31 December 2011

2011 Sewing Year in Review

Completed Garments
I complied a list of all the garments I sewed this year.  While the count seems rather small, I certainly learned a great deal about fitting, styling, and choosing garments that suit my body type.  Here are the stats:
  • 11 tops
  • 4 skirts
  • 4 pairs of jeans
  • 3 dresses
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 purse/tote 
  • approximately 35 yards of fabric sewn
Incomplete Garments & Wadders
Reasons for garments rendered incomplete or wadders include poor fabric choice (in content and colour), need-to-refine sewing technique (stupid collar stand), unruly facings, terrible fit, and lack of love for the finished garment.  Although these garments will never reach my closet, I learned a lot in the process of their construction.
Top row:  S2365, BWOF 09-2009-137
Bottom row:  Burda 7866, S2288, NL6300 & fabric 
  • BWOF 09-2009-137 (skirt)
  • Burda 7866 (knit top)
  • Simplicity 2365 (woven top with pintucks)
  • Simplicity 2288 (knit cardigan)
  • New Look 6300 (woven skirt from TNT pattern)
  • Simplicity 4698 (jacket)
  • New Look 6917 (skirt)

Still in Progress
  • Colette Patterns Lady Grey Coat - Since I am following Gertie's tailoring techniques (as part of her 2010 sew along), this will be an ongoing project.  I hope to have it completed in time for Fall 2012.
  • Jalie 2680 - I want to resume working on this in March - just in time for Spring wearing.

Favourite Garment
It was really hard to narrow down a favourite garment.  So I picked the looks that I loved the most.

Vogue 1250
McCall's 6078 (top) with New Look 6897 (skirt)

I received nice compliments on both looks and can see many more versions of each in my regular rotation.

2012 Sewing Intentions
  • Jeans contest on PR:  I love making jeans and this contest is a great way to start off the new sewing year.  I already have ideas for the contest.
  • SWAP contest on Stitcher's Guild:  The contest runs through the end of April and if I work hard enough, I should be able to finish it by then, if not before.  As the theme centers around fit and developing tried-n-true patterns, I am motivated to follow through with my plans.
  • Advance to "intermediate":  I've been sewing for almost eight years and have definitely learned a lot.  If I successfully sew a lined jacket and attach a collar stand to a good-fitting woven blouse, then I will officially consider myself an intermediate-level sewer.
  • Fabric-light:  The fabric fast of 2011 didn't go so well.  In the first six months of the year, I bought a lot of fabric (we won't speak on yardages).  Fortunately, this trend did not continue in the last half of the year.  I have only bought pieces that I really liked and have no interest in buying fabric right now.  I will make exceptions for extra special pieces or linings.
  •  Stash sewing:  Since I have so much fabric, I intend to sew primarily from my stash. 
I thank everyone who takes the time to read my blog.  When I started this blog almost five years ago (sorta missed several blogiversaries...), I had no idea that it would last this long and that I'd enjoy doing it so much.  I never was good at keeping a diary, but this seems to work for me! Your continued interest and comments are cherished and very much appreciated.

I look forward to another productive sewing year in 2012.  I hope to continue sharing my sewing trials and victories with you all and reading about yours as well.

I want to wish everyone a peaceful and wonderful new year filled with hope, happiness, good health, and love.  Happy new year!


      28 December 2011

      Tying Loose Threads

      Before I post my 2011 sewing in review, I wanted to settle up the sewing for this year.

      McCall's 5847
      I finally finished the second version of this dress!  After hanging in my closet for five months, I attached the final button last week. 


      Eventually I'll get pictures while wearing the dress.  Unless I make a long-sleeved top to go with it, I'm not wearing this until Spring. 

      Jeans #6
      Even though I took this photo a week ago, the jeans have been complete since the beginning of the month.  I just wasn't in a mood to smile here.  

      Simplicity 2396
      After cutting out the pieces for another skirt, I had about 5/8-yards left over.  Since the piece was oddly shaped and not quite enough to make another skirt, I decided to make a tote bag.

      Fabric & Notions:
      • 1/2 yard gray wool suiting
      • 1/2 yard cotton floral print
      • 1/2 yard cotton flannel
      • fusible interfacing
      • 1" button
      The tote/purse was very easy to assemble and wears comfortably on my arm.  The only change I would make is to cut the inner top band out of the same material as the outside.  The lining is very visible from the outside and I didn't even think about it until after the bag was completed.

      Non-sewing bits...

      @Kyle:  Thanks for the well-wishes.  =)  EyeCandy was not at the rink on Friday, but he was there on Monday.  He's relegated to being eye-candy because he's married.  Actually, he's just been demoted to CuteJerk because he's incredibly rude!  I was talking with a friend and he rolls up in the middle of us to speak to the guy and shake his hand.  I gave him the oh no you didn't look and he rolled away. 

