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Monday, January 2, 2012

Stats for Your Inner Nerd: Version 2011

It's that time of year again. I always like fresh beginnings. Evaluate the old; make a fresh start.

I wouldn't say I have a lot of new goals for sewing. I'll probably try some new techniques and work on some fitting and drafting.

The big thing I hope to do this year is to organize my recipes and do better meal planning. One of my kids eats a special diet (no grains, starches, sugar, or dairy, and some other things), which means every single thing he eats is made from scratch. Being better organized is the only thing I can think of that will make that a little easier.

But, on to the statistics, which is what you're all waiting for!

All the charts below are drawn from the info in the spreadsheet I use to record everything I sew (pattern, yardage, size, recipient, etc.). I did all the sewing and my husband (spreadsheet guru) did all the charts you see, which took him about 20 minutes. I also contributed opinions on bar chart color schemes.

In total, I sewed 166 items, using 174.4 yards of fabric. That doesn't include 1 unblogged wadder, Hot Patterns' All Wrapped Up Tank, the Fabric.com free download.



Items and Yards sewn by month


Pattern companies used. Burdastyle refers to the magazine. Japanese is a catch-all category of magazines and books. Do you think I've gotten my money's worth from my Ottobre magazines?


Garment types sewn. Yes, I did have a pantsuit category! More pantsuits to come!


Who benefited from my sewing? At least I made for my husband than I did for "Home Sweet Home".


Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers!

14 comments:

  1. Oh, so much nerdy fun! I love all the visuals and I am thoroughly impressed with the amount of items you sewed this year. Happy new year!

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  2. I love stats. The best thing about these stats is that everyone benefitted from your creations and I was pleased to see that you benefitted the most. I love the Ottobre reviews you've done the best. Happy New year.

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  3. Wow, that's a lot of yardage and a lot of statistics! I never remember to keep track of how many yards I've used.

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  4. Wow! Nerdy and Fantastic and sooo interesting. I'm inspired to go start some spreadsheets of my own...

    And wow wow wow for sheer number of pieces!

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  5. Wow, what amazing productivity and awe inspiring record keeping :D I think your hubby's stats don't reflect the fact that what you made him was absolutely incredible! His category should definitely get bonus points. Happy New Year :-D

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  6. Very nerdy - and so wonderful! I always think I should do a spreadsheet but never get around to it. I love how you were able to track and graph everything though. You sure accomplished a lot of sewing in 2011!

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  7. This is just so nerdy but very interesting...far too complex a concept for me to cope with!
    I am all for being more organised too.Wishing you lots of happy sewing in the year ahead!

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  8. Very interesting - was fascinated to see you get a good number in for yourself because you always seem to be whipping up something for the kids.

    oh wow, your son's diet is even more restricted than mine - at least my son is allowed starch! still, are you doing his diet too? I found the best motivator to find new and interesting things for him was to make myself do it too (mind you, I am not mother to 5 - I bet you've got a lot of different palates to please in the mix there)

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  9. The graphs are lots of fun. You have been productive! I am guessing that girl three is the youngest and receives lots of hand-me-downs. My youngest is still young enough to like handmedowns. I showed my husband your husband's hunting gear. He was very impressed! He thought you and your family were Scandinavian. I explained that Minnesota is nearly Scandanavia!
    Have a terrific 2012!

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  10. That is fascinating. Are you sure you ever sleep? Also, do you make these statistics "just because", or do you take any action on the results? Happy New Year!

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  11. These kinds of posts thrill my inner nerd!:) I especially like the yardage/garment chart. What happened with the All wrapped up tank? I've looked at that pattern a couple of times and have it bookmarked as a possible top for me. Did you not like the style or was there a flaw in the pattern?

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  12. I am so impressed with your stats! Wow! And also at how unselfish you. My pie chart for that one would be 99% me, 1% other. Heh. Love following your projects and looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2012.

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  13. That is the most fabulous sewing nerdiness I've ever seen.

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  14. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! I love that you did these charts and graphs to summarize your year of sewing! And wow, pantsuits?

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