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…
I 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:
- Stop buying the traditional patterns unless they are truly special. I don’t sew from them so why have so many.
- Allow myself to buy more independent patterns. Sure, they are more expensive, but I do sew from these!
- Make a few more everyday dresses and skirts.
- 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!