Monday, December 31, 2018

G.O.O.D.B.Y.E. 2018!!!


That's how I feel about this year. Not that there weren't high points; but there were many, many, many lows. I am so over it. AND, I'm finishing out the year with the timing (I believe) on my machine suddenly going wonky on me and my old machine isn't working well.
So now I'm super cranky.

I haven't been reading blogs but I have seen the year-end posts rolling in, and it's one of my favorite times of year! It'll be nice to sit down and go through them all tomorrow :)

The big numbers!

  • 141.5 - Yards sewn
  • 78 - Garments sewn
  • 239.25 - Yards purchased
  • 33 - Patterns purchased

Somewhat interestingly, I sewed 39 garments Jan-June and 39 garments Jul-Dec! A lot more than last year (50) but last year I spent a few months not sewing because of my hand.

-Only 3 of those items were gifts - oops! :-p
-12 items that were wadders, fails, or ended up not working like I'd hoped and I have 1 actual UFO
-I sewed 6 garments specifically for events

I lost enough weight that I get why I had so much trouble with garments last year! I should have been sewing a size larger in most things. There are quite a few things that were purged this year and only a few that I am committed to altering.

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Alrighty! Charts!! Yay!!!

  • Me and the tops. Eesh. 9 of them are out either because of fit, fabric, or just realizing I didn't like it much. That's 25%!  There were quite a few patterns I made multiples of too.
  • I had 2 dress FAILS. Remember Butterick 6551? I also hated the way the color blocked New Look 6301 turned out. I have a couple other dresses that didn't make it primarily due to fabric. I have one UFO because my stitched neckline was just HORRIFIC.
  • I made 7 pair of pants and 2 of those were for events/more one-time garments. 1 wadder, 2 that are too big and I'm unsure if I'm going to alter them. And one pair that's too big but I WILL alter them (Vogue 1522). So yeah, that category was kind of a bust.
  • 7 skirts and so many sad faces. The trench skirt just doesn't work. I love it but it's high waist and I find it hard to wear (maybe it'll be easier in spring?), but I'm also thinking it's going to be too big. My Style Arc Mindi is too big (wah). But SUPER big win on my Butterick 6464 black mini and the In House Patterns mini skirt that's waiting for pics.
  • I made 1 cardigan and didn't like it much (Ottobre)
  • My wonderful navy Burda coat (YAY!) and my black alternative to the Clare coat. I had this in UFO territory but there's no way I can fit it. I'm going to pull it out just in case...but I recall it being somewhat looser than I liked when I made it.
  • I made a host of garments for sleepwear and loungewear that are well-loved.

Not surprised by Burda mag / McCall's being the highest. I AM surprised that I made so few Simplicity patterns. They used to be a huge favorite. 

Indies sewn were:
  1. True Bias Ogden x2
  2. Grainline Felix
  3. Baste & Gather Birkin Flares (wadder due to fabric)
  4. Style Arc Mindi
  5. In House Patterns New York Mini

This is kind of a "throwaway". I realized I'd made A LOT of jersey knit items so I filtered by fabric to check it out. I included the pie chart because as you can see, about half of my garments were knits! (this didn't cover all 78 garments; just the major types).

My favorite garments this year may be surprising as some of them are things I FUSSED about!

First up, and not photographed (for obvious reasons), the 4(!) versions of the Gertie B6301 slip. I made 4 nightgowns and they get a workout! I love them!!!
Despite the ill-fitting bodice, that M7745 makes me happy every time I look at it!
I wore the Grainline Felix A TON this summer. I reached for it very often!
Butterick 6378 is such a nice blouse; I made a second one that still needs to hit the blog.
M7465. Swoon. This was a perfect marriage of fabric+pattern.
B6330 because it was just perfect. I wore this at least one day of the weekend like, every weekend after I made it! DBP is out for me though unless I'm making something that I intend to be warm.

This white tee was just another of those "this is super awesome because it's exactly what I wanted!"
My winter white mini is EVERYTHING!!!  That new Butterick? 6621? I am cutting out the 3rd version (yeah). My V1323 top was my 2nd most liked IG pic (behind the Style Arc/Mimi G dress!)
B6464 is another basic that just makes me happy! And finally my wool melton coat that got me through most of the early days of winter.

And an honorable mention to this 2 year old UFO! M7392 was started in 2016 and I got it to the point of needing buttons/buttonholes and belt carriers. EVERYTHING else was done, topstitched, etc...but I couldn't fit it. At all. I'm so glad I hung on to it!

AND I made two quilts!

LIVES on our couch! <3

This was a gift for a new baby in the family

That's enough for now!  I'll be back in a couple of days to discuss the goals/plans I made for 2018 and to set out goals for 2019!

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post. :-D



  1. 78 finished garments for 2018 is amazing! I hope 2019 is much better for you but I know you will continue to sew through it all. Happy New Year!

  2. You are a chart and graph creator after my own heart! I love all your Hits of 2018, and you look fabulous in all of them. Looking forward to seeing what you create this year!

    1. Yessss! :)

      Thank you so much! I am excited for the new year!

  3. Happy new year, friend!

    It's too bad the trench skirt isn't working out; it's such a great piece. I remember the dressmaking debacle (see what I did there?) surrounding the bodice of M7745. I'm glad you love and wear it.

    You are one of my favorite sewing peeps and, as always, I look forward to joining you on this sewing voyage.

    1. So punny! hahahaha! :-D

      Thank you L! I was so happy to see you blogged! :-D Here's to an awesome 2019!

  4. Impressive. Love that larger quilt and its colors.

  5. I can't believe how much you accomplished - so many great items there. Happy New Year!

  6. Wow you've sewn an amazing amount of yardage and created so many wonderful projects. Well done!

  7. Wow, you've sewn such amazing things! I love them all. Looking forward to seeing your makes in 2019!

  8. Happy New Year! I am always impressed by your sewing abilities, and this year is no exception! Beautiful work!

  9. Happy New Year! I always love seeing your year-end posts! They're inspiring as well as informative because I (eventually) would love to do something like this, even if it's just for myself...

  10. I always enjoy seeing what you are working on and am so sorry that 2018 was such a bleh year for you. Thank you for sharing your sewing and styling talent with the rest of us. You are such a talented and productive person, and I hope 2019 is a year that will bring you great happiness! Aloha, Summer!

  11. Sorry to hear that 2018 was a disappointing year for you, but sewing wise it was fantastic with a wide range of gorgeous clothes. Here's to a brilliant 2019!


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