      @Sheila:  You were right.  My headache was definitely caused by sinus problems.  After speaking with the nurse in my doctor's office, she tried to tell me it was a migraine.  I told her that I thought I had a sinus infection because the area around my eye was tender and had been weeping for two days.  She insisted that I was suffering from migraines.  Not paying any attention to her, I made some pure ginger tea, put a hot compress on my face, and rested.  The next day, the infection drained from my sinuses, my eye stopped weeping instantly, and the headache went away.  Let this be a lesson in knowing your body!

      Up next:  Sewing in Review 2011 and the 3rd garment of my SWAP complete!


      22 December 2011

      YSG: Ramblings

      1.  On not blogging for two weeks...

      I've been really busy and very tired.  The beginning and end of the semester is always busy for me and this semester was no different.  Plus, I had doctor's appointments, court, jury duty, and I've recently restarted doing volunteer work.  Every day of my calendar had several things scheduled; I even had to pencil in 'rest' on a couple days. 

      2.  This week, I went in for a medical procedure and am recovering from that.  Let me just say that some pharmaceuticals are amazing and very scary.  I was given a sedation drug that caused me to be conscious during the procedure.  The scary (or good?) thing is I have zero recollection of the procedure.  My friend told me that I was talking with the doctor and nurses during the process and even debated the doctor about the areas of my body being fat versus muscle (a very funny exchange as I am told).  I do not remember ANY of this at all.  I don't remember feeling any pain during the procedure - despite my many verbal complaints of being in pain.  I don't know what kind of voodoo was going through my veins at the time, but that is some scary shit.  Anyway I am home, rested, and feeling better.  I still have some minor pain, but I am mobile. 

      3.  I got another jury service questionnaire.  I haven't even been paid for last week's service.

      4.  Today is the winter solstice. Yay!  The earth now starts her glorious tilt back toward the sun tomorrow.  Mmm...heat...

      5.  I cut out all of the pattern pieces, linings, and interfacing for several of my garments in the SWAP. 

      6.  Upon cutting out the jacket pieces, I realize that I made a stupid alteration error that I hope won't be too visible in the final garment.  Of course, I don't have any more fabric to re-cut the piece.  Oh well.

      7.  I picked up 5 of the 12 pounds I lost.  Stupid thanksgiving holiday and all those delicious sweets.

      8.  I finished jeans #6 a while ago.  The button tack popped off sometime last weekend and I have yet to replace it.  Since I plan on wearing the jeans tomorrow, I guess I should look for another tack.

      9.  If you haven't watched The Cleveland Show's parody of Die Hard (fabulously titled Die semi-Hard), watch it on Hulu.  Very funny.  I wish Family Guy would return to its comedy roots.

      10.  I hope EyeCandy is at the rink tomorrow. This guy is sooooooo handsome.   

      11.  Hmm.  Admittance to the rink is free tomorrow and I know it's going to be crowded.  Since I still have a bit of pain, I better take it easy and not get too wild out there.

      12.  I'm really enjoying my volunteer group.  So far, it seems like a nice group of people.  I'm looking forward to meeting up with them in January. 

      13.  I have about 15 pieces of pottery that need to be glazed.  I can't decide on a colour scheme for my dishes, lantern, or pedestal bowl.

      14.  I've had a headache since Monday night.  Tylenol does nothing.

      15.  This dog's snoring is epic.

      16.  I keep waking up at 3 and 4am.

      17.  Newton Leroy Gingrich.  Le-roy??  Too easy.

      That's it for now.  I hope everyone is well.  Have a happy and safe holiday season!


      05 December 2011

      Jeans #5: Finished!

      dark colours are so hard to photo
      loving the hem length!
      After having encountered many crazy issues with this pair, they're now finally complete.  This is the pair that has the cute little crystal design on the back pocket.   It's hard to take a picture of the back and I didn't have time to set up the tripod as I was on my way out last night.

      right back pocket
      I adore how these jeans fit, even though the denim has at least 25% stretch. This is simply too much for me.  The fly area pulls apart something awful and the waistband is super stretchy - even with interfacing.  I have to wear these jeans with a shirt that is long enough to cover the zipper because it just doesn't look right at all.  It's a shame, too, because I am seriously digging the crystal design!  Were I a more assiduous sewer, I would pick all this shit apart and try the zipper again.  Since I did that four times already, round five is not happening.  Besides, life is too short.  Like my friend Deepika once said, "There will always be more fabric.  It is time we must preserve."  Yeah.  So.  Yeah.  Not happening.  =)

      I almost finished with jeans #6.  I just need to work the button hole and sew the hem.  Photos coming soon.



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