Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This is not the end, simply time to begin again ...

It seems a little silly to do a 2013 wrap-up when I was MIA for a big chunk of the year, but I was curious, so I did a quick tally:

Dresses:   2   Both from the same vintage pattern. (Really 1.9, since one of them ain't hemmed yet ... )  As I recall, I chose this pattern because it was a bit different from the other 1950s dresses I'd tried.  I also sewed the dresses in drape-y rayon fabrics, and while I love rayon for skirts and blouses, for some reason I don't seem to like it as much in a dress.  Not sure why ... something to ponder.

Looks like it was made from bed linens ... but isn't.

Blouses:  1  The pale pink Sewaholic Alma from the beginning of the year.  It's okay, but the first version was better.  Both are rayon challis, but the darker challis I used for my first Alma looks and feels nicer, even though both fabrics were the same (dirt cheap) price, and bought from Fabric Mart at the same time.   I also need something better to pair this blouse with -- I didn't really like it with the jeans I modeled it with.   (I also decided I hated the jeans and they are at Goodwill now ... may they go forth and share their misery with some other unsuspecting fool.)

Well at least the dog is cute.

Knit tops:  2   Really?  That's it??  I must do better this year.  The two I made are Renfrews, so obviously winners.  Since they're striped, double winners.

Stripes FTW.

Skirts: 11  Thaaats more like it.  Though the "miss" ratio was higher than it seems it should have been (and only about half have made it onto the blog).  I wear skirts to work quite a lot, so they're the most useful item I can sew for myself.  However, I also seem to be a bit picky about them, and perhaps unintentionally have embarked on a journey in search of my "perfect skirt".  I think I am getting close ... and on that note I have a new skirt I'll try to photograph and share tomorrow.

More real-world compliments than anything else I've sewn ever (total compliments:  2).

Pacific Moons:  5  (aka, skirts for schmeebot)  Only half as many as last year!  2014 will bring more, I am sure of it.

This is what sewing Zen looks like.

So, I made 21 items this year (as opposed to 34 last year).   Not so bad really.  I wouldn't say that I learned any new skills, but I did use my vintage sewing machines quite a lot!  

I also got back into drawing, a long-neglected hobby I'd been struggling to re-engage with for the past few years.   That's a big deal for me.   But my biggest accomplishments of the year were at work (and I worked darn hard for them too, hence the long hiatus).  

And 2014?  I have more dreams than I'll have time for.  (Some are on their way here par avion from Deer & Doe.)    So I guess my biggest wish for the new year is to make the most of my time, so I can do as much as I can.  The rest ... we can talk about it next year, I suppose!


  1. Wow! 21 items is darn good, since as you say, you were MIA for a good part of the year. I'm in love with that purple and yellow Renfrew!

    1. Thanks! I love contrasting color bands on tees, and hope to make some more.