batwing dress too. And your labels.
    Happy New Year!

  7. 49 items is very impressive. I think you do add to the sewing community. Every time someone posts about a pattern or whatever it is very helpful. Before I sew any patterns I check pattern review and google to get any information or see what the garment looks like in real life. ( since I sew so many outdated patterns though often there is nothing :( ) I prefer genuine reviews anyway to the more monetised blogs . However I agree with you blogging should be what you want to do. Happy new year.

  8. Happy New Year! You have had a productive year. Your batwing dress is pretty fabulous! Love the fabric too.

  9. Oh my gosh! You're a sewing machine. At the moment I only dream of being that productive.
    you're Batwing dress is fantastic. That fabric...gorgeous!
    Happy New Year!


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