Thursday, December 31, 2009

A review of 2009

Here are my goals for 2009, written on this day last year. Let's see if I met them.

1. Participate in at least one sewing contest.
Well, despite my best efforts to do this, I did not achieve this goal. I'm carrying this through to 2010.

2. Make more day-to-day wear.
Yes, I did do that. I'd say about 80% of what I made was casual.

3. Learn how to sew a nice pair of pants.
Yes, I did this as well. I made a pair of capris and a pair of pants, both from the same pattern. I want to make even more pants in 2010, perhaps trying some from my Burda subscription.

4. Make more casual dresses.
Hmmm... Out of the 11 dresses I made this year, 6 of them were either casual (meaning unlined) or knit. I tried to make at least 3 more that turned out to be wadders, 2 of which were salvaged into other garments. So I'm not sure if I met this goal or not. I'll be carrying this one through to 2010 as well.

5. Make at least one of the coats I planned for 2008/2009 winter.
Nope, did not do this. And really, most of what's in my stash are jackets, not coats. I think there's only one coat pattern waiting with fabric bought.

6. Continue learning/perfecting my knitting skills. Complete at least one knitted garment every two months.
I did continue learning new knitting techniques and skills, but did not produce 6 garments this year. Only 4. However, I love each and every piece I made. I don't like to move onto another project until I'm done with the current one, and I got stuck on an ugly white monster of a sweater from February to June.

Okay, so here's what was made:
Dresses - 11
Jackets - 5
Skirts - 12
Tops - 14
Pants - 2
Vests - 1

That's a total of 45 garments! Which was very surprising to me when I added everything up. It really doesn't seem like that many items when each thing takes around a week and some turn out to be wadders.

Now, here's what I'd like to accomplish for 2010:

1. Enter at least 1 contest at

2. Make at least one jacket each month. I love to wear jackets and even to sew jackets, but often decide to make other projects instead. Which is why I have so many of them waiting in my drawers.

3. Make more knit/casual dresses.

4. Make more pants.

5. Continue learning new knitting techniques. I'm not setting a number goal for myself this next year. I like to knit on car trips and while I'm sitting with my son doing school, so I always have something going. Perhaps it will be a surprise at the end of the year to see how many FO I've completed.

Finally, I want to thank each and every person who has left a comment. I don't always get back to thank everyone, but I really do appreciate it. Have a very Happy New Year!!!


  1. Pat yourself on the back for a very productive year. Happy New Year and looking forward to hearing more from you in 2010!

  2. What a great year! Congrats! I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2010!

  3. You have done quite well for the year! I am sure 2010 will be equally, if not more productive.
    Happy New Year to you also!

  4. You did some really lovely work this year.

  5. Happy New Year, Amanda! Your meticulous work is always so inspiring - looking forward to seeing what you do next year!

  6. Well done! 45 garments is fantastic.

  7. I'm very surprised that we each made about the same # of projects! I always thought you'd made much more than I have. I really enjoy your blog, though I don't often comment. Happy New Year, Nikki

  8. I wish You Happy New Year, be lucky und have a lot time to sew !

  9. Good luck on your goals for the New Year! Hope you had a happy holiday.

  10. Yes, I do believe you made that many garments. You are a sewing machine!!!! Well done. Please continue to share your sewing adventures with us this year. You have inspired me to vamp up the number of completed garments I sew this year. Have a very productive New Year.

  11. Wow 45, that is great. I hope you get at least on PR contest complete in 2010.

    Happy New Year

  12. You have made some wonderful and truly inspiring things this year. I am looking forward to seeing what you make in 2010. A very happy New Year to you.

  13. You had a great 2009! Have fun with your goals for 2010.

  14. Looks like you had a great year. Here's to a fabulous 2010!

  15. I'm so impressed with your productivity this year! If I had been able to make even a tenth that number of things for myself this year... It inspired me to host some goal-setting for a whole mess of us--a support group, if you will. Here's hoping we can accomplish as much in 2010!

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