Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone, may 2014 be a cracker for us all!  I know that I feel smug not waking up with a hangover & was hoping for a lovely new year’s day run, but the weather is appalling. I am not sure I will be of stern enough stuff to venture out whilst it’s gusty & with driving rain…let’s hope it recedes so that I can feel even more virtuous & work off all that cake!!

So a mini review I thought would set the new year off in the spirit I intend to go on.  And I have to inform you that oh yes, the winter bikini is finished  (ie my Sewlution).

I shall save the write up for a later post, but here’s the evidence…

Or put it another way, here’s today’s pose:

Bikini in winterIt’s funny that making such a commitment provided me to “finish the darn thing” when I don’t stand a chance in wearing it (other than in the above fashion) for another 6 months …

Moving on then, what was my 2013 wardrobe filled with?  The only bought item of clothing I succumbed to last year was one cute cardigan, purchased in November.  That’s all.  All the other wardrobe fillers were made by me (including unaccounted for knickers & vests):

2013 pie chart

In numbers (I can’t help feeling it sounds a lot broken down this way):

  • 14 Skirts
  • 13 tops
  • 13 dresses (just one above the planned one per month, so pleased with that)
  • 4 pairs of trousers
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 3 pairs of leggings
  • 1 bikini
  • 2 coats
  • 1 kimono
  • 5 jackets/ cardigans/ hoodie ( to be blogged)
  • 1 slip (yet to be blogged).

Makes I’m most pleased with (couldn’t quite keep it to a top 5!) :

I’ve also really enjoyed pattern testing a number of new patterns this year.  Those you know about so far:

The Sewaholic Trench coat, Lolita Spearmint Coat, Disparate Disciplines’ Dandelion dress & Honeycrisp mittens.

In my running life, 2013 has seen me…

  • Run 144 times and a distance of  943 miles over 157 hours 28 minutes. (How I love stats like this!! makes we want to go out & add some more to the numbers!)
  • Used nearly 107,000 calories (how many cakes is that?)
  • Finish 12 races (1 in fancy dress as you can see, setting a landspeed record).christmas cracker fairy
  • Including training & finishing my first marathon & two half marathons.

I don’t know what 2014 has in store for me, but it will be better than 2013.  I know that I shall keep running & sewing, blogging & hopefully meeting up a bit more with other like-minded people (I need to recognise that I am a Spoolette!).  Running-wise – in my sights is the Bath Half which is only 8 weeks away – yikes!  Better get on track for that!  And a ski holiday is booked & not too far away either.  M.E.G.A.

The warmest biggest HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.  Thanks for being there in 2013 & looking forward to a fun filled 2014 if you stick around xo


33 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Rachel

    943 miles is an amazing achievement, as is everything you’ve done this year. Congratulations! Here’s to a happy, healthy, humour and sewing filled 2014. Rachel 🙂

  2. Kelly

    Happy new year! You had a fantastic year, so many great makes! I wish you all the best in 2014 and am looking forward to seeing all you do!

  3. aem2

    Love the bikini shot. You are hilarious. I remain awed and inspired by your output and *whispers* you made the Mistress smile!

    Happy New Year!

  4. Jacq

    Happy New Year Winnie – your posts are a joy. Good luck with your running, what amazing achievements in 2013. I’d like to say I burn off all the cake I eat but that would not be true! 🙂

  5. Marie

    My, oh my Winnie! I’m so inspired by all your stats for dressmaking AND running! I honestly don’t know how you fit all this in with work as well, but your productivity always makes me want to get better at my own time-management. I literally had to read out your running numbers to my boyfriend, who also was suitably impressed! I truly hope that 2014 brings you plenty of good health and happiness…and I hope to catch you at a meet-up soon. It’s been too long my friend!xx

  6. Béa

    Oh I do love a pie-chart! Congrats[*] on such a productive year.
    And that bikini is the cat’s pyjamas! I love it, and I hope for your sake it will see plenty of usage in the Summer months. Or outside the Summer months, yanno, if you get to go on holiday to the Bahamas or Australia or somewhere exotic and warm. It’s gorgeous. *Such* an excellent design decision to add in the teal!

    [*] We’re not worthy!

  7. Kim

    I’m exhausted just reading everything you did last year. I may need a lie down. Then again, it might still be the NY’s eve celebration not quite worked off.
    Well done on 2013, and a very happy and productive 2014

  8. Becky

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us in 2013. You are inspiring and exhausting by turns, but I mean that in a good way! You are one busy lady. When I grow up, I want to be you.

  9. Rose in SV

    Thank you for posting your sewing and running adventures. both are very inspirational. I wish you and your family all the best for the new year!

    Rose in Sv

  10. Miss Demeanour

    Haha I bloody love it. A bikini shot in the period of the wildest weather ever! You my dear are blue steel 🙂 Happy new year darling I really hope this one brings you all the colours of the rainbow xxx

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  12. Amanda

    Wow! you’ve been so productive! Bravo on all the sewing accomplishments and all that running too!! You totally deserve a cake… or two ^__^


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