Over the last few weeks you may have seen my posts on the #Top5Hits and #Top5Misses from my sewing this year. And I have to say I’m really pleased with what I’ve done this year. And looking back at my New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve done pretty good against them too. I set myself 5 things to try: 1) Bras √ 2) Coats 3) Jeans √ 4) Cardigans √ 5)Sportswear √. I didn’t get around to a coat , nor did I use up my fabric stash (in fact it’s grown so much I had to get more shelving) and I haven’t touched my knitting. But I’m still really happy to have ticked off the other things to try. So for 2017 my goals are:
- Make a coat: Seeing as I didn’t get to this while it was on my list last year and I’m really keen to learn some skills in this area, I decided that this should be at the top of my list. I’m dying to make myself a little tweed version of the Manteau Ernest from Republique du Chiffon, and of course the Robson Coat pattern from Sewaholic remains on the list.
- Make a blazer: Similar to a coat I know – but because I’ve wanted to make myself one for ages and it would meet a different wardrobe need* I decided to make it a goal in its own right. I’m thinking of the Bellatrix blazer from Papercut – with a faux leather collar (which may prove totally incompatible with the pattern). Or the Gabby Woven Jacket from Sew Arc.
- Make more menswear! I’ve made G. a few shirts in this year (as well as in the past). And he love’s wearing things I’ve made him, so I decided to up my game and expand into other menswear, such as trousers and sweatshirts. I really love the look of Thread Theory’s patterns and plan to make the Jedediah Pants and Finlayson Sweater.
- Slowly replace all my store bought clothes (as they wear out) with Me-Made items. I bought myself very few things this year and did a great job replacing much of my very old and holey underwear with new Me-Made underwear. So over the next year any new clothes I might need* will be Me-Made (aside from socks, tights, shoes and rain gear).
- Try new things, learn new techniques and focus on improving my skills!
Bring on the New Year and plenty of sewing adventures!
*First world problems I know as I really don’t need any of these things. But it makes me happy so I’ll claim a mental health need.