30.12.13

Year in review

As the year 2013 comes to a close it's a good time to reflect on what I did for the year and to contemplate what I would like to do in 2014. The past year has been most challenging for me in almost every aspect of my life. At this year end I have given up one of my dance teaching jobs and I have taken a break from sewing for others. It may not seem like much but it has stemmed from a difficult year with a couple frustrations from my PhD program, my spiritual life and generally being a grown up. I'm the type of person that will say yes to everything and I look at all challenges with an attitude that I can overcome them all. I've learnt my lesson this year that pushing myself to the limit will only wear me out and turn me into a dull girl. Mind you it does remind me of what I am capable of, and that's to be excellent at whatever I put my hands to!

This year I made bridesmaids dresses for 3 weddings; 13 dresses in total. What a task. I never anticipated that making similar styles for different sizes could be so daunting. Sometimes when a pattern has to be altered  it's like making an entirely new pattern/ dress.

I painted 51 overalls for a gospel choir (with help from my talented sister and cousin).For my large non sewing tasks I like to get a bit of help from my family members. All the designs for these were drawn by me with love as the inspiration.


I made abut 6 items for different family members and a few other dresses, tops, skirts for lovely client friends......actually double digits, by no means a few. I was able to practice, lean and fine tune many skills. I also started to use patterns a lot more this year to make garments.


I even had time to make some dresses and other things for myself. In my opinion my wardrobe is still lacking! I really need to work on a few key items next year.

Additionally I made about 20 gore/ fish tailed skirts and 9 short sleeved jackets for a choir very close to my heart, dance uniforms galore- different groups, different styles, a couple swimsuits and a few handmade delights. Peew, I survived it all!

Favorites:-

  • Green bow back dress
  • White with black polka dot vintage style dress
  • A linen dress for a friend (I have no pictures)
  • Maid of honour pink bridesmaids dress (poor picture quality)


Look out 2014:-


  • Clothes items for me- Black jacket, a pair of denim jeans, twill shorts, dresses dresses dresses
  • A pair or two trousers for my husband
  • I want to try my hand at facinators and sashes a bit more
  • Ariation labels- If anyone knows a good online label company please let me know
  • Better photography and capturing everything I make (camera needed)
  • Clear my stash so I can start buying fabric again
  • New blog design, maybe
I'm so honoured to have you readers and I do hope that 2013 fades out well and 2014 brings new joys, hopes and successes. Thanks for being here, 
God bless!











24.12.13

Merry Christmas

May Christ live in you heart this season and always! 


God bless!

19.12.13

Damask wedding- Flower girl dresses

Hello everyone, I hope all is well. How are things coming along this Christmas season? Today I'm just going to show you some pictures of the dresses I made for the little loves for the December wedding. 



I made the dresses using crepe back satin, sheet lining, organza and damask print cotton sateen. The skirt has 4 layers of circle skirts with the organza layers hemmed with the nylon fishing line to give it a wavy edge. The design was a copy cat of a little girl's dress the bride came across on the internet. 











I made so many hand made flowers for the dresses and hair that my fingers got punctured a few times :( I need to make use of a thimble for sure next time. The flowers are not difficult to make and I definitely recommend giving it a try (tutorial anyone?). 

The two girls looked absolutely delightful just as their personalities are. 

I hope you enjoyed the post, God bless!


8.12.13

Preview- Flower girl dresses Dec 2013

I've finished the 2 flower girl dresses and 3 bridesmaids dresses in less than the 10 days! I can now see about what I'll sew up for Christmas day. Looking forward to next week when one of my best friends gets married to her beloved.  God bless!