Celebrations, resolutions and goals for 2015

Firstly, Happy new year!

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I hope you all saw 2014 off in a manner you found enjoyable! I spent it playing board games, drinking beer and finishing off Christmas chocolates with some good friends, capped off by the torrential rain and howling gales stopping just in time for the midnight fireworks display. It was an excellent way to spend the evening!

Secondly, happy first birthday to my wee blog!

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When I wrote my first post, a year ago today, I really hoped that I would be able to keep my resolution to do something creative every week for the rest of the year. I also had vague hopes that someone might read some of my posts, but it was mostly just a way to keep myself motivated. I also planned on doing a lot more crafting, and less sewing, but sewing soon took over! I’m amazed when I look back over the year just how much my sewing has improved. I had sewn a bit before 2014, and had taken a few classes with my friend the Dreamstress, but my skills were still rudimentary at best! I never finished my seams, I was sketchy about things like grainlines and pattern matching, and didn’t really have a clue about picking the right fabric for my projects. And fitting was something which happened at the point after basic construction had been done! I still struggle with some of these things, especially fitting and fabric selection, but i’ve come a long way! But by far, the best thing to come out of writing this blog is joining the incredible online sewing community, and connecting with so many other amazing, inspiring and helpful people. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and offering so much advice!

Here is my year of making things in numbers…

~58 things made,
~42 garments sewn, 13 accessories crafted or sewn, 3 items refashioned, 1 garment knitted,
~22 tops, 9 dresses, 7 skirts/bottoms (and a playsuit), 3 items of outerwear,
~21 garments made out of knits, and 21 made out of wovens (surprisingly, I thought knits would dominate!)
~40 garments made from indie patterns, 3 from patterns taken off RTW garments
~Finally, to my shame, out of all of those garments, only 4 were for other people!

Not a bad years work, really!

I’m going to finish off this post with my Top 5 reflections and goals for 2015..

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Reflections (as if this whole post hasn’t been a reflection…here is the tl;dr version!)

I actually can pretty much make what ever I like, as long as I take my time, do some research and allow time and resources for making mistakes. This goes for sewing and knitting, and I assume most other things in life! I also need to remember that the given instructions aren’t necessarily the only way to do things, but if I’m going to deviate from them I should probably stop and think carefully about what I’m going to do instead, rather than cutting/sewing first, and ‘just winging it’…

Goals for 2015

-get better at fitting woven garments. I should really learn how to do an FBA, as I think that will fix a lot of my upper back/shoulder fitting issues. I also need to study up on sway back adjustments. I would also like to learn more about pattern drafting (which shouldn’t be hard, as I currently know nothing about pattern drafting…)

-make jeans! I bought the Ginger jeans pattern during my pattern buying binge at the beginning of december, now I just need to find some appropriate denim. Its proving to be more challenging than I expected…

-make lingerie. Totally planning to jump on the bra making bandwagon next year! I think I’ll ease myself into it with the Watson Bra (I have the Watson Bra kit from Blackbird Fabrics winging its way across the ocean, can’t wait!) then try the Marlborough bra if that goes well. I also want to try swimwear, I have the Bombshell pattern and might try a Watson/Bombshell bikini if I get time this summer.

-improve my knitting. I really want to learn how to do cables, and I’d love to try some stranded colourwork or fairisle for winter.

-start doing some sewing for monsieur, starting with some shorts and new tee shirts! I have the Thread Theory Jedediah pattern waiting to be cut out for him, and I should really get onto it because he’s wearing his swimming shorts out and about at the moment! He would also like a shirt, but the idea of that is a bit scary so I might need to work up to it.

-bonus goals: keep blogging! I’m not planning to do have something to post every week this year, as I’m going to increase my postgrad studies and I would like some time for other things as well! I do plan to keep sewing, and blogging about what I’ve made. I’m also hopeful that I’ll be able to add some sewing and crafting for our new house, when we manage to buy one…

Congrats if you managed to get to the end of that, it feels like a very long-winded post! Massive thanks again to all you wonderful people, heres to an exciting, productive and fun 2015!!

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