Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 12 of 2012

Happy New Year's Eve!  Hard to believe another year has come and gone!  Looking back at all my posts over the past year, I decided to select my 12 favourite garments/outfits of the year.  Since this is my first year of blogging, and it's been interesting to see the changes from the first few posts to now.  I have learned so much about blogging, sewing, designing, photography, etc!  And an unexpected benefit to being a part of the world of blogging, has been the incredible community of fellow bloggers I've been introduced to.  I'm so grateful for the amazing group of ladies I otherwise would never have gotten to know, had I not embarked on this blogging journey!

So, without further ado, my favourites of 2012, ranging from very simple garments made in an hour or two, to self-drafted full ensembles created for the Project Run & Play competition.  (If you click on the photos, it will take you to the posts.)

Anja's First Birthday Dress

Although I sewed this in 2011, I didn't blog about until this year.  Peter pan collar, polka dots, full sleeves...I can't help but just love how this looked on her!

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This outfit was one of the very first outfits I ever contributed to the Sew Along for Project Run & Play. It was for Decades Week in season 2.

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My signature look for PR&P Sew Along, Season 2.  

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One my favourite outerwear creations for Tobias, also contributed to PR&P Sew Along, Season 2.

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PR&P Season 4 Sew Along, Sportswear week.  I really started getting more adventurous with self-drafting designs.

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Another Season 3 Sew Along contribution...Movie Week.  Great memories of my baby girl having fun in the summer sun in this dress.

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The Bayern Sundress made for Melissa's (Melly Sews) Sundress series.  I ended up making three variations of this dress, and Anja has worn them through all the seasons.  Love the versatility of this dress.

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I'm counting my pocket capris and shorts as one selection since they were made from the same pattern/tutorial.  Just love how these turned out...and so comfortable to play in.  I'm still tempted to make some for me, but well, when's the last time I've actually sewed for me?!

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The super easy, super simple Breezy Tunic.  

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And then there was Project Run & Play Season 5.  If you told me at the beginning of the year I'd be a competitor by the fall, I wouldn't have believed you!!  This look for Fashion Icon week is probably my very favourite outfit of the whole year. 

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Another favourite ensemble from Season 5.  My first attempt at embroidery on a garment.  J love how that competition pushed me to try new things.

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My signature look from Season 5.  I was so excited to be in the the finals!  This was by far the most fun photo shoot ever.  It even rained a little, but it didn't dampen our spirits at all.  This photo captures my boy's personality so well...oh, yeah, and I love how the outfit turned out, too! 

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So that wraps up the top 12 of my personal creations, but I don't feel this collection of year-end favourites would be complete without including the Knock it Off series contributions made by this incredible group of ladies I've grown to admire so much since entering the blogging scene.  It was my first series, and definitely won't be my last!


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I'm so excited about 2013 and sharing with you, all that it will bring.
Wishing you the very best of everything in the New Year!

10 comments:

  1. How fun to see all of these in one spot! I do so love your style and all of these outfits. Keep them coming, because you are truly talented!

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  2. It is so fun looking back at all of your projects from 2012! Everything is so detailed and beautiful! Happy New Year!

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  3. I'm in love with your style. You make such awesome things! Great round-up.

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  4. I have been so happy to know you Heidi. Hopefully we can all meet in person someday! Your style is so classic but also so chic. I have so many favorites! The Bayern sundress, the military jacket, and Apple of My Eye are some of my faves. Happy New Year!

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  5. Happy Happy New Year - I am so glad that PR&P led us to 'meet' each other and that you allowed me to participate in my first series... which led to me competing in PR&P (WHAT!?!?!?). You are always inspirational in what you sew for your kids, thanks for being you!

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  6. Happy New Year, Heidi! Loved taking the walk down memory lane with your post above.....what wonderful creations. Excited to see what 2013 has in store for you!!!

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  7. It's so cool seeing these wrap up posts. I can't believe you only started blogging in 2012! Super Mum!

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  8. Beautiful job! Wonderful items! You are so very talented, my friend!

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  9. Awesome wrap up and congrats on a very successful first year of blogging. In your intro at the PR&P competition you mentioned getting a children's adjustable sewing form....can you tell me what brand you got, as I'm looking for recommendations and opinions? Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Britt! I have an Adjustoform Junior Dress form (http://www.gursewingmachines.com/adjustoform-junior-dress-form-6199-ac). My local fabric store ordered it in for me.

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