I wrote down these sewing goals for myself at the beginning of 2009, but never published them as I started this blog later in January. Here they are...
1. Less yardage in than yardage out. Ideally, sew two pieces from stash for every one purchased.
Well, I wrote that before I knew I was going to NYC. Purchasing nearly 50 yards of fabric there made it pretty hard to accomplish this goal! But, after checking my totals, I was surprised that the in/out numbers weren't farther from each other. I should note that I do a lot of rounding with my tracking, so these can't be considered much more than estimates. For 2009 - Fabric In: 90 yards; Fabric out: 84 yards.
2. Make a great white shirt.
I didn't do this. I bought fabric in NYC and used a pattern candidate for a different shirt, but never got around to actually making the white one. I do have a white button-down shirt in my closet, but it isn't a great fit. I'm not sure I would wear it a lot even if it were, so this doesn't seem like a real pressing need to me. But, I think I'll still forward this on to 2010's goals.
3. Make a TNT pencil skirt pattern.
I didn't do this, either. I don't think I really need a TNT pencil skirt pattern right now, so I think I'll just let this one go.
4. Number of completed projects/garments: 50+
I didn't do a very good job of recording this after mid-October or so of this year, so I consider this to be a ballpark-type figure, too. The number I do have recorded is 75. That doesn't include small bags or baskets, but it does include a lot of other easy things like T-shirts and underwear. I guess that averages to just under 1.5 things per week. Not too bad.
5. Write 20 new pattern reviews.
I wrote 21 reviews on PatternReview.com. This surprised me. Before I checked the site, I was pretty sure I had not done that many. I reuse the same patterns a lot, so it was my goal to try some new ones. Maybe I need to up the number for next year if it felt like I was still always using the same ones.
6. Try Ottobre or BWOF magazine patterns.
Technically, I accomplished this goal, but just barely. I made my daughter a hat from a Burda magazine. I picked up the April 2009 issue while in NY, so my only choices are from that issue. I do have plans to make a skirt from that issue, but haven't yet. I would like to try Ottobre, also. I love the clothes other people are making for their kids from Ottobre. I guess I'll roll this one over into 2010, also.
7. Participate in at least one contest.
I think the fair counts for this one. It would be fun to participate in an online contest or sew-along. I haven't done that before.
8. Master the sleeve placket.
I did this (here, here, and here) and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I'm glad I have this technique in my bag of tricks now.
9. Start a blog?
Yup. Check. So glad I did. I enjoy blogging and just as I suspected, I think it has helped me be better at my craft. I have been astonished at how many people do actually read my blog and I've got to admit - I love it! I love getting your comments and feedback. Thanks so much for stopping by and for helping me make 2009 the best sewing year yet!
Bring on 2010!