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I’ve spent this week away from home, which I will be blogging about soon. At the end of the week I received a notification in the WordPress App to say it was one year since I first created my blog.

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As it has been a different kind of week which included a holiday, a vintage haul and a wedding, it seems to follow that I publish a different kind of Sunday Sevens, a special blogiversary edition. Rather than the usual roundup of the last seven days, I’m celebrating this mini-milestone by revisiting seven of my favourite makes from the last 12 months. I was asked last night how many items I had sewn since beginning my blog. I estimated around 20. This morning I went through my wardrobe and added in a few more items that were made as gifts or that have since gone to a better place (the charity shop or unpicking pile). My revised total is 42 garments, plus two quilts and a few smaller projects which were mainly gifts. It would be lovely to think I’ll keep up the makes during the next year and possibly even be in a better position to participate, even partly, in Me-Made May 2016.

1. My first ever ‘garment’ – an ultra simple no pattern, terribly finished, pair of pyjama bottoms. Made using some fabric my dad brought me back from Mexico.

2. One of at least 6 See Kate Sew Zippy Tops I have made so far – my most frequent make! This one was a gift for my mum’s birthday last month.

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3. The first lined garment I made, Cynthia Rowley’s Simplicity 1873.

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4. The Staple Dress – one of my first indie pattern makes and probably the nicest pattern to make that I’ve come across, purely because I’m sometimes a lazy sewist and this is a simple make that comes together quickly and is completely wearable.

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5. My first outwear, a cropped Cynthia Rowley jacket. It’s also lined so has a tidy inside, although I never did quite get around to binding the inner arm holes…

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6. The Simplicity 1609. I’ve made this dress three times now and each one has improved on the last, but still not been quite perfect. Maybe next time.

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7. Finally, my most recent make which I made to wear to a wedding. It’s another Cynthia! Pattern 2497. This dress was an enjoyable make, low cost (the fabric was £2.49 pm) and I enjoyed wearing it and knowing no one would be wearing the same thing.

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I’m still vey much a beginner sewist, I’m pleased with what I have made so far but I know that I still have a lot to learn. Speaking of which, since it’s mid-August, it’s about time I got around to revisiting my New Year’s Resolutions. If you had to name an all time favourite make, or TNT pattern, which would it be and why?

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