Keep Better Notes
For the last couple years, I've been keeping notes on my sewing projects mostly in my blog posts. As you can imagine, that makes it a little tedious when I need to go back and see what I did in a past project!
So I decided to make myself a notebook where I can keep track of what I did on each project. This is going to be especially important for me going forward I think, as I'll probably start to make plenty of fitting changes.
I went and got myself a cute binder and some cardstock, and thought about what kind of information I'd like to keep track of. Then I typed up a form and printed out a few copies. I'm excited to use my new notebook!
Make Projects That Work for Me
This one is more nebulous . . . As I've been reviewing my past makes and cleaning out my closet, I've realized that there are some things I never wore because they just didn't suit my style or lifestyle.
Some things I've made because I've seen them on other blogs and loved them on their makers, but didn't stop to consider whether they would work for me.
I've made lots of cotton "day dresses," but find I have nothing appropriate for the few occasions when we go to "events." But they also frequently don't work for when I go out for lunch or coffee with a girlfriend, as the weather can be pretty limiting here. I'm not saying I won't make any more day dresses, because I know I will - even when I was still buying RTW clothes, they were my favorite thing. But I'd like to start finding the holes in my wardrobe and working to fill those.
I've made plenty of items with fabric that is probably too "juvenile" for me, and thus I end up feeling self-conscious when I wear them. I've got a Big Birthday coming up soon, and I've been feeling like I'd like to start creating more classic and timeless garments which will also be more age-appropriate.
Make Some Pants
As I did my Top Fives for Hits and Misses, I realized that I didn't make a single pair of pants in 2013! Which is pretty ridiculous, because I wear pants all the time! Now that I've gained some knowledge and lost some of the fear around fitting, I'd like to work up some trousers to fill holes in my wardrobe.
Make a Tailored Blazer
I've made simple, non-tailored blazers before, but this year I'd like to delve into making a real, honest-to-goodness classic tailored blazer. I've got plenty of blazer patterns on hand, and I recently bought two tailoring books, so I'm ready to go. I love tailored blazers but have never had one that fit me well. (Now that I know how many fitting adjustments I need, I'm understanding why!) So I'm excited to learn how to do this so I can create my own.
Do 80% of My Sewing from Stash
Last but definitely not least! This one is so big, it's going to get its own blog post in a day or two! Suffice it to say, I've got a LOT of fabric, but not a lot of space in which to store it, so I need to start working from that stash.
|No, this is not all of it!|
Last year when I wrote my list of goals for 2013, I was kind of nervous about a lot of them - I felt they would really be a stretch and wasn't sure I could accomplish them. This year, a lot of the projects I sewed helped me accomplish those goals and at the same time, boosted my sewing confidence. Some of next year's goals are just as challenging, if not moreso, but I don't feel intimidated by them - the last several months have made me feel like I can sew whatever I want. It just might take some time and a bit of research to get there. And I'm cool with that. So come on, 2014! I'm ready!
**UPDATE** Lots of you seem to like my Project Notes page, so I've made it into a google doc to share. If you'd like to download it for your own use, use this link: Project Notes PDF