What Have I Been Sewing? Not Much Lately

Where Did the Past 1.5 Days Go?

A couple of posts back I told you about my organizing spree on the site, which included adding a tab for my finished projects.  I decided to add my pre-blog finished projects.  I already have all the photos from the pattern reviews…shouldn’t take me that long… right…

I had 127 finished projects!!  I’ve been sewing on and off for decades but only started documenting my projects since 2011 in order to write pattern reviews.  So these are my projects since 2011 or about 3.5 years.  For data geeks like me, that comes out to over 3 items/month.  You see this was around the same time I’ve swore off RTW.  Instead of buying more expensive, ill-fitting RTW that I was just going to *outgrow* in a few months, I jumped back into sewing.

What Pattern Lines Have I Been Using?

I’ve sewn 43% from indie pattern companies, 34% Big 4 and 24% self drafted patterns.  From the indie pattern companies I use to sew a lot from Silhouette Patterns.  My mom had drafted all my patterns up until I headed to college.  In my college years and beyond, I struggled trying to use the Big 4 patterns.  Then I discovered Silhouette Patterns.  When I finally go past the sometimes unattractive pattern covers, I understood why she has so many fans.  Peggy has cup sizing in her patterns and more of a RTW fit which gave me a significant head start over the Big 4.  Now I think I can tackle nearly any of the commercial patterns and am venturing more and more into drafting patterns myself.

 Pattern companies

What Type of Things Have I Been Sewing?

Garments and more garments.  79% of the items were garments.  Almost 1 in 5 were tops, yet I always feel like I don’t have enough tops.  Following closely behind tops are dresses.  Dresses are my lazy person’s item of choice because I don’t have to match tops and bottoms.  Speaking of bottoms, outside of yoga pants aka my “pajama jeans” I haven’t sewn that many real pants.  This is definitely a wardrobe gap I’m currently working on.



Who Have I Been Sewing For?

One word, me.  I’ve taken selfish sewing to Olympic levels.  99 items for me, 16 for the pup and 12 gift items.  I would sew more for others but many don’t appreciate them.  I say that’s just more time to sew for me.


Pretty Pictures and Some Not So Much

I hope I haven’t bore you all to tears.  If you just want to look at some pics and not have to look at charts and do math, please head over to my finished project page aka Solved Cases.  My photos have gotten a lot better with time, though the poses can use some work.  Anyone have modeling tips for me?

Happy Sewing,Signature small

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  4. Jill says:

    I’m digging the analytics! And I’m honored to be in one of the 12 “other” projects you sewed for. We use the changing pad all the time. JW is the most stylishly changed baby 😀

    • That my item is being used is a gift to me. I can’t tell you how many people don’t wear or use the things I sew them because it’s “too special”. Or they’re just lying to me and secretly hate it but can’t throw it away cuz I might ask about it. 😐

  5. Tassie says:

    Very impressive. And I love charts and graphs.
    Silhouette patterns should put you on their pattern envelopes, they would sell a lot more! I never like Sil. patterns from the pictures, then people sew them up and they look so good.

    • Aw thanks Tassie. I’m sure my modeling skills are not up to snuff. If I remember the story right, Peggy use to update her envelope covers but people would get confused and buy it again thinking it was a different pattern. So she stop updating them. I remember asking for the jean jacket pattern. When they handed it to me, I was thinking “no, this is not the pattern,” and almost didn’t buy it. I don’t know which scenario is worse.

  6. Betsy says:

    Wow, your sewing is pretty prolific! I am with you, mostly selfish sewing because it is not always appreciated. I am the most impressed with 16 projects for the dog. He/she must have quite the wardrobe. I am still trying to make a raincoat for my dog. He’s not very appreciative, but a necessity anyway.

    • I would say that my dog probably appreciates the beds. He definitely doesn’t appreciate the costumes, so maybe those should be reclassified as self sewing. What kind of dog do you have? Are you making a rain coat with or without a hood?

  7. Vanessa says:

    Your statistics are impressive!! I don’t have any experience sewing Silhouette patterns, so I will have to check them out. Yay for getting into pattern drafting–I am interested in it myself!

    • Definitely check out Silhouette Patterns. Peggy does a free webcast twice a month also. She coordinates sewing expos around the country. I haven’t used her patterns in a long time but I really like what she’s doing to help people sew better. Oh and she has a PBS show on sewing. She’s one busy lady but super nice.

      What kind of pattern drafting are you interested in?

  8. BeccaA says:

    Great analysis! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Carrie says:

    Impressive analytics!! I can imagine how much work this took to tally up all the projects. I’m the same as you on most accounts (selfish sewing of mostly tops). I’d love to do something like this – especially to get a better sense of which patterns I actually use – then maybe it will stop me from buying all those patterns I never touch!

    • If you’re going to do it, don’t wait 3.5 years like I did. Luckily I had most of the info on Pattern Review and the rest was in my closet. Thank goodness for selfish sewing. Once everything is in Excel, the analytics were super easy. How many projects have you racked up?

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