Year in review 2011

I’ve compiled a new page on my blog showing all of the items I’ve sewn for myself this past year. You can see it here or navigate through the top of my blog.

I know I sew quite a bit, not as much as some sewing bloggers, but I didn’t realise how much until I saw it like this.

In total I made 50 items including:

  • 25 dresses
  • 6 skirts
  • 10 tops
  • 1 playsuit
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 nighty and
  • 2 pairs of PJ pants

This doesn’t include sewing for the kids, knitting, crocheting or things for the home. No wonder I’m tired!

Clearly though, not all of these items are on high rotation in my wardrobe. Some have been given to my sister or other friends, others have been refasioned, some just binned.

My favourite and most worn items, in no particular order, include:


(I’ll pop back tomorrow with the right links for these images – I have a pav to make a party to go to)

Since the new year starts shortly, I thought I’d jot down a few sewing goals for 2012.

  • Make less dresses! No one needs 25 dresses per year!
  • Make more seperates – pants, skirts and tops – things that are suitable for teaching.
  • Make a couple of winter jackets and maybe another cape
  • Concentrate on finishing my crochet blanket
  • Focus on knitting projects until they are finished
  • Focus on quality and finishing with each garment – there’s no prize for finishing the most things
  • Use more solids and less wild prints – this will be hard!

I think that’s it. I don’t think there’s anything there that isn’t achievable, though it will be hard to steer away from dress making and wild prints!

I think I’ll also aim to keep my sewing space a little more organised (like the rest of the house), maybe give more handmade gifts (I really let the ball drop on this one at Christmas) and be more restrainted with sewing purchases (how many patterns does one need??).

As this is my last post for 2011, I just wanted to say thanks so much for stopping at  my blog to read about my obsession hobby. I really appreciate your comments, advice, friendships and reading about your creative adventures too.

See ya later 2011!

  • Oh so no one needs 25 dresses but how lovely to have them all!
    What a list – amazing – well done to you.
    Have a great NY and i look forward to seeing what you get up to in 2012.

  • No-one needs 25 store-bought dresses …. but 25 gorgeous one-of-a-kind frocks is a different matter altogether! I vote more dresses 🙂

    Happy new year!

  • It's been so lovely following your blog and your makes this year! To achieve what you have as well as your teaching qualification, you should be mighty proud!

    Super excited to see what 2012 brings!

  • OMG that's such a lot to have sewn! I have yet to review 2011 but I know I wasn't anywhere near as productive as you!

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2012!

  • Joy

    25 dresses! (I think I've made myself 5? total, but really should make more this year). Maybe this will be the year of the pants, or jackets, or something, for you.

  • You are a champion! I don't seem anyone making more than you do, with 3 young kids and study and work. I wish I had half your energy and enthusiasm. Happy New Year!

  • Hi Kristy, it was lovely meeting you the other day! I'm totally on awe of the amount of lovely things you manage to make and look forward to following more of you sewing journey in 2012. Tanya

  • Wow, you really were a busy bee! And what lovely makes you have too! I think your 2012 goals are brilliant…I look forward to following your progress…

  • Goodness you made a lot of stuff. I look forward to seeing what you make in 2012. Happy New year.

  • You've done so well! Especially considering all that you've had on your plate. I really like your style and all the garments that you make. Inspirational becomes an overused word, but that is what you are!