2012: What a year it was
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!