Now I’ve eaten my birth-weight in chocolate, thoughts turn to the the end of one year and the beginning of the next. And happily Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow is running her Top 5 blog series again this year, and posts reflecting on 2013 are popping up all over the place!
I’m going to throw my own top 5 into the mix but given that I haven’t sewn that much this year, I figured I’d do one in each category.
1. Top hit
Has got to be the Bejwelled sweater. It isn’t technically wonderous but it was exactly what I was intending to make. And come on, it has JEWELS.
2. Top miss
The fraying on my Blue brocade skirt is a real shame (though not enough that I’ve actually done anything about it of course, despite the numerous great suggestions from commenters). Don’t get me wrong, I still wear it a lot but I am slightly nervous it will just shred like tissue paper one day at some kind of crucial professional moment. It’s high stakes office-wear!
3. Top reflection
2013 wasn’t the most productive year sewing-wise. I only made 8 items (plus one not yet blogged). That’s disappointing in some ways but really, my year had significant periods of miserableness. I also disappeared from this blog for a pretty long time. What I learnt again was how doing the things you love reminds you who you are, and those reminders can be useful when you’re thrown off course.
4. Top inspiration
My most constant inspiration is everyone in the sewing community. This year I had the opportunity to interview two inspiring people, Tilly and Sarah of Pattern Runway, and I also read dozens of blogs, discovered amazing patterns and admired a long, long list of inspiring projects. The creative, positive and supportive environment that can be found online has been a big part of my life for several years now, and I count myself lucky to have found it.
5. Top goal
I actually have a few goals for next year: dig into my stash, sew some more challenging things, make use of some of the really cool patterns I’ve bought recently…but it kind of boils down to my 2013 goal. Sew more! And of course I want to blog more as well. I like you invisible people.
Have an excellent New Years, whether you’re out raving ’til the break of dawn bouyed up on a sea of champagne or tucked up with a hot chocolate. Catch you on the flip side!