To round out my 2014 Year In Review posts, today I’ll share a few reflections on my year of sewing and some general goals for the new year. I suspect we’re all at the point of “enough already!” with these year-end posts, so I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet. 🙂
#1 – There is no way I’ll have enough time to sew everything I’d like to.
My brain knows this is true, but the road to acceptance is a long one. Looking back on this year, I wish I had more time to devote to large projects and to muslin new patterns, but let’s face it, there are only so many hours in the day! I enjoy taking my time on my sewing projects, and as a result, sewing is a very time-consuming hobby for me. I think I’ve done a good job of choosing my projects based on a balance of wardrobe needs and skill building, but I need to get better about being content with my time limitations.
#2 – There is more to life than sewing!
This is essentially a corollary to #1. In a quest to devote as much time as possible to sewing, I think I missed out on other fun opportunities in the past year. However, when I only have 3-4 hours of down time over an entire weekend, it’s really hard not to dedicate them to sewing! Choosing another activity might mean no sewing time for an entire week, which is a tough pill to swallow. I’m not sure what the solution is here, but I want to keep reminding myself that it’s ok to not sew sometimes.
Sewing Goals for 2015
I won’t be holding myself to these goals, but here are 5 items that I’d like to keep in mind for the new year:
#1 – Continue to focus on creating everyday wardrobe pieces and incorporating my color palette.
This has been working really well for me in 2014, and I’d like to keep this overarching guideline at the forefront of my sewing.
#2 – Continue to strive for a fully handmade wardrobe.
I’ve been implicitly doing this by sewing practical garments that fit into my lifestyle, but my ultimate goal is to create all the garments I wear on a daily basis. Two standout items that are still dominated by RTW are pants and bras. I made a wearable muslin of a pants pattern last week, and let me tell you, I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I tried them on with a handmade top! Pants and jeans are on my radar right now, and I hope to get into bra-making eventually as well.
#3 – Continue to sew skillfully.
Teri just mentioned this in her Top 5, and it’s definitely on my priority list as well. I want to continue to (gently) push myself to learn new techniques, read technical sewing books, and incorporate my reading into my sewing projects. Hopefully a few Sew Skillfully posts will pop up on this blog as a result. 🙂 This year I tackled false French seams, bound buttonholes, fly zippers, tower plackets, serger stitches, and welt pockets (just today, post coming soon!), and there are so many more techniques to try!
#4 – Continue to work on my sloper.
I don’t know when I’m going to find the time to dive back into this, but I look forward to that day, whenever it may be. 🙂 My bodice and skirt sloper still need some minor adjustments, and I want to add sleeves and create a pants block. One of my overarching sewing goals is to one day draft a button-down shirt from scratch, based on my sloper. My huge shoulders fit into my modified Archer pattern ok, but the real deal will come from a custom draft. One day!
#5 – Continue to develop my blog.
As much as I hate to admit it, I spend a lot of time on this blog. Sometimes I think it’s too much time, but to be honest, I love blogging and don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I used to wonder what I could do to enhance my site, but I suspect the answer is just to be myself! (A good rule of thumb for blogging and life, no?) I’m not interested in developing typical blog-boosters like tutorials and patterns for sale, but I hope that by continuing to blog my garments and talk about the technical details, my little site will continue to flourish.
Well, that wraps up my year of sewing and blogging for 2014! I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year’s celebration, not to mention a fun and exciting year of sewing ahead.
P.S. – I made a bunch of these fabric yo-yos on my recent plane trip – any ideas what to do with them?? 🙂