I've got to ask...where on earth did 2011 go? I think I must have blinked at some point during the year and it disappeared! Luckily, this blog acts as a pretty comprehensive record of my activity, which has helped my reflective efforts.
Firstly, a quick detour via the future. For 2012 I'm taking radical action by throwing out all the rules! Last year, I set myself very specific aims, but I don’t know what they achieved, other than making me feel bad for not satisfying them all. I’m going to totally wing it this year to see which method is ultimately more productive. A highly scientific experiment I'm sure you'll agree ;o)
What I do know is that I want to sew and knit as much as possible, whilst continuing to improve my skills. And I want to savour every minute of it. So there!
Don’t get me wrong, 2011 has had some great highlights – especially getting to meet some amazing bloggers in May and taking up knitting in October. I’ve really fallen head over heels with knitting and I’m proud of my first creations.
However, when I look back at my aims for 2011 and even my half-year roundup, I’m struck by how unbelievably naive I sound. Erm, gee, wouldn’t everyone like to find / make more time to sew?!?
But I have learned an important thing or two in the past year:
- Giving back to the blogging community feels good! I mainly shared knitting tips for beginners and hosted a fair few giveaways.
- I enjoy a good sew-along. So much so that I took part in 4 last year: Casey’s Swing Dress, Sewaholic’s Crescent Skirt, Sewaholic’s Lonsdale Dress and Casey’s Circle Skirt. Casey and Tasia as such excellent tutors, so I'd seriously recommend getting involved with any of their sew-alongs, past and present!
- There’s no need to rush things! I’ve given myself a particularly hard time over not opening an Etsy shop, but really, what’s the hurry!?! I’d still like to do this one day, but I think it’s wiser to take the time to hone some killer skills and develop a unique idea.
I’m so excited to see where this new year takes me, so as I 'aimlessly' set sail into 2012, I’ll leave you with a selection of my good, my bad and my ugly sewing makes of 2011:
I think I had the most fun experimenting with detachable collars! You can see more peter pan collars here and more nautical collars here.
I did some selfless sewing - a top for a friend and some pillowcase dresses for girls living in poverty around the world.
And I managed to squeeze in some commissioned pieces - baby pinnies, a half pinny and an extravagant 'Parisian Princess' pinny!
But 2011 was definitely the year of the skirt for me! I went from never having made one, to making many: aubergine Ginger, western Ginger, self-drafted circle and the Crescent skirt.
Oh, and I loved the simple tops I made - a refashioned dress became my very first Pendrell blouse and I went crazy with three versions of the Sorbetto.
And finally, the bad and the ugly of 2011 had to be ALL of my attempted dresses - my 1940s Swing Dress turned out too big on the waist, my One Pattern, Seven Bloggers dress was rushed to meet the deadline and my Lonsdale was way too small in the bodice!
So here's to 2012 bringing me more luck with dresses!
I'll see you on the other side folks...hope the New Year brings you all happiness, health and as much stitching time as your hearts desire!