2011 Year in Review: I Sewed A Coat

17 Jan

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Well, this was my least productive sewing year as long as I’ve been blogging. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I said last year I was going to sew less throw away pieces and more staples.

First, let’s look at my planned out garments.

Wool Trench Coat: Yeah Girls!!! I sewed a motherloving coat! I pulled this baby out for the first time last week and wanted to just put it on the floor and make a bed. I love every single thing about this coat. Everything. It makes me want to sew a shorter version. Mmmm. LOVE.

Burberry Trench: Done. It didn’t come out the way I pictured, but it’s gotten and obscene amount of wear already. I didn’t finish it in January like I planned. But, it was ready for fall.

Birthday Dress: Ummm. No. I did end up going to Florida and made my mom an awesome blouse. So proud of it. I never sew for other people and she looked amazing and was so so happy I sewed for her.

Rain Gear / Netherlands: Yep. This, I did. I went to the Netherlands and made myself rain pants. Sounds like not that big a deal? I learned all kinds of new things and have actually gotten to wear said rain paints in my every day life.

Formalwear: Didn’t happen. Of the three black tie events I had in 2011. I was out of the country for one. Went in vintage costume for the second. And bought a dress for the third. I’m okay with this.

Seersucker Social: Yes. Done. But, not great. My first skirt was too friggin short. But, possibly the best my legs have looked. Ever. And, I gave away the vest because it was too big in the bust.

Overall, I met my goals. The highlight of my year was my trip to the Netherlands and meeting the Dutch / Belgian based bloggers.

I wish I could do that every year. I always say to my mom I wish I was blogging when we went to Australia five years ago. I’d have  a whole country of people I’d try to meet up with!

So, that’s my sewing 2011. Sorry it’s late!

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24 Responses to “2011 Year in Review: I Sewed A Coat”

  1. Serenity January 17, 2012 at 12:26 #

    Who is the cutie in the Bow Tie?????

    • Miss Celie January 17, 2012 at 12:30 #

      It’s my officemate and he says, ‘You’re making a black man blush over here’. He *is* supercute.

  2. Bonnie January 17, 2012 at 12:37 #

    The coat is amazing! How long have you been sewing? I love the garments you made. I’m sure your mom was thrilled with the gift. I really like the yellow sundress in the slideshow too, but everything is beautiful.

    • Miss Celie January 17, 2012 at 13:43 #

      Oh, about 20 years now off and on. But, mostly ‘serious’ about it the last five years.

  3. Jill January 17, 2012 at 12:44 #

    I don’t suppose your very dapper officemate is single?

    • Miss Celie January 17, 2012 at 13:00 #

      Sadly, no. He’s all boo’d up with an awesome woman.

  4. Carolyn January 17, 2012 at 12:59 #

    If you are happy with your sewing year then that’s the most important thing! And you DID make a coat! A pretty awesome one at that!

  5. Irene January 17, 2012 at 13:29 #

    Meeting you and the girls was also a highlight for me! You don’t get to meet blog heroines everyday! (I love, love the electric blue Paris dress, by the way)

  6. Samina January 17, 2012 at 13:34 #

    Both coats are gorgeous, & it was fun to see a retrospective on your sewing for the year. My personal mantra is “quality over quantity”, which is why I can’t actually seem to ever finish anything. Plus, I’m still in learning mode, so my version of quality is still unwearable!

  7. Pam from South Australia January 17, 2012 at 13:53 #

    Looks like a pretty good turn-out to me! Well done. Love the black, border-print skirt. I have to make me one of these. I also wish you were blogging 5 years ago when you had your trip to Australia……..oh hang on…….I’ve only just started blogging myself!!

  8. Meg/Lindsay T January 17, 2012 at 14:00 #

    Yeah, that coat is awesome and represents a lot of careful sewing. Well done you.

    Do you realize you could use your blog as a dating site?!!

  9. Nikole January 17, 2012 at 14:47 #

    I think i may need to start planning my sewing projects in order to actually get them done and Ditto what lindsay t said

  10. Clio January 17, 2012 at 15:39 #

    So many great projects! But I think I like that fantastic blue dress best of all. It’s a great color and style on you.

  11. Irene January 17, 2012 at 16:51 #

    I think that two “serious” coats in one year is quite an achievement – plus all the other things! Happy sewing in 2012!

  12. StephC January 17, 2012 at 23:58 #

    That trench is to die for. I wish I could wear them where I live.

    Clicked through to your formal galas… I love your style. :)

  13. Sue January 18, 2012 at 02:50 #

    You have had a great year and your coat is fabulous! If you decide to come back to visit Australia, let us know – it would be great to meet fellow sewists!

  14. KJ from Western Australia January 18, 2012 at 05:57 #

    Hey Miss C
    You’re more than welcome to give the Australian trip another go if you want to get it right… ;-). Did you visit the West?

  15. Renee January 18, 2012 at 08:51 #

    What a great collection. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2012.

  16. didyoumakethat January 18, 2012 at 09:26 #

    You should be so proud of everything you made – some challenging stuff in there. I still totally love the grey trench coat and your mum looks BEAUTIFUL. Carry on inspiring us, please!

  17. The Slapdash Sewist January 20, 2012 at 11:51 #

    Coats! They are both awesome. And I am jealous of the gray one right about now.

  18. Vicki January 21, 2012 at 04:00 #

    You had a pretty good year! Better than my two dresses for my daughter!! Well done.

  19. Dana J, Houston TX January 21, 2012 at 20:30 #

    “Can’t tell U nothing! ……U made a coat!

  20. marti January 22, 2012 at 23:29 #

    Great year. The coats alone blow me away!

  21. Noile January 27, 2012 at 20:31 #

    Your gray trench coat is still to die for! That was a great sewing year; I’m impressed all over again.

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