Ok, now since I got all the mushy stuff out the way I must admit 2014 was a good year. Although I've been a small business owner since 2006, committing to do it full time was a change of speed. I definitely had to work on my confidence and I learned that I had more skills then I thought. I took on some really cool client work and was challenged to do things I'd never done before.
I know you guys will probably read a TON of blog 2014 re-caps so I'll keep mine short.....
- For starters I logged 1862 sewing hours to contribute to my 10,000 Hours of Sewing challenge making that 5,936 since I began my challenge in 2010. I credited myself 3,000 hours at that start so that gives me 8936 leaving me 1064. Wow, is all I can say. I'll talk more about this in a later post.
Here are just a few highlights from this year (there are blog posts about all of these in case you want more info)...
Sewed/Tailored/Engineered a 40+ yard Wedding Gown for a client. Trust me as indicated in my blog post this was no small feat! This dress tested my skills to the max. I KNOW God helped walk me through this project!!!
......and a Lace Knit jumpsuit for my bride to wear to her reception!
Made Men's pants......and pants that were worn at Dragoncon I might add! I love costume work!
I always love to sew matching Mother/Daughter Mother's Day outfits!
I love our churches annual Father/Daughter Banquet in which I made my daughter's dress and Hubby's tie!
I made an 8 piece wardrobe for a client. Here's some of the pieces. I have one pic of my client in a top & legging I made her but don't have it handy. The wardrobe turned out great!!!!
Learned a new technique---how to properly place and sew in Swarovski crystal rhinestones
I taught several Burda Style webinars this year! This was GREAT since I LOVE to teach sewing! I always get such good feedback from the attendees! I love to learn and love to teach what I learn. It's a real treat!
I learned how to do menswear alterations! Alterations like taking in the shoulder, blade, sideseam and shortening or lengthening the arm. I'm happy to add this to my skill set!
Speaking of menswear, I still have the opportunity of working with my mentor the super talented, Master Tailor Mr. Jim, aka Gentleman Jim! His expertise and skill is increasingly helping me to become a better sewer/tailor.
I also began working with my draping teacher to learn how to drape!
My MAJOR fail project was this white knit blazer I made to wear with this Easter dress I also made. I should have made the inner facing wider so I could tack it down to the interior of the coat to prevent the lapel from rolling on me. Lesson learned for next time!!!
I read alot of GREAT books this year that helped push me in my personal life and with my sewing. This was one such book. My word for 2014 was "Courage"--- very befitting for the year!
I put 150 yards (I think that's right) of fabric from my stash for sale at a local fabric shop. I'm certain by years end I'd gained about 50 yards in new fabric! LOL!
I was so consumed with sewing for others that I didn't sew a ton for myself. But this has to be my favorite dress I made this year!
.....this one is my second favorite. Plus I like my new highlights!
2014 was definitely a GREAT year! I appreciate all the triumps and even my failures because I learned from them. 2015 will be EVEN BETTER!!! Thanks for joining me on this ride!!! XOXOX