Now that I have rejoined the realms of the living and (non-stuffy) breathing, it’s time to ponder the future.
This year, my goals are simple.
1. Continue to Sew a Wardrobe
If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you can read up on this project here. I’ve given it its own page because this is what my sewing is all about now: building a small, versatile, remixable wardrobe that I actually want to wear.
(Well, well, well–look who else is interested in building wardrobes. I’m very curious to see what new ideas they bring to the table.)
2. Fit a few basic patterns
I’m kind of stealing this idea from both Lucky Lucille and Fashion incubator (via A Fashionable Stitch), but I really think that choosing a handful of patterns to fit that can be modified into just about anything else (or used to compare the fit to new patterns) is a really great idea. One that will work out much better for me than slaving away over a dress block. I’ve already started choosing the patterns that I’ll work with, and I’m really excited to get to work on this project. Luckily, I’d already planned on using three of them in my next round of wardrobe sewing.
3. Revamp the blog
I’ve been chatting on and off with my friend Hunter about giving the blog a makeover for a few months now. My goal is to implement some cosmetic changes by March.
4. Sew a little every day
As it turns out, sewing for at least 20 minutes every day is harder than you might think. It takes planning and discipline. The planning is easy–the discipline, not so much. But, if I’m going to stay productive even when I’m busy, that’s what it’s going to take.
5. Take more, more, more pictures of all the things
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I have an Instagram account that I rarely use any more. I never think to snap a few shots while I’m in sewing progress. I always have a backlog of posts waiting on pictures. And if photography is something I want to get better at, then it’s something I’ll need to practice.
6. Embroider steadily
I really love embroidery. I have a wall in my room that I wish to entirely cover with embroidered pieces. Right now, it’s a small but random assortment–but the randomness makes me happy. The key is to choose projects that are not so long that I lose interest.
Contrary to my nature, these goals all seem rather open-ended. I mean–there’s not really a way to accomplish “continue to sew a wardrobe” is there? I just feel that this is the way to go this year. I find that I’m releasing the stringent standards I used to hold myself to (Sew multiple muslins for every garment! Never sew the same pattern twice in a row! Dress like a ModCloth employee! Draw from scratch a dress block so I can make my own patterns even though I’ve only been sewing for a year! Blog daily! Be inspiring!). Instead, I embrace practical creativity, peaceful sewing, and the wearable wardrobe they produce.
So what about you? If you were to accomplish just one thing this year, what would it be?
Here’s to a year of sewing what we love!