Top 5 of 2013 – Reflections, Inspirations and Goals

Continuing with the Top 5 idea from Gillian here are my ponderings on 2013.


  1. I really, really, really love to sew.
  2. For me, it is really worth it to take the time to fix something to get it right.
  3. Lists of things to sew have a place, but nothing beats creative inspiration.
  4. Practice makes perfect.
  5. People who sew really are the nicest people on earth.  


  1. The online community of sewcialists.  Who knew that twitter could be so helpful and useful?.
  2. The Sydney sewing community I have got to know IRL – namely Maria aka Velosewer, Sharon from Petite and Sewing and Lena from The Sewing Space.  I have been massively inspired by each of you! I also really appreciate your supportive encouragement over the past year.  It has meant a huge amount to me.
  3. Sewing bloggers in general.  Wow.  What a resource! I have learnt so much from just a google of whatever technique it was I needed to know. Plus I need never buy another magazine again with my now truly huge blogroll always providing something really interesting to read whenever I stop for a coffee. 
  4. Indi patterns – so nice to branch out from the Big 4 and discover all the amazing pattern designers out there.  I love the extra attention to detail and the personalised service you get as well.  
  5. Me-Made-May.  Who doesn’t love to receive massive amounts of daily compliments?  All the more meaningful when they come from other talented ladies who actually know what they are looking at and understand the time and skill that it takes to make something well.  I tend to be less critical of myself (and others) as a result.  Seeing what others have made in the daily context of Me-Made-May is also so mind-blowing at the sheer talent “out there” and it inspires and motivates me for the rest fo the year. 


Rather than a big list of patterns I want to sew like I did last year I have learnt I like to sew more organically – as the mood takes me and as requirements demand.  It’s more fun and less pressure that way.

So my goals for 2014 are 

  1. sew more stuff for myself and maybe even for others
  2. learn more and improve my sewing skills
  3. buy lots of fabric
  4. buy lots of patterns
  5. Love what I do and do what I love. 

Thank you everyone.  Like lots of you, sewing for me is much more than “just” sewing.  It is a true lifeline for me through difficult times.  Blogging my sewing has helped me to get out of bed on some of the harder days and given me something positive and lovely to focus on in a sea of the opposite.

And my whole philosophy to life can be summed up by my favourite book of all time Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.  I’ll leave you with a a snippit:

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)