And now for the biggie! I’ve reflected on 2014, identified hits, misses and highlights and reflected on my sewing habits and processes. Now what am I going to do about it in 2015?
I treat my yearly goals as just that — goals, not hard and fast “must do or else I’ve failed” resolutions. These goals are things I’d like to focus on not just this year but just in general, but I also won’t beat myself up if they don’t happen.
1. Take my time.
I want to adopt more of a “slow sewing” mindset this year. Really take my time, enjoy the process, do nice finishes and get a great fit. Thanks to the fact that none of my clothes fit this fall (and some good Black Friday sales), I replaced most of my wardrobe so I have no urgent must-sew-now-or-I-won’t-have-a-shirt-to-wear-tomorrow needs. So this is a good time to do this.
2. Sew heirloom-quality garments
See goal #1. I’d love to make some classic pieces I can wear for years.
For example, I have some brown wool tweed and slate blue silk charmeuse that would make a great Rigel Bomber, and I’d love to tackle the silk-lined navy blue wool Dahlia that’s floating around in my head. Those would be pieces I could wear forever!
3. Learn to sew lingerie.
I have the new Watson bra pattern and the Marlborough bra pattern. Ever since I started buying my bras at a little boutique lingerie shop rather than a bigger store or chain, I have truly come to appreciate a good, well-fitted bra. It’s amazing what it does for your clothes!! I can’t go back. But those bras don’t come cheap and even the best bra will eventually wear out. The obviously solution to my bra obsession is to learn to make them.
4. Learn to knit cables.
I tackled color work this winter and it’s not anywhere near as hard as I had built it up to be. It’s pretty easy actually! I’m hoping cables give me a similar surprise.
5. Use these 12 stash fabrics.
I’m not going to set a goal to use specific patterns anymore — I’ll sew where the spirit moves me. But I don’t think it’s unrealistic to use up my prodigious stash this year. These are some fabrics that are far too nice to languish in a stash any longer.
Clockwise from top left: (1) navy blue wool crepe from Mood; (2) lilac linen crepe from Mood; (3) silk charmeuse from Michael Levine; (4) tie die jersey from Girl Charlee; (5) brown tweed wool from Mood; (6) Liberty of London silk bought on eBay.
Clockwise from top left: (1) lightweight cotton jersey from Britex; (2) camo double knit from Hart’s Fabric; (3) Liberty of London lawn; (4) light blue double gauze from Imagine Gnats; (5) navy and pink silk cotton blend from Drygoods Design; (6) my Ginger Jeans kit.
1. Money: Do something every day to improve my financial situation.
This may be something as simple as using a coupon or not hitting “submit” on that impulse order. I just want this mindset to become habit.
2. Relationship: Make it a priority to connect with my husband on a date of some sort at least once per week.
A weekly night out with a babysitter isn’t really in the cards (see goal #1) but there’s no reason a “date” couldn’t be pizza and a movie in the comfort of our own basement.
3. Blog: Blog on some sort of schedule.
My schedule will likely be one sewing post per week plus my Coffee Date Friday but some consistency would be nice.
4. Food: Do a Whole 30 every 6 months.
And I even know which months. January to “reset” after the holidays and June to “reset” after birthday month. In fact, we’re back at Whole 30 starting tomorrow!
5. Exercise: Do strength training or yoga 3 times per week and reinstitute the daily dog walks (my poor neglected pooch).
The daily walks are good for both me and Paco. He’s 14 1/2 and still going strong but needs more exercise to keep healthy. I benefit from the consistency of doing some sort of activity every day regardless of how crazy the day may be. And I really, really want to be strong and tight again. Back to the weights!