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2012: What a year it was

2012 December 28
by elizabeth_admin


This year was full of change.  Obviously, the biggest change being that I moved from New York City cross country to the wilds of San Diego and then proceeded to move two more times the next two months.  Phew!  Jack adjusted far more quickly than I.  He’s fully entrenched in his new school and rapidly making new friends left and right.  I have been dealing with the inertia of not yet working and being a stay at home mom for the first time really.  No regrets for the move, but it’s been a big adjustment for me.  I really miss NYC, my friends and family there and, of course, the Garment District.



Again this year, same as last year, my favorite moments were meeting other sewists and/or people involved with the textile industry.  I met so many new people and strengthened my bonds with other friends.  My trips up to LA for the LA Textile trade show to meet up with friends and my trip to San Francisco/Bay area were big highlights to my year.



This old dog learned some new tricks this year too.  I constructed my first swimsuit!  I practiced and practiced my rolled hems.  Claudine showed me how to dye fabric like a pro.  I made my first adult-sized shirts, complete with plackets and great buttonholes thanks to my “new” vintage Singer buttonholer and a lot of advice from Peter.  🙂



One of my two most sewn patterns this year is Burda’s batwing top, 6-2009-109 of which I made four versions.  For the last two of those versions, I  substantially changed the draft to include more ease and changed the neckline and sleeves.  It’s basically a totally different look.  The original review of the batwing top can be found here and the changes I made to the design can be found here.





I  have made a total of four versions of Butterick 5454, making slight changes with each iteration, including adding an FBA, changing pleat locations and changing the shoulder pleats to gathers.  The first one with the attendant review can be found here.  The third version I don’t wear much as I am not as pleased with the pattern placement of the border print.  But the two purple ones (2nd from left and 4th from left) pictured here are in my top 10 dresses I’ve ever made.



As far as my favorite sewn item this year, I would have to say the color block dress I made before I left NYC takes the prize.  A lot of thought, work, and time went into the making of that dress.  I love the color combo and the color block design.  It was my first time really cutting up a TNT pattern a la Carolyn.  It was scary and yet oh so satisfying.  Then I immediately followed it up the floral linen dress that I love.  *sigh*  I haven’t had much opportunity to wear either dress here in San Diego not being a worker bee anymore, but someday soon, that opportunity will come again.



Just as this year was marked by big changes, more changes are coming in 2013.  I aim to be back in the workforce sometime in the first quarter or at least working my way to working again, as it were.  It took me a minute to find my footing here in San Diego what with moving three times and getting Jack situated in school.  But I am raring to go and ready to make my mark.

Wachet auf 2013!

14 Responses leave one →
  1. December 28, 2012

    I still absolutely love that first colour block dress. You’ve had one heck of a year and survived! Onwards and upwards.

  2. December 28, 2012

    I’m impressed by everything that you’ve crammed into this year!

    (I absolutely love the colour block dress – but you’ve made so many clothes to be proud of)

  3. Carolyn permalink
    December 28, 2012

    You have had a pretty full year with personal as well as sewing growth! Loved seeing the retrospective of garments made and I’m really glad that Jack is adjusting so well. At least you won’t have to move again in 2013!!!

  4. December 28, 2012

    A wonderful review. Thank you. Looks like you’ve had a year of moving in the right direction. Wishing you all the best – including the perfect job – in 2013.

  5. December 28, 2012

    I moved back to California this year, too, so I feel what you went through. I’m north of you, in the Temecula area but I transferred here for my job so I have yet to go to the LA garment district because I’ve been working so much and trying to get settled. Maybe next year.

    Have a great 2013!

  6. December 28, 2012

    Great year end review post! We miss you too!

  7. Shams permalink
    December 28, 2012

    It was a highlight meeting you, too, Elizabeth! Glad you and Jack are adjusting, though I certainly understand why you would miss aspects of NYC. Here’s a a great 2013!

  8. December 28, 2012

    I just love your tailored dresses. The colour block was in my best of 2012 list.

  9. December 29, 2012

    What a great year! Those wrap dresses really are insanely flattering on you.

  10. December 30, 2012

    Great year overall!

  11. January 1, 2013

    Sounds like quite a year! And I just love the look of your makes above, they ooze quality – you’ve got a great eye for colour and your outfits look a million dollars. Now, that’s what I need to aim for. I particularly like your wrap dresses. All the best for 2013

  12. January 1, 2013

    Wow 2012 was definitely a big year for you. Glad to hear Jack is happy and settled, I hope that makes it easier for you to move towards the things you want to achieve in 2013. I was sorry to miss you in NYC this summer, but maybe I should convince my family that we need to visit the West coast next time!!

    Your colourblock dress is definitely one to be proud of but I also love all the versions of your wrap dress.

  13. January 2, 2013

    Hey, I’ll be in your neck of the woods at the end of the week for work. I’ve got plans to meet up with T.Sedai of Sew Skate Read on Saturday for fabric shopping. Holler if you want in! email: clio[dot]phineas[at]gmail[dot]com

  14. Jan permalink
    January 3, 2013

    I adore your color block dress. The colors are so sixties, not that you have any direct experience with that as I do! My mom had a Mariemekko print in those colors.

    I salute you in all your changes!

    Happy New Year!

    quilter, garment maker, and former Scrabble partner/opponent!

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