Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Helloooooo 2013!

Wow, 2013! I can't believe it. It was only 13 years ago that we were welcoming the new millenium. I feel so old! Wahhhh!

So, what are my sewing goals for this year?

I don't want to feel that I need to make a certain amount of items per month like I did last year. Instead, I am going to learn to TAKE MY TIME on projects instead of rushing through and ending up with something dodgy. 
Resolution #1: Quality, not quantity!

When I first started sewing, I only made stuff for my kids. Then last year I decided to be selfish and concentrate on making clothes for myself. I've just realised that Jimmy is still wearing pants that I made him two years ago, so I'm going to start sewing for my kids again. I also want to start making gifts again. I'm ashamed to admit that I only have one handmade present this Christmas, and that was a pair of shorts for a 9-month old that took about 40 minutes!
Resolution #2: Sew for people other than myself!

I've made quite a variety of garments for myself, and looking back over the projects I made last year, there are definitely some styles that suit me and some that don't. That goes for colours as well. So now I want to stick to garments that suit me.
Resolution #3: Figure out what styles and colours suit me best and stick to them!

Like many sewists, I have an enormous stash of fabric. I don't know if there are actually people out there who ONLY buy fabric for a specific project, but I'm not one of them. If I see fabric I like, I will buy 2 or 3 metres of it, mostly with no idea what I'll use it for. So now I have a massive stash of fabric waiting to be used.
Resolution #4: Use fabric from my stash and only buy if necessary for a specific project!

Bring it on!!!!

I've already done #2 today- I made a library bag for Jimmