23 December 2011

The Rewind: My Favourite Posts from 2011

One of my (non-sewing-related) resolutions for the new year is to take more notice of the things that I get done. As a productivity-obsessed crazy lady, whenever I finish a task or project or whenever something good happens to me, I have a tendency to appreciate it for about two seconds before moving on to the next thing on my never-ending to do list. My life has been shaken up a bit recently and in an effort to avoid losing it altogether I've decided to take the advice of some wise friends and sloooooooooow down. But hey, what's slowing down without a strategy?! One of my new schemes is to keep a little notebook by my bed, and every night just before I turn out the light I write down the things I have achieved and the nice things that have happened that day. Taking this time to reflect, collect and appreciate what I've got done has made a real difference to me.

As a blogger, too, by the time I click "publish" I'm already thinking about the next post and very rarely give myself a little pat on the back for the blog posts I've already written. With this in mind, one evening I curled up on the sofa with my favourite tea (Pukka Revitalise, since you ask) and started looking back over what I posted in 2011. Satisfying? Yes. Self-indulgent? Hell, yes. Here are my favourites:

Happy Blogiversary to Meeeeee
Awww... this was a little reflective post one year since I first signed up for my blogger account. I'm a bit embarrassed about some of the things I made in the first few months - not to mention the dodgy growing-out non-hairstyles - but it's all part of the learning process, isn't it?

Sewing Emergency Room
Cripes! Sewing is, like, dangerous! A gentle reminder of why you should never sew when you're tired.

My New Sewing Space
Creating one's first dedicated sewing space is a big milestone in a stitcher's life. Golly! It looks so tidy! It doesn't look anything like that now, believe me.

Refashioned Lace Blouse

It was such fun to be part of The Refashioners project, which set a group of bloggers the mission to upcycle a thrifted garment chosen by Portia.

I Got an Urge to Serge
Hahahahaha! My first encounter with the serger!

A Day in the Life of Tasia, Sewaholic
I get so excited every time an inspiring stitchy business lady writes about their typical day for A Day in the Life. Tasia was the first - it's wonderful to see how her business has progressed in the few months since she wrote this post.

One Week, One Skirt Pattern
How to pack light for a trip to Washington DC. Beignets all week for me.

Sewing Productivity Project
Or, How to Procrastinate Even Further by Producing Pie Charts.

Autumn Maples Skirt
One of my favourite makes. And it works with all those beautiful quilting weight cottons that beckon us with their siren call from the aisles of John Lewis... buy me... buy me...

Has Sewing Changed Your Life?
The answer for many people was a resounding "yes!" The comments readers left on this post helped me write my Clore provocation paper, provocatively titled, 'Creativity in Every Home: What Can the Cultural Sector Learn from Dressmaking Blogs?'

One thing that's clear from this little round up is what a huge contribution my readers make to my blog - through comments, inspiration for posts, interviews, group projects... Thank you so much to everyone who has taken an interest in my little spot on the interweb over the past year. I'm going to give myself a break in 2012 by blogging a little less frequently in order to free up more time to make things... and to make the posts I do write a bit better, hopefully!

How about you - if you have your own blog, have you taken the opportunity to reflect back over what you've published this year, and if so what's your favourite post you've written? I'd love to read it!

Have a lovely festive break, y'all!

[Soundtrack: 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' by Darlene Love - my all time favourite festive tune!]


  1. Oh I get the top spot, yay! I'm not sharing any blogging resolutions as down that road lies perfidy, however I am determined to do more tutorials as the ones I have done are getting mega hits. And maybe get into vlogging some of them, if I can get over the whole video fear thing. Technology, eeps! Merry Christmas Tilly, have a relaxing time and be refreshede for the new year x

  2. Yay - you've been a brilliant blogger, Tilly, egging us all on to monitor our productivity and providing us with a brilliant series of interviews and some almighty giveaways. Have a lovely Christmas and take all the time you need to rest, sleep and ... sew?!!!

  3. Hi Tilly - I've been sewing for just short of a year now - so it's amazing to look back and see how much I've learnt, but my favourite discovery so far has been how amazing this online sewing community is. Seeing the creations of other people and reading about the process has been life changing for me - for the better! I LOVE reading the blogs of other sewing enthusiasts, and was inspired to start my own a month or so ago. My favourite post has been my completed 'Octopus' Garden Jacket' which was the motivation to start blogging. So I virtually can't wait to see what the next year brings for everyone else and myself! Hope you have a wonderful end to the year :)

  4. I've actually been thinking about this recently and I may do a similar type post in the next few weeks... Love some of your past makes, the leaf skirt and the lace blouse are particularly awesome! :)

  5. I'm too new to blogging to have any favourite posts of my own yet, but I have a gazillion from other bloggers in my ever growing booksmarks folders.

  6. What a great year you've had! One of my top reasons for blogging is so I can go back and see what I've done. Perhaps it's a bit self-indulgent.

    Happy Christmas to you!

  7. I'm with you, list of things to do learning to reflect and take time, appriciate what you have achieved, very hard task, good luck!
    A lovely blog, look forward to 2012

  8. Tilly you are awesome! I always love the projects you share with us and especially love your 'day in the life' posts -- so inspiring!

    Also, I don't know what you mean when you say "the dodgy growing-out non-hairstyles" ...I'm actually going to a haircut appointment tomorrow with a picture of your hair to show the stylist!

    Keep up the good work in 2012, darling. :)

  9. I never thought about it before, but your right, sewing is kind of dangerous with all the sharp tools required. I'm paranoid about stepping on a needle. I really enjoy reading you blog and following the tutorials you share. Thanks for all the inspiration you add to our online world! Happy New Year.

  10. I keep a journal too by the side of my bed that I try to write in every night to reflect upon my day. It's the best form of therapy for me. I also keep a separate sewing-related journal for sketches/inspiration etc.

    Happy holidays to you!

  11. Hi Tilly, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog this year, especially your various sewing related posts asking different kinds of questions (productivity, life, etc). It is refreshing to read a blog that encourages you to think about your sewing in different ways. Happy New Year hon! Sam xox

  12. Gorgeous outfits! I just stumbled across your blog and I love it - you have a new follower :D

    Cat xxx


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