In a very enjoyable way, I feel like I’ve found my groove with sewing. That means I don’t have any huge insights into my last year of sewing, nor do I want to set any lofty goals! That said, there are some things I’ve been thinking about…
- I love my wardrobe. I have more clothes than I can wear in a month, but I love them all.
- I’m sticking with my colour palette. I chose these colours (the ones at the top of my blog header) a few years back, and they are still the colours I feel best in. I’ve added a bit more red this year, and enjoyed it!
- I’ve picked up some new skills. This year I learned how to use my coverstitch with confidence (a post about that someday soon). I’ve stepped up my photography game, and learned to use Lightroom (also, more on that soon!).
- I tend to think “Oh buttons/coatmaking/etc sound too hard – I won’t try!” but I know in my heart I’m just holding myself back. This summer, I took a bra-making class in person and discovered I actually quite like classes for learning new “scary” skills. Following on that, my Christmas gift from Jamie was working with Emerald Erin draft me a custom bra pattern (You know it – more on that soon!) I’d really like to continue the tradition of getting classes/tutoring as a gift each year.
- Community is the best. I organized Lingerie month on the Sewcialists blog, and I joined the Curvy Sewing Collective editor team. I loved every minute of the Better Pictures Project, Sewing Dares, and the Top 5 lists! I love seeing people get excited to learn and challenge themselves, and it’s the best motivation to keep learning and improving myself!
So what are my goals?
Last year I said I’d learn to use my coverstitch, make more pants, don’t promise to make things just because I feel like I should, keep experimenting with photography, and stick with the kind of clothes and sewing that I love! I accomplished ALL of those things – the power of achievable goals! 😉
In 2016, I would like to:
- Make a simple coat. I’m thinking Clare, because I would feel more confident with Heather Lou holding my hand all the way! I remember Jenny from Cashmerette writing at one point (and I paraphrase) “How can I learn to make a cashmere coat without making a cashmere coat?” My goal is to make a first coat, not aim for perfection!
- Make more menswear. I’ve got a stash of fabric for Jamie, but I haven’t sewn him anything in almost a year. Me-mades I’ve made him in the past are starting to spring holes, and that’s just a sad state of affairs. He deserves better!
- Keep experimenting. I’m all about the TNT patterns – How many coatigans and shift dresses have I sewn in the last 2 months? I feel like I’ve gained confidence this past year in hacking/changing patterns, and I’d like to keep playing with that.
- Take a class. I’m not particularly inspired by the current classes on Craftsy, or the “sew your first dress” classes that are offered locally… but if I can find a class/tutor who could teach me some specific intermediate skills like shirtmaking, coatmaking, jacketmaking, I’d be thrilled! (Ok, I just found a local class for sewing an Archer that is just $60 for tw0 3-hour sessions… that seems really cheap, and not enough time? I’ll think about it though!)
- And finally, not a sewing goal, but related, slightly… I’d like to learn to get rid of things! I still have every quilting cotton dress I’ve ever sewn, bags of clothes that don’t fit, about 20 big tote boxes of school stuff that needs sorting and purging, and far too much stuff over all that isn’t precious but I just can’t get rid of. I’d love to move in the next year, so now is the time to pare back!
A big thanks to everyone who participated in the #sewingtop5 this year – I get a little thrill every time I see someone’s post pop up, and I enjoy reading them all. I hope you’ve found some new-to-you bloggers by looking through the participants! Every year I debate whether the blogiverse is too crowded for me to justify hosting yet another theme/challenge… but every year, I’m glad I do!
Happy 2016, everyone!