Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Looking Back - 2009

Happy New Year!

I would like to thank everyone who visited my blog and special thanks to those of you who graciously left a word of encouragement. Last year was good; I've made some improvements but want to continue to explore some couture techniques. The list of goals for 2009 was the same as the previous year. Looking back on them, I still did not quite meet them. The reason maybe due to the breadth of them. For 2010 goals will be more targeted than last year's. I'll post them tomorrow.

A year in review 2009

More Challenging Projects - Yes. My nieces prom and dinner dance outfits.

Quality over Quantity - The list of finished garments is huge considering I have a full time job. I need to work on the quality part a little more.

Making something from leather - Didn't do yet.

New Specialized Machine - Haven't bought yet.

Refine Terms and Conditions for Clients - Almost done, needs a little more tweaking but usable.

Purchased more Reference Books - Just sewing magazines and crochet books.

Organize - Needs more work

UFO's - Only completed four, but haven't added to them. All 2009 unfinished (cut) projects are being worked on.

Networking - Not so much in person, a little in cyberspace. In November, I became a member of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago. My first meeting will be in February.

The Tally of Things Sewn

For Me

Dresses 11
Jackets/Vests 7
Coats 3
Skirts 3
Top 1
Pants 5

For Clients and Miss. DD

Dresses 6
Jackets/Vests 5
Skirts 4
Accessories 4
Robes 2
Pants 14

My Favorite Things

Least Favorites - Two UFO's - Maybe that's why it took me so long to sew them up.


  1. I'm in agreement with your favorite things.

  2. You had a very productive year and made some spectacular garments, be very happy and proud.
    As far as the UFO's; I think the plaid skirt is gorgeous, I would wear it with a loose, maybe a bit flamboyant/avant garde top, the skirt is stunning and hints at your sleek legs- don't give up on it!

  3. I think you had a fantastic year! All of your garments (even the ones you don't care for) are beautiful.

    And to not have added to the UFO category is a feat in itself!

    Good luck in 2010!

  4. You've done a fabulous job, considering you have a family and work full time! I remember that purple dress, the first one you've shown in this post - so pretty, young and feminine, definitely one of my favs of yours for the year.

  5. You have been very inspiring to me this year. I love looking in to see what you've made...I've gotten a few ideas and bought several patterns...so whatever you're doing keep doing it because I'm sitting at your feet retrieving the crumbs to use for me. :)

  6. Happy New Year to you too! You had a great year and your work is always fantastic! I look forward to see what you do this coming year. Some of your goals for 2009 sound like what I'd like to accomplish for this year.

  7. Happy New Year to you!
    You've had an amazingly productive year. If I could offer a word it would be, be kinder to yourself. You're doing a lot and producing a lot. Enjoy the process.
    And I have to say, I enjoy seeing your garments over on flickr even before you post here.

  8. You had a very good year, indeed. Everything looks great!

  9. You had a great year! I have to say that I've loved so many of your garments, but I've been particularly impressed with your pastor robes - you have a real talent for putting together something that is regal and beautiful and will look at home behind a pulpit. I'm excited to see what you make in 2010!

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  11. Thanks everyone. It has been very good. I'm looking forward to a prosperous 2010. Happy sewing fashionistas!



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