What a jam-packed year! I have had many ups and downs. While this may have been the toughest and most stressful year of my life, it brought me some fantastic new things including the birth of my beautiful baby girl Nilah Grace as well as a newly purchased condo for us to live in!
Now for my 2010 review of projects....I was nervous to even look back, since I had zero sewing mojo during most of my pregnancy. I did manage to sew enough pre-pregnancy to justify a review as well as knitting a few pieces, even if half of them were for my little one.
Here are the stats:
26 pieces total. That includes 1 baby quilt, 15 dresses, 1 pair of pants, 3 skirts, 1 cat suit, 1 top, 1 knit capelet, 1 knit sweater, and 2 baby sweaters. As far as sewing patterns go I did a mix...
BWOF - 3
Butterick - 6
McCalls - 5
Vogue - 3
Simplicity - 3
New Look - 2
My favorite piece of 2010 was the simple Burda dress, hands down. I felt gorgeous wearing it, modeling in it, and loved the fact that I was able to make it while watching a movie in one short evening.
I have a lot of goals for 2011.
*I plan on losing the rest of my pregnancy weight. While I have lost over 25 pounds, I still have a way to go. Since I'm breastfeeding, I can't really restrict my calories at this point. In one more month, I will be able to go on Medifast, as they have a plan for nursing mothers. It is a slower process, but a safe approach.
* I have read a lot of blogs that discuss Sewing With A Purpose (SWAP). I really like that idea. 2011 will be my year to attempt this. I was reading Tasia's blog and she had a post about dressing for your body type. Well, one trip to Barnes and Noble with my Sister and many books later, I am using my new found knowledge in my SWAP plans. I'm excited at the opportunity to see where this takes me.
* I am excited to try new things when it comes to sewing. After reading Robin's latest post I purchased David Coffin's latest books and DVD for shirt making and pants-making. I really want to improve the quality of what I make over quantity.
* I plan on trying some new independent pattern companies, like Colette's pattern as well as some vintage pieces, such as the 1940s swing dress from Sense and Sensibility. This also goes along with me doing 2 sewalongs that start early 2011.
* As a new mother, I want to learn how to balance work-life, craft-time, and social-time. I want to be the best I can be in all of the areas of my life.
While I have plenty more goals, that's enough for now....I am comfortable being accountable for these goals for the new year. lol. Happy New Year Everyone!