2014 sewing

I wasn’t going to do a 2014 sewing round up since my year has been so all over the place and I haven’t kept a very good record of what I made, but Sunnygal Beth inspired me to put a couple charts together. I’m sure I left out a few makes, but I’m so glad I did this! These results were not what I expected…

2014 sewingI started sewing way back in 2009 because I wanted dresses to wear to work. Lately, though, I’ve been feeling like dresses just aren’t working and I don’t have any I want to wear to work. Well, that may be because I only made four this year, and two of those were fancy for work functions! Same with skirts – only two made and one of those died an untimely death. I did make quite a few tops, both woven and knit, and have been loving almost all of them. And I just remembered I also made a Bronte! Add one for knit tops and one for Jennifer Lauren.

That leads me to patterns. I was shocked to see how many independent patterns I made, and it makes me wonder why, why, why do I have so many Simplicity, McCall, Butterick, and Vogue patterns! Grainline patterns were by far the most sewn, I expected that, but I was surprised by the range of other designers I used. In total 17% of what I made was from the traditional American companies and 83% from independents.

I’m not one for resolutions but I am actually going to write a few goals for 2015 based off of this exercise:

  1. Stop buying the traditional patterns unless they are truly special. I don’t sew from them so why have so many.
  2. Allow myself to buy more independent patterns. Sure, they are more expensive, but I do sew from these!
  3. Make a few more everyday dresses and skirts.
  4. Keep making woven and knit tops! 60% of what I made this year was knit and woven tops, and I love most of them and wear them a lot.

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing what you all make in 2015!


12 thoughts on “2014 sewing

  1. I just purged a whole box of big four patterns. I have a bazillion. I think it’s because they go on sale so cheap here. Anyway, I’m with you. I’m not going to buy patterns unless they are truly something special. Love your graphs! I’m a graph nerd 🙂 happy new year!

    1. Yeah, I can’t resist the sales and I really love browsing the new collections when they come out. Congrats on the purge, I tried but it’s so hard! What if someday I want to sew a design just like the one in this pattern that I know I’m actually never going to make??

  2. I love the charts! That’s so cool to see what you’ve made this past year. I’m a bit of pattern hoarder myself, but I do go through them regularly. I do love indie patterns, but tend to only want to buy ones that are different from what I could buy from the big 4, although I like the fit of a couple of indie companies quite a bit better and am happy to buy even a basic pattern from them.

    1. The days and months really go by so fast that this exercise was surprisingly helpful! It seems like a lot of us have a lot of the big 4 that don’t get sewn…

    1. I have so many I can’t remember what I have anymore, and when I settle down with a piece of fabric and try to choose a pattern it becomes overwhelming. Maybe that’s why so few are made!

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