Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Recap/ Happy New Year, It's Gonna be a GREAT One!!!

Happy, Happy, Happy New Year! I'm so glad to have crossed over into another year!!! 2013 was a great year. I haven't done a recap in a while but I'm still very much logging hours for my 10,000 Hour Challenge and I was fortunate enough to devote 1235 hours to sewing/sewing related activities!!!! Well over my 1000/year goal!!! For that I'm super excited.  There sure has been alot going!. I'll try my best to highlight the year through pictures here....Here's a few of my favorite looks from the year. You can see all of them and get pattern numbers by visiting my Blog Archive on lower right of my blog.

Most Worn


 



Other Favorites















I Sewed for Others
 (Newborn dress, diaper cover and headband)


(Mother of the Groom Dress)

(Jr. Bridesmaid dress)

 (Savannah State University Embellished bodysuits and Custom Made gauntlets for Homecoming)

(Birthday Girl's dress for Masquerade Ball)


New Purchases
 (My PHENOMENAL double sided cutting table with AMPLE storage)

(My first Industrial Machine)


Other Cool things that happened.....
 (I'm planning on another round for this year. Be ready to tackle your biggest sewing challeng/fear in this challenge)

 (I met James McFarland aka "Gentleman Jim" and has kinda taken up an apprenticeship with him. Learning from a Master Tailor has been amazing. Check out his blog here.....http://finetailoringbyjim.blogspot.com/)
(Hanging with Mr. Jim in his studio)

 (I taught 3 Burda Style classes. I'll be teaching another class this January and one more in February)
(I transitioned from full time work to full time self employment. It's been amazing spending full time focusing on my business of 9 years. Here's my new logo)

 (clothing labels)


(I got to sew a fancy dress for myself!)

(I'm teaching myself how to drape)

Well that's most of my year at a glance. Can't believe how FAST it all went. I'm planning to have an even more SPECTACULAR year this year. I've got some great goals this year and am finalizing them. I'll reveal soon. Can't wait!!!! I hope your New Year's off to a great start!!!! Happy New Year again!

18 comments:

  1. It's amazing how much you squeezed in a year! Yours was the first sewing blog I ever read and it's really inspirational. :-)

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    1. Thanks HM, I really appreciate you following along with me!

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  2. You certainly made some fabulous clothes last year - I look forward to seeing what you accomplish this year. And of course I am very jealous that you are being mentored by Gentleman Jim!

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    1. Thanks Twotoast! I didn't feel too accomplished until I went back and reviewed the year. Hoping to do bigger and better things this year. And yes Gentleman Jim is a true blessing. He's definitely been helping me conquer some of my "Home Sewer issues"!

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  3. I agree that you sewed some fabulous garments in 2013! 2014 is sure to be another wonderful year for you!

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  4. Your blog is inspiring; and so exciting to see all you take on and accomplish! Look forward to what comes next. In fact, I have been in awe of your and Gentleman Jim's blogs and your skills. I kind of turned off all my jets at the end of '13 because I was being led in too many directions and not charting my own course. Just reading your recap made me realize what my own focus is going to be. Trying to solve my own fit issues and those in my immediate family. I will continue to follow you two.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa and it's awesome you're going in a direction you're happy with! I wish you all of the best with your sewing endeavors too!!!

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  5. I don't post here as much as I would like, but I love your positivity, your blog in general, and a thank-you to introducing me to Gentleman Jim. Best of luck and healing, hopeful rays of light to you to achieve the best goals ever in 2014.
    Hugs, Tina in San Diego
    my blog: google Artelicious ....

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    1. Awwww....Big HUGS back to you Tina! Thanks for your positivity! Thanks for mentioning your blog, I'll be sure to check it out!!!

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  6. WOW! Amazing creations. I especially love the top in the third photo from the top and the beautifiul tiered peach one. Did you write about making them in previous posts? I would love the dates so I can know what patterns you used. Your work is amazing. You, Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) and Goodbye Valentino, are major inspiration for me and I am determined that once I get new knees in the Spring, I am getting back to sewing for me. My most recent sewing was for a Christening layette made from the bride's gown. I made a Christening gown from a 1968 McCalls pattern, as well as a boy's romper (from the parts of the gown without sequins, pearls or embroidery) and a boy's hat as well as a girl's bonnet, a full-length coat and a shorter "sacque" type of jacket with some embroidery on the fronts. Took forever and if I never see white poly satin again it will be too soon, but the items were well received. I am trying to lose another 50 lbs before surgery and then will be a size I am happier with. Then I can get busy and revamp my sad, tired wardrobe. I may have to start with a top like the one in your third photo. Not sure I could pull off the tiered one but would like to try. Happy New Year, and thanks for all the inspiration.

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    1. Hi Nancy!!! Glad to hear from you. You can find pattern number and descripts of the interested tops in my Blog archive. For instance you don't have to look through them all. The "Salmon tiered top" is in there by name and the third one I believe is called the "Zebra print peplum". Sorry I didn't have time to go back and number everything. Thanks so much for following along with me and including me in such a wonderful list of sewing bloggers. I'm delighted to hear you'll be getting back to sewing. Sounds like you've got the passion for it! I've had a project like the Christening gown and I was all too happy to see it walk out my door! LOL! I have no doubt you'll be able to get your wardrobe back in shape when you get to sewing. I wish you all the best!!!

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    2. Victoria, thank you so much for the reply and for giving me the names by which I can find the posts for those two wonderful tops. Yes, it can be a major relief when embroidered and beaded poly white satin goes out the door - even if I swear bits of it still twinkle from my carpet! Your work is beautiful and I am so glad I found your blog.

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  7. I love your blog
    followed
    http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Zara May! I'll definitely be sure to check out your blog as well:)

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  8. Wow what a year you've had! I hope 2014 is even better.

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  9. Looks like you had an incredible year and thank you for sharing it with us!!! Can't wait to see what the new year brings for you. Happy New Year!!!

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  10. You had a very productive year!

    Where did you get the material for the black-and-white animal print maxi dress you wore? Add some sleeves and big 'ole hat and that is so my style!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and for following me on my 10,000 Hour Sewing Challenge:)

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