It's that time of year, isn't it, where we all madly make plans and goals for the sewing year.
Writing these sorts of things down is not my favourite activity, but it does get the buzz of ideas out of my head and onto paper. Which quietens the head down quite a bit :)
My current sewing plans are fairly simple. I really do have to make a two pairs of pants I really need that are a little smarter than the casual pants I have been making.
I've been avoiding making these for two years now. I don't know why, especially as I am fed up with what I do end up wearing. RTW trousers in poor style and fit, with no pockets.
So I am going to make a cotton pair for summer - they were going to be linen, but the pattern I thought would work, didn't, so I am reverting to a pattern that does work in order to quickly get this unwanted sewing job off the list:
So that was why I decided to use the pattern that already works well enough. Trouser perfection can wait for now. And, when I tried my sample pair on, they were so comfortable that the decision was instantly made :). I've put the pattern aside because it will work, but not in linen, and not for the plan I had in mind.
*****My first goal therefore, is to decide what to do with patterns that aren't quite right, after I have completed the muslin. Some sewers resolutely plough on with a bad pattern trying to make it work. I have decided that if I do not like the pattern, and the muslin is disappointing, then the pattern will go.
*****The second goal is to try and use as much stash as possible. I'm not yet sure about making a stash busting pledge this year, but no doubt I will be silly enough to think I will stop buying stash if I pledge to do so. I haven't done this so far, and past behaviour is a good predictor of future behaviour. I mean, what do you do when you find this sort of temptation:
Well, I bought it! On sale, $8.00 per metre, reduced from $19.99 per metre. I have always wanted a little red dress for bright, cheery, summer wear when you want the dress to do the work for you :)
What about you - can you stop buying stash easily or do you tend to add to it quite regularly?
The fourth goal is to stop buying quite so many patterns. I am not sure how many I have, about 400 I think. I've noticed I buy more of the same style quite often - usually because they are on sale. Spotlight has a sale at the moment - Kwik Sew 3 for $10. I often fall for these sales, and buy one pattern I like and two iffy ones, because this is still the cheapest way to buy one pattern. Today I nearly did the same thing as I liked Kwik Sew 4071:
Which looks like this made up:
So I decided not to buy the pattern, especially as they didn't have any of the other patterns that I like in stock.
(Mind you, I'm quite likely to buy this pattern when the time is right and there is a better selection to choose from in these bargain buy situations. I mean, buying one pattern for $10 and having two you don't like is hardly a bargain is it?)
I'm also going to resist Burdastyle magazines unless there is a pattern I really think I might use.
What about you, do you tend to buy much the same style and pattern over and over again?
The fifth goal is to try and keep track of what each garment costs me - I have tried to do this before, but keep forgetting to do this.
The sixth goal is to expand my sewing horizons and start making garments that are more challenging or a little different from the casual basics I have been making over the last two years.
*****The seventh goal is to style some of my clothes and post them - I have decided that Me Made May is just too much to do on a daily basis - but I think I could do this in a different way.
I also want to improve my blog photos - but I don't really see this happening - it's not a big priority yet, and I don't really have time to fiddle and learn some of the things required. I'd prefer to catch up on the Craftsy course I purchased over twelve months ago and haven't yet watched.
That should keep me out of mischief this year. How much of this actually happens, only time will tell. I'll revisit and let you know at the end of this year.
Oh, and a cognitive goal - have more fun and less perfection - perfection does not exist. Steady improvement and mastery are achievable. And, I should worry less about what my me-mades look like - I'm sure they are no worse to look at than RTW on me.
Have a great (full) first week of the year, wherever you are,
Sarah Liz :)