Happy new year! I trust that your holidays were relaxing. We enjoyed a little family fun and time off, and we’re all looking forward to spending a new year with you.
Looking back at the blog posts that appeared here over 2013, I realized just how many of you contributed tutorials and customizing posts last year. And for that, we’re very grateful! We started out 2013 with Nele’s spectacular scalloped yoke School Photo Dress and ended with outside facings and an adorable holiday dress made by Jessica using the Playtime Dress. And in between there were many, many wonderful tutorials and customizing posts contributed by you! Give yourselves a pat on the back, will you? You’re quite the accomplished sewists.
Last year also saw the worldwide travel adventures of Flat S, who continues to meet and be welcomed by many of you and your families. I’m so envious of her travels and look forward to seeing where she’ll be going in 2014!
A few of you have already begun taking a look back at your sewing in 2013, and you’ve created some wonderful mosaics that you’ve posted to the Flickr group. Shelley (aka Lightning McStitch) has already posted a whopping five new 2013 mosaics, including this one!
It’s so much fun to see what you accomplished in 2013 and how far many of you have come in developing your sewing skills! When you have a moment or two, I hope you’ll consider making a mosaic (or two or ten!) of your 2013 Oliver + S sewing to add to the group. (Mosaic Maker is a good tool that makes quick work of it.) I’ll do a round-up of your mosaics next week when you’ve had time to assemble and post them. I think you’ll be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. (And you might be surprised to see how much your children have grown, too!)
And now that we’ve looked back, it’s time to look forward. I’m curious to know a few things from all of you. What are your sewing goals for 2014? What can we help you to accomplish? Are you planning to sew for yourself this year? Any new sewing skills you hope to learn or get more comfortable with? Your feedback helps us decide what to cover on the blog, what tutorials to develop, and what new pattern styles to create. So don’t be bashful about leaving comments. I sincerely want to hear your answers to these questions.
I’m looking forward to spending this year with you, and we’ll have lots more to offer in 2014. Happy new year!