Apparently, 2011 was the Year of the Dress, because I made a LOT of them.
Going back through my Month End Review posts for the year to try to pull together my favorites, I was surprised at just how many dresses there were. I felt like I'd kept it mixed up - pants, skirts, tops - but, no, dresses outnumbered everything. By a considerable amount.
I started off in the early spring with dresses, continued on through the late spring and summer with dresses, discovered Vogue 1250 and made knit dresses, and finished off in the fall with yet more dresses.
I'm so glad I managed to pull together my plaid jacket just so I can feel that I made a complicated, lined, fitted jacket this year. I thought I'd made a few of them, but apparently, no. I made dresses.
Did I say I made dresses?
Another thing that's difficult not to notice when looking at a selection of my garments: I can't get excited about sewing with solids. I'm a prints all the way girl, and I'm okay with that. Face it, some of the prints I chose made those dresses. My fling with scoop-necked, vintage inspired dresses wouldn't have been half as much fun if they'd been one color. (Who'd give up that black and white border print for a solid?)
Stepping away from loud clothes for me, there is always the option of loud clothes for my handsome gentleman. Mario got quite a selection of shirts this year - from black-and-white stock reports to parchment-colored vintage bamboo print to his alltime favorite, the Dr. Who "Exterminate" shirt made from a Spoonflower print. He wears it entirely too often. Then again, it's so memorable does it really matter whether he wears it once a quarter or once a week? It's not as if his co-workers are likely to forget it.
Patterns used this year were the full gamut: BWOF, KwikSew, Vogue, McCalls, Simplicity and Ottobre. I think the only major pattern company that didn't make my "best of" list here was Butterick, and I can't think of the last time I sewed one of their patterns.
I also tried out My Image this year, and really need to try another pattern. They had some cute stuff, though their fabrics were such busy prints that it was difficult to make out the details of some of their patterns.
Ummm, pot? Meet kettle. Loud, printed kettle.
For 2012, I'm putting together a plan for myself. (A plan which will be put into action after I finish cleaning up the workroom which, you will be glad to hear, is well under way so I will stop whining about it soon). Somehow, it involves yet more dresses.
Today, there will be no work in the sewing room - at least not until this evening. We've been spending much of our time off working on the never-ending renovations at Mario's house, but now we're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel that isn't an oncoming train. Fingers crossed that it will be finished and available for rent by the end of January.
Which is the only reason I'm spending my New Year's day plastering the downstairs bathroom instead of sorting fabrics. The things you do for love (and money).
I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year and are having a much more enjoyably productive day than I am.
I'll be back soon with a photo of the complete, reorganized and unspeakably tidy work space.