It was only yesterday December started, and now Christmas is only ten days away. Which means 2014 is around the corner. Which means new sewing goals will be needed.
Before I start listing them, I would like to welcome four new followers to this blog - and they are
Geannenek, Kate, Diane, and Anne who are following via bloglovin and Fran, who is following via this blog.
Have you noticed how many sewing bloggers are talking about their sewing goals for 2014? I guess the New Year is a time of re-assessment and resolution. I have certainly been thinking about what I want to make in 2014.
I hadn't been sewing much for the decade or so prior to 2013 so I was a bit rusty. So this year I got back into practice by making a lot of very basic garments that are boring to make, but certainly got me back into the sewing mode. And, having got the boring basics out of the way (you know the sort of thing - the trousers for casual around the house, basic cotton shirts). I also learnt how to fit trousers reasonably well (yes, there is lots of room for improvement, but that will take the rest of my life...) and what my fit issues are with dresses. So really, 2013 was a year for learning. I learnt how to blog too.
Next year I plan to Make a Garment a Month for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge. I also plan to join Sarah Beth's RTW fast (Goodbye Valentino). Sarah Beth does allow the purchase of underwear Luckily I have a cupboard full of my basics and old RTW garments, so I just plan to make to replace or fill gaps in my wardrobe. I do need to tackle making a pair of pants for work. I just can't find the pattern I like. The fabric is sitting there, all pre-washed, ready and waiting to go.
Further goals for 2014 are to whittle down my stash - so I better stash up before I start stashbusting again :). I think I will have to actually use some of the fabrics that do not suit me or that I do not like anymore as fabric for muslins. And it is time to start only buying fabrics in colours that suit me.
I also plan to actually use the patterns I have and not to keep buying them. I may even part with some of them that will never ever be made up. Yes, there are a few patterns in that category... But note, I said MAY, not WILL.
Okay, so the 2014 goal list is:
* Do not buy any ready to wear clothes except shoes, socks and undergarments.
* Make a garment a month for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge
* Each garment made to go with garments already owned.
* If the garment does not go with anything, make garments to match.
* Use up stash for making garments if I like it, muslins if I don't or it is the wrong colour.
* Only buy more stash if it is for an immediate garment
* Assess pattern collection and start actually using it.
Of course, I have lots of other goals too - like take better photographs for my blog - but I do know my limitations and I am starting back with study next year, so I think Better Blog Photography is a goal further down the list. Along with many others, such as learn to draft every garment and lots of other totally unrealistic ideas :).
What are your plans for 2014?
This week I plan to also post a backlog of garments that I have made but not photographed or blogged about.
That's it from me, so I will wish you all a happy and healthy upcoming week, wherever you are...