2014 Sewing Review

2014 has come and gone! This had been one of the most challenging year I’ve had since graduating from college, mainly because its so hard feeling sick so much (pregnancy, then postpartum issues, then the flu season w/ lil K in school) and dealing with the changes in my ever expanding family and work. Luckily, I have sewing to keep me sane. When I was feeling down, sewing made me happier, when I was feeling overwhelmed, sewing calmed me down, when I was feeling tired, sewing actually gives me more energy (well, except that first 3 month of pregnancy)!

I’ve still made quite a lot of things considering how busy/sick I was all the time. Here is the total count:

number made
Coat/Outerwear 3
machine knit sweater 3
hand knit sweater 2
maternity dress 3
pants 2
Shirt (long sleeve) 2
Shirt (short sleeve) 3
Skirt 1
Little K dress 3
accessories 2
dress for friend 1
quilt 1
Refashions 3
 total 28

Project started : project completed/kept : project often worn ratio this year:


Here are the fails that did not hold up to wearing:

I really cant stand the too-high pocket after wearing it a few times. I am going to have to re-make this =_= again.
The skirt part was just too narrow – so I strained a few seams when walking around. I was “meh” about this dress, so it got donated.

Things I made for others that gets a lot of wear:

Well, she wore it to her wedding, so I assume its got its use out of it! 🙂

Some basics that I made – they got a lot of wear (or i think they will) but I am not super duper excited about them:

Here are some makes thats frosting – I really like them, but only get to wear them once in a while:

I like this dress, but doesnt get more occasions to wear it after the wedding. I have a friend who LOVES blue and wears nothing but shades of blue. So I gifted it to her.

Here are some of my favorite projects that I wear very very often – they are not quite basics but fit in my wardrobe so well:

All three of them gets a lot of wear – scarf, skirt, and sweater!

(This maternity dress had been altered to be breastfeeding friendly now – so I am still going to be wear it for a bit!) Also I almost forgot the knitted sweater there.

And of course, my FAVORITE make of this year:

I have to thank my hubby for taking  & processing photos without complaint for yet another year. Taking standard outfit photos are pretty boring for him (and we do not have time to go fancy these days, just a quick backyard shoot will do). Its like me altering something for him every other week (which he rarely burdens me with), so I feel lucky that I roped in such a great partner in my blogging! 🙂

I also have to thank my mom for helping me so much with the babies and house work. Without her, I probably wont have that much time for sewing! Also my dad for all his sewing related garage sale finds 🙂 I am much stocked up on threads and sewing machines these days!

Lastly, I want to thank my readers – thank you for checking out my blog for another year! I love having an audience out there for all my sewing related excitement. I especially thank those who commented on my posts, I really appreciate you taking the time to give me feedback and it gives me much happiness!

I also have some new year resewlution (haha!) – comment more on other sewing blogs! For the past years I’ve been reading blogs on my iphone and its a pain to enter comment there. But I really do love some of the makes out there and to be honest, when I am bored out of my mind feeding little A or putting little K to bed, seeing posts with sewn garments perks me up. So this year, I want to try to make an effort and go back to my reader with my laptop and comment on at least the posts with finished garments that inspires me!

10 thoughts on “2014 Sewing Review

  1. I like your resewlution to comment more, and it is inspiring me to do the same! I’ve followed your blog for awhile, because I’m also a petite seamstress, and seeing someone else’s creations is very helpful!
    What patterns did you use for the thick knit socks and the striped t shirt?

    1. aww awesome! 🙂 i wish you have a blog for me to follow! the thick knit socks used this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cottage-slipper-socks-knit. and the striped shirt… i actually am not sure! i realized i’ve made that pattern amybe 4 times and each single post does not mention which pattern! hah! its one of the burdastyle magazine patterns – i altered it to fit me and never recorded down which pattern it was! ill try to find out.

      1. Oh, I have that pattern saved in my favorites! I need to try it!
        I do have a blog, but I haven’t posted in a very long time, and rarely post about my sewing. 🙂 I should do so more.
        If you care to look, it is: hannahshovel.blogspot.com

  2. Some beautiful makes — especially the cute new baby! I love reading your blog and look forward to seeing what you sew in 2015!

  3. It looks like a pretty impressive output to me! Especially with the pregnancy– I’m close to the end of my 4th month of that now, and still haven’t had a day yet where I haven’t felt nauseous! Since I’m finally feeling ok enough to start making some maternity clothes, I’m curious how you altered the dress for breastfeeding?

  4. Your resewlution resonated with me. I follow a couple dozen sewing, knitting, and DIY blogs through Feedly and have a regular stream of content to read every day, but I only comment once a week or so. Like you, I find it a pain to comment from my phone, but that’s really no reason not to show my support for the makers, teachers, and all-around good content-creators I enjoy so much. I’ve just kicked off a blog of my own (last night, in fact), and I hope that by both posting on my own site and commenting on others’ work I can be more involved in the making community. So thank you so much for continuing to write one of the blogs I enjoy reading, and I look forward to seeing you around!

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