I'm loving everyone's resolution & review posts, so I thought I'd contribute my own. So long 2013!
Favourite Mens Pattern
Thread Theory's Jedediah shorts. I've made 4, yes four, pairs so far. Only one pair has been blogged, but others have made an appearance on instagram.
Most Viewed Sewing Post
My One Pattern, Seven Bloggers dress was 2013's most viewed & commented sewing post. This also counts as the most fun sewing challenge; I love all of the ladies who took part and even got to meet a few.
Favourite Pattern Hack
The Harriet Scout Dress has become such a well-worn staple that it's starting to fade. This also inspired my first tutorial.
I have no idea what happened. I pre-washed, I took care of it, but it shrunk. Let's move on, I can't even talk about it. It's just too raw.
It's a tie between the tiki skirt, which has been heaven in this heat, and the WWCD dress that I made as part of the Sew Bossy Initiative. Side note if you haven't done Sew Bossy yet, get on it.
The one, two, three Laurel garments win, without doubt, the 2013 biggest flop award because I made three - three! - before realising a fundamental fitting flaw rendering them unwearable. *Sob*.
There's too much room in the back of the shoulders and too little in the front, forcing me to either hunch or be strangled. It's not a choice I can make.
Most Swear Word Inducing
Earlier this year I was honoured to be a pattern tester for Heather Lou's Bombshell Swimsuit. My complete affection for Heather Lou & experience in proofing (it's part of my IRL job) meant I took the task seriously. Wanting to get a good idea for the pattern I made only one fitting modification (lengthened the waist) and proceeded to make one of the sexiest, well made muslins this sewing room has ever seen.
The instructions were clear and the fit was lovely - I made a swimsuit! Well, a muslin of a swimsuit. So after giving my feedback I proceeded to make the real deal with a delicious Tigerlilly swimsuit fabric.
The problem, I later discovered, is that a significantly firmer fabric resulted in a significantly smaller fit. As the muslin was so well fitted I didn't fit the real-deal as I went and, once completed, I wouldn't let a little thing like size dupe me out of my new swimsuit. I forced it over my hips only to have my circulation slow. Then, I kid you not, I couldn't take it off. If it wasn't mid winter I would have resigned to living in the new swimsuit, perhaps stop eating so it would one day fit, but it was cold and my lips were turning blue.
I couldn't get it off with Oli's help or in the shower so I made the tragic choice to cut it off.
Please, if you take anything from this post let it be a visual of me sobbing while cutting off a garment that made me look like a fleshy gherkin squeezed into a rubber band, and the reminder to make a muslin out of a similar weighted fabric.
Most Viewed Food Post
Mmmmm…. One Pot Rice Noodles.
Best Use of the Garden
I grew nearly all of the vegetables for the Potato Curry, even the coriander seeds! If that makes me sound a bit smug, well, I am. Last year I couldn't even get a potato to sprout, and this year I would have made my Irish ancestors proud. Potato Curry for everyone!