2013 Update

I can’t believe it is so long since I put a post up on my blog. It is not because I haven’t been sewing although that has taken a bit of a backseat lately with everything else that has been going on. I thought the last day of the year was a good place to upload some of my sewing adventures and take time to reflect and plan for 2014.

The last 6 months has been a bit of a whirlwind – we moved house which was stressful but every cloud has a silver lining and we found a house with a turret which means that I have my own sewing room – no more sharing a corner of the spare bedroom. I can retreat upstairs with a cup of coffee and Radio 4 to spend many an hour thinking of things to do!


I will post a photo of the interior once I have tidied up a bit – it is organised chaos at the moment (that is gill speak for a complete mess).

I also got an opportunity for a working trip to Dallas in the US for my company conference followed by a week in California which was great fun but hard work and I flew out 2 days after moving house so my suitcase was filled with whatever was to hand which meant that I had completely the wrong clothes for the 30 degree heat in Dallas. You just can’t imagine that sort of heat when it is a cold, miserable and wet day in the UK.

Anyway to the point – what have I been doing on the sewing front? Well I did have some success with the Anna dress from By Hand London which is described as “an effortless dress” – not so sure about effortless as it took me a few goes to get the fit right on top.


I did make another one in an orange tie dye fabric but didn’t get around to hemming it before the 6 days of summer passed! I did actually wear this dress a couple of times which is unusual for me.

Other than that not so much success with the following:


Actually this was a simple top to make and the fit was good even though I didn’t spend as much time fussing over the fit as I normally do – however I am wondering what on earth possessed me to make this up in a very heavy spandex type of fabric?


Absolutely hideous – it did nothing for me apart from make me look fat and frumpy and then … and then to make matters worse I went and sewed a skirt in the same material!!!!!!!!


Needless to say neither has been worn by me outside or inside the house. What was I thinking? I will make the top again but will choose something light and silky next time.

Next I turned my attention to this:


… and made this ….


I really liked this and I learnt how to do a stand up collar but then I have absolutely nothing to wear with it apart from jeans. The trouble is that being a pear shape to start with this was not a flattering look as it made me look very hippy to say the least. I did flirt with the idea of making a straight skirt in the same fabric as the collar – what do you think?

By now I was totally sick of making clothes that did not fit or flatter so started doing some crafty things and made lots of fabric boxes and totes to give as Christmas presents. A sample of which can be seen below:


So there you have it – a round up of the last 6 months. There doesn’t seem to be much to show for all the effort, perspiration and tears but then I have learnt some lessons which I will be posting about tomorrow. Yes – posts on this blog are like buses – you wait ages for one and then two come together!

Happy New Year everyone x

4 thoughts on “2013 Update

  1. Fifty Dresses December 31, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    Your own sewing room – how wonderful!! Thanks for the honest (but too-hard-on-yourself) review!
    Happy New Year to you, too!

    • gillymakes December 31, 2013 / 9:58 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I am afraid that I suffer from a severe case of self criticism for the most part. I blame it on being a child of the sixties🙂

  2. foamofdays December 31, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    Happy New Year Gill! You are too hard on yourself – you made quite a few fabulous items in 2013. I like your polka dot top with a stand up collar, might be worn with black trousers perhaps?

    • gillymakes December 31, 2013 / 10:00 pm

      I will keep this top in my wardrobe – if I can rid myself of a few pounds next year I have a nice pair of trousers that may go well.

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