I’m 5, I’m 5, I’m a big girl now I’m 5!

Last week the 5th birthday of the Craft of Clothes blog slipped by (with title apologies to Barbara Streisand).

It’s been 5 years, 240 posts, over 1000 comments, 17 free patterns and 35 reviews. I wondered when I started if I’d be stuck for things to write about, but that never happened.

I’ve written every week except over Christmas/January when the blog goes on holidays (and one other week when a neighbour pulled out a tree and took the internet down).

Here are the top 7 posts ever:

Free wrap skirt pattern skirt worn by Liz
Top post: by far the top post is the free wraparound skirt pattern, an early post in my blogging career. Later spinoffs included the zero waste wrap skirt and the 3 gore maxi wrap skirt.
Free pattern scrubs
Second top post: the Free Scrubs Pattern has zoomed its way up to second place in less than a year. It brought the website down when it came out, resulting in an urgent 7pm phone call to Tim-the-website-man, who said I hadn’t broken the internet – just exceeded the site’s limit.
Free Pattern Make a Hat
Third top post: the free hat pattern, which like the scrubs pattern has been massively popular during the pandemic, possibly in part due to the sizes for big heads. I look at this photo and see how much my brown hat has faded – time to make another!
Zero waste fashion jacket sketch
Fourth top post: Considering Zero Waste Fashion. This was another early post, written at the beginning of my zero waste pattern exploration. Until the pandemic it was actually in second place, which is surprising since it didn’t involve a free pattern. This post was one of the persuaders for writing Zero Waste Sewing; it revealed that people were searching for zero waste fashion.
Zero Waste wrap skirt full length
Fifth top post: the free zero waste wraparound skirt pattern, which came about a year after the original wrap skirt. I developed this pattern even further for the wrap skirt in Zero Waste Sewing.
The Secret Sciene of Invisible Mending finished
Sixth top post: The secret science of invisible mending, where I attempted to invisibly mend a moth hole in a jacket sleeve. Of related interest is the post on visible mending.
Seventh top post: free pattern for ballerina slippers – another post that received a boost during the pandemic. I guess we all need slippers if we’re #stayingathome. I’d forgotten until now, but these were part of a challenge to use every part of a pair of jeans.

Thank you everyone for reading this blog, especially those who’ve been reading since 2016. Many thanks for your comments, downloading, book & pattern buying, great ideas, and encouragement of me and others – it means a great deal to me and I’m so pleased to be part of your sewing life.



  1. Mary Warner on February 23, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Happy Blogiverssary, Liz! I enjoy your posts immensely. Here’s to another 5 years!


    • lizhaywood on February 23, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you Mary – high praise from a seasoned blogger!

  2. Anthea Martin on February 23, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Congratulations Liz!
    I have enjoyed your blog each week and is a sewing
    highlight for me.
    Keep up the good work.

    • lizhaywood on February 23, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      Many thanks indeed Anthea. I know you’ve read every single post 🙂

  3. Julie on February 23, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    It’s a mile stone worth celebrating. Congratulations!!
    I always love reading your blog – it’s always full of inspiration and encouragement.
    Thank you for taking the time to share.

    • lizhaywood on February 23, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Julie for your lovely comment 🙂

  4. Fadanista on February 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Loved this post Liz, and congratulations on your milestone.

    • lizhaywood on February 23, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks Sue!
      Your blog will be 10 in a couple of years!

  5. Wendy Hendy on February 23, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday!
    I’m kind of sad that the golden age of blogs has been largely replaced by Insta. I really enjoy a longer analysis and a bit more detail. Yours is a recent discovery but I do enjoy reading it and there is a lot of useful ‘stuff’ in those 5 years of archive!

    • lizhaywood on February 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you Wendy 🙂
      Yes, I don’t mind a blog either – room for a lot more writing and piccys, and the archival nature of blogs makes them more “permanant” than fb and Insta posts, which eventually disappear so far down the feed that it’s impossible to scroll that long to find them.

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