21 December 2009

2009: Sewing Year in Review

This has been my most productive sewing year ever! I made lots of clothes:

5 skirts
4 pairs of pants
10 tops
1 short coat

I know this is a short list, but really, this is the most sewing I've done ever. There are some other garments that aren't on the list because either (a) they were wadders or (b) they were epic wadders.

I purchased WAY too much fabric this year and am going on a modified fabric fast. For each piece that I buy, I have to sew two garments from another piece in the stash. Yardages don't count. =)

I will post my sewing goals for 2010 tomorrow.

Merry New Year Everyone. Be well.


My 2009 Sewing Goals

Since 2009 is coming to an end, I began to reflect on my sewing achievements over the past 12 months. In January, I started with a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish. I am happy to say that I made significant progress on all of them. Although, some will definitely have to carry over next year.

1. Update my wardrobe.

I updated my wardrobe to include clothes that better suit my figure/frame as well as styles that are much more contemporary. I don't follow fads and mostly sew what I like. I did, however, recognize that my wardrobe was seriously out of date. I had clothes in my closet from when I was in graduate school (that was almost eight years ago).

2. Make a good fitting woven blouse.

I still don't have a good fitting woven blouse, but I have learned so much in the process. I have a better idea of what pattern alterations I need to make. Needless to say, this goal will definitely carry on to 2010.

3. Purge unwanted fabric and patterns.

I did manage sell a small bit of fabric. As I review my stash, I will probably put more up for sale. My stash has gotten out of control and I need to trim it down. I don't think I sold any patterns this year. I'll have to review my pattern stash and remove the ones I don't want.

4. Make a coat.

Yup, I made a short coat and don't like it. I think it's too big in many places and very poor fitting - despite the muslin saying other things. Maybe I'll come back to this later next year.

5. Sew with a plan.

I have become better at picking items to sew. I started thinking about the clothes I already have and how I can punctuate them with new items. I also completed my first full wardrobe plan (Not Your Usual Fall Colours) on Pattern Review. It was stressful and rewarding to finish the plan. I don't know that I'll sew another 10 garment capsule (I find that too limiting), but I will definitely take the lessons learned and sew smaller, more manageable wardrobes.

03 December 2009

Month of Pants Sew-A-Long

It is December in Michigan. I need pants. Short skirts are no match for that cold Canadian arctic wind. Here are some pants patterns that are in my current mental rolodex:

Kwik Sew 3384

McCall's 3935 (OOP)

Simplicity 2700,3686, & 4965

Jalie 2608

Vogue 2812 (OOP)

I've already traced and altered McCall's 3935. I need to cut it out in muslin to check the fit. More updates soon!


02 December 2009

It's Been a While!

I hope everyone is doing well! Wow, three months. Since school started in September, blogging has been a very low priority. I have been sewing a bunch, but just haven't really had the time or energy to write about it here. Many things have happened since my last post:

1. First, my beloved dog Chelsea has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery to remove her mammary glands on one side, but there are new lumps on the other side. My vet said that chemotherapy is hard on dogs and does not want to try it. Besides, it's also very expensive. I've resolved to love Chelsea for as long as I have her.

2. I've had 3 sinus infections since August!?! What the hell, man? I gotta see a specialist about this. My allergies are seriously becoming a problem.

3. I joined and finished the PR Wardrobe contest! Wow. Ten garments in 3 months. 2009 has been my best sewing year, ever! The good-fitting woven blouse is still on the loose...

4. Work had me seriously burned out a month ago.

Anyway...I hope that I can get back on track with blogging. I have lots to share - especially for the month of December. I was so inspired by Faye's "Month of Tops," that I thought of starting a "Month of Pants" sew along. I want to try new pants patterns and would love to have some folks join in. I know many folks are in holiday-sewing mode, but if you'd like to join, let me know!

Until next time!



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