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