I feel 2011 was the year of disjointed sewing. Let's see if my impression is accurate.
Looking back on my posts for the year, I see that I managed to make quite a few things. However, the total output was hardly an effective assault on The Sewing Lawyer's stash, or a coordinated production effort for her closet.
April was an interesting sewing month. I made a wool sheath dress to coordinate with my leather jacket, and I had a fantastic time in Chicago with sewing friends Patti, Liana, Ann, Nancy, and the members of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago.
In May, I reported in on a pair of lined wool pants. Not only were they too warm once done, they're now too big. I'm not complaining about having taken off a few pounds, mind you, just haven't steeled myself to unpicking that hand-sewn waistband... More sensibly, I also made a couple of knit dresses.
All this is really good stuff. But then ... the sewing wheels fell off.
More off-season sewing. I made a sleeveless summer dress and another knit dress that just didn't work in the fall. Hopefully they'll come into their own next year. Then came a pair of PJs, a couple of bras that are tantalizingly close to being really good, some storage units for my sewing room, and a batch of undies. All perfectly OK, but nothing that made me feel I'd made anything really special.
curling pants and pink Jalie top. However December was a sewing bust.
Is it a coincidence that I picked up knitting in late fall? Since early November I've made 3 hats, a scarf and most of a sweater.
So, looking ahead, what do I want to accomplish for 2012?
- I need to do more sewing.
- I do not want to buy more fabric. I have so much it's embarrassing. I will sew the fabric I already own. I really like it as fabric, but I think I'd like it even more as clothing.
- I am going to make a work jacket. Or two. And nice dresses or separates to coordinate with them.
- One of those jackets is going to be in leather.
- I want to integrate knitted pieces into my work and home wardrobes. I foresee one or two knitted tops.
That seems like a long enough list. No doubt I'll get distracted.
Happy New Year!