Blog-anniversary : Happy 1 + contest
Here we are! Already a year of blogging! Happy birthday to my blog! Time is flying but I really feel like I have evolved along the way, whether it be my sewing level (I started again after a few years so I had to remember some techniques I totally forgot), the challenges I gave to myself, my posts (more developed now) or the photographs (thanks to my lovely partner who improved a lot as well); but mostly the styles of my own clothes and my tastes.
Sewing has allowed me to find my own style without having to buy clothes from a shop that don’t entirely fit me. For instance, I always loved dresses but as I couldn’t find any I liked for winter, I was wearing jeans every day (hard to believe right). Since I started to sew, everything is different.
At first, I used to buy patterns on impulse. I would make them because I really liked them but without really thinking if they would suit me or not. Then Eléonore, from Deer and Doe did the Wearability Project, a way to really think about what you are sewing and taking into consideration your body style and your needs. This project was a really good thing for me as I always want to wear the clothes I make; not just blog about them and then leave them in the wardrobe. So I really took the time to think about what style I wanted, what normally would or wouldn’t suit me, all the while taking into consideration my tastes and the location where I live. In the end I chose to make dresses, dresses, dresses, and then some tops and skirts as well of course. I decided not to make patterns like Aime comme Mistral from Aime comme Marie, or the blouse Marthe from RDC as I know in advance they won’t suit me. I’m spending more time looking at sizes charts of every pattern company, to be sure that I won’t have to adjust it too much to my mensurations.
If you look at what I have sewn this year : it is about 20 dresses, 10 tops and 8 skirts that suit me and that I wear often. Then obviously I had some bad sewing projects that I didn’t speak to you about (mainly because of a poor choice of fabric or pattern). So as you guessed, sewing is not always the best way to make savings! But at least I create all of the stuff myself, which I guess it is a good thing right! He are almost everything I sew, let’s have a look!
My 2014 challenges were :
- Find my style : I think i did
- Have good finishes : since I bought my serger and use French seams I’m way happier with finishes
- Make good plaids match : getting better every time with training
My challenges for 2015 are :
- get better at techniques and try more difficult things
- try out more colours than blue (big challenge)
- trying more shops in Montreal to find some reasonably priced fabrics that don’t compromise on quality
My projects for 2015 are :
- Make a bathing suit
- Try to make a bra that fits me and is nice
- Try a coat or a spring jacket
- make some other dresses for my nieces
I am really happy I started this blog-adventure last year as I’ve made some good sewing friends thanks to it, and I got the chance to share my experiences and passion with others. Friday night, I was thrilled to see that my blog got chosen as the winner of the Made In Blog Award (Canadian contest) in the DIY Category, which is a huge surprise! The perfect ending to this amazing year.
To thank you all for being so kind to me, commenting on my blog and sharing your experiences with me, I’ve made a contest for you! It is simple : you just have to comment on this post and let me know which of my sewing projects from the past year was your favourite (you can look at them again on the pictures above). I will choose a winner at random, and I will make a garment for her myself, tailored to her size! I have Clo to thank for giving me this nice idea !
I selected 3 patterns that represent me because I’ve made them a few times : The opale Dress, from Ivane Soufflet, the Cami dress from Pauline Alice and finally the Datura top with gathered sleeves by Deer and Doe. I’ll let the winner choose which she likes the most.
The contest starts now and runs until Thursday December 18th at 10pm (GMT -5, Montreal time) and it is obviously open to all international readers! The contest is now closed – Thanks for your massive participation – I’ll chose randomly the winner and announce it saturday 20th of december latest.
This contest is in partnership with Little Fabrics, a very nice fabric e-shop that I like a lot and where I buy a lot of my materials. Cynthia will let me choose the fabric I want for the garment so it will be a surprise for you but I’ll try to respect your style and taste!
Good luck to y’all!