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2011: Looking back

2011 December 27
by elizabeth_admin

What a year!  Let’s take a gratuitous (well for me at least) look back.  Last year around this time, I focused on numbers: how many of this and that.  But that doesn’t really interest me anymore, how many garments I made.  If I have learned anything this year, it’s that I am valuing the process more, not the fact that I sewed x amount of garments.  I am proud of the techniques learned.  I am proud of my growing skill and workmanship.

Another hallmark of this past year is my growing cadre of sewing friends.  I have dearly loved meeting new sewing peeps and deepening my friendships with others.  The ability to talk shop with people who love sewing is so amazing.  Is it just me or all sewing people equally OCD passionate about the craft?

So this year I am going to shamelessly copy Alana at Lazy Stitching and focus on pictures, on what I made and learned and on the memories made.  I just loved her year-end post and “they” say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s my take on my year in pictures.



My favorite moments this past year have of course been sitting in front of my machines, but most of all have been spent with my sewing friends.  One of the highlights of my trip to the UK this year was meeting and shopping with old and new friends at Liberty of London.  The PR weekend in Chicago was super fun.  The hurricane postponed NY Shopping Day was a blast.  Showing Karen around the Garment District on a rainy day was a hoot.  And who could top an evening with the incomparable Peter?



My proudest moment this year was receiving my labels.  Every time I add my label to a garment I’ve made, I feel a rush of pride and am thrilled that I have such a beautiful label to make my mark.  If you don’t have labels yet, get some.  There are many options for having them made, from cheap to expensive.  No matter what vendor you choose though, nothing beats the feeling of sewing your personal label into a garment you have lovingly made.



My new techniques list is not long, but I am quite proud of them.  I designed/drafted my first garment ever.  Yes, it was mostly math and not much fitting involved, but I did it!  I successfully inserted piping.  I used faux fur for the first time.  Most of the year was spent focusing on “perfection,” meaning going slow and taking time to do it right, and respecting the fabric.



I loved McCalls 6069 so much, I made it 3 times.  I wear these dresses ALL. THE. TIME.  They are so comfy and pretty.  Perfect combo.  I definitely can see myself making more.



I just adore this dress, NL 6067.  It’s so beautiful.  The fabric, the pattern and the quality workmanship.  I love everything about it.  It’s super comfy to wear too!  It’s definitely my favorite make of the year.  I enjoyed making it every step of the way and took extra care to make it the best that I could.



The necklaces I made for gifts this month are so stinking cute, I almost can’t stand it.  They’re a great last minute gift if you have all the supplies on hand, like 20 minutes of actual work and then an hour of waiting for the glue to dry.  That’s it!  Love them.



And here is collage of my entire year of sewing.  I spent several hours torturing myself to learn how to use GIMP the past few days and then found out I could do the same thing in Mac’s version of PowerPoint, Keynote, in a fraction of the time.  Oh well, now at least I know for next time.

I hope you all had wonderful holidays and I wish you a happy New Year.  Happy sewing in 2012!

16 Responses leave one →
  1. December 27, 2011

    What a great Year In Sewing! May next year be just at good.

  2. December 27, 2011

    Looks like a great year – love your dresses! And all the photo collages! Can’t wait to see what is up next!

    (Also, as a side note – I totally hear you on Gimp – had to learn it for work, and the learning curve is a bit steep, although now that I have used it a bit more I appreciate some of the more advanced features… But glad you were able to get things worked out with Keynote – love it when I can find the fast solution on the computer.)

  3. December 27, 2011

    Happy New Year to you! What a great year. It was wonderful to meet you in person. Your blog has inspired me in many ways. Hope next year is even better and I can’t wait to see what you make!

  4. December 27, 2011

    What a year! Here’s to lots more fun.

  5. December 27, 2011

    You’ve had a wonderful! Wishing you great sewing and crafting in 2012!

  6. December 27, 2011

    So I guess this means we’ll still be talking about sewing next year too?! *LOL* Happy New Year! See you when you get back to NYC!!!!

  7. December 27, 2011

    Great post! Happy New Year!!
    (thanks for your wishes on my bloggy blog!)

  8. December 27, 2011

    What a wonderful year. I enjoyed watching you Elizabeth. Hope to get a chance to meet you.

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  10. Karen Mulkey permalink
    December 28, 2011

    Love all your dresses especially NL 6067. The fit and fabric are fabulous! May you have a great sewing year in 2012!

  11. December 29, 2011

    What a great year. I really enjoyed meeting you too. 🙂

    Here’s to 2012! May there be even more sewing fun!

  12. December 29, 2011

    You’ve had a great year; congratulations on a good one, and here’s wishing you an equally creative and inspired New Year!

  13. December 30, 2011

    What an awesome year! As I don’t think I have shared a single sewing blog post this year, I am delighted that you have kept following my blog and that I count you as a (yet to meet) friend. I returned from Hawaii with fabric to make a kimono, so look for an actual sewing post soon! In the meantime, let me just wish you an awesome 2012, whether spent behind a machine or not! xoxo

  14. December 30, 2011

    You’ve had a sewing-blast and made such great garments in 2011 Elizabeth – here’s to a fab 2012 for you (and the little boy who lives with you ;)) too!!

  15. January 3, 2012

    What a fabulous sewing year! You made some beautiful things and had fun doing it (which is really all that counts). Looking forward to seeing you in 2012!

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