Happy New Year everyone!!
Have you made any resolutions? I don’t tend to make them… I’ve never kept one. A year is a long time!
But what I have decided to do is jump on the bandwagon and make some little promises to myself to either improve my sewing or broaden my skillset.
I feel that I have improved a lot since April when I started sewing regularly. I’ve started dressmaking, for one! I’ve made bias binding; I’ve sewn with a few tricky fabrics; I’ve made gifts I’ve been happy to give. [I’ll share some of these soon!] But I still have some way to go until I consider myself a fully fledged seamstress!!
So here are the things I propose to accomplish this year:
Sew something every week. Finish a project and start another. Just keep sewing all year!
Use A LOT of the fabric from my stash before buying new. This means I need to make some small things because I have a lot of fabric about the size of fat quarters but not a lot that’s bigger than 1m. I don’t have a big stash compared to a lot of other bloggers, but I also don’t have a big house!!
Make a quilt. That’ll use some small bits up 🙂
Refashion a few items I have hanging around – a (stretchy!) maxi skirt, a sweatshirt, some t-shirts.
Make my daughter a costume for World Book Day instead of sticking her in a ready-made one (unless her favourite book is genuinely one of which she already owns a costume for!) [Never have I done this!]
Sew with knits. Make a Coco dress and/or top like everyone else in the sewing world!
Try some embroidery. The little bundle of embroidery skeins that came in my Sewing Santa gift really was the little push I needed to try embroidery. I have embroidered in the past – years ago – but I have never actually embroidered a whole picture. I have done some little cross stitches in the past, actually… you can make really sweet motif etc., can’t you. And I will this year!
And a bit of studying when my hands need a rest: learn more about different fabric types. I learnt everything in school but remember very little of the jargon now. I do find it hard to buy the right fabric for dressmaking.
I think that’ll do! Oh, one more – finish a project before starting another one!! Ha, I will try!
So will you make some sewing resolutions? I wonder if I could pinch any more ideas…