Oh dear! This is so typical of me. Barely one day before January ends I finally force myself to write my sewing New Year's resolutions... I am definitely entering worst-blogger-of-the-year territory... LOL!
But I want to be good, I really do!
So, without further ado first a look back at 2012 and then my goals and aspirations for 2013:
I started this blog first in 2009 and then re-started it in mid 2011, but it was really in 2012 that I began to find my groove sewing. I think three main things made that possible:
- Having a dedicated sewing room. Living in a tiny Dutch house I am keenly aware of what a luxury it is to have the attic all to myself and my nearly 1,000 yards of fabric (I know!), but without it I would never manage to sew. Really.
- Finding a "sewing routine". I am a creature of habit. At some point in 2012 I began to put my son to bed and then walk up stairs for 1-2hrs of sewing every night. And, miracle of miracles, despite plenty of mistakes, my usual daydreaming and similar malaises, by the end of each week I could see tangible progress!
- Encountering the sewing blogosphere. Oh, the inventive and varied voices out there! Not only am I motivated and inspired by other sewers' creativity and skill, but some of them are generous enough to send encouraging words my way... I still love big hugs the most, but friendly comments on my creations are a good second.
But there are definite "development needs" (to borrow a phrase from our HR department):
- The blogging is clearly sub-par.
- I am still buying more fabric than I sew (which is obviously unsustainable!).
- I quickly start a new project when I get stuck with the current one. Witness the 4 unfinished dresses, one jacket muslin and one coat fully cut-out (in fluorescent orange, no less!) in the picture at the top of this post.
- And most importantly: I still don't always make appropriate fabric choices for a given pattern (did I mention it was fluorescent orange?).
- I bought 83 patterns, 24 of them vintage (90's counts for me here)
- I bought every Burda Style issue and 5 Knip Mode issues
- I bought 14 books on sewing or fashion topics
- I bought 109 meters of new fabric
- I sewed 46 meters of fabric
- I made 29 garments: 4 skirts, 7 tops, 15 dresses, 2 jackets, 1 pair of trousers
- I made 4 "wadders"; 2 were wearable dresses that are simply not my style, 1 was the worst interfacing choice, and 1 was just stinky, literally!
- I wrote 21 posts on my blog and 14 reviews on Pattern Review
- Keep on sewing!
- Keep improving my skills. Take 1-2 more online lessons.
- Try 2-3 jackets,
- Find one other skirt shape that suits me beyond the pegged skirt,
- Make one coat or raincoat
- Sew with a full outfit in mind, so I don't end up with loose unwearable pieces. And remember, all the pieces don't all have to be sewn.