Now it’s time for some naval-gazing to review my year with reflections, inspirations and goals
- My second year of sewing didn’t go too badly. I started blogging; kickstarted by participating in Me Made May. I worked on key skills like neatness and calm efficiency; mostly helped by my buying a serger which has made a massive difference to the quality of my garments. And I practiced fun techniques such as french seams, invisible and exposed zips, sewing in sleeves flat and drafting my own Peter Pan collars.
- I’ve been quite naughty with my fabric and pattern stash but comparative to other sewers I think I’m doing okay on that front. It’s still fairly contained and tidy but has definitely grown exponentially!
I discovered pinterest this year. I have pinned so much since I joined. Its awesome fun! I also recently started to get full on addicted to Modcloth which fuelled further pinning.
I have also been really inspired reading about Edith Head’s career and I love Project Runway for its endless creativity and humour.
I’m so so impressed that my friend Charlotte is starting up her own business as a professional seamstress after years of teaching. She is going to do brilliantly.
Finally and most obviously I have been most thankful for the wonderful blogs I read with so many talented sewers and pattern makers out there to draw inspiration from.
Right, 2013 is the year I get serious.
- Tailored jacket course. I have been gifted a 2 day Chanel style jacket making course which will hopefully produce a sophisticated jacket and teach me tailoring skills.
- Blouses. Collars, buttonholes, cuffs… I’m gonna conquer them all!
- Jersey. I want to make lovely jersey items as they are so comfy and flattering. Feedback indicates tension issues may be the reason for my jersey fails this year. Surely this is achievable in 2013?!
- Sew with more cotton. Sounds simple enough right? So why do I keep gravitating to chiffon, crepe and polyester?? Cotton may be my new best friend in the new year.
- Stop rushing. I need to stop imposing stupid short deadlines on myself and take longer so I make fewer mistakes. I have been good at trying this throughout the year but feel I can get better at calm efficiency with more practice.
As I read everyone’s reflections of the sewing year I notice excellent throughput and similar tales of joy and woe.
Now I want a go!!! Here are my hits, misses, reflections, inspirations and goals!
1. Twinkle skirt – still not hemmed and mega frumpy
2. Tartan 6808 – cut a big slash in the back bodice when being careless
3. Fish print dress – Something about the fit or the length just isn’t right but I adore the fabric
4. Little Red Lace Dress – Too smart for work but too prim for parties
5. Not-so-sexy Sadie – Already falling apart due to poor jersey sewing skills
Stay tuned for more in part two!