Here’s to 2011 sewing (and a sneaky peek at 2012)

What a year it’s been my fellow stitchers. After an action-packed first half of 2011 (I got married which is more than enough action for anyone, trust me!) I started this blog back in July with no idea as to whether I’d keep it up, or whether anyone would even be remotely interested in my witterings on re-learning to sew and the projects I’d work on. It’s been a total eye-opener, a huge learning curve and a downright chuckle too. But enough of the cliches. Here’s what I made this year:

The year in pics

Phew. I seriously am astonished at how much I’ve got through 🙂 This is what I wrote in my first blog post:

“I want to get good at sewing. I want to improve on my very basic skills and be able to approach a new project with a good dose of confidence. I want to make cute buttonholes, sexy zips… I want to set sleeves dammit. I want to make trousers! Yes! Trousers!”

Trousers aside, I’m so SO incredibly delighted and I can’t wait for 2012. However I do know that I need to work on my techniques, finishing garments correctly, not taking shortcuts, reading pattern instructions BEFORE I start, reading them properly DURING the process, etc etc… basically all that fundamental stuff you guys do so well…

Here are the projects to help:

2012 sewing plans:

  • Having recently discovered Victory patterns I’m going to try out the Hazel dress. It’s too cute for words… so just look at the pics and I’ll shuttup…
  • The love affair with Colette continues. In 2012 I’ll be trying my hand at the Violet, the Ginger and the Negroni, as well as all those patterns from the Colette Sewing Handbook when time allows. Plus I’ll probably revisit the Peony.
  • My first sewalong with Sewaholic will commence in January with the Minoru jacket (as long as I get the right fabric in time)
  • I have yet to make New Look 6000  for Scruffy Badger’s fest but that’s something I’ll turn my attention to between Xmas and New Year – the perfect January dress.
  • I have a bunch of vintage patterns I want to do, including this adorable Simplicity 7845 (middle view and also a Scruffy Badger steal) and this Le-Roy 3133 (view A).
Vintage patterns
2012 sewing aspirations:
Less about specific projects – more about expanding my repertoire and developing my creativity…
  • I’d like to make some trousers: Specifically a pair with a high waist and a pair of pedal pushers.
  • I’d like to make a frothy romantic summer dress, gauzy and light with chiffon and satin and lace and something else gauzy and light but I don’t know my fabrics well enough to say what it is.
  • I’d like to get to know my fabrics better.
  • I’d like to get to know my body better and perhaps make a sloper or two that’s a perfect fit for me.
  • I’d like to draft an item all by myself using my new sloper.
  • I’d like to get into Pinterest a bit more. I signed up but haven’t really used it so much yet.
  • I’d like to really sort out my sewing room so it feels less like a cupboard I struggle to keep the cats out of and more like somewhere to dream/create/get inspired. (Who am I kidding – it’ll still be a mess and the cats will still get in…)

Lastly but most importantly, I’d like to meet (in person) some of you AMAZING women that have made this last six months such a fantastic time.  You are all awesome. Here’s to you <pops cork, clinks glasses>.  Have a blooming lovely Chrimbo and a very debaucherous NY. See you on the other side. Joanne xxx

A cocktail and a beignet

28 thoughts on “Here’s to 2011 sewing (and a sneaky peek at 2012)

  1. What a fabulous collage of makes. I am happy to say that I have been “with” you the whole way. I have been really loving all your fabric and pattern choices. Looking forward to what you do in the new year. Happy holidays!

  2. What an awesome achievement Joanne, and in such a short time! I like your 2012 list too. I’ll definitely be up for a meet up in the New Year, it’s one of the best bits about blogging! Happy Christmas to a fine blogger! x

  3. i want to meet-up with sooo many of the lovely bloggers i’ve “met” online and it makes me sad that nearly all of y’all are on another continent! ew! someone get rid of the atlantic ocean already lol

    i can’t BELIEVE you’ve pumped so much sewing out in such a short amount of time! here’s to an even more successful 2012 🙂

  4. Love your list and particularly your plans to hone your skills. As a fellow newbie to the blogging scene I too have been blown away by the support, community and endless inspiration, and would LOVE to meet you lovely ladies responsible for that! Count me in for a London meet-up! (And actually, any excuse to get across the pond, Lladybird!) xxx

  5. I’m so pleased that I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago! I’ve really enjoyed following your porogress and I too can’t believe how productive you’ve been in such a short period of time! You put me to shame! I sure hope we can meet at a blogger do coming near us soon ;o)

  6. oh my, what an incredible acheivement in such a short time! I’ve really enjoyed reading about all your makes and am looking forward to more in 2012. A blogger meet-up would be fab.

    Merry Christmas! x

  7. here here 🙂 well done on all your bits. All these year end blogs are kicking my ass to get on with mine *rushes off to finish dress so can write a post*. Blog meet up sounds excellent. Well done on all your creating I really enjoy reading all the details and seeing the cats getting their screen time too.

    Merry Christmas,

    xxx

  8. Wow Joanne, ive been sewing a year and haven’t come close to making half the amount of clothes you have! Cant wait to see what u whip up in 2012 🙂

  9. Wow you should be really pleased with all you’ve achieved this year! I’ve just had a look at Victory patterns and think you may have just supplied me with another addiction…

  10. So glad you joined the blogosphere, Joanne. Your makes are so inspiring and your blog is a great read (one of my absolute favourites – ssshh!). Ooh and thanks for the heads up about Victory Patterns – they’re lovely! Have a very happy holiday.

  11. Great to see what you’ve accomplished & also share your plans for the future. I have just ordered Hazel too (isn’t it so dreamy?!) And I also have high waisted trousers on my list (plus oodles of Colette pattern makes). I’ve enjoyed finding your blog recently, so thank you for introducing yourself & a wonderful Christmas & 2012 to you

  12. Happy New Year to you. I have enjoyed reading your blog this year, and I am looking forward to seeing what you create in 2012. I’ll also be joining in on the Minoru Sew-Along. I just picked up my fabric – something completely different than what I thought I wanted when I walked into the fabric store – and I’m really excited about it. Here’s to sewing along together in the new year.

  13. Happy 2012 and congrats on your 2011 accomplishments! I am new to the online sewist community and am about at the place you seem to have been at a year ago – I hope to achieve as much as you have in a year 🙂 I share your love of Colette – maybe I’ll see you in some sewalongs! cheers! 🙂

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