2010 Sewing Review

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Favorite Garment(s): Creamsicle dress, Tracey Reese Ghana print dress for China and my Jacket/Coat

Good Things:

  1. I made two pairs of work appropriate pants!
  2. I started wearing lipstick in photos
  3. I made activewear. Now, I just need to work out
  4. Because of China, I finally sewed some separates!
  5. I photograph taller than IRL!
  6. Several of my garments were repeats.
  7. I went to Montreal and China this year!

Well, clearly, I like my Burda. It was 75 percent of what I sewed this year. At least I’m getting my money’s worth!

I still love dresses. They flatter me the most. But, I branched out into separates. Mostly because of my China trip. I’m thrilled I made two jackets this year and hope that continues.

The not so good things: The Patrones dress, my pleated Burda and the notched collar Burda. The Patrones was my first FBA and I didn’t do a great job. It was always just too snug for me across the bust so I bid her adieu. The Burda pleated dress got shrunk. ย The notched collar Burda should have been lined and had a touch more ease in the lower body. And, again, still hadn’t mastered an FBA. I would definitely remake all three.

I really do like grey, don’t I?

I’ve started my first project of 2011. But, I don’t want to say yet since I have a habit of chickening out. But, I traced it out on Christmas Eve and have started my lining/muslin. If that is ok, then we can say it out loud.

I don’t say it enough, but it must be said often. I have the best blog readers and friends in the world. Writing my blog and knowing that anyone out there cares about what I have to say is the best gift I could have. Thank you all for taking the time to read and encourage me.



  1. Your’s is one of my favorite blogs! You are such an inspiration and I love what you make! Keep it up in 2011 and don’t be afraid to tell us what you are making!

  2. I love the pie charts! Seeing all of those finished projects must give you such a lift. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2011. Merry Christmas!

  3. Love the pie charts! It reminds me of my former life before children.
    What a productive year you’ve had! So many gorgeous clothes.

    Happy New Year!

  4. As always, my hat is off to you, my dear.

    Happy Holidays and here’s to a sew good new year!

  5. One of the best what I sewed this year. It also doesn’t make me think, what the hell have I been doing that I can’t sew 57 things! Happy New Year, Merry Christmas and here’s to a great sewing year inn 2011.
    You look fabulous in person not just in photos.

  6. You’re welcome! I love grey too! I’m definitely making at least the TR dress, love it! And now you are killing me with the mystery about the 2011 project 1.

  7. I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and to thank you for all the inspiration you’ve given me this year! I started sewing this last summer and really enjoy your blog, BUT you always make we want past issues of Burda!!! Argh! ๐Ÿ™‚ But my husband got me a subscription for 2011 so hopefully it’ll be a good year!

  8. Rah, rah, rah, Miss Celie!!!! There’s no better fun than kibbitzing a like-minded sewista. Bring it on, lady! oh, and Happy New Year!

  9. A very impressive line-up of projects. One does lose sight of all accomplishments through the year, and to line up everything to be able to see it all at a glance must make you proud. Hope the New Year brings you even more progress in your sewing endeavors. You’re amazing!

  10. Great post, I love the pie charts! You were very productive and made some great garments. Looking forward to your next project!

  11. statistics, pie charts and slideshows, oh my!

    Thank you, too, for being a source of inspiration and friendship.
    What a wardrobe you have – soooo stylish!

    [And, people, she is gorgeous in person]

  12. Merry Christmas! The pie charts –wow! My favorite garment is still the creamsicle dress. I love reading your witty blog.

  13. I’m so happy to have discovered your blog this year. Thank you for blogging and sharing your sewing with us. You’re an inspiration.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  14. It’s almost Sunday but I’m just getting home from a weekend of holiday cheer with family and friends…it was a wonderful review complete with charts and graphs! You sewed alot more than I thought you did but I love that you sewed not only for work but for your other pursuits. I hope that 2011 is just the beginning of great things for you!

  15. WE thank you for inspiring us, entertaining us, and setting such a good sewing example :-). May the next year be good for you.

  16. Your’s is one of my favourite sewing blogs. It often feels like I am travelling the world of sewing in just one blog if that makes any sense. Miss Celie’s World Of Fashion perhaps:).

  17. Hope you had a GREAT Christmas! You’ve had a SUPER productive year! I’ve enjoyed following along with you and you’re right, you definitely got your money’s worth on those Burda’s. Wishing you greater sewing adventures for 2011!

  18. Celie,
    Thanks for being my friend in my head! You have inspired me to keep a journal of my craft projects for 2011. Happy New Year!

  19. Wow! You are truly a sewing inspiration. You really know how to fit a garment. Looking forward to your sewing creations in 2011. Happy New Year!

  20. What a great review! Wishing you a wonderful New Year 2011 – with lots of sewing and more generally, loads of happy things. I look forward to reading you in the year to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Wow! You’ve been really productive this year. I have yet to go back and count, but I know I haven’t made this many garments this year.

  22. I really enjoy your blog. I love to see you pop up in my google reader. You have made some really beautiful garments this year. You are very inspirational.

  23. Just want to come out of lurkdom to say I really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for the knowledge, entertainment, and most of all, inspiration.

  24. I love your blog, it’s one of my favourites! Thanks for putting up all your projects; that must be a lot of work and thought. As always I love your posts. I wish you all the best for 2011. xx Ingrid

  25. Your blog and sewing both delight and inspire me, your humour makes my sides split. Wishing you a Happy New Year, filled with lots of excitement and fun times !!!!!!

  26. Cidell, I always enjoy your projects and the humour you bring to chatting about construction and sewing foibles.

    Here’s to 2011! We’ll ALL look fabulous!

  27. I enjoyed your end-of-year recap! If I could make a quarter of the items in a year as you produced I’d be ecstatic. At least I can live vicariously…

  28. I remember so many of these garments as you posted them! You had a great sewing year. When I grow up I want to sew like you.

  29. Happy New Year. I love the pie charts. You had a great sewing year. I am looking forward to see more of your creation in 2011

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