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!
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.)