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Readers,

On February 16, 2013, after several months of planning and several weeks of vacillating between feeling ready and not ready, I hit “Publish” for the first time, and Getting Things Sewn was launched.

The rack of unfinished projects that furnished abundant material for Getting Things Sewn.

The rack of unfinished projects that furnished abundant material for Getting Things Sewn.

It’s been one interesting year.

These last twelve months I’ve

I’ve chronicled designing and remodeling my sewing space:

I’ve traveled

I’ve pondered processes:

I’ve acquired

I’ve even gotten a few things sewn:

  • from an early to mid-1930s pattern, a jacket using Art Deco-era buttons
  • from a contemporary pattern, a skirt to accompany the jacket
  • from a 1959 pattern, an orange version and a leopard-collar version of a big-collared, belted jacket

    PatternReview.com readers voted this jacket the winner of a 2013 vintage pattern-sewing contest. Thanks!

    PatternReview.com readers voted this jacket the winner of a 2013 vintage pattern-sewing contest. Thanks!

  • from 1952, a swing coat with big patch pockets and vintage buttons
  • from a unique 1950 pattern, linen and wool waistcoats with satisfyingly capacious pockets

    I love this waistcoat style.

    I love this waistcoat style.

  • from 1950, a sleeveless blouse that was much more difficult than the result warranted
  • from a 1991 Calvin Klein pattern, a comically large anorak

    You think maybe this is a little too big?

    You think maybe this is a little too big?

  • from a 1955 pattern, a flannel “boy shirt”
  • from 1944, a muslin for a trench coat

    The yet-to-be perfected muslin of a 1944 trench coat.

    The yet-to-be perfected muslin of a 1944 trench coat.

Then, to bring the first year of Getting Things Sewn to an exciting conclusion (or get the second year off to a rousing start), I announced that Jack and I are going to sell our house in Minneapolis and move 765 miles southeast to Columbus, Ohio.

This spring we'll spruce up the house to sell. So long, sewing domain!

This spring we’ll spruce up the house to sell. So long, sewing domain!

That will mean designing a new sewing domain and developing a new local sewing community. It will also mean being within just minutes of my photographer’s studio, which will be fabulous, I promise you.

I was thinking this morning how Getting Things Sewn has been a game changer for me. Having this blog has elevated the realization of my sewing dreams from a to-do list to a larger, nobler, and more purposeful mission. That’s made all the difference.

Questions for the mission of getting things sewn--and Getting Things Sewn.

Questions for the mission of getting things sewn–and Getting Things Sewn.

It’s been with a mix of incredulity and gratitude that I’ve seen you, readers, show up. Thank you.

The forecast for Year Two: girl, situation, and jeopardy will continue, with more hilarity ensuing.

Happy Birthday, GTS!

Happy Birthday, GTS!