Once again, I'm cutting it close with my own "end of year retrospective" post. I was thinking of skipping writing this altogether to go work on my Sewaholic Thurlow muslin, but I'll work on them after finishing this!
How much? Of what type?
This year I made 14 garments (6 dresses, 3 skirts, 2 shirts, 1 slip, 1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of corduroys), plus 5 pairs of underwear, 1 bag, 1 apron, 1 pillow, and 3 pillowcases.
Since I only made 6 of them, it's easy to review them....
The argyle concept dress.
It's a Frankenpattern but uses NewLook 6071 as a starting point.
First time I made my own piping.
First dress of 2012
New Look 6067
First time using a narrow hem foot
Dress that made me almost give up sewing entirely
Dress that's like a wearing a costume:
Dress that is fine to wear in the general public but will never, ever be worn to a sewing event:
New Look 6968
Worn in public....
My first pair of jeans were full of firsts!
My first pair of pants with a front fly zipper.
First time using an edgestitching foot.
First time using jeans topstitching thread and topstitching needle.
First time using Wonder Tape.
First time using a shank button.
First time I embroidered my name in a garment.
My second-ever pair of pants:
Favorite underwear of 2012:
Favorite skirt of 2012:
New Look 6843 skirt, redone 6 years after the first version.
Favorite 2012 shirt
It wasn't for me! I broke a few of my personal sewing rules to make this shirt for a friend of mine as a going-away present, and she loved it!
Misses in 2012:
This fabric is terrible. After sitting in it for 10 min it looks incredibly wrinkled. I think the pattern is great though, and may try it again.
New Look 6103
The one shirt I made for myself this year was a horrible failure--I'm not revisiting that one.
I was honored to be the Pattern Review Member In Focus for January 2012
New Look 6067 was featured on the New Look Facebook page, while it was still in progress!
In April, I met up with blogger Vanessa in Atlanta during a work trip, where we went to Gail K Fabrics, Atlanta Thread and I later went to Whipstitch
In May, I attended Pattern Review weekend in NYC for my third year in a row of PR fun!
Me with Swatch at Mood Fabrics
In August, Antoinette and I attended Male Pattern Boldness Day in NYC.
In September, Bonnie and I attended the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan. It was SO fun to have Bonnie there with me in class!
And it was great to see Lynnelle again!
I took two Pattern Review classes: "Breaking Your Serger Out of the Box" and "Blue Prints to Blue Jeans" both by Jennifer Stern. I also took Jennifer's hands-on class "Professional Jeans Construction" at the ASE.
She is such a kind, patient instructor and without those classes I wouldn't be using my serger, and I definitely wouldn't have made pants that fit! (those were two of my 2012 goals--use my serger and make pants with a fly front).
I finally bought a Roxy dressform and padded it out in Fabulous Fit. It has changed my life! (Another 2012 goal completed--actually that goal dates back to 2009 or so!). Read all about the experience here.
Unmet 2012 goal:
I never learned how to blind hem nor use the blind hem foot on my machine.
- To learn how to use more feet, especially the blind hem foot and walking foot
- To learn more about my brand new sewing machine!
- To complete all the online classes I bought on-sale at Pattern Review and on Craftsy (I went a little overboard buying classes.)
- To continue to refine the fit on all my garments
- To make a binder of all the stuff I have collected at sewing conferences
- To start reading the sewing books that have been given to me over the past year, or purchased by me
- To get the twitter feed working again on my blog
- Start thinking about redesigning my blog
- figure out how to make lined zipper pouches. I spent more hours than I care to admit trying online tutorials and could not make a decent looking one!!!
- Attend PR weekend in SF in April, and possibly the ASE in Sept.
Overall I made less than in previous years, but I learned more. I became a slower seamster, but am more careful and did more things the "right" way. I had more successes and fewer failures. I learned a lot of new skills and bought a lot of new tools for my sewing room (and reorganized the space, twice!) I am still kind of shocked that I made my first pair of fly-front pants.
And to you, my dear readers: Thank you for reading and commenting and helping with my questions--I appreciate your kind words, sweet thoughts, and tender encouragement every step (and mis-step) of the way!
Wishing you a new year filled with joy, health, and successful sewing!!