Wrapping Up 2013

Here we are, the end of 2013, and time for the Hits and Misses of the year. I was hoping to squeeze a few more posts in before now, but it was not meant to be. You'll just have to trust me when I say that November was very productive. However, this lack of blogging means I've cut down to three hits and misses.

Looking back on the past 12 months, here are the hits:

Rising from the Ashes Blouse

This blouse just ticks all my boxes - comfortable, pretty without being too sweet, goes with just about everything, and can be worn year round. No regrets here!

McCalls 6512

This blouse has a lot in common with the Ashes one, easy to wear and goes with most of my wardrobe.  All that topstitching was well worth it.

Unblogged Ikat Chloe!

Considering how much I love this dress, it's a real shame it didn't get a post of it's own. Victory Patterns' Chloe is one of my favourite patterns, I've made a third version recently, and have a fourth percolating in the back of my mind. 

And the misses:

Winter Wool Trousers

These were a classic case of a pretty decent pattern (self drafted) in the wrong fabric. They just didn't fit in well in my closet, and were only worn once or twice before being donated. Hopefully they have found a new home.

Vogue 8805

I really like this pattern, and this fabric, but they just didn't work well together. I think the fabric was just a bit too crisp. The dress is now a top, and I managed to salvage the rest of the fabric and turn it into a pair of Maritime shorts. It's a pretty cute outfit now, but naturally the shorts are a bit on the small side. Sigh. 

White Jeans

White jeans. The name says it all, really. I haven't had a chance to wear these yet, since it started raining right after I finished them. So they are on the maybe list. 

The other stuff:

This year, I had the chance to meet up with a fair number of local sewing bloggers in real life, which was a real treat. I'm fortunate in that almost everyone I know sews, most of them do not sew for fun, so it's refreshing to meet others who do it for the love of sewing.

I also joined Pattern Review, and I'm finding it pretty handy when I'm tempted by a new pattern. Getting the pros and cons from such a wide variety of sewers is so helpful. In the new year, I hope to add a few more reviews of my own.

As for goals, more consistent photo documentation! I feel like many of us are in the same boat - it can be tricky to find a good time/place/hair day to take photos. Particularly in the winter - the tree-icicles are pretty, but it is a bit chilly to be running around the yard without a parka.

So here we have it, the year in review! Thanks for stopping by, and for all your comments -

Happy sewing to all, and to all a good night!

Merry Christmas


  1. I love your blouses, the first is just stunning (& what a great job I discovered, reading it's post!). Well done saving the dress on your miss list, I couldn't believe it made your misses, but as a top it would be perfect (and shorts, bonus!).

    1. Thanks Shell, I'm really glad those bouses both worked out and get worn so often! And I think the Vogue dress only made the misses list because I just didn't feel like myself in it for some reason. But I have just finished up a new version of the same pattern, so it can't have been that bad!

  2. Good list. Thanks for sharing. I really like your blouses.

    1. Thank you! Now off to check out everyone else's "best of" posts...


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