1 January 2011

Happy Blog-iversary to meeeeee!















A year ago today my boyfriend dared me to start a blog and - possibly still a bit tipsy from the night before - I accepted the challenge.

A few days before I'd taken an introductory dressmaking course and wanted to document my progress. Looking back over my previous posts is invaluable for learning from previous mistakes, working out what does and doesn't suit me, and reminding myself of how far I've come.

Being part of the stitching blogging world has allowed me to meet some wonderful, talented, inspiring people. I've had the opportunity to meet up with some of you in real life, others I feel like I know and would call friends even though we've never met face-to-face and probably never will (sewing blog convention, anyone?). I've learnt tons from your expertise, been constantly inspired by the amazing things you've stitched, and have remained motivated in what can be a time-consuming and frustrating activity, all thanks to your support. Some people may imagine sewing is a lonely activity, but thanks to you lot it's just the opposite!

A year after starting this post and I've just passed the 500 follower milestone, which I find really hard to believe sometimes! Thank you SO much to everyone for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere.

My first post explains why I decided to try out sewing, but at the time I'd never have imagined that it would bring me so much pleasure - confidence in my own creativity, a sense of achievement in creating something with my own hands, release from the reliance on shop-bought clothes, excitement in envisioning potential projects, and aesthetic pleasure in ogling fabrics and collecting beautiful vintage patterns.

I'd love to think that I can inspire other people to take up sewing, so with that in mind my next post will be about how to get started. A lot of people ask me how to do this, so I'm going to write the blog Q&A style, responding to those questions I've had. If you're reading this and have any questions about beginning sewing, please leave a comment or email me (see my profile) and I'll try to answer them in the next post.

Happy new year, one and all!

39 comments:

  1. Happy blog birthday! I love reading your blog and I can honestly say that I love every single photo in this post, so many gorgeous things!!

    Happy New Year too! xx

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  2. Congrats! You've been quite an inspiration to me. I didn't realize that you'd only been blogging and making clothes for a year! It gives me great hope for myself. I'm even considering doing the Wardrobe Refashion pledge, but haven't quite decided how long I want to go at it. Here's to another great year of blogging!

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  3. Hello, Happy New Year! Your blog is great, I love the things you make and with the new year I'm feeling and motivated and inspired by people like you to really have fun with my blog and finally get into sewing! Thanks Tilly,

    Emma =)

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  4. Your blog is fantastic and so are you! I can't believe you've only been at it a year!? your clothes are amazing and the details are mouth watering! Happy New Year! XO

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  5. Happy New Year and congrats on your 1 year anniversary!! I especially a big fan of your color magic:) It brings the original pattern a lot better and matching shoes is a perfect finish;)
    Thank you for inspiring us, and keep going, please!

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  6. Happy birthday to your blog!
    I hope you're very proud of yourself- you've made such beautiful things in just one year! Look forward to seeing what 2011 brings.

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  7. Happy Blogoversary! Your projects are So inspiring:) Have a safe and Happy New Year!!

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  8. Happy New Year, Tilly!!! Happy blogiversary to you, too! :) I love your projects and look forward to seeing new posts. Keep up the great work! :)

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  9. Happy blog-iversary Tilly! I love your blog, and you're a great source of inspiration to me. Keep it coming in 2011!

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  10. Happy blogiversary Tilly! Your blog was the first sewing blog I discovered (I didn't even know they existed before then!) and it immediately inspired me to make a Sencha blouse. Since then you've inspired me in so many more ways: to make more of my own clothes, to try vintage patterns and to start my own blog. I'm SO glad I stumbled upon your blog nearly a year ago, here's to another year of fab sewing! Jane x

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  11. Tilly, you are one seriously stylish woman. Those photos are a visual treat. I love the McCalls 2401 dresses - did you get a lot of wear out of them? I also love the refashioned shirt. And reading HG Wells in bed? Fantastic! You're a no. 1 blogger.

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  12. Happy blogiversary. I don't sew as of yet, but thanks to your blog it's constantly at the back of my mind, and I have no doubt I will one future day when it's feasible. You've made some lovely things in one short year, and I'm very impressed with the non-shopping resolution you made and stuck to as well.

