Here are the counts for this year (sorry, no pretty infographic):
Dresses: 13 (hopefully 14 by the end of the day!)
Skirts: 11 for me, 4 for schmeebot
Other: 2 camera pouches
Thirty-ish items -- woo hoo!
I started a blouse but it ended up in Waddersville and I walked away from it. I can't recall any other categorical failures. I had to re-do a few dress bodices and I started American Weekly 3794 which totally did not work for me, but I was able to morph Butterick 6149 into a similar style, and it became one of my favorite dresses of the year. It was also the first time that I had attempted pattern re-drafting, and it turned out not to be so scary.
|B6149 inspired by American Weekly 3794|
That's not to say I wear everything I made. I do wear most of the skirts, but the dresses don't get as much love as they should. Some of the vintage styles come across as a bit costume-y for everyday, but I love sewing them and don't plan to stop. (I might sell some on Etsy though.) The Claire Cami dresses I just kind of forget about, as I tend to reach for t-shirts and jeans on the weekend.
Here are a few more of my favorites for the year (and hm, three out of four have birds on them):
|Claire Cami dress #3|
|Aviary dress (B6149 variant)|
|Birds of Norway skirt (Crescent variant)|
But my most favorite garment of the year? I just finished it! Photos coming soon!
The best thing about sewing in 2011 was getting the bodice of Butterick 6149 to fit me well: it proved to be a great starting point for fitting other patterns. It's the reason I had so few wadders this year. When I put my B6149 bodice pieces over another pattern, I can quickly see how darts need to change, and where I need to add or remove width. It would be nice to get a princess-seamed bodice similarly figured out.
I took a look at my final post from last year, and while I didn't have an exact count of garments made in 2010, I think I finished a few more projects this year than last. As for the non-sewing 2011 goals I mentioned in that post, I only did the last two: selling some of my cameras and contributing more to the knowledge communities at work. I should do more of both those things in 2012. I failed to draw regularly, but I'm going to get back on that horse this year. My house is still messy and I still eat cake for breakfast sometimes, but I did try to do battle with those particular demons even if the result was somewhat less than transformational.
I don't have any sewing goals for 2012, other than to keep on making stuff I like. But there are lots of things I dream of doing: get going with knit tops (a wardrobe staple for me), make a bunch more skirts, since I wear those to work a lot nowadays, make some blouses I like (store-bought blouses rarely work for me), try a 1930s pattern, make more 1950s dresses since they always turn out to be my favorites, and finally cut into some of that Liberty fabric I got in London last year. I'm sure I'll discover other things I want to do as the year unfolds.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who reads my blog, and especially to those of you who provide feedback! It gives me perspective on what I've done -- sometimes it's hard to spot fit issues, or to get past the frustration of making a particular garment, and that's where y'all come in. I enjoy reading your blogs too -- I'm not always the best commenter, as I generally read blogs first thing in the morning or at the end of the day: not the best times for me to string together a coherent sentence! I will try to do a bit better this year.