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!


New year, new me

Thank you for all the comments on my flowercat shirt! I may never make such an amazing garment again. I’ve been sewing away in between work responsibilities and holiday obligations, and I have a lot to share. Sharing has been hard, though, for enough different reasons that it became overwhelming and exhausting. Lately, though, I’ve made a few changes that I hope will get me sharing and participating more in the new year.

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First up, I covered my dress form! I love my gifted dress form but the purple/maroon color has always bothered me in life and in photos, especially since I favor navys, purples, and other darker colors that just blend into the unnatural shade. I bought some light beige cotton knit from Mood with the idea of making some Alabama Chanin inspired camisoles, but within an hour it had been sacrificed for my dress form. I love the new form. It fits into the feel of my home, clothes look so much better on it, and I feel like it even improves the clarity and exposure of my photos.

The other improvement is that I bought a new computer! We’ve been limping along with phones and my husband’s aging, overloaded macbook, which is slow and freezes constantly. I can hardly read blogs on it, let alone write my own posts (or work from home, manage photos, watch Netflix, and so on, and so on). Any posts from the last six months have been written entirely on my phone. The new machine is just a little Samsung chromebook. I was a little nervous moving to a cloud based, non-traditional OS, but so far it’s been great. And it’s lightweight, has an anti-glare screen that can be used outside (I can work while Dandelion roams the backyard!), charges fully in about 15 minutes, the battery lasts for 10 hours, and it was about as inexpensive as you can imagine.

I’m looking forward to 2015 for all sorts of reasons, and these small but significant improvements have been more inspiring than I expected. Many thanks to all of you who follow this modest space and my corner of Instagram. Interacting with the sewing community has been such a blessing to me in a challenging year. Happy holidays to all of you!