January 2, 2010

2009 RECAP...

I thank God for 2009. I must take the time (even on my sewing blog) to reflect that although 2009 was a hard year, He graciously FILTERED it for me, my family and my friends. Without Him things could have been a lot harder. So with that in mind I've entered 2010 asking for His continued filtering and protection....Now on to sewing related things:

Total Garments made: 53 (I am definitely a jacket and tops person)
12 Jackets
22 Tops/Blouses
3 Dresses
8 Pants
8 PJ's

I started 2009 with a simple list of 5 things that some how expanded to 10 at some time or another. So let's see how I did:

1. Add more color to my wardrobe.
I did do better in this area, but need to constantly stay conscious of adding color so my wardrobe won't be so drab.

2. Practice the stand collar application.
I must admit, fear makes me refile any pattern that I pull out with a stand collar. I've made some really ugly ones in the past and just don't want to see another ugly one. This goal moves over to 2010.

3. Practice Welt Pocket application.
I did purposefully schedule 3 welt pocket sessions. I did m
anage to get them in on one of the jackets that I made. Paco even sent me samples of two of his expertly done welt pockets all the way from Barcelona so I could see the technique up close. I will do others.

4. Practice invisible zipper application
I didn't make any skirts last year or dresses that needed an invisible zipper. This one moves to 2010.

5. Practice Hong Kong finish.
I didn't address this item - over to 2010.

6. Practice bias tape making.
Discovered Cindy's method and bias tape making is a succes

7. Experiment with Burda and Patrones.
Thanks to Angela and Paco for sending me magazines. I ma
de 2 BWOF tops and 1 Patrones top and a Jacket.

8. Make a Chanel Suit from the fabric my Mother sent me.
Although a big challenge, the Jacket was a success. Started
the skirt yesterday.

9. Perfect pants pattern.
Of the 8 pair of pants made this year my last pair was the best fit. I joined the Month (or two) of Pants sew a long, and that helped me focus on pants last month. I'll move this goal to 2010 and attempt finding my perfect fit this month again - I thin
k I'm almost there.

10. Ahhh my secret sewing goal.
I didn't even get a chance to address this item. Not sure that I'll move this over to 2010 as of yet.MY FAVORITE 2009 GARMENT

As for my 2010 goals:

1. Practice sessions for:
. Invisible zipper

. Collar application
. Honk Kong finishes

2. Continue working on Fitting Pants.

3. Focus more on 4 to 6 piece Capsule sewing.

4. Try (a little) Home Decor.

5. Concentrate on sewing things that I really, really, really like more.

Besides my goals, I like to take the time to thank all of my sewing friends for visiting my blog. Especially the 123 bloggers who have signed up to follow my postings. DO YOU KNOW JUST HOW SPECIAL THAT MAKES ME FEEL??? You h
ave not gone unnoticed! I'm checking you out too! My wish for all who visit here is a year filled with many happy and productive sewing hours; health and prosperity; and much sharing and learning for us all....

Additionally, the very productive Linda
awarded me with this lovely Sugar Doll award. Thank you Linda!
To accept the award I need to list 10 things about myself and award it to 7 other bloggers. So here goes...
1. It's the New Year so I'm planning a major closet overhaul and overall house reorganization... feels like I've been here before.
2. As much as I sew, sometimes it seems that I haven't sewn enough.
3. I'm the oldest of 4 siblings (3 girls and 1 boy)
4. In my family you have only 1 child or 4. That's been the pattern for over 5 generations now. My daughter is an only child, and she has 4 children.
5. I feel the need to start living by lists again. Goal setting is so important in my life.
6. I'm a real spring/summer person even though I was born in the fall.
7. I love to cook gourmet style, but I love southern home cooking just as well.
8. I need to get motivated to redecorate my home.
9. I love to travel, but I've started hating to drive. I need to find me a driver.
10. I need to plain and make a special dinner for my friends - it's been a while.

I'd like to present this award to the following bloggers:
Ms. Choize


  1. Anonymous1/02/2010

    Wow, I cannot believe you made that many garments in 2009. Good luck with meeting your goals for 2010! I have some of the same objectives - sew what I *love*, sew some home dec, create a more beautiful home (well, apartment).

    Happy New Year!

  2. Well, you totally deserve the award. And I'm a bit winded just looking at what you've sewn. I sew a lot but haven't kept track-I might be surprised. I agree about the driving thing. I love to travel but hate to drive-we in Southern Montana are clamoring for Amtrak to re institute the passenger line that used to run through here, especially since it's getting tedious to fly.

  3. First I can't wait too see the skirt and jacket together...I am sure that its going to be AWESOME!

    Second, you had a wonderful sewing year...I am sure 2010 will be even more wonderful for you!

  4. Wow Faye! 53 garments... that is awesome! I am truly inspired!

  5. I just found your blog, and love your 2010 sewing goals. My first new technique is to learn how to install an invisible zipper! You have some other lofty goals, too.

  6. You think I am productive-53 garments!!! Much more than I was able to produce. I need to recap my goals and post my sewing goals for 2010!

  7. You've had a very productive year. I think I need to sit down and do a recap, it certainly is encouraging to see what everyone has achieved in 2009. This year I perfected the Islander or burrito method for a collar stand. I just couldn't get it right for a long time, but one day it happened perfectly and it's been perfect ever since. I will try and find the links to the diagrams I used because each of them (there were about three) confused me in one way or another. I wished I lived close to you because I would come and show you myself. It's changed the way I sew shirts and I no longer dread them. I look forward to seeing your Chanel skirt and jacket together.

  8. Thank you for the award. I have been a bit sporadic with my posting with the holidays! I will try to work it in later today!!
    You have made quite a large wardrobe during 2009! I am impressed!

  9. I really appreciated the first paragraph on this post. In this rather crazy and painful world it is always nice to be reminded that we are not making the journey alone. So thank you for that reminder and I am going to ask Him for some filerting too! That word creates a perfect picture.

  10. That is a lot of garments!

    Thanks for passing along the award. I've been a bit sporadic with my postings lately, but hey! It's 2010 and time to get back at it.

    So, this dinner of yours for your special friends...can I come? *LOL*

  11. Thank you for the award, Faye!
    It was wonderful coming back yesterday evening and seeing your note. Great way to start a year!
    And, how did you keep track of all that you have sewn? Because I don't have the slightest idea what would be the number of garments I made...
    Great job!

  12. Thank you for the award!

  13. What a great year! Congrats! Happy New Year! I can't wait to see what you create in the next year. Thanks for the award, too! It was very thoughful of you to include me!



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