With Christmas approaching like a tinsel-covered express train, it’s a good time to see how I’ve measured up over the last 12 months. Here goes:
Resolution 1: Take part in Me-Made-May and actually make it to the end this time.
With the help of a new iPhone this was a doddle. My selfie taking improved immeasurably, and I loved checking the Flickr group every day to see what everyone was wearing. It was the coldest May for 50 years so the challenge was a good distraction from sitting at home shivering.
You can see my final Me-Made-May post with here, and this is my favourite photo from the month, for obvious reasons.
Resolution 2: Scale the trouser-making mountain and sew some stretch skinny jeans.
I have now been up and down that particular mountain four times, which counts as a success in my book. Here’s all the pairs I made this year.
You can see that my facial expressions and posing skills have not evolved much in 12 months – maybe that’s a challenge for 2014.
Here’s a round-up of how these jeans are getting on now:
Pair 1, stretch denim from Tissu Fabrics, Jan 13: The fit isn’t great, but they’re so comfortable that I pull them out of the drawer fairly often. They are EXTREMELY high-waisted so keep you very warm, although not good for eating large dinners in.
Pair 2, Extremely stretchy Barbour twill from Mandors in Glasgow, March 13 : I hardly ever wear these. Probably because they are very brown, and I don’t get on well with that colour.
Pair 3, bright blue stretch twill from Mandors in Glasgow, June 13:I wore these constantly this summer. The fabric has gone quite saggy now but a hot wash pulls them back into shape. They’re ankle length so a bit too chilly now it’s cold.
Pair 4, stretch glitter denim from Minerva Fabrics, Oct 13: This is embarrassing, but I’m going to be honest with you guys. I wore these a lot – until the bloody zip slider came off. AGAIN. I spent 2 hours trying to prise it back on and had to admit defeat. I will get round to putting in a new zip at some point. Probably.
I learnt a whole lot from making these jeans. The fly front no longer holds any fear for me, I can sew pockets in my sleep, and my topstitching skillz are second to none. I am high-fiving myself right now.
Resolution 3: Work on my personal style so I only make what I’ll actually wear.
I think I have slightly improved my dress sense this year. Pinterest has been my friend. I have one big board where I pin everything I like the look of, and I’ve found out that I like simple shapes and bright colours (I realise that makes me sound like a children’s TV presenter).
I can never wear frills, ditsy prints, or outfits with no waist definition, and I need to make more shirts and plain skirts.
My favourite Pinterest inspired projects this year were these two skirts:
So that’s 3 out of 3! I think I now deserve a celebratory glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. And some spare time to think up next year’s resolutions…