Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Yearly round-up

So... it's kind of depressing to look back on 2014 and realise just how little I have actually made this year. Eight items of clothing only (plus some small crochet items) - nowhere near the amount I have made in previous years.

When I began doing my PGCE to retrain as a teacher a little over two years ago, I never imagined how little I would end up sewing. I knew that teaching would be busy - much busier than my 9-5 desk based job with no take home work, which I did previously, but it's somewhat depressing to see just how much teaching has taken over from everything else.

Admittedly, this year (since September at least) I've been at a different school, having completed my NQT year, and actually I seem to be slowly gaining more of my weekend time back, so I'm hoping that 2015 will be much more productive that 2014!

All bar 1 of the 8 items I made this year have been dresses - and mostly dresses from patterns I have previously made, which means that I have been able to turn them around much quicker than if I was using a new pattern. This is very much a result of having limited time last year. Sadly, that also means that all the lovely vintage patterns I have in my stash, that I really want to make, have been left languishing because they require more time that I have had up to date.

However, I am determined that this year will change - I have already created a muslin of a vintage 50s wiggle dress to test for fit and this needs to be sewn up in the actual fabric ready for a wedding at the start of February - so that is my first goal for 2015!

I am also determined that I will give myself much more sewing time this year as well. Much as I love my job, I am not going to allow it to take over everything any more.

On the plus side this year, I actually managed to teach myself to crochet! Thanks mainly to the blog Attic24. Lucy provides some of the best, clearest, instructions I have managed to find and she has turned me into a crocheter! As a result, I actually managed to make 3 crochet based presents - a cuddly rabbit for my youngest niece (Craftsy pattern), a bobble hat for her older sister and a crochet owl as part of my own sister's Christmas present (using this great free pattern by BunnyMummy).

Taken from Bunny Mummy
(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Stella Bunny Crochet Pattern
Taken from Craftsy
So...... Goals for 2015. I'm not normally one for New Year's resolutions - as I invariably end up breaking them, but in 2015 I am determined that:

  • I will carry on with the crochet - It's incredibly relaxing and I can also do this whilst sitting in the lounge with the hubby so I don't feel like I'm being anti-social.
  • I will sew at least 2 of my vintage patterns this year.
  • I will try to give myself sewing time at the weekends whenever I can - I'm busy during the week, but there's no excuses at the weekend. 
What about everyone else? Any crafting related resolutions for 2015? 


  1. It was encouraging to read this post. I remember thinking that teaching would allow time for sewing. Lol! Thank goodness it is another creative outlet and very fulfilling. You should be proud to say that you have eight makes this year in addition to having learned to crochet. That is impressive considering all that you have taken on,

    1. Thanks Anna! Yes in hindsight it's not too bad but hopefully I'll be more productive next year! Hope you've had a good 2014 too.