2016 was a big year in my world. I made lots and lots of things….including a human (a baby boy in July)! I was serious about sewing this year – I lost count at 33ish garments: roughly 23 tops, 3 skirts, 4 shorts/pants, 3 dresses, and probably a few I’ve forgotten. There were definitely lots of easy garments in that number but I made significant strides to increase the percentage of me-mades in my wardrobe. (#MeMadeMay – I’m ready for you this year!) And I learned a lot along the way:
- I wear a lot of black and grey and blue. I think I could do with more variation but I think I’ve finally learned how to buy fabric for garments that I will actually wear. Yay – that took a while!
- I love knits, you guys. Full steam ahead on the knits! Sewing knits on my sewing machine was a game changer this year. Seriously inspired, seriously upped my knit neckline game.
- I like to make multiples. And basic patterns are my favorite. This year, I made 5 patterns three times. I perfected things as I went and was able to sew things more quickly when the steps were fresh on my brain.
- Quilting cottons…hmmm. I have some of these in my stash with garments in mind but I think I’m finally ready to admit that I wear these garments less.
And with that in mind, I’m looking to 2017. I have lots of various goals in play – to make a few dresses, to work on skill building, to sew from my stash, to work on a few more complicated projects, etc. But I think I’ll still largely be focused on basics and knits. And I want to keep things simple and attainable because with three young kids, I have to be reasonable. Here’s what I’m thinking:
1. Keep sewing. Simple enough, right? Sewing in 2016 was healing in many ways – one of the ways I was able to give back to myself both in what I created and in the process of creating. I’m not sure I’ll be able to match my numbers in 2017 but I’m happy with the place sewing has taken in my life. And I hope to continue to carve out time for it, however little that may be. I also think I need to consolidate my efforts to make the most of my time. I’m thinking work on multiple garments at the same time and plan cutting sessions, main construction steps sessions and hemming sessions maybe?
2. Take better pictures. I sew a lot at night. Taking a quick snap right as I finish something is so tempting, but this year, I’m going to put more energy into my photos – as in, wait until daylight. And maybe even do my hairs.
3. Sew a jacket. Nothing lofty in mind here but I’ve been eyeing a few possible patterns and some lovely wool options. Sure, I’d love to add a swimsuit, jeans and a bra to the list for 2017 but a jacket would suit me just fine. One challenge at a time!
And that’s it. Thanks for following along! What’s on your list for 2017?
(Garments above, left to right, top to bottom: Ryan Top by Whitney Deal, Penny Raglan and Driftless Cardigan and Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio, Luna Pants by Made by Rae, Lou Box Top by Sew DIY, Isla Dress by Made by Rae, Ryan Top by Whitney Deal)