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!


  • 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!


  1. What an amazing year! Everything you've made is so lovely, and the workmanship is exquisite. I'm so glad to have discovered your inspiring blog, and am looking forward to seeing what you make in 2014. Happy new year!

    1. Thank you so much Danielle! That's a beautiful comment. Happy New Year to you too and I look forward to seeing more of your work too.