The third new year has passed since I started this blog but this will be the first one I have documented here. I spent my early morning reading several such posts from some of my favourite bloggers and it got me reflecting on my year and my hopes and plans for the year ahead. The Little Tailoress has become a fairly subject specific blog (much more so than I ever intended) so it feels slightly unusual but very ‘right’ to be writing a more general and personal post, not that this isn’t going to include anything sewing related – you are about to be flooded with all the bits that never made it onto the blog in 2014.
As you loyal readers will undoubtedly have noticed over the past few years this space has been horribly neglected between posts and those of you who aren’t also following me on instagram and facebook only ever see a handful of what I actually sew. You also never see any of the other bits and pieces I wanted this blog to include; vintage inspiration, baking, books and beauty. And there is my new years resolution right there- I fully intend for this to change. Of course I don’t expect those of you who are here purely for the sewing to necessarily be interested in these different posts but there will also be more sewing and tutorials alongside them for you.
I always love the start of January, I really enjoy the reflection and planning it brings but this year it is a bit different for me. This is the first time for several years where I haven’t been dragging a black dog with me through the transition from one year to the next. 2014 has been a wonderful year for me in many ways, not least because it was the one where I was finally able to say I was no longer plagued by depression. The gradual lift of that nasty fog has enabled me to achieve more professionally and personally than I had for many years beforehand and makes me look forward hugely to 2015, confident in the hope that it will be a much better blogging year. This ailment is not something I have ever mentioned on the blog or that I care to talk about much in life generally because it is a dreary subject and a very misunderstood illness, also because I strive to be a positive and grateful person and don’t want to be defined by it by myself or others. It is responsible for my patchy blogging over the years, however, and so it feels correct to acknowledge it here.
So time for some pretty pictures! I’ve collaged my year as captured on instagram below including some sewing projects that escaped the blog and just some of my favourite bits of 2014.
Six sewing projects that I never quite blogged…oops! (from top left round to bottom left):
Two sweetheart neckline dresses using the pattern I drafted way back here that I am planning as releasing as part of my sewing pattern range this year.
A quilted makeup bag that I designed and made quite a number of over the year. Expect a tutorial for these in 2015
One of the two Colette Moneta dresses I made in 2014- a super pattern for knits
A 1950s inpired blouse made in beautiful Atelier Brunette cotton
A lomg awaited part of my wardrobe, an oyster pink silk slip.
A dress inspired by the Sew Over It Doris dress which the lovely Lisa was wearing at her summer party (such a lovely evening)
Above is a little range of baby products I designed and developed this year some of which will be part of my pattern label in 2015!
Some of the roses I grew, picked, sniffed and snapped in my tiny London garden in 2014 from top left round to bottom left: Super Fairy, Buttercup, Willam and Katherine with The Queen of Sweden, Handel, Macrantha , The Shepherdess with W&K again and Gentle Hermione.
Time spent with my little Gatsby.
Some highlights of 2014 (top left round to bottom left) A long weekend camping at Featherdown farms, liquid picnics on summer evenings, a trip to see the pioneer quilts at The American Museum in Bath, chocolate pie baking and eating, seeing my favourite songstress live, riding my bike.
I hope you enjoyed this little visual round up of my year. Do you have any resolutions yourself, sewing- related or otherwise?
Happy New Year and thanks for reading as always.