Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009: The Year in Review

I think I can honestly say that this year was the best year of sewing I've ever had!  I sewed more (over 100 yards according to my side bar) and I sewed better, which is exactly what I had hoped the year would bring.  I just finished 2 pairs of Burda pants (which put me over the mark), and will post on those later this week...

By far, the biggest highlight of the year for me was my trip to New York.  4 days of instruction from Susan Khalje and Kenneth King did amazing things for the construction of my garments.  My couture Chanel jacket turned out great, I'd never be able to do that on my own, without instruction and explanation from the experts!  I've got another fantastic boucle in my stash now, acquired in NYC during the trip, and I will do it all over again by the end of 2010.  The class also taught me patience for hand-sewing, and as a side effect, I know have much greather confidence (and speed) in that area.  Getting to meet LindsayT, Joanne, Laura and Ann also made 2009 a very special sewing year, and I'm so grateful for their friendships.  It's wonderful to be able to fire off an email with a particular rant or rave, and know that someone else will totally appreciate and understand.  Thank you, ladies... and we will figure out a "reunion" is some way, shape, or form! LindsayT summed the entire experience up here, far better than I ever could have!

My favorite garment of the year?  Hmmm, that's a tough one.  The Chanel Jacket was a landmark, but I know the next one will be even better.  The Homecoming Dress is my favorite formal dress to date (there's only been 3 or 4), but I got many positive comments on my Stunning Silk Dress.  The most commented on garment of the year was my Empire Jacket, but if I have to pick just one, I think it would have to be the Leather Vest.  I've never worked with leather before, and sewing on a vintage machine was also a first.  Working with leather is a challenge, but it came together so nicely, and the process of making such an edgy garment on such an old machine made construction even more fun.  "What would the original owner of the machine think about this vest?" kept running through my mind...  especially during the fun photo shoot DH organized.  I love my photographer!


In September, my black bamboo knit dress was selected to be part of the Top Ten PR Challenge Fashion Show at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan.  I modeled my dress in front of judges Sandra Betzina, Kenneth King, and Pati Palmer, and met Deepika and other PR members backstage.  It was exciting and fun, along with the classes I attended that day.  I didn't win anything, but being in the company of some of those amazing garments really was an honor.


In the blog world, I gathered 90 followers.  Whoa.  90?  That is such a compliment, and reaching the 100 mark in 2010 is a very exciting idea for me.  I think a giveaway will be in order!

I'm not quite sure what could top this year.  Christmas brought me some Jalie and Hot Patterns, which are new to me, so I'll keep working on expanding my sewing experiences.  DH's Christmas Shirt turned out great, and Little Miss Princess loves to dress up, so sewing for my family will continue.  I'd love to meet up with my NY sewing buddies, and would love to meet more of you.  Dawn, Angie, Bunny, Michelle, Somerset... someday, right?  Fine tuning some embroidery details/editing would mean keeping/expanding the embroidery business, so that's a must!  When the weather warms up, I'm going to give swimwear a shot, and would love to work with leather again.  It might be a cop-out, but as long as I'm sewing quality garments and continuing to improve, I'll be happy.

Here's hoping that 2010 brings good sewing projects your way, along with health and prosperity to you and those you love.  Happy New Year!!!

17 comments:

amber said...

You have made some really beautiful pieces this year and are definitely an inspiration to this sewing newbie. :) I have you in my Google Reader, but rarely "follow" people through blogger. I'll do that when I get home, so you'll be one closer to that 100 mark!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You did have a wonderful sewing year! Hope 2010 is as good for you! btw, did you get the AG doll clothes made?

Pammie said...

Your leather vest was my favorite too! What a Year!!

Lindsay T said...

I have loved watching your sewing skills progress this year and it was even better getting to meet you in person in NYC. Can't wait to see what you do in 2010!

Cindy said...

You had a good year. Here is to 2010.

Kathi said...

Over 100 yards - wow! I have no idea how many I have sewn! You have made many beautiful items. I look forward to seeing what you make this year. I LOVE Jalie tops, will be interested to read what you think! I'm still working on refinining the HotPatterns fit.

Bunny said...

You have made amazing leaps and bounds this year and should be so so proud of yourself. One of these days I would love to get together, hopefully in a NY trip to the GD. Congratulate yourself. You have accomplished much.

Faye Lewis said...

Glad you had such a wonderful sewing year...here's to your next one too!

Marybeth said...

Happy New Year, Kristine! I enjoy reading about all of your lovely sewing and it's really inspiring to me as a "newbie"!

Summerset said...

You had an awesome year! You've made a lot of cute and flattering things. Best wishes for an even better 2010!

Michelle said...

What a great year you had! I love following your sewing progress, and can't wait to see what you make in the New Year!

beangirl said...

I think the leather vest is my favorite too (because it's a cool project and also it just looks FAB on you).

Looking forward to seeing what the new year brings.


PS Definitely check out Ottobre for kids' sewing, they really have better patterns than the Big4 for sizing, fit, design and construction technique.

alethia said...

What a great year you had. Happy New Year

robin said...

The Chanel jacket really is a great project and you KNOW I loved the leather vest! I also want to try swimwear this year! Happy New Year!

Capital Sew and Sew said...

Happy New Year! I count meeting you as one of my highlights of '09 as well!! Can't wait for another gathering!!!

Nishant said...

I'll do that when I get home, so you'll be one closer to that 100 mark!

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kanishk said...

rarely "follow" people through blogger. I'll do that when I get home, so you'll be one closer to that 100 mark!

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