Sewing for me last year was hit and miss, I didn't really have a focus, I was gifted a sewing machine for christmas and I was more in the mindset of lets just give this sewing thing a try…..
And I did….and fell completely in love with sewing. Although I have produced barely anything!! But sewing has now become a permanent fixture in my life. However, one of the misses of last year was I became so focused on trying to make awesome, beautiful clothes and bypass the beginner first hate makes and sewing errors I set the expectations for myself WAY too high! After FIVE disastrous makes in a row, I'm finally starting to get into sewing things I'm proud of. Smaller and beginner type projects, that I should have been starting with! that I can build from…..and can now appreciate the mistakes and awful makes I still get and take it as a learning curve and make goals for myself..
For 2015 I'm aiming for one successful, wearable make a month but here are the details.
Make Separates – Let's be real, I'm going for a top and trousers over a dress 90% of the time, especially when it's cold, and I really want to start sewing a wearable wardrobe. Now I'm focusing on tops and I really want to improve how I insert a sleeve.
I've booked the Ultimate Blouse class at Sew Over It in February and have these patterns I want to get through. Hopefully I will start trousers later in the year but I'm more relaxed about that.
Connect with Other Sewers – I started my blog to tap into the sewing community and, in my short time here, it's been amazing. However, I still fabric shop alone, don't have people to chat to about sewing, or have people I am in regular contact with who love sewing. I joined meetup and have joined the dressmaking club and I really want to have a group of friends I can hang out with as well as blog lurk on.
Use Fancy Fabric stash – Due to my small flat and my expensive taste in fabric 😉 having a massive fabric stash is out the window. However the stuff I do have I'm not using. I Keep envisioning projects I won't be able to achieve for about a year, like shirts. I bought the fabric now so I should use it now, I need to tell myself there is always going to be beautiful fabric I will want to spend my money on! and to stop putting fabric on a pedestal.
My small stash; I just take it out, look at it and dream.
Upcycle, Reuse and Go Vintage – I originally got into sewing so I could transform my charity shop buys. I want to go back to that non consumerist, sustainable ideal. I also wanted to get into sourcing vintage fabric and get away from dubiously sourced stuff.
Vintage Pledge – During 2015 I, Megan, will sew up at least 3 vintage sewing patterns.
These are the two patterns I will sew up for sure (I've already made a toile of the first dress) and I've bought a shed load of retro sewing patterns off gumtree.
Stop buying so many sewing patterns!! – I'm so influenced by sewing blogs, the patterns that go around the blog circuit call to me, I'm one bad day way from buying the by hand london kim dress as a treat for myself, but I'm going to stay strong. I have enough patterns and I'm not even close to sewing them all. So I've set myself a sewing pattern ban. I am only going to buy 3 patterns this year. Unless it's a charity shop bargain..because I know I will never be able to resist a charity shop bargain.
Sew For Other People – One thing that shocked me was how much I enjoyed sewing small projects for other people and I definitely want to keep it up.
and that's it. Fingers crossed but I'm feeling optimistic 🙂