Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blog anniversary coming up and my 3rd year sewing review.

Well - it is rolling around again - my sewing and blogging anniversary. I have now been sewing for 3 years and will have been blogging for 3 years on the 17th (although I have not sewn anything in the last 6 months!!!!)

First a review of the year and then an announcement of a bloggiversary gift.

I was much more productive before I hurt my knee.

1 - Snake skin dress - part of the tradition of Jungle January.... Bring it on!!! This is a house dress as the shape doesn't really suit me. It is worn a lot - as a matter of fact I am wearing it now. It does not travel outside of the front door though.

2 - Never worn - I don't know why. I must wear it soon

3 - Wadder - went straight into the bin

4 - Loved this top but it shredded at the seams on the first wear. Sigh.

5 - A representation of the 7 pairs of Barbs I made. I wear them all. They are the most worn items of my wardrobe. They are so comfy.

6 - Creative Cate top. Most worn top from this year - very happy with this.

7 - too scared to wear after the issue of the shredding of number 4 as it is the same pattern. Will have to grit my teeth and wear.

8 & 9 - home wear only - do sometimes wear out to shops etc but not for business wear.

10 - Occasional business wear.

11 & 12 - weekend wear. I was going to put 12 as work wear but after all of my careful pattern placement I have noticed some alien looking fallopian tubes in the photo so now relegated to weekend only.

13 - still needs adjustments to be made

14 - Will add to my work wardrobe when the weather warms up. This was started many many months ago and only finished last month.

Well - not a very productive year for me. I am happily cutting away ready to get my sewjo back. I have way too many things in the pipeline. I just have to get into the rhythm again. I still can't sit in a chair for too long. I have to put my leg up regularly. I get by at work by putting my leg on another chair. I am looking forward to sewing though. I just need to start.


Now - my actual bloggiversay is on the 17th and on that day I will draw a winner for my bloggiversary gift.

There has been a plethora of indie patterns being released (Michelle from happily caffeinated does a weekly roundup of new patterns if you are interested), not to mention the big 4, fabric stores are having sales and there is always the room for more fabric or patterns in the life of a sewist.

I really really appreciate the people who read my blog and absolutely adore those who take the time to comment. In deep thanks for your support I would like to give a AUS$35 voucher to a person who has commented on my blog in the last year. YOU choose the store the voucher is for.

There are a couple of rules:

  1. I must be able to purchase the voucher online and have it put in your name.
  2. The voucher must be for a sewing purchase. It doesn't matter what - notions, patterns, fabric, magazine subscription etc.
  3. You must post what you purchase on your blog. If you don't have a blog then email me and let me know what you purchased with the voucher.

So, those who have wanted to try an indie pattern but put off by the price, those who want to purchase fabric from OS but put off by the shipping - you can put the voucher toward this if you want. Mind you - if you are in Australia then it will only go a SHORT way towards shipping LOL - but it will help. You decide.

Tune in on the 17th Sydney time to see if you have won. I will use a random number calculator using the numbers on comments from last year to this year so the more you commented the more chance you have of winning.


  1. Alien falopian tubes is such a good description, even if I wouldn't have noticed the resemblance myself!

  2. Congrats to you on your Blogiversary - I have enjoyed reading along, and look forward to seeing you sewing up some more goodies. Any news on surgery for your knee yet?

    1. Not yet. I am imagining about Feb / March.. Hopefully

  3. Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary BeaJay :) Hopefully next year your knee will be better and you'll be able to enjoy sewing more again.

  4. HappyBogiversary, may you have many more :-)

  5. Congrats on both your sewing anniversary and your blogiversary! Hopefully, you'll be able to sew more in the next year!

  6. Congratulations on three years of sewing and blogging! Your sewing skills and knowledge have to have grown a lot during that time. I've sewn for over 40 years, and I still learn new things about fabrics and techniques. A lifelong education in sewing.
    I hope your knee improves so you can spend more time creating!

  7. Happy blogversary and I wish you pain free sewing in 2015.

  8. Happy Blogaversary. I always enjoy reading your posts.

  9. I have enjoyed every one of your posts! I'm so sorry that your knee is still causing such problems. Isn't it amazing how it affects every aspect of your day to day living? I think my sewjo must be on holiday with yours. I just haven't been able to get into the sewing mood for quite a while now. I am hoping that 2015 is a much happier year, making me more inclined to sew. Merry Christmas from Canada, Anne

  10. Oh Bev you are so generous! When I saw the photo of all you've made this year I actually thought it was quite a bit since you haven't been able to sew for a while. Those Barb pants are gold, they go great with all your tops

  11. Agreeing with Kristy on all three counts: you are very generous, those Barbs are terrific and you have sewed far more than I. And I have fully functioning knees.

    I love my short Barbs (Barbettes?), have another full length pair planned and a pair of Lola pants in the pipeline. Cutting out will commence when I can persuade the puppy to not eat the pattern.

  12. Congratulations on your blogiversary. Mine slipped by without my realising it. I hope your knee gets fixed soon so you can resume sewing without pain.

  13. You are far too generous Bev! Looking at your makes this year, you have been quite productive seeing a lot of the year has not been so good for you. Your Barb pants are such a work staple in your wardrobe and look great on you. Hope you get news about your knee soon.

  14. Yes, far too generous indeed! I think Sharon has said it all, you have had quite a year, what with the knee and if I remember correctly, quite a demanding work load at one stage. I love dress 1 - I must have missed that post, and 12 is going to be super work wear. Fingers crossed for the knee.

  15. Wow Bev I didn't realise you have only been sewing for 3 years! You do great work and I think you've made heaps this year actually (what with bad knee and all). Anyway that's a pretty generous gift.. I forgot all about mine so it will have to be next year now. 2015 is just around the corner.

  16. Such a productive year, those Barb pants look great and so many lovely tops. Maybe another jungle inspired one soon.


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