Here is a list of what I think are my top 5 sewing accomplishments this year:
1. Winning SWAP
Yes, this is definitely a highlight of my year - sewing or otherwise! It was amazing to conceive of and sew a wardrobe that was thought worthy of your votes. And I must give a special shoutout here to Gertie, who picked up on a comment I wrote on my blog and interviewed me on hers. I really do believe that her interview changed the perspective of how we sewists look at things and directly or indirectly affected some of the votes. Yes, yes, I know I had an awesome (if I must say so myself - *LOL*) wardrobe but sometimes we need someone to shake the looking glass and change our views.
2. The Macy's Dress
I've knocked off designer gear before (The Chanel Dress, The Dior Dress) but I have never knocked something off and then had it pictured just a few days later on a celebrity. Thanks again Erica for sending me the first pic! This dress was actually fun to figure out and make...believe me it wasn't that hard at all! But it had such a bang for the buck!
3. The Birthday Gala Dress
Even though it's not one of my favorites, it does represent a lot of hard work and it was perfect for the occasion...and it's in the color I probably sewed the most this year...NAVY!
4. The Burda Dresses
Gosh, how many times have I complained about tracing?! *LOL* Even though I probably have a Burda magazine collection that numbers in the hundreds, this year is the first time I've actually taken the time to trace, alter and make more than one Burda garment. I love both of these dresses and will use this pattern again because the potential it provides is pretty awesome.
5. The Architectural Dress
This is my biggest failure of the year and makes the list because there were lessons learned here. How we handle failure especially in our craft determines how far we progress. It breaks my heart when a new sewist picks up our craft and turns away beause it's too hard or the results don't work out or fill-in-the-blank. I really need new sewists to see that even accomplished sewists sometimes have very bad results too. So because of that The Architectural Dress makes the list. Here's the thing, tho' I'm gonna try that dress again, using a pleater board from Clothide, and see if I can get the dress of my dreams!
My garment totals for 2010:
Doll Clothes: 8 pieces
Doll Clothes: 8 pieces
Looking forward ~
The last few years I haven't made any sewing goals, except to say that I would try not to buy more fabric. Okay that is a laughable goal so I'm not even going there. It would be like asking me not to breathe! *LOL*
However, in 2011 I really want to do some of the following:
1. Use some of those Hot Patterns that I won from the SWAP contest.
I have an amazing collection of Hot Patterns that I've won and purchased. I would really like to make some of these garments.
2. Complete the 12 Jackets per month sew-along.
I need jackets for work so 3 for each new season would be a good thing!
3. Put a welt pocket in a garment
Let's just say that it's a technique I learned years ago and I should pull it out and use it again.
4. Use a few more of those Burda Style magazine patterns
Ummm, more than a hundred issues means I have a passing like of this product...it's time to use it more!
5. Sew a little more from the fabric collection.
I want to thank everyone who I got to meet either in NYC or at the PR Philly Shopping Extravangza this year. It was wonderful to put names with faces, share stories and touch some fabric together. If I was unable to meet with you, please know that it wasn't from lack of desire but because sometimes my day job just gets in the way! *smile*
Finally I want to thank a few sewing friends - who keep me laughing, tell me I'm not crazy, understand my love of fabric and whose friendship I truly value -Elizabeth, Meg, Renee, Gaylen, and Patti - thank you so much!
To everyone who has a son, daughter or family member serving in the military, my prayers are with them! I'm so thankful that they have chosen to serve our country in this meaningful way and I pray that they will be home safe and sound with you soon.
May the New Year bring each and every one of you, peace, love, joy, happiness and good health. I also hope that all of your needs are met...whether they be for a new job, a new home, a baby, a mate...or just your own sewing space.
See you in 2011 and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!