Ah 2010, you went by so quickly. Is it just my age or having a child that makes time run past me without looking back? Man, it was just two weeks ago that it was 2009 and now it’s two more days until 2011. How did that happen???
Anyhoo, here’s a recap of what I was able to accomplish the year that happened in the blink of an eye.
SEWING – Garments
- 2 kids knit pj’s
- 1 boy flannel pj
- 1 girl flannel nightgown
- 1 baby sleepsack
- 1 turtleneck
- 3.5 Butterick 5147 sheath dresses (my 2nd TNT)*
- 1 Fall coat
- 1 shirred skirt
- 3 Simplicity 2452 pencil skirts (my first TNT)
- 1 Burda skirt
- 1 Burda dress
- 1 shirred bodice girl’s dress
- 1 drape neck knit top
- 1 wrap dress
- 1 boy’s camp shirt
- 1 border print knit dress from quasi-TNT S3678
- 1 girl’s dress
- 1 Burda tweed skirt
* The .5 refers to the tweed version which was almost completed until I figured out I had gained too much weight to wear it. It now lays crumpled on my table taunting me with its svelte, plummish, crumpled tweediness.
SEWING – Accessories
- 1 woven infinity scarf (not yet blogged)
- 8 totebags (1 for me, the rest were Xmas gifts)
- 1 ruffle scarf
- 1 silk hemmed scarf
- 21 bibs (4 were sold**, the rest gifts)
** The bibs sold is part of the super secret surprise which will be revealed in 2011.
- 1 kid’s scarf
- 2 kid’s hats
- 1 boy’s sweater vest
- The Knip Mode skirt that would not drape/pleat correctly and made me look 20 lbs heavier. I was attracted to its architectural qualities with nary a thought as to how it would look on a middle-aged body. *sigh* I love you Knip Mode skirt but you would look good only on the circa 1996-1997 Elizabeth. RIP Knip Mode skirt.
- The almost 4th version of the B5147 sheath dress in the most beautiful shade of plum tweed you ever saw. But alas, I discovered too late that I had gained weight and set it aside for when I lost said weight or when Armageddon came, whichever came first (probably Armageddon at the rate I’m eating and drinking).
- The Simplicity 2337 ponte knit dress which I set aside in favor of actually finishing my Xmas sewing on time. It waits patiently for me on my sewing table (aka the dining room table) to come back to it as soon as I am able. I. can’t. wait.
In no particular order, the highlights of this year were plentiful and varied.
My son Jack entered his wonderful 3′s and I saw him blossom as he discovered and interacted more with the world. His new-found autonomy was a little challenging, but amazing to watch. I can’t believe I was left in charge of someone’s life, but I hope I’m doing an ok job of it, because it is just jaw-dropping how much his own person Jack is already. It doesn’t hurt that he loves when I sew for him either. He wore his Xmas jammies 3 days in a row!
It will come as no surprise to you, I’m sure, that my favorite sewn item is my purple Fall coat, Simplicity 2311. I wear it on all but the coldest of days. Not to rub it in Carolyn’s face, but I live only one block from my office, so my commute is negligible. I almost don’t feel the cold before I am already inside my office building. Sorry Carolyn!
One of my greatest pleasures, besides the actual act of sewing, is talking about sewing with my far-flung friends around the world who share this same passion/obsession. I organized a New York City shopping day in August with Robin and was blown away by the response and attendance that day. The fact that I have met fellow sewists from London, Hong Kong, Philly, Chicago, etc. just amazes me.
Let’s not forget the PR Philly weekend that Karen put together in May. So amazing to meet all those sewists in one place and reconnect with others. We saw some incredible garments at the museum, showed off some beautifully made garments, and Kenneth King was a real show stopper. Karen put together a fantastic event. Kudos! Oh and let’s not forget that I had 1.5 days of kid-free, sewing-inspired time alone with at least 50 other sewists.
And last, but not least, I adopted a Singer Featherweight machine. I haven’t sewn much with her yet, just a totebag, but 2011 promises to be the year of the Featherweight. Just you wait!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some major housecleaning to do before 2011 bustles in.
Happy new year my fellow sewists!