Monday, January 3, 2011
2010 was a busy year in sewing!
22 tops (14 woven and 13 knit)
23 dresses (11 woven and 12 knit)
3 jackets and coats
4 gym pants
3 pajama pants
2 grocery bags
1 bathing suit top
assorted panties and boxers (maybe 5 and 3, respectively?)
I don't quite know how to do the math on that, but I'll call it about 73 garments. This may have been my sewingest year yet! You can see the ones I managed to photograph in the slideshow above or in my 2010 Projects album.
I did 52 reviews on PR, an all-time high. I would have preferred to stick with 50 to keep things nice round numbers, but the Endless Combinations contest pushed me over the edge. Despite the high number of reviews, there is a 30% discrepancy between items made and items reviewed! Many of the skirts were just my simple self-drafted knit skirt pattern and are not worth mentioning, but there are some good pieces in the other categories I just didn't get around to photographing and talking about.
I wrote 81 blog posts for the year, down considerably from 111 in 2009 and 105 in 2008. I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself to do really quality posts with construction details and tutorials, which has made blogging a lot of work at times (and led in part to all the unreviewed projects). So for 2011, I think I will try to give myself a break and do some bare bones "Here's the finished garment, hope you like it" posts. As a reader, do you mind posts like that? Or are they useless without more information?
I have no idea how much fabric I bought and how much I sewed, but I'm guessing those numbers don't add up. ;-)
Most interesting garment to sew: Vogue 1161 Rachel Comey. It has a lot of seams and a lot of fussy match-points, so I thought it would be hard. But it wasn't really, it just takes a little time. I love the unexpected open back.
Favorite pattern of the year: Burda 02-2009-123. This is the perfect pattern for a beautiful piece of silk. It's cut in large pieces so the shiftiness of silk is less frustrating *and* it capitalizes on silk's wonderful drape. I made it 3 times in 2010, and I have not ruled out making it again.
Biggest fail of the year: Vogue 7876. Badly drafted, poorly fitted. However, this is sort of glib because it was the pattern that was the problem, not my sewing. It was followed closely by a skirt of Burda 08-2009-121 (you have to click on the technical drawing to see anything). I knew those zigzag pockets would be a disaster over my belly and boy was I right. They pop open in the most unflattering way you can imagine. This style can only be worn by someone with a completely flat stomach. I have not yet and am unlikely to muster the courage to take a photograph of this utter failure of a project (I made another modified Alexis skirt, as seen here, to fill the red-skirt-shaped hole in my closet).
**EDIT** Clearly, when drafting this post I was experiencing a merciful amnesia about The Tuxedo Jacket of Doom. Hands down the biggest fail of the year. The sleeves are unimaginably bad and I will never wear this piece on which I spent so much time and trouble and beautiful fabric.
I tried to choose a favorite or most-worn piece. I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing, but I really couldn't! I am happy with almost everything I made and wear them all about equally.
Looking forward to 2011...hmm. Other than less elaborate blog posts, I will make my perennial resolution to enjoy sewing the fabric I have rather than being distracted by new stuff. Just by looking at my stash album I came up with over 20 projects I really want to make. That is just fabric that absolutely knows what it wants to be and leaves aside all the fabrics that I love but haven't quite settled on a project for.
First project of the year is planned to be a coat, maybe with bound buttonholes. I have 5 or 6 projects photographed to blog so even if the coat takes me a month I won't run out of writing material. If the first few days of the year are any indication, I will be too busy to sew at all, much less as prolifically as in 2010. Let's hope that's not the case!
Thank you to all for joining me in 2010. I so appreciate all your comments, assistance, and encouragement. I love our little sewing community!
Happy 2011 to all, and happy sewing!