Time and Money 2
Good news, guys! Happy new year! We’ve Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags achieved the season that has a fatal fascination for me the one where I add up the time and money I spent on sewing and then make the numbers into colorful data pie. One thing you won’t see anywhere is mask sewing, for the following reasons. It cost about $12 total (I used a lot of scraps); I consider it maintenance (of health, but it counts), more akin to mending; and I decided not to track anything about it because it’s a B U M M E R. So mask sewing is Sir Not Appearing in This Spreadsheet.
Okay, biggest number first? Yes please! My total out of pocket spending this year was $891.57. That’s basically one winter coat less than last year ($1,077.29). My gift card/credit spending totaled $238.83. The overall expense, then, was $1,130.40. My birthday was the last ‘event’ before lockdown (I didn’t know it at the time) and thanks to the unnecessary but lovely generosity of my friends and family, I had a fistful of Gather Here gift cards to play with. I avoided using them in the mid year when I preferred to put cash into the community but now I’m alternating purchases between cash and credit. Shop by appointment, by the way, is AMAZING I didn’t realize how hungry my eyes were until I got to go look at everything. Fabric shopping in person is so satisfying.
A lot of my numbers are similar to last year since I have a natural stopping point when it comes to spending money (basically a sense of ‘okay, that’s enough’). My new category is for machine maintenance, a word which took me 3 tries to spell, and of which I do not regret replica designer handbags a dime. Anthony Ferranti fixed my Singer 4432 and he did an amazing job. He also intimated that with the wear and tear I put on my machine I might need to upgrade, possibly to an industrial model. I haven’t started researching that yet but I assume it will cost a GIGANTIC slice of pie.
I tried 12 new patterns. Two were free, and I spent that $116.07 on the rest, for an average of $11.60/paid pattern. I sewed all the patterns I bought this year, but I haven’t sewn all the patterns I bought last year or the year before that (I know I know, heap coals of fire on me). I don’t set myself goals really, but this year I’d like to use or rehome all the patterns I’ve already got. They’re not all pants, but yeah, it’s a lot of pants. It’s often pants, and otherwise shirts www.dolabuy.su , as this chart shows
This represents 50 total makes, or about one a week; 10 of those are giveaways. A full 20%. Not great. In fact, worse than last year. A lot of my failures come from the season when I was high quality designer replica handbags sewing somewhat recklessly as a stress response replica louis vuitton bags (and making big batches of pierogi and paczki, I guess stress makes me Polish). It definitely helped me cope it’s a great way to eat up hours when what you really want is for time to move forward but it wasn’t great work. I’ve started adding notes to my spreadsheet when I give something away, and here’s the various categories:
This is some biased and arbitrary fabric typing, but it’s how I think of the categories. If I keep sewing with knits at this same rate (10/50, or 20% a recurring number!) I might have to sub type those, gulp! The rayon and Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags tencel were already in my possession; I bought the viscose this year and regretted high quality designer replica handbags wholesale it. It was the fancy high quality replica handbags china Atelier Brunette stuff and I don’t care. I hate it. I wouldn’t sew it again with a ten foot pole. It received the unique designation of being the fabric that bummed me out. In general, I replica louis vuitton bags from china love fabrics I can iron with abandon great big clouds of steam please!
A spike at the end of the school year when it became clear the pandemic would be long term and there was nothing to distract me from that fact? HMM MYSTERIOUS. As usual I slow down at the end of the year, which is often my busiest freelance quarter. My hours spent include tracing/cutting patterns, cutting fabric, and sewing, but not shopping, washing fabric, research, or mending. They total 271.25. That’s about 5.25 hours per week. That’s down quite a bit from last year’s 335 hours but it’s only about an hour less per week. Again fake louis bag best replica handbags , a lot of that can be attributed to last year’s winter coat, but I was actually expecting a bump in hours. I mean, what else did I have going on? Mask sewing? Oh right. Well, I didn’t put it in the spreadsheet, so I gave myself Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica the gift of not knowing. And I ready to say goodbye to these 2020 Pantone coordinates that last batch is yuck!
This spreadsheet is amazing. I take a lot of notes on my sewing but have not quantified any of it. I tried in the past with both money and time but I failed on both accounts. For money, I haven figured out a good way to itemize notions (shipping! taxes! also just lazy!) and for time, well, I just kinda lose track of time. I do tend to track the total amount of $ I spend on craft related things, just in my regular budget. However, your plots are amazing to look at and inspiring me to try harder at quantifying my crafting!
Hi there! I love your annual reports. Especially your pie charts, so pretty. I don’t know how to do those. I’m late responding to your post, because I had to go off and complete my own annual “taking stock” efforts. This is what I discovered for myself.
I made 54 different items: 40 for me, 14 for others. (I put all my mask making as 1 item, but that collective “one” applied only to masks because, like you, I’d rather forget about that sewing.) This total is a bit lower for me than usual, but according to my Goodreads records my reading was way up so that’s that. The sewing highlights included a winter coat and a bathing suit for me, a squirrel costume and a deer costume for my 2 young granddaughters, and a Louis Vuitton knockoff fake louis bag sling bag for my 19 year old grandson (a huge success as far as he is concerned). My most used pattern was the closet core Cielo. I also used 4 different Seamwork patterns, all of which turned out.
I purchased 61 metres of fabric, and used 77 metres. Each year I’m getting better at thinning my stash. I used 40 different patterns: 12 big 4 + Burda paper, 20 independent, 8 self drafted. I purchased 13 patterns online, but did not keep track of paper pattern purchases, which would have been thrifted.
This year, unlike the past couple years, I did not calculate the amount spent on my sewing. This year, I just don’t care. I did take note of the gift cards you’d received, and decided to comment to my husband that a gift card from Blackbird Fabrics would always be welcome if he was ever uncertain about what to give me for special events. He quickly responded with a $200 card for my January birthday!! Nice
Anyway, thank you for the encouragement to do this work. Happy 2021!
I take a photo of everything I make, but I never share them anywhere, except in messages with my daughter. I like having a visual record, but I am deeply introverted, or maybe just private. And I don’t know how to include a Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags photo link in a blog reply, though I suppose there must be a way.
Also, looking ahead, I don’t want to be one of those women who leaves behind a huge stash for her children to deal with.