Going through the blog for this last year to put this together was pretty astonishing.
I’m especially impressed by all the fantastic discussions we’ve had here. No drama, no snark, just a lot of very thoughtful ideas and opinions from some really smart and creative people.
I want to thank all of you for participating so fully in this blog. As it’s evolved over time, one thing I’ve realized is that my favorite part of blogging is hearing from you.
And not just because I’m vain and like the validation (though I won’t deny those instincts), but because you guys always contribute useful, inspiring ideas and fresh points of view. And you do it with respect for each other, which is rare on the interwebs.
So thank you for being a part of this.
I rounded up a few of my favorite posts from this year. 10 projects that I made, 10 interesting discussions we had, and 10 of my favorite tutorials.
10 favorite projects I sewed:
- My first full-on underwire bra
- The bra-slip (I love this and wear it all the time!)
- Blue clovers with welt pockets (look how short my hair was!)
- A matchy-matchy Negroni (Kenn’s favorite shirt)
- My blue linen Juniper pants
- A Liberty shift dress
- An electric blue Hazel
- An embroidered Hazel
- My dream jacket (a camel wool Anise)
- Peaches and cream lounge set (I wear this a lot too)
10 favorite discussions we had:
- Sewing Summit and “Perfect” Sewing
- Is “trendy” a dirty word?
- How to develop good sewing habits
- Can sewing make you a happier person?
- What to do when taste and body don’t match
- Killing your darlings
- How much is too much?
- What are your 100 perfect pieces?
- 7 tips for using the fabric you have
- What are your style signatures?
10 favorite tutorials or tips:
- Video: How to sew an invisible zipper
- Sewing a fly front
- Bound buttonholes
- Single welt pockets
- 15 things home sewers can learn from industrial sewing
- Corded loop pockets
- How to sew a blind hem
- Tips for using beautiful eyelet borders
- Simple tips for photographing your projects
- Floral applique
We also introduced Lily, Hazel, and Iris in the Spring and Juniper and Anise in the Fall. In addition to all of this, we had a great Anise Sew-along with lots of you participating. Really fun stuff guys!