Here we are almost at the end of another year! 2013 was a very busy year for me and my blog. I made so many projects: clothes, crafts, and home DIY projects. I even made a few jewelry projects, something totally new for me. I have enjoyed taking a little time off during this Christmas after all of my business. A little rest is just what the doctor ordered.
There was some fun socializing done with other bloggers this year and I really enjoyed getting to know some of my colleagues in this new medium. It’s nice to meet a few of you in person, finally! In June, I met up with a nice group of sewing bloggers for a weekend of fabric shopping in Los Angeles, and to attend Jess from Me Sew Crazy’s Girls Night Out dinner. I had fun helping to figure out where we would all eat and showing some out of towners our fun fabric shopping city. In September I attended The Sewing Summit where I made some great contacts, and met new sewing friends.
I opened an Etsy shop and sold my vintage fabric kids and home designs at a few craft fairs. And I realized that I DON”T like sewing clothes for money and don’t want to do that anymore.While I love sewing for myself and the girls, I have to be in the mood to make something or else I just hate doing it and it becomes a hard way to make a buck. As a matter of fact, it almost turned me off to sewing forever and I needed to take a long sewing break after the last craft fair in early December. But the good thing is you never know what you really want to do until you try it.
I toyed with the idea of starting a pattern line and also learned that that doesn’t really interest me either. I just don’t have the desire to learn the program required, and frankly, I’m not very detailed when it comes to placing notches, labeling things perfectly, etc. But I do love showing people how to make patterns for themselves and will continue to have more pattern making DIY tutorials on ye old blog. One thing I am excited about is writing about sewing and crafts. I have a few magazine articles I will be writing for Sew News magazine next month and will be contributing at The Sewing Rabbitt as well as at Mod Podge Rocks.
On the technical front, I switched from Blogger to a self hosted WordPress site and am still ironing out those kinks and pending hours how to figure stuff out. It’s like starting blogging all over again!
One thing I noticed this year is I started to make myself less and less clothing, as I was accepting to do guest posts and pattern tours for lots of kids projects. The truth is, while I love sewing for my kids , I really want to get back to sewing for myself this coming year and am looking forward to sharing lots of fashion sewing projects and tutorials with y’all!
And now onto my favorite projects from 2013!
This Little dress I made Genevieve from a men’s shirt and a 1942 embodied my love of vintage looks for little girls who aren’t big enough to have a say in what they wear yet. If I could I would have my girls running around looking like Shirley Temple all the time! This tribal minidress I made for Isabelle was fierce. Her friends really wanted me to make them some too, a sign of success when sewing for teens. I was like,”Sorry I only bought two yards of this fabric, girls!” As you can see the Shirley Temple phase is a short lived one . You should have seen this one with her little blonde curls and old fashioned dresses when she was little…So cute.
Inspired by an LMFAO song, this wild outfit was fun to design for Gigi. We had a lot of fun down in Venice Beach on this photo shoot. If you’ve never been to Venice Beach, one of my fave spots for rollerskating and people watching, come check out my post. We got to meet the cast of Freaks that day.This little chambray dress ended up being worn to death bu Lily last summer.I loved this skirt on Lily and wrote a tutorial for it.I made these earrings from Mod Podge Melts…..
I designed this dress for Gigi.
This dress made from Liberty of London fabric for Gigi turned out to be her favorite item of 2013. She still is wearing it, although it’s too short so she wears it over jeans and with a T shirt under it.
I sewed this silk dress for charity….and learned how to make tucks.
I created lace bottles and mason jars for the holidays…My self designed and draped Mad Men dress is one of my favorites of the year and this was such a fun photo shoot, evoking my Sew Country Chick style perfectly. Everyone needs a photo of themselves that makes them feel this fierce!
Well, I don’t know if I will be quite this productive this next year. Maybe I will slow down a bit and spend more time on the details of things. Sounds like a plan!
How about you? What are your creative plans for the new year?