The Best of Sew Fearless from 2012

Sewing at Night -

So that is that then – the end of 2012, a year full of unexpected twists and turns and lots of readjusting and re-prioritizing.

A year that brought with it a new baby - wonder woman knocked up

… and a new sewing room. Sewing Room - view from the door

…and, consequently, a lot less sewing than I would have liked. Be that as it may, I am going to choose to remind myself of the things I did accomplish this year.

Favorite Projects from 2012

Minoru Jacket -

In March 2012, I finished my first jacket project – the “Minoru” Jacket. I’ve been wearing it all winter even though it isn’t seasonally appropriate nor does it cover my huge belly.

Easter Dresses

For Easter this year, I finally succeeded in making the matchy-matchy dresses for my girls that I had been dreaming of since we found out we were having a second daughter. It was such a pleasure, I hope I get a chance to make them another set… and maybe some cute suits for the brothers too. (Not to get carried away or anything.)

The road less traveled... by tractor

I also managed to finish Duncan’s “Roads” Quilt. I couldn’t be happier with how much Duncan has loved it, and, although a challenge, it was so much fun to make. It gives me hope I can make something as special for each of my other children. Love conveyed in fabric – every sewing mommy’s desire.

Andy and I dreamed up a collaborative project – a stop-motion video of an embroidered necklace being made. I wear this necklace at least four times a week and the video poem that Andy created is dear to my heart.

Mommy's Poppins Bag - Version 2 - back -

Although I never got the Mommy’s Poppins Bag pattern out like I wanted, I did manage to make a second version it and photograph it in preparation of making the pattern. I am hoping for an early 2013 release!

Geek Chic iPad Case

Lastly, I am all kinds of proud of my Geek Chic iPad Case and I am very much looking forward to making myself a version of it someday. After I get my paws on an iPad of my own which might be sooner than expected because I managed to break my hand-me-down iPhone last week. oops.

2012 Sewing Pattern Release

and now there were 4 suitcases

I may not have released the 3 patterns that I had hoped to in 2012, but I did release the Sidekick Suitcase pattern! Since then, I have been delighted to see a good number of mini suitcases made by some truly fearless sewists!!!

2012 Tutorials

Besides that pattern, I also posted the following sewing tutorials last year:

Make Your Own Petticoat

Make Your Own Petticoat
Turn a drab dress into princess worthy poofiness by turning a ready-made cami and turn it into a petticoat!

You Can Take It With You! Embroidery Project Bag tutorial by

The “You Can Take it With You” embroidery project bag
(direct link to guest post on Sew, Mama, Sew!)

Understanding Sewing Patterns -a series by

A guide to u understanding sewing patterns!
Parts 1, 2, and 3

how to mount an embroidered pendant -

How to Make an Embroidered Pendant
(direct link to guest post on We Love French Knots)

How to Install Metal Rivets!
A skill that has come in handy last year.

Sewn Scrapbooking Paper Advent Calendar -

Sewn Scrapbooking Paper Advent Calendars
I don’t know if my kids enjoyed making these or eating these more.

Put like that, my year doesn’t look too shabby. Does it?

Even if you didn’t accomplish as much as you would have liked last year, let’s celebrate our sewing victories together.
What was your greatest sewing triumph (or two) of 2012?
(Tell me about and share you links in the comments.)


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6 Responses to The Best of Sew Fearless from 2012

  1. Kate January 2, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    What a great post ! It’s funny how often we feel like we are getting nowhere but when you actually stop a look back over a period of time you realise that you HAVE accomplished more than you thought. My biggest sewing accomplishments are: 1.) Getting back into sewing regularly. I never realised how much free time I had to sew, think and create pre-kids! 2.) Making something for myself( )AND from a Vogue pattern, which for some reason always scared me as “too hard” and finally 3.) Going away for a sewing weekend (and leaving the kids with hubby for a whole weekend, first time ever), which was an amazing experience and I learnt so much from.
    Hope you don’t mind if I borrow your idea and do a recap of my own sewing year on my blog ?
    Kate :)

    • Jodi January 2, 2013 at 6:42 am #

      LOVE you dress. Well done!

      and a weekend away? so wonderful. I’ve been trying to plan one of those for a long time. The time has yet to work out. Someday… :)

      (and of course you can borrow! Everyone is doing these recaps these days. :) :) )

  2. Rachel January 2, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    What an awesome year you had! How nice to lay it all out there! (And how did I miss so many of your projects?). The stop motion poem is incredibly touching! And congratulations on your new sewing room. Happy new year, Jodi!

    • Jodi January 4, 2013 at 6:12 am #

      I’m sneaky like that I guess.

  3. Charity January 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I didn’t accomplish as much as I would have liked last year either… but I am very happy that I figured out a nursing dress that works for me. =)

    • Jodi January 4, 2013 at 6:11 am #

      A cute and practical nursing dress is a major WIN!!!

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