It has been approximately 11 billion years since my last blog post. Sorry about that. I wish I had a really good, dramatic excuse for my absence. What actually happened was that 2014 turned into a long, ugly shit of a year (a few notable highlights aside), and I set myself back into survival mode for the duration.
Anyway, 2015 is here now (yay!) and I’m a big believer that new years bring new things. So I’m back.
Don’t think that cause I wasn’t blogging that I wasn’t making, though. I actually made rather a lot. As a summary, let me present to you a short series I like to call ‘Poor iPhone Pictures of Things I Made in 2014, but Didn’t Blog About or Take Decent Photos of Because I’m Slack and Was Feeling Emotionally Delicate at the Time’. Catchy, no?
Leather baby shoes for one of the girls from work – from my own pattern.
The beginning of my obsession with ‘proper’ pattern drafting. This was a really simple woven top with a tiny patch pocket – loosely based on one of my favourite RTW tops. I ended up making loads more from this pattern, after I simplified it (when I realised those facings are straight up ridiculous). Many more self-drafted patterns to come this year!
I made a bra. A BRA. Let’s leave that there for now.
I also made more jeans. Not my most triumphant project – they look good, but I was too lazy to make a muslin first, so they have a terrible case of baggycrotch. Not what you want, frankly. I will be fighting with more jeans this year, I think.
I also made a winter coat which I love and I wear every day. More on that another day.
I had been trying to make this teepee for almost the whole of 2014. It was a present for a friend’s daughter which she asked for in January. I finally managed it in November. I know, right? That’s the kind of year I had.
It’s based on the teepee pattern in Growing Up Sew Liberated, but with a few alterations to make it 100 times harder to sew. I aged about 20 years trying to figure out the binding on that square window.
What do you do if you need a hand puppet as a present and you only have 4 hours til the party? Yeah, you know where this is going, right? It’s supposed to be an abominable snowbeast. I used what I had and winged a pattern. It made an 8-year-old happy, though, so job = DONE!
Dress Five! YEAH!! It happened. It actually happened when my son got horrible chicken pox just as he was about to turn two, and slept for almost 4 hours on his birthday. I did considerably better out of this deal, cause I got a new dress for my work Christmas party, and he had the worst birthday ever. Poor lamb.
More on this later, too.
A flamingo Datura for my lovely work friend who got a new job. Because flamingos. Always flamingos.
I also made the peter pan collar version of Datura for myself, but I didn’t take a photo cause I’m slack. I like the pattern well enough, but I feel like it needs modifying for me.
And, last but not least, my first project of 2015 – finished on NEW YEAR’S DAY! Boom, overachieving!
My daughter is obsessed with cats in a way that is still kind of cute at her age, but is going to become creepy in the not too distant future. She apparently now also loves yellow, so I made her this. It seemed appropriate.
The pattern is my own (needs work!), print idea pinched from a random Etsy seller, but redesigned. The design is a freezer paper stencil, which is a really easy way to make fake screen printed shirts, and if you don’t know about it look it up RIGHT NOW, cause it might be the best thing ever.
I’ll leave this there for now, and I’ll try really hard to make my next post worth reading. Stick with me.
Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!