Happy New Year!!!!! I'm writing to you from my favorite island. I'm home for a bit and my internets is abysmal, so please understand why my 2011 roundup is arriving in 2012.
I'm not going to lie: 2011 was an awful year, punctuated by heartache, stress and loss. But terrible times had a sneaky way of prioritizing and clarifying everything else in my life. My biggest take-away is that time is my most valuable asset and I want to spend it wisely. Everything worth having is worth working for, and that includes working to have the time to spend with the people I love (as I am now), making the meals that bring us together, and the objects that equip me in my life (pretty clothes included!).
|The project I'm most proud of: A copy of my favorite GAP jeans.|
Sewing became my salve this year. Inspired by another blogger, I began my Fashion on the Ration challenge (340 days down, 25 to go!). I participated in Zoe's Me-Made-June, joined forces with Sarah and Alessa for the 2nd Summer Essentials Sew-Along and the 1st Fall Essentials Sew-Along, and dipped my toe into the inspiring Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge. I even started taking some pattern-drafting classes, but overall, I've been awful about tracking my progress and participating in the blogosphere as much as I wanted.
|Biggest disappointment: The UP Dress|
I learned many lessons this year, but one post that changed my habits was "The 80/20 Rule: Examining My Wardrobe." I frequently have to collect and analyze data for work and applying the same analysis to my wardrobe made me look at it more objectively. Since then, I've been spending way too much time thinking about the items I really want to either buy, sew or knit and donating everything else.
So why not apply the same analysis to my 2011 makes?
I made a little bit of everything this year. 30 items total, 5 which I made for others.
The failures, though, can largely be chalked up to poor fabric choice. I source 90% of my fabric secondhand, and it thrills me to no end to reuse material in a creative way, but I suspect I'm often using the wrong fabric for the project.
To bring into 2012: Reuse successful patterns and buy fabric if I don't have the appropriate fabric in my stash.
Patterns of Note
Rub-Off Jeans (linked above)