2011 A Year in Review

Hello bunnies! Here we are on the brink of another New Year’s Eve and since I am constitutionally incapable of resisting infographs, lists and any other method of quickly digestible information I felt that I just HAD to do a full recap. So here it is. My year of projects. Unless you have super spy vision you will likely need to click to see all the marvelous detail…

Ahhhh… whatayear, right? The first part of MY 2011 was heavily influenced by two separate, yet equal, forces. First, I was still working at the shop, so my primary fabrics were quilt weight cotton and voiles – things that we sold at the shop. Second, I was building up a wardrobe that reflected what I really LIKE, as well as a wardrobe that worked for my new non-corporate lifestyle. Goodbye suits, hello hot pink cotton!

In August I headed back to the workplace and by September had severed all ties with the shop and felt free to return to my real loves… wool, knitting, sweater knits. Classic styles that are best done with garment fabrics, not quilt fabrics. Plus, I really do have a soft spot in my heart for restyles. I was actually eyeing up a few of my crew neck cashmere t’s today, thinking to myself “I really DO like a lower neckline…” But that’s another post…

The fall was taken up with making some work clothes, and starting on house projects (hello quilt) and all of December was gift-city.

So what’s the tally? Oh, I’m so glad you asked…


Obviously, I love me some dresses.

And with that, happy new year!

 

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35 Comments
  • Kelly
    January 11, 2012

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your blog this year!

  • pat kapsak
    January 2, 2012

    Ok Ready for your new new year creations !! Fab every one ! A real encouragement to me who has not been able to alter pattern correctly as of yet , but I’m not giving up ! Love your site please keep them coming ! hugs and happy healthy and most blest new year ever.

    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      I’m always thinking that my pattern corrections could be better as well. It just takes doing over and over and over… and then it’s different when you work with a new fabric! Here’s to a new year and fun projects!
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  • Reana Louise
    January 1, 2012

    Oh my goodness, you are so productive! It’s very inspirational. I hope my 2012 can reflect even a part of your 2011! Can’t wait to see what your 2012 brings! x
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      :-) Obsessive, more than productive. And for most of the year, I was working at a sewing shop… I’m not sure the 2012 report will be quite so, um, high in numbers…
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  • Alana
    December 31, 2011

    Nuts Patty! Just absolutely nuts! Thanks for sharing it all with us this year xo Alana
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  • Andrea
    December 31, 2011

    Whooooooaa! I love how in your “about” section, you describe your blog as “a little bit of sewing…” Seventy-nine sewn items is way more than a little bit! Way to go.

    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      well, after checking out your blog, I think I need to make a mustard colored skirt among the first of my 2012 projects! Hello new obsession!
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  • K-Line
    December 31, 2011

    That’s fucking high on drugs, honey. I cannot believe you’ve sewn 79 things. That is so productive it scares me. I continue to love your blog. It is so utterly pretty, just like you.
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      :-) awwwwwww…. Well, now that I’m in the middle of a knitting obsession, the blog posts will be even fewer and farther between. I’m obsessed with entrelac. And must learn to knit backwards…
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  • Debi
    December 31, 2011

    Wooohoooo! I just love your recap!! Way to go! Looking forward to 2012!!
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      Yay! 2012 projects! Spring dresses just around the corner! Are you going to do sew weekly for next year? The posting will be a bit different, right?
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  • Carolyn
    December 31, 2011

    I so love the fact that you love dresses as much as I do! Hope 2012 brings you as much fun in your sewing adventures as 2011 has!

    Happy New Year!
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  • LaUra
    December 31, 2011

    Wait a minute, it actually must be more than that because you made like 15 aprons for Happy Apple Day!

    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      As discussed :-) I only really counted PROJECTS, not items – so the happy apple day aprons count as ONE, even though I made, um, 10 or so. And I didn’t really include anything that I made for sale on Etsy and some shop projects… and ONLY YOU would catch this detail :-)
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  • LaUra
    December 31, 2011

    April was INSANE!

    I’m tired just from this recap. I better take a nap now.
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      I think April was when I was doing the Pattern Review contest! I still love all those items…
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  • Anna
    December 31, 2011

    Amazing!! You are a sewing MACHINE! Well, you know what I mean.
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      Hey! You have a project in one yard wonders? So COOL!! I’m in Mpls, so shop at crafty planet all the time!!
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  • Alethia
    December 31, 2011

    Love the graphics and your display, you have a successful year!
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  • Tilly
    December 31, 2011

    OMG. 79 garments. SEVENTY NINE!!! That’s amazing. I’m in awe of you. Hoping to channel some of your energy in 2012!
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      Well….. a bunch of the 79 were actually fun stuff projects – you know, accessories, quilts and such…

      I’m not sure if I have any energy left to channel! Tee hee. Except I really, REALLY need some short wool skirts to tide me over ’till spring!!
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  • Sixinthenest
    December 31, 2011

    I love your recap! I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings. Happy New Year!

  • Corinne
    December 31, 2011

    what a great year you have had. your post is fabulous, the little clothing icons remind me of the famous “Colorforms” popular in the 50′s. They were pieces of heavy gauge plastic (in various colors) in the shapes of clothing that you placed on cardboard fashion figures to build little wardrobes. Sort of like cut-out dolls but with multiple design possibilities. Happy New Year to you and yours.
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      That reminds me of a toy that I had when I was younger – they were basically plastic paper dolls – two dimensional with different dresses. I remember I liked to chew on the clothes – does anyone remember what I’m talking about? From the late 70′s?
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  • Marina von Koenig
    December 31, 2011

    Very impressive! What size is your wardrobe? Did I miss the tour? :-) I am big fan of yours – Keep up great blogging! And Happy New Year, of course!

    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      Well, I DO have a large wardrobe, but I also give away a lot of things. Many of the things I’ve made this year are already with friends or donated. If I don’t love it and wear it all the time it’s out the door.

      My one weakness is cardigans. I just went and counted and I have 28! Pretty soon Mr. Bug and I are going to be forced to start looking for one of those giant suburban homes just to house my cardigan collection (and Lucy’s tennis ball hoard…)
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  • pam
    December 30, 2011

    Fantastic year! You’ve been so inspirational – congrats on all your successes.

    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      YOU’re the inspirational one! I love your 2012 list – undies and doggie clothes! And I’m intrigued by the cashmere sweater knit. I’ve never seen cashmere by the yard and would totally buy it if I came across it. Even in pukey colors…
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  • Elizabeth
    December 30, 2011

    Love your year end post. Your graphics and the way you displayed your monthly output are really cute. Very original!
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    • Patty
      January 2, 2012

      I’m obsessed with infograms (not surprising since my day job is graphic designy!!) There are tons of websites and even apps to get infographic ideas, but I used both illustrator and photoshop to make it!
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