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Top 5s of 2013! Goals

And now the last. Some goals for the new year!


I have so many plans and there isn’t enough time to do everything but I’ve put a few things down below that would make me happy to have a go at specifically in 2014. Hey these aren’t set in stone (just like last year!) but since you’re asking me about it…


1. Specific Big Hitter Items – Jeans (Kathryn, next time we meet up I’m totally going to bore you to death about Jean sewing as these are mid-construction and I can already see myself making more pairs), a proper button-up blouse (meaning one with a proper collar), a weekend or satchel bag and finally the perfect knit dress.


2. New Exciting Classes, events and exhibits – I want to take a screen-printing class, maybe a digital design class and definitely go to the amazing Couture Inside Out session at FTM (reviewed here by Janene) when it returns. I have to convince the Mr to take a trip to the Bowes fashion gallery. And most importantly I want to keep meeting up with the fabulous sewing ladies of the blogisphere.

3. Better blog photography – Now obviously I don’t have total control over this goal as I need a willing photographer to assist me but I’m getting him on board by being extra sweet to him! Hopefully we can put together some better photoshoots and show off a bit more of what Leeds has to offer while still showcasing my makes.

4. Spoonflower/Be Fab Creative printing – I’ve been teaching myself Photoshop during the past year and have learnt some fun techniques for creating repeating prints. I’d really like to try getting some of these printed up on fabric. I’m not saying they’ll be the most inventive genius designs the world will have ever seen but hopefully they’ll entertain me if no one else.


5. Attitude to goals and deadlines – My final goal is to not beat myself up if I don’t finish my goals or perfectly meet deadlines (heehee). It just seems silly to get upset over some self-imposed target. Saying that I know there are a few items I want to make this year that definitely do have firm deadlines so as long as I hit the bare minimum I’ll be happy with slipping on any others.

I really enjoyed doing these posts again this year. Thanks to Gillian for cooking the whole idea up!

Out of all the areas I have to say I find people’s inspirations and goals the two best areas. Things that inspire your fellow bloggers can totally lead to new inspirations for you. And seeing each other’s goals help you maintain perspective on realistic challenges to set yourself and see if your goals align with anyone elses! Instant moral support.

If you’re not writing a post on your goals for 2014 let me know in the comments what your plans are. I’d love to hear them!

(12) Comments

  1. Great goals! I am interested to see how the jeans go.
    Happy sewing in 2014 🙂

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Can’t wait to see your makes too. Already in love with your new floral number!

  2. I’m posting my goals today – just finalising the post!

    Yours are great – can’t wait to see those jeans!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks Jo! Looks like lots of people have trousers on the agenda!

  3. Well said! I’m always sparking off others goals! I am scared of jeans… I’ve had the Jalie pattern and Craftsy course for a loooooong time. It’s the fitting rather than construction that freaks me out!
    Fingers crossed our paths cross this year!

    1. almondrock says:

      I was amazed at the fit of the jeanius muslin I made (out of stretch denim that is). They fit like rtw which is a great confidence boost for yoyr construction and drafting skills before tackling fit enhancements. You can do it!

  4. Looking forward to seeing your fabric designs. I’d love to print/dye more fabrics – but it requires some planning & I’m always desperate to start sewing so don’t allow myself enough time. Like you I’d also like to take better photos – it seems a shame after all that effort not to get some good pics.

    1. almondrock says:

      Yes you’re right, when there is free time its hard to stop and plan designs when you could instantly jump into sewing! Look forward to seeing your makes this year!

  5. Looking forward to seeing your jeans! A bag sounds exciting. I also want to get some fabric printed this year – would be so cool to make something with a pattern you’ve designed yourself!

    1. almondrock says:

      I have some great bag fabric lined up. Will make it pretty fun. I look forward to seeing your 2014 makes and some fabric printed by you too!

  6. Ooh doll sounds like you’re cooking up some goodies. Well done you xxx

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks hunny! Your posts have been extra inspiring lately. Wonderful dresses and hairdos! Here’s to a great new year for both of us xx

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