Saturday 31 December 2011

My First Year Dressmaking.

I have for many years been a sewing crafter, presents, toys, useful things for the house, curtains ect, so I know I have a creative side but I think it had a rather long holiday. I must have needed a new challenge, in steps dressmaking! I bought myself a few patterns as a Christmas present for myself last year and my first item for a New Years party.

I still love and wear this loads! I was elated to have finished something that I really could wear, I have never been known for following instructions well or even completing things I start! So one challenge I am still able to say I have conquered.

With the dressmaking bug in full flow I knew from day one that I wanted a wardrobe made of self stitch stuff. I think I have done well with 20 items of clothing just for myself! Every new items was a challenge I truly learnt something new. I feel that my main concerns for dressmaking is making too much, once I have had a beginning of season flurry of activity I don't really need to do to much more, my aim is not to have bursting at the seems wardrobe, so I will be working harder at this next year.So here are a few of this years makes :

I have found the on line community invaluable, I started off with Sew Weekly challenges of which I think I have joined in about a dozen or so. I have loved the sew along and challenges that brings a lovely crowd together I have been involved in :

I also created my own little button and flickr group as a show case for everyone that made or refashioned their own clothes. I was really pleased with the response and felt inspired to do more in the future.

So what have I learnt? how do I feel about 2011, well, I know that being apart of a community or group really inspires me. I also feel that my ethos of having practical clothing or my own style is something I still am having to work on, including the quantity.I feel that this has been a missing link in my life and why did it take me so long to find!! I feel that my creativity has been reborn and this is just the beginning, so 2012 here we come!!


  1. You made great projects ... Happy new you.m

  2. Happy New Year to you Charlotte! You were one of the first people to comment on my blog,and I really appreciated being welcomed into an online sewing community of like-minded women. I look forward to seeing all the new creations of 2012.

  3. Charolette ,
    I want to say you have really amazed me this year..The things you have made are beautiful, just unbelievable that you have only sewed for a year.
    The first year I sewed, everything went in the garbage, you couldnt even wear it around the
    So proud of you.. Happy sewing 2012.. and thankyou for being such a sweet friend.

  4. I loved that yellow top, so happy. Your things are lovely and you have even made trousers this year! Fab job Charlotte, what progress you have made, I am looking forward to seeing what you make next year x

  5. Happy New Year! I love all of your projects from 2011, and cannot wait to see what you sew in 2012!

  6. The yellow top is awesome.....and so it your hard-working girl dress...with the scarf!!!