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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stats For Your Inner Nerd: Version 2012


Happy New Year to all my lovely readers!

Continuing with tradition, I've decided to represent the past years' sewing in pie and bar charts. As usual, I did the sewing and collected the data, and my husband created the charts.

If you're really nerdy, you can view the previous years' charts:
Stats for 2009
Stats for 2010
Stats for 2011

This year I sewed a grand total of 169 items, using 154.08 yards of fabric. Compared to last year, I sewed 3 more items, but used about 20 fewer yards of fabric.

I added a new chart category this year (oooh, exciting!): fabric types used.


August and September were a major slump, as evidenced on the bar chart, and I still haven't gotten back into the swing of blogging yet. But I do have a nice backload of projects to photograph as soon I can find a satisfactory indoor set-up for use during our endless winter. Only 3 more months!




I was surprised to see that I sewed twice as much for my older son than for the my younger one. It makes sense, though, since #1 refuses to wear RTW, and #2 seems to gravitate more toward his RTW clothes.



Ottobre comes out as the clear winner, heh! When I want a guaranteed-to-fit, practical garment, I'm going to  choose Ottobre or Jalie, or my well-used t-shirt block. The rest fall into the "experimental" or "fun" categories.



16 comments:

  1. Wow-- I am SO impressed with your output. 169 items is a LOT of sewing! And even if things are a little skewed with the boys, it does look like you kept a good balance with the girls (including yourself!)

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    1. I think if I was sewing just for myself (leaving out those kids's basics which are quickly worn through or outgrown), I'd made far fewer (and maybe better) garments.

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  2. So much fun, your charts. I love charts, even if I'm not a stats person much (it's Math, and Math is not exciting to me). I hear you about the winter dungeon lighting! At least you have plain walls for backdrops. We don't even have wall space. Dave bought me daylight lamps for Christmas so all I need to do now is get a big cardboard box and muslin to make a light tent and then I can do tutorial photographs at midnight in the basement. BUT still no way to photograph garments worn by actual humans. Maybe time to finally invest in a photographic muslin backdrop thing. Until then, I will have to use the mannequin to brave the outdoor cold on my behalf!

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    1. I made one attempt to hang up a white sheet as a backdrop and it looked terrible - in fact, it looked just like a wrinkly sheet. My fabric closet doors are the best backdrop I've found so far, but it's a tight space and difficult to light.

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    2. I've tried taping up sheets, too, and they sag and make it look like I used some swag drapes for a backdrop. Awful. Just awful. But on a brighter (ha!) note, I used the lights tonight! With white (and stained) poster board. Whoa! They worked (take that, short MN winter days and indoor cave lighting)! For tiny objects, only, though. For bigger objects I crouch in the corner near the (plasticked) deck door, with the glorious view of the computer desk legs and cables as my backdrop. Sometimes even a spider carcass. Horrible doesn't even begin to describe it. I think I really must go buy those real backdrops, with the extendable frame thing.

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  3. very interesting - I started off counting yardage, but fell off the wagon pretty soon into the year.

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  4. Pie charts- yay! I love seeing yearly data like this. You were amazingly productive!

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  5. SO interesting joy! I remember now that you impressed me with your charting last year. Your analysis is perfect, I like seeing, well all of them. Cannot believe how much you made in just one year and covering so many if your family too. Fantastic!

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  6. Wow, I'm so impressed. I hope you get back to sharing soon! Regarding the photos: I'm forever resolving to take better ones, so if you find the solution I'd love to hear about it. Happy New Year!

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  7. oh love that you did this. So fun to read!!

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  8. That's so fascinating - very interesting to be able to see where all the effort goes!

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  9. I look forward to the pie charts and graphs every year...it's really neat to see how your year of sewing breaks down!

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  10. Not just an inner nerd here; there is also the outer one that everyone sees. I'm starting to wonder what kind of statistics I should keep..... I'll let you know when I work up a plan. Suggestions, of course, are welcome.

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  11. You've had another productive and fun year of sewing that I've really enjoyed follow. Thank you Joy.

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  12. Your graphs are so fun to look at! I was especially interested in what patterns you used and I realized that I've never branched out to use any of those brands yet. Makes me want to branch out though and try some of those companies!

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  13. You were so productive! Love the stats. The fabric content one is interesting, and the type of garment.

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