New Year's Resolutions: Heave Ho!1/13/2016
Sharing New Year’s Resolutions is like having an action plan. I secretly hope that posting it on the blog, publicly, will make me feel more realistic and responsible about my wishes and goals.
When I started blogging I tried embracing it all: participating in contests, buying fancy notions and fabric, taking classes or joining communities to say the least. It was an overwhelming experience. And although I would like to continue doing most of it this year too, I would like to be much more selective, focusing only on the most relevant and rewarding moments.
I will sew with a plan
In 2016, I am determined to sew only what I really need. I have an ambitious plan to make eight garments by the end of March, three of which are transitional pieces that can be worn until the end of April, and two can be worn throughout the year. Nice plan – just need to start working on it!
I will sew from my fabric stash
I own too much fabric. There are sewers who love their stash. My stash frightens me in a way. It constantly shifts my focus. I bought most of my fabric with ‘what if’ in mind, but when I am finally ready to sew it, it often turns into an ‘if-only’ experience. I have a few beautiful silk prints, for example, but the yardage is not enough to make a beautiful flowing summer dress. What was I thinking? So, why hoarding fabric at home, when I can always find a beautiful piece in a store, and, most importantly, when and only as much as I need. But before I get to this point, I need to drastically reduce my stash. Luckily, this season’s wardrobe plan can be accomplished using fabric I already have.
I will repair or upcycle damaged clothing
I started this year repairing two cashmere cardigans and other clothing for me and my family. It felt really good
(I am a
perfect housewife), not only because I was putting off this work for ages, but
mostly since quite a few rather expensive clothes can be worn again. Some
pieces need just a few stitches, others would benefit from more upcycling and
embellishment. Not only does it save money but also keeps my clothing away from
overstuffed landfills... ahem… most of the time it is boring, but I am a mature
adult and I care for money and environment… I do
I will use embroidery in my sewing
I upped my embroidery skills last year, but I haven’t yet used any of it on the clothing I made. Making all those beautiful stitches and placing tiny beads in a sample is one thing, but taking the responsibility of embellishing the actual garment is another. What if the color scheme or proportions (or both) don’t work? What if it is too much glam? … This year I really want to
stop being a coward change it. I am taking a risk! One of my next
projects is an embroidered skirt and I keep my fingers crossed…
I will be a good blogger
Finally, I would like to blog more frequently than I was able to in the past couple of years. The blogging fatigue is gone and ideas keep flashing through my brain… I will focus on sharing, posting tutorials, reviews and behind-the-seams post. I want to be an active member of our steadily growing online sewing community again... Gawd, it feels so lonely here without my New York sewing friends. Is anyone reading me in Cyprus??? Hello?
What are your New Year's Sewing Resolutions? Please share