HAPPY NEW YEAR
Happy New Year everyone :)
I notice that lots of people are doing a 2013 retrospective, but I'm going to take a different approach, and weave my winners and losers from 2013 in out and of the 2014 garments when I have something specific to mention that relates to the garment I am making.
As far as I am concerned, the New Year is a New Opportunity to start anew with sewing. So I made this little button up, which actually outlines what the word January actually means. I think the meaning of Beginnings can be well applied to sewing in so many ways - some of which I have put on the button
I will also be posting this button on the Make a Garment a Month Challenge blog - which
you can find here. This is to encourage all of you to also think about how you want to approach your sewing over the next twelve months.
So instead of reflecting on what I have done in 2013, I thought I would focus on my "New Beginning" goals for 2014. Basically, I want to improve my sewing skills, be less critical of my efforts, and to create, over time, a cohesive wardrobe.
I plant to do this by making one garment a month (minimum). I will be using up my stash and working my way through my collection of patterns.My official goals are documented here.
I need to sew things that are reflect my style and that are useful for my lifestyle. My style is basically a practical one - I am a busy person and like practical and comfortable clothes. I also like simple, elegant, chic clothes, but they still have to be practical - as do my more formal garments. My version of Butterick 5917 for instance is fitted but not too tight and made in a cotton seersucker - so I can bend and move and feel cool and comfortable while I am wearing it :
I'll be continuing my focus on making very wearable basics - quite a few of you have commented that you like my blog because I do make everyday practical clothes - I'll be continuing with that but may also make some classic garments to extend my sewing repertoire and my wardrobe possibilities :)
I'm also going to be less critical of my sewing attempts. Last year for instance, I really thought these trousers were unwearable - they were one of my first attempts at trouser making, and they are a little saggy under the bottom. So I haven't worn them much - until recently, when I wanted some black casual trousers - and found them in the wardrobe. I thought they looked good, had forgotten I made them, and have worn them happily ever since as a casual around the house pant:
Two views - I don't usually take garden shots, but thought it might be nice to show you some Sarah Liz in real life type of pictures:
Baggy Cotton Pants, Front
and a sort of Side View.
This is my everyday Gamin style.
*****I'm also going to proudly add my new label:
I got these from an Australian company - http://fantasylabels.com.au. I'm surprised my webshield didn't stop me going to a site with the word fantasy in it, but it didn't. Mind you, the only people who would get excited here would be the crafters and sewers of the world. Lots and Lots of Lovely Label Variations. Reasonably Priced. Which would excite any sewer!
I'm also going to get my stash down again -it was supposed to, but it didn't. I'm not sure why, and my recent raids on Spotlight during their recent sale just netted more:
Maybe I really should start a Stash Fast. My DH tells me that is it the nature of stash that it will never decrease, probably only increase. So I suspect I really am rather helpless when faced with an immutable fixed law of stash such as that :)
The trouble with patterns is that I can never decide what to make first - and so I end up buying a new one, which doesn't get made up, because I think I should make up one of the old ones first, or something new and exciting catches my eye.
I plan to play a pattern game during 2014 if I can't make up my mind what to I want or need to sew. I will be setting up a Lucky Dip Pattern Game. That way I will have a choice made for me if I can't make it for myself. Do you want to know about that? Maybe you would even like to join this game :)
That is enough for me to think about for the time being. I will wish you all well for your sewing goals during 2014.
Sarah Liz :)