2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

January 2, 2011

2010: A LOOK BACK; (who am I kidding, long post, heavy pics)...

Glancing back at the 2010 Sewing Goals that I set, I don't think I did too badly...
 
1. Practice sessions for:
. Invisible zipper
  - Applied 2 Invisible Zippers
. Collar application - Not even attempted
. Hong Kong finishes - Completely finished inside of jacket
. Spanish Snap Buttonholes - Practice Session
. Window Pane Bound Buttonholes - Practice Sessions and added to Lady Grey Coat
2. Continue working on Fitting Pants - Made 4 pair of pants

3. Focus more on 4 to 6 piece Capsule sewing. - Made pants, jacket, skirt and top4. Try (a little) Home Decor - Tablecloth for Desiree
5. Concentrate on sewing things that I really, really, really like more - Check, although I still had some pieces that I did not like.


.  I'm still not 100% competent with the Invisible Zippers, but not totally scared of them either,
.  I'm comfortable with Hong Kong finishes,
.  I feel pretty good about Bound Buttonholes,
.  Still need to work on Pant Fitting,
.  Need to do more Capsule Sewing because as much as I sew, I still feel like I don't have enough    clothes,
.  I will be doing more home decor in 2011, planning on making curtains for my newly renovated sewing room (whenever it gets finished),
.  I didn't even attempt the Stand Collar Application, so it will be a MUST in 2011.
.  The Lady Faye Coat pushed me to the outer limits of sewing challenged me to learn new fitting and tailoring techniques that I never dreamed I would try - which was a good thing.  Tailoring a pattern that wasn't meant to be tailored in the first place was quite a daunting task.  Although the project was far to lengthy, I am glad that I finished it.  I plan on making it again as a spring rain coat but this time without all the tailoring. 
 
I completed 32 Projects in 2010:
3 - Skirts
1 - Coat
10 - Dresses
10 - Tops
4 - Pants
3 - Jackets
1 - Home Decor Project

and these are pictures of my 2010 top picks:

My 2010 #1 Favorite
My 2010 #2 Top Favorite made in a home dec fabric



 SEWING ROOM UPDATE

Painting the ceiling on Friday
It is beautiful ya'll, and maybe it'll be finished by Easter (sarcasm)
 I SPENT CHRISTMAS IN ANTARCTICA NORTH CAROLINA WITH MY CHILDREN:

This was my car on Christmas Day
These kids hold my heart strings 


  WHAT'S IN THE WORKS RIGHT NOW:
2 PENCIL SKIRTS (ONE ALMOST FINISHED, THE BLACK AND WHITE TO BE CUT TOMORROW
DIDN'T I SAY THAT I WOULDN'T BE JOINING ANOTHER SEW ALONG FOR QUITE SOME TIME???:
Well people, nobody twisted my arm but I did Join the Vintage Sew Along that actually started today.  I heart plaid pleated wool skirts, so when I found out that this circa 1980's pattern qualified as vintage I jumped on yet another sew along boat.  This is a wool blend that I scooped up at Hancock's last year.  The pattern is one that I found at a thrift junk store that my friends Ebony and Danielle cruise every once and a while.  It reminds me of a skirt I made back in the 80' that I loved so much.  The pattern challenge is that it's a size 12, and I am clearly not there (not with all of my holiday eating that is).  So I will need to grade up at least one size to make it work for me.  I think it's a unique pattern because the pleats are located at the side of the skirt.  A black or red sweater, black wool blazer, boots, gloves, and my hat will tear this skirt up, don't you agree?
Vintage pattern circa 1980
Well, I guess that's enough for this time folks.  Happy New Sewing Year ....

25 comments:

  1. Congratulations on a fantastic sewing year. You have completed some beautiful garments. I am looking forward to following your progress in 2011. A very happy New Year to you.

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  2. this was nice, its great to see all you had accomplished in 2010. Happy new year!

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  3. That was great look back and forward! Best wishes for a fabulous 2011!

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  4. Love your #1 jacket! Happpy New Year!

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  5. You had a great sewing year!! I think your zebra jacket is my favorite, too!

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  6. Congrats on a great year. I am really looking forward to see what you sew in 2011. Happy new year!

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  7. You sewed some great stuff in 2010! You made me laugh calling NC Antarctica. It was pretty snowy here in London too. Loved the photo of your family. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy, healthy 2011!

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  8. What a great look back. I love many of the iteams you have made and your newest skirt projects sound wonderful.

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  9. You've been so productive! And I'm really impressed that you have a comfort level with Hong Kong finishes. That totally freaks me out. (Hence the serger :-))

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  10. You had a great sewing year. It was wonderful to see the review. I'm really liking your skirt for the vintage sew-along. I remember those skirts from the 80s and could actually wear them! *LOL*

    I'm sure that you are going to make even more sewing progress in 2011 and turn out some awesome garments!

    Happy New Year!

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  11. A great year!! I love your outfits. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  12. You had a great sewing year. I love everything that you featured here. I especially love your Lady Gray. Happy New Year.

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  13. You have been one busy lady on the sewing machine this year! I always look forward to seeing what you are working on. I love the fabrics for your skirts.

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  14. How nice to see all those projects again. You did a lot!
    Happy new year Faye.

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  15. wonderful projects ! Hope you have a great 2011.

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  16. You had a great sewing year. I'm with you, the zebra jacket is my favorite.

    I look forward to seeing your creations for 2011.

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  17. I particularly like the Giraffe print shirt! You certainly accomplished a lot. Happy New year to you and your family!

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  18. You had a great year! Can't wait to see what 2011 brings.

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  19. What a great sewing year! I love your zebra jacket as well, so cute!

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  20. It looks like you had a great Christmas in Antarctica! I'm sure those kids were happy to have you for a while. Happy New Year, Faye, and Happy New Sewing!

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  21. Love the purple jacket Faye! Your projects is awesome. Keep up the great work! :-)

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  22. Faye, I also love the purple jacket - what a pretty color, and it looks great on you! I like the pictures where you are modeling. It really allows you to show off what a good job you are doing with fitting yourself.
    Happy New Year!
    :)Deb M.

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  23. You had a wonderful year and I bet, your sewing future will look just as fabulous! I love those top picks of yours!!!

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  24. Lovely sewing year and thanks for sharing the Christmas photos.

    Guess what? I'm joining the vintage sew along, thanks for the encouragement.

    Happy New Year, girl. Let's sew up a storm. ;-)
    C

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  25. oooh wow!! how success. Keep it up! :)

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BOOKS ACQUIRED

  • Pants Sewing Guide
  • Denim Revolution
  • Pants for Real People
  • Jackets for Real Peopls
  • Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring - Palmer & Pletsch - Gifted
  • The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
  • Couture Sewing Techniques
  • Singer - Perfect Plus
  • Cool Couture
  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
  • The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns - Creative Publishing International
  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing