As 2013 draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the previous months and what they have meant to me from a creative point of view. Last year I blogged about the highs and lows of 2012 (oh my, I did have a couple of lows). This year I have decided to join in the fun with Crafting a Rainbow and tell you about the Top 5 of 2013. I have decided to share with you the opportunities and experiences that have come my way this year because of my wonderful hobby.
1. Road Testing a couple of Patterns for Sewing-Online
Back in April I was approached by Kim from Sewing-Online who asked me if I would like to create something from a couple of patterns of my choice from them. When I had blogged about my creations my posts would be mentioned on their site. Well I was beside myself with giddiness, I had shared one or two of my projects with Kim (as I do love to show anyone who remotely shows an interest in what I make) but it came as such as shock that someone thought my dressmaking was worthy of promoting on their website!
I decided on the two outfits pictured here and completely loved both of them.
2. Appearing in Sew Magazine
I do love a bargain (who doesn’t?) and also any freebies I can lay my hands on. Sew Magazine are fantastic for putting free patterns with their magazine. I have quite a collection in my sewing room, some I have used already and others I have earmarked for the future. I decided to make one of the dresses from a Simplicity Project Runway pattern. Sharing my progress with companies who have an interest in seeing what I make from their own products is something else I find very rewarding. Lo and behold a couple of months later there was Dolly (my mannequin) sat proudly in the magazine. That was me giddy as a box of frogs for the second time this year.
3. Winning a competition with Abakhan Fabrics
Moving on with my love of sharing creations with companies who have had their own input in some way shape or form. I have purchased most of my fabric from Abakhan Fabrics store in Manchester this year and I like to show them what I have created out of their gorgeous fabrics. As it happens, a dress I made in October this year was entered into their Project of the month competition (without my knowledge) and it won!
Simplicity 1874 Flowers
I was beginning to get a little overwhelmed at this point with all the attention, totally gob smacked is the phrase I would use!
4. Becoming part of a Bloggers Network for Calico Laine
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any more exciting, in November I was approached by Calico Laine who asked if I would consider joining their Bloggers Network. I will make some of my future creations from fabric (which I will get at discount price) from their site. When I blog about it they will share the experience on their site………wow! How could I turn that down? I am currently in the middle of finishing my first creation, it is sew exciting.
5. My ever so over the top dahhling dresses
My final entry in the top five reflections of the year has to be my evening gowns, both sit proudly at the top of my accomplishments this year. After all none of the above would have happened if it wasn’t for my sewing.
I still can’t quite believe I do something in my spare time that brings me so much joy and happiness and to top it all it has introduced me to some incredibly wonderful people.
Once again I wonder what next year will bring, but if this year is anything to go by my sewing future will be a glorious one.
Happy New Year Everyone!