My sewing projects always start with fabric – and if I can’t find the perfect fabric, I’ll buy something that seems good enough. However, that leads me to a wardrobe filled with a few gems and too many “good enough” outfits. In 2020, I want to make sure that I sew more wardrobe heroes, and less “fine”!
For me, I think that starts with buying great fabric. Not necessarily high end, luxe or all-natural, just fabric that speaks to my heart. The right colours, the right scale, something that makes me feel like my best self.
The next step is to take my time with the project – no, I’m not getting into slow sewing, but a little care and thought goes a long way. I knew even as I sewed most of my Top 5 Misses that they wouldn’t get much wear because the fabric and pattern weren’t the perfect fit. According to my collages, I blogged 41 garments, kept 28, and got rid of 13. That’s 2/3 successful, 1/3 not. I think I do better!
What can I learn from my favourite projects of 2019?
- I like large florals, organic prints and stripes.
- I enjoy bold contrast in prints (even that black dress has a geometric silver texture).
- I like dresses and cardigans, but when I do sew pants or jumpsuits, I enjoy them too.
- Knee-length dresses are definitely my favourite thing to sew, even though I wear RTW jeans and a top about half the time. Does that mean I should stick with dresses or try to sew more great tops?
Just like when it comes to eating healthy, my approach is to add more of what I love instead of focusing on cutting back. More veggies on the plate, and focus on buying great fabric! So, my goal for 2020 is to make one special project each month! I’m giving myself permission to buy one cut of fabric that I adore each month, and sew it up into something I’ll treasure.
Starting with this beauty from Blackbird Fabrics! I love the colour and scale, and I’m excited to wear the multi-ethnic skin tones to work and see what my ESL students think! It’s fabric that is beautiful and political (the lack of diversity in classroom literature and staff is shameful) and I think the large scale will make a perfect shift dress for all seasons! The fabric is a rayon slub woven. This is going to be my Special Sewing project for January 2020.
At some point this year I’d love to make a Kantha quilt coat… maybe something more from boiled wool… and beyond that, I have no plans. I’m excited for the challenge of sewing special clothing each month, in the search for fewer but nicer things!