Update on my sewing goals

In January I set myself some sewing goals for the year, and as we’re now nearing the end the year (where has the time gone?) I thought it would be good to have a little look back and see how things have gone.

My goals were:

  • Make a pair of trousers that fit me.
  • Make at least one pattern from an independent designer.
  • Make things I will wear regularly.
  • Make at least one item a month.
  • Participate in at least one sew-a-long.
  • Complete the Craftsy Couture dress course.

So how have I done?

I’ve made a pair of trousers that fit.  Back in April I used Simplicity 2562, an Amazing Fit pattern, to make these trousers.

I’ve used not one, but 2 indie patterns – Colette’s Laurel dress, which I’ve made once and By Hand London’s Anna dress, which I’ve made twice.   

I’m also getting better at making things I’ll wear regularly.  Both the Linen Laurel and my maxi Anna were worn quite a bit over the summer and the various jersey tops I’ve made have had plenty of wear.  I struggle slightly in that I although don’t need to dress overly smartly for work I prefer to make dresses, which sometimes don’t fit in with what I actually need to wear. 

I’ve made at least 19 items this year, including a Mother of the Groom outfit and a wedding dress.  There may also be a couple of items I’ve forgotten:









Vogue 1194         
Laura’s wedding dress


To be revealed!

I participated in my first sew-a-long, Scruffy Badger’s Polka Dot Frock Fest way back in February.  What a wonderful array of polka dot New Look 6000’s were to be seen!

My only fail has been my failure to even start – let alone finish – the Craftsy Couture Dress course.  There always seems to be something else I’d rather be doing!  It doesn’t help that I don’t like the pattern used, but I suppose even just watching the lessons I’d learn something!  Must do it!!

Maybe that should go at the top of my list of goals for 2014?!
Did you set yourself any sewing goals this year?  How did you do?





  1. You've done brilliantly against the target you set yourself - well done :)

    1. Thanks Jaqc. I'm quite surprised and very happy that I achieved so much.

  2. I totally enjoyed this post.. You really accomplished your 2013 goals.. Congrats..

    1. Thank you Judy. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

  3. What you've achieved is a real accomplishment. Congrats.

  4. Lovely things, i think my favourite is your Anna dress. I've got that Craftsy course too, and haven't started it either! I even bought one of the other patterns she recommends. Next year?!


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