What I made: 11 dresses (and 3/4 of a 12th, which by now only needs hemming), 6 tops, 4 from-scratch and 3 refashioned bottoms (plus two refashions for friends). 26 garments in all, 5 of them refashioned! I also took up knitting and made: 8 scarflets, 1 scarf, 3 pairs of mittens (and the beginning of a hat). Not a bad year, eh?
|three of this year's dresses, from the Summer Essentials sew-along|
|Summer Essential tops|
Let's see how I fared with my resolutions:
1. Taking more time and an eye for the detail with my garments.
To be totally honest, this worked out a bit so-so. It seems I'm still a fan of quick'n'dirty, sometimes I feel in a hurry and just want to finish something, which works out in having to rip the seams and doing it again. It's very silly! However, I did my first muslin, found out how to insert an invisible zipper, found a nice method of attaching linings to dresses, used a serger for the first time... The "taking more care with construction" will definitely stay on my list of resolutions.
|Crepe dress - probably my best construction, I made my first muslin for this|
2. Spring cleaning!
I think I cleaned out my wardrobe reasonably well this spring. I swapped quite a few items away during a garment swap-meet with my friends, the rest went to charity. I'd love to have my sewing stuff a bit more organized, but with the limited space I'll have to think about a system that'll work. I wasn't incredibly organised in my sewing, but I think that's just the way I roll. I have a list of potential things to sew, and some get done, some don't...
3. Making a Wardrobe Capsule.
This is something I haven't done, and I may attempt it now that I have the Colette Sewing Book in my hands. I like the idea of finding 5 favorites and extrapolating from there.
|Fall Essentials dress|
4. Begin creating a balanced wardrobe of handmade and existing RTW garments.
I think this is working out pretty well. At least I get the feeling that I manage to combine my handmades and my RTW garments pretty well.
Yes! This also worked out! 13 garments (including 3 refashions) were made with fabrics or garments that were already in my stash as of Jan 1st, 2011! That's exactly half! This is also something I'd like to continue.
|fabrics used as of yet: four of these, two in the soon-to-sew list|
1. Taking more care with quality and construction! That includes starting to use other seam finishings than pinking and zigzagging. And not letting me rush myself!
2. Continue using my stash for at least every second garment, and not buy too much additional fabric. My stash isn't huge, but I don't have a dedicated sewing space and the fabric and all of my sewing utensils are sharing bookshelf space. Decluttering and finding a workable system for storing my notions would be good, too...
3. Use at least six of my yet-unused patterns this year! Like the Lonsdale dress, the Pendrell blouse, the Negroni shirt and New Look 6000, which I had to buy after seeing Scruffybadger's scrumptious version...
4. Spend a little more time on adjusting and drafting patterns. I'm still in love with the idea of having pattern blocks that can be adjusted with details to make practically any kind of garment.
5. Keep knitting - maybe even a sweater! - and start making those accessories that I've had on my to-make list for ages. Like, bags and purses, jewellery, brooches...
|knit scarflet and fabric flower brooch|
I probably shouldn't make any more resolutions, since I'm starting on my year of internship come March, and while I know it to be far less gruelling than, say, portrayed in Grey's Anatomy, it will essentially be an unpaid full-time job. Ah well, lots of people work and sew. There's still the weekends. :)
Since I haven't said it yet (grumpy! ;) ) - Happy New Year and Happy Stitching in 2012 to all!