Fadanista’s first anniversary

Or this post might be better titled “my year of taking selfies”. Honestly, I never have photographs taken of me, you could look through our family albums and boxes of photographs and note that I am the (often poor) photographer catching the moment. So I am so surprised that I have kept this going.

Reader alert – I’m going to get all philosophical now and there aren’t many pictures!

Reflecting on the year and my real reasons for starting a blog I can relate the whole thing to the quadruple bottom line so fancied in sustainable organisations everywhere. My reasons for blogging then are:

  1. environmental – today, coincidentally is the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory fire and is “Fashion Revolution” day.
  2. economic – what can I say? I am saving so much money by making my own clothes, although this was not a primary reason for handmaking clothing, it is a nice by-product.
  3. social – this is the surprising one for me. I am now connected to people all over the world and I feel as though I know them. I didn’t think this would interest me, but it does. There are so many fabulous, talented people out there that it’s kind of humbling to make my rather paltry offerings. It’s also nice that my sister and niece, who live on the other side of the world, can see what I’m up to and see photos of the family. My neglected friends can see what I’m doing and my Mother-in-Law gets the blog posts as monthly printouts (I know, not very environmental, but she’s not connected to the internet), and can see how her son and grandchildren are going – I have been very poor at sending her photos so this assuages my conscience somewhat.
  4. cultural – I almost made this list a triple bottom line, missing out culture, but on reflection I think that there is now an amazing culture of moving back to hand made clothing and items – probably for all the reasons mentioned above.

Of course, then there’s the whole Fadanista bit, my friends are always telling me that I have fads and now I can indulge them without shame. So, a roundup of favourite posts for the year? Hmm, tricky. I love the things I make for my family and when they’re happy, I’m happy: Mark loves this one – http://fadanista.com/2014/04/19/rugby-shirt and this one http://fadanista.com/2014/02/10/chevron-shirt/ DSC07649 Tom likes these: http://fadanista.com/2014/02/19/japanese-cotton-shirt DSC07671and http://fadanista.com/2014/04/06/the-first-flannie (also shows Mark in his Rugby top) DSC08316 and Archie has these two http://fadanista.com/2014/03/12/white-shirt DSC07915and this one DSC07776 http://fadanista.com/2014/03/01/black-shirt/

and I love this one on Bridgette DSC07348 http://fadanista.com/2014/01/27/double-stashbust and me? Well, there are things that I like, but I think I like the back of this shirt almost best of allDSC08004 http://fadanista.com/2014/03/18/vintage-blouse and I am also pretty taken with my Hitofude cardigan


Coincidentally, today is the 24th anniversary of moving into our derelict house, and it’s also my sister’s birthday. A good date all round, methinks!

Thank you to everyone who has happened past my blog and for your generous and encouraging comments – you can’t know how much I appreciate them.



9 thoughts on “Fadanista’s first anniversary

  1. Congratulations on your first year, i have enjoyed reading your blog very much, I try not to be intimidated by you prodigious and very talented output (sewing). My favorite picture, I have to say, is the attempt at making the dress form, wow, I still chuckle when I think of that picture. Looking forward to reading many more of your posts. With best regards, Vera (from Memphis)

    1. Thank you Vera, I like to think of all the unknown (to me) people who might be passing through my life via the blog. I have been nagging my husband to have another go at the dress form, but alack and alas I have just ordered one (about 5 minutes ago in fact!) ready made. Given up on it all…

  2. Happy Anniversary Fadanista! This is quite an achievement and I really enjoyed thephilosophical analysis of your motivation. I have to say that I have learned a huge amount about sewing since reading your blog. You have provided a fabulous resource for the sewing enthusiasts among us. Don’t know how you manage to gather up so many brilliant resources, but I am grateful that you do. Here’s to another year of fabulosity, sue!

  3. Congratulations Sue for sharing a fun and informative journey. I was a bit concerned when I saw the large block of text-and then enjoyed reading through it. So lovely that your sharing brings joy around the world!

  4. I read your blog on my hourly commute by train into Melbourne, it doesn’t take me an hour to read it, but it does make my commute more enjoyable!

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