Monday 6 January 2014

New Years resolutions

I know I'm a little bit late to this party but anyone who knows me will confirm that this is totally true to form so please be patient with me.  There are so many resolution and round up posts floating around in the blogging world that I wanted to get on board. I love Gillian from Crafting a rainbow's top 5 idea but I haven't really been sewing long enough to have 5 things in each category so I'm providing a bit of a mish mash.
  • Top 5 Reflections: What did you learn about yourself or sewing this year? 
  • Top 5 Inspirations: What books, people, blogs, trends etc motivated you this year?
 A combination of my top 5 reflections and inspirations:
1) 2013 saw me start my own sewing blog which has been one of my highlights of this year and has motivated me to practice and expand my skills.  I'm really grateful to Katy for encouraging me/badgering me to set it up.

2) Sewing more of my own clothes has made me think about my personal style and what it is I like to wear.  I hope to use this knowledge to make a more wearable but totally me wardrobe.

3) When I love a pattern I am quite happy to repeat it, I have made 4 versions of the lady skater so far, so from now on, I should focus better on what I wear and whether a pattern will really work with my size and shape and be a wearable part of my wardrobe before purchasing!

4) My total lack of comprehension over all things technological is not going to cut it if I want to be a proper part of the sewing community.  I need to work out pinterest, flickr etc.  When I do I know I'll love them and it will give me even more inspiration but I have the fear of the completely unknown at the moment.

5) This feels like a total cop-out but the biggest inspiration has to be all the other wonderful bloggers out there.  So many of you have been an inspiration in one way or another in the last few months and I just want to say thanks to all of you, who are sadly too numerous to name.

  • Top 5 Goals for the New Year
1) Make more!  However there are caveats to this as I want to end up with lovely items that I can wear lots so I am also resolving to but a bit more thought and preparation into the garments that I make so that I end up with fewer frustrating, wasted garments this year.

2) Learn more about fabrics.  I currently don't know all that much about fabrics which can be a challenge, particularly in winter, when I want a fabric that is warm but also has a good amount of drape.  This kind of fits in with my thought and preparation resolve above as picking the correct fabric will make my makes better.

3) Get better at fitting.  All my resolutions so far are connected.  If I make items that fit me well I'm much more likely to wear them.

4) Take part in 'me made May' this year   

5) Become a more adventurous refashioner.  Being environmentally aware is important to me and although I really don't buy many clothes, the fabric consumerism I've been doing in the last few months is not great so I would like to work harder at reusing old items of clothing to create wonderful new garments.

Happy 2014 everyone, I hope your personal and sewing dreams come true this year!

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