    I'd be interested if you know anything about finding reasonably priced second hand sewing machines? Not sure if that was your situation but thought I'd ask...

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  13. Congrats, Tilly! Looks like you've had a busy year. Beautiful clothes. I'll look forward to reading more.

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  14. I LOVE the yellow dress at the top the most, beautiful!
    and happy new year also! :)

    www.whatkatiefound.blogspot.com

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  15. Happy Blogoversary & New Year Tilly! Your creations are so elegant - I love your choice of fabric & pattern. Thank you for your inspirations!

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  16. Happy blogiversary tilly! I've just started my sewing adventure so let's hope I get as far as you and get to have a blogiversary next year! I was thinking about you and your scalloped Simplicity 7032 outfit the other day when I was on the topshop website and scalloped edges were everywhere on their clothes, you're an inspiration :)

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  17. Tilly, your blog was one of the very first I discovered and it's been inspiring me ever since! You're such an accomplished seamstress, I can't believe you've only been at it for a year...congratulations! Can't wait to follow your posts in 2011 and I love every single one of your photographed projects above...they're divine!

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  18. Dear Tilly,
    A happy new year and congratulations on your blog anniversary! Wow, one year already! How great is that?! I still remember you uploading your very first yellow floral dress on burdastyle and loved your sense for fabric choice, at once. Thanks for sharing all your progress with us. It is a real pleasure to follow you.

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  19. Thanks for doing your blog Tilly - it's a pleasure to follow your blog and you're such a total sweetheart too, you've been very industrious in one year! Congratulations. x

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  20. Happy anniversary and happy new year! Thanks so much for the visit and nice comment. I really like your retrospective - your Sencha is particularly lovely.

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  21. that's so great, Happy Blogiversary!!! :)
    xx

    www.ohmyvogue.com

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  22. just started reading your blog, and I'm lovin it! I'm teaching myself to sew as well. You've made some really lovely things! I would love to be one of those friends you'll probably never meet. haha :)

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  23. Happy Birthday Bloggie, and Happy New Year!

    Wishing you all the best for 2011!

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  24. Happy blog anniversary and thank you for all the inspiration in the last few months that I have been reading your blog - I am teaching myself to sew too - you have made some truly beautiful clothes. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2011.

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  25. Happy blog birthday! You are clearly one talented and stylish gal! Happy New Year!

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  26. You made such beautiful things! Happy blog anniversary!

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  27. Your so lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Happy blog anniversary Tilly! My New Years resolution is to learn how to sew and refashion and your blog is giving me a lot of inspiration and ideas. Cant wait for your sewing for beginners post, are there any first projects you can recommend? I need a project to get me started that isn't too advanced for my (extremely) basic sewing skills. Thanks :)

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  29. Sewing blog convention?!?! Where do I sign up?!

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  30. Congratulations! Beautiful garments you have sewn this past year!

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  31. you've sewing some lovely things, very inspiring :D
    http://fashbrickroad.blogspot.com/

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  32. Happy New Year and congrats on your blog-iversary! It's not hard to gain so many followers, with such great pics and sweet creations! :)

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  33. I want to learn to sew. I need that kick up the butt to get me started though. I'm going to make an email to a sewer friend of mine and start the process. you inspiration!

    HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY TOO!

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  34. :) Happy bloggiversary to you! You've created so many wonderful garments and reading your blog is a real inspiration! I hope you keep going strong this year, and my thanks to your boyfriend for daring you into it. :)

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  35. Happy blog-iversary! I just discovered your little corner of the internet a few days ago and now I'm all caught up. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to this year!

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  36. Mc Call's 6120 and the Betty Draper suit are my favorite projects from you in 2010 !

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  37. I'm terribly late (still catching up on the blog feeds I missed during my holiday vacation! :p), but wanted to say Happy Blogiversary! :) I can't believe it's been a year already--I remember visiting your blog shortly after it started. It definitely seems like you've been a big part of the online sewing community for a lot longer. :)

    ♥ Casey | blog

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