I knowww I said I wouldn’t be back until 2013, but I just realized I haven’t made a proper yearly review! This is important!
First up, let’s talk about how many pieces of clothing I made. I thought I was slacking, but I started clicking through the months and saving pictures and holy shit:
(psst- click on the picture to see the patterns I used for each piece! Sorry these aren’t in better order; it was hard enough just getting them all in the collages)
Assuming I got them all, that’s 52 things I made this year (I know, you see 50 pictures – but two pictures have two garments in them, so booyah!). Oh, and that doesn’t count the handful of Renfrews I made that never appeared on the blog. That’s basically a garment a week? How the hell did that happen haha.
I know a lot of people think I’m some kind of madwoman sewing machine who never eats or sleeps, but I assure you – I have a full-time day job, and I spend just as much time sewing as I do having fun life experiences with friends. I just really, really enjoy sewing! ;)
Just glancing over those pictures, here’s a list of my top favorite/most worn things I made this year:
- Gingham Peony – This is forreal the perfect little biking dress.
- Cheetah Mock Wrap Dress – This dress is surprisingly versatile – it works just as well in summer as it does winter. And it’s leopard, which is always a plus in my book.
- Disaster Dress – I love this dress! The lining and lace were gifts from two different blog franz, and I think of both those lovely ladies every time I put it on (is that creepy?). Not to mention, I just feel so pretty and elegant when I wear this dress.
- Thurlows! Specifically – the old man Thurlows (which may or may not have had a brush with death over the weekend… Landon put them in the wash :X They fit, but they’re a little short HELP) and the gingham Thurlows, which I seriously wore several times a week in the summer. I wish I could give my Thurlow jeans the same nod of appreciation, but unfortunately the fabric isn’t quite cutting it for me – over the course of the day, they stretch out and get super baggy. I love the way they look when they are fresh out of the dryer, though. I may need to revisit denim next year and see how I can make these better.
- Last, but not least – the mustard Agatha. I am going to wear this sweater until it falls apart in glories wooly ribbons. Watch me.
Some really awesome things happened in 2012, and not just clothing! Let’s see a recap:
- I bought a Featherweight sewing machine. Longtime sewing dream: accomplished!
- I learned how to knit in 2011, so by 2012 I was ready to tackle my first sweater! It took 3 months and it was super difficult at times, but I powered through and now I have a new favorite wool sweater that goes with practically everything I own :) Here is an agonizingly long list of posts that cover the process
- After the first sweater, I got pretty fearless and went on to knit 4 more sweaters. That’s 5 sweaters in one year haha! YAY SWEATERS.
- I participated in my first Me-Made-May and not only did I manage to wear handmade for 31 days straight… I didn’t repeat an outfit, either.
- I had one major sewing fail, and it came in the form of an Amy Butler handbag.
- Vogue released a new line of patterns that had the most ridiculous styling and posing ever and we all lol’d for days.
- I painted this chicken and it is cool as fuck.
- I moved to the other side of town (yay! BYE EAST NASHVILLE) and got a fancy pantsy new sewing room, and eventually a real sexi couch.
- Landon & I went to Chicago, where I had my first ever blogger meet-up and met some of the COOLEST ladies:
- I made a bear costume and wore it for the internets.
- I finally paid off my credit card! BIG HUGE DEAL!
- I found my ~*~TNT~*~ pattern, the Sewaholic Thurlows. I think I beat that dead horse well into the ground – I made 5 pairs of the same pattern, plus hosted a sewalong! AND I HAVE MORE THURLOWS PLANNED HEH HEH HEH.
As far as the goals I had for 2012:
- I wanted to make another coat – done!
- Perfecting pants fitting – I hesitate to call anything perfect, but these are mighty close
- Make men’s clothing – done and done!
- Knitting: Learn colorwork and knit a sweater – Well, the sweater is done… and then some! I haven’t dipped my toes into colorwork quite yet, but that’s coming :)
And a few goals for 2013:
- More men’s sewing – I want to make a proper men’s shirt for Landon, with the collar stand and button placket and everything!
- Sewing with “difficult” fabrics – slippery little shits like chiffon and silk, I’m lookin’ at you.
- Knitting socks – why haven’t gotten around to making these yet? Also, COLORWORK: your time has come.