I think I mentioned I’m not one for resolutions but like I did with my cooking goals, I think it would be good to write down some general items I’d like to make or skills I’d like to develop. In addition to some patterns I want to make, looking back on my 2012 finished objects definitely showed me some areas of improvement.
- Just jump in there! New sewing projects are daunting to me because I’m still a beginner. I need to just get over it and make things, knowing they won’t all work out.
- Clean up my sewing area. I’m fortunate to have enough room in the bedroom for my sewing machine and fabric. Unfortunately, my fabric has outgrown the plastic container I thought would be big enough. How naïve I was. We just moved up a hand-me-down cabinet which should be able to hold everything. The key – keeping it clean.
- Organize my patterns and use the ones I have. With the huge $.99 sales and all the great garments I see folks make online, I’ve bought tons of patterns, excited by all the possibilities. I need to stop buying them and use what I have.
- Make time for sewing most weeks. I know every week is not likely with my travel schedule but I want to make a more concerted effort, even if it’s 15 minutes at a time. I always think I need a huge chunk of time to make a lot of progress. Maybe I should approach it differently so I don’t put pressure on myself to finish in one or two sittings.
- Think twice, no, three times about that pretty printed fabric I want to buy. Even if it’s on super sale. Have a plan for the fabric. The bright fabrics I love in the store and the clothes I wear are very different. If I’m going to spend the time to sew, I want to make things I can wear often.
- Try to make pants.
- Make some wardrobe basics and casual summer dresses
- Take Craftsy classes (Sewing with Knits and Susan Khalje’s The Couture Dress). I already bought them when on sale for 50% off. I just need to watch them.
That should get me started!