Hibernation 2014: Wherein I Angst

Say, did you know that this isn’t technically speaking a sewing blog?

It isn’t even, technically speaking, a crafting or making blog.

Technically speaking, it’s a green blog. If you’ve read back through the old entries, you know this. If you haven’t, why would you? I just spoiled the ending.

Technically speaking, the whole sewing/making thing was a one-year blog experiment to see if it helped me cope with last year.

And now 2014 is ending and I need to decide what to do with it. (The blog, not the year. The year has its own ideas and is carrying them out without my input. Inconsiderate, really.)

I like blogging about sewing, even if I could pack all of my readers into a moderately-sized bathroom. I plan to keep doing it. At the very least, though, I need to change my category handle.

I suppose angsting is a strong word for what this post actually contains so far. Let me add some extra hand-wringing:

2014 is almost over and my sewing blog category has been all about 2014 and I don’t know what to dooooooooooooo!

There.

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What I made this year:

  • Four pairs of pants
  • Seven dresses
  • Three pairs of pajamas
  • Seven t-shirts
  • One sweater
  • One leather purse
  • One cross-stitch project
  • Two pairs of shorts
  • Two jackets
  • Two button-down shirts
  • Three skirts
  • One pair of blue jeans

What actually gets used:

  • The pants, especially the Jasmine pants, one of which I am wearing as I type this.
  • The pajamas, which Frances wears all the time, including all non-scheduled downtime at home.
  • Most of the t-shirts. Frances wasn’t too keen on the first t-shirt I made her but later iterations fit better, and she wears them all the time. And my first Renfrew wasn’t a raging success, but I wear my pleated Butterick tees and the Emily top all the time.
  • The purse. Every day, until it got cold and I switched to the winter bag.
  • The fancy shorts.
  • The button down tops.
  • The second Moneta dress, when it’s hot.
  • The jeans are new, but I suspect I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of them.

What I have learned:

  • More pants/shorts, fewer dresses/skirts.
  • Always add 1.5″ to the rise on a new pants/skirt pattern
  • Always take at least 1.5″ out of the sleeve length on a new shirt pattern
  • Always raise the waist on a bodice at least 1.5″ on a new pattern.
  • Conclusion: In terms of pattern sizing I am essentially I am a short woman with long legs.
  • Don’t cut out the collar pieces until after you’ve adjusted the shoulders and neckline on a new pattern, because it’ll probably be wrong.
  • Pullover tops made of woven fabric do not work for me, bias-cut or not.
  • Significant shirt alterations are easier with princess seams than with darts.

What I want to learn next:

  • A really good blazer pattern, and proper tailoring with sew-in hair-canvas and pad stitching and the whole shebang.
  • Can I make Frances a blouse that she will wear on purpose?
  • Sewing very curved seams on leather, without puckering or stretching
  • A really good non-stretchy work pants pattern that goes up to my waist and down to my feet that is warm, comfortable, and would work well in a suit combo
  • Some basic pattern drafting. I have it on good authority that Santa is bringing me Pattern Magic for Christmas (mostly because in my house, I am Santa. Ha!). (And here we are celebrating Christmas tomorrow, since Frances was at her dad’s for the holiday this year.)

 

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10 thoughts on “Hibernation 2014: Wherein I Angst”

  1. But why can’t it be a or sewing and being green and everything else in between? It is your blog, so you get to call the shots and write about anything you want! Plus, it sounds like you are enjoying the sewing…

  2. I’m glad I found your blog this year, and appreciate your mix of sewing and other topics that interest you. So keep doing what you’re doing, as far as I’m concerned! It ain’t broke.

    I just got more into pattern drafting this year, and I really like Helen Joseph-Armstrong’s book Patternmaking for Fashion Design. I ended up using the sloper drafting method from madalynne.com because I felt like Joseph-Armstrong made some assumptions about standard measurements that were exactly wrong for my fitting quirks, but once you have slopers she does an excellent job showing you how to draft almost anything you’ve ever seen or could imagine. I use it after making fit adjustments just to verify things like collars and whatnot are still drafted properly. It’s $$, even used, but I look at it constantly. Never tried Pattern Magic, so please do share how you like it!

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I’m glad I found you, too.

      I have Patternmaking by Dennic Chunman Lo, which I plan to go through after I finally finish my sloper classes on Craftsy. (Speaking of which, maybe that’s what I’ll do today!) The Pattern Magic books are very cool and have some really fascinating projects and techniques in them. I’ve been enjoying them so far. But I’ll try to do up proper reviews on them here when I’ve read through them for real.

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