My final finished item for 2013 is a Sewaholic Saltspring dress.
I had grand plans to do a fancy Vogue dress for Christmas Day, but time was against me. When I called into Spotlight on the 21st and saw this spotty printed rayon I knew it would be perfect for a Christmas Saltspring dress. I did overhear one of the attendants at the cutting table remark that everyone would have finished their Christmas sewing so she couldn't understand why the shop was so busy. Clearly everyone else was doing a last minute dash like me!
I cut a straight size 10 and cut the back on the fold, omitting the back zip. I haven't sewn many Sewaholic patterns and couldn't decide whether I'd need to add extra length through the body. I spent way too much time dithering over this, I checked pattern review and there were no mentions of extra length needed and in the end I decided that I add additional length to pretty much every pattern so I would for this one too.
For the record, if you're tall you might want to add length through the body. I added an extra inch and would probably increase that to 1.5 inches next time I make this. I also added 3 inches to the length of the skirt. Overall a really simple enjoyable project. I love the pockets and the clever blousing, I even love the ties although they need trimming. This was the best photo I could find of the two of us together!
Goodbye 2013, bring on 2014! Thank you so much for all your comments and encouragement this year, it means a lot. I hope 2014 is a happy, healthy and successful one for you all. Happy sewing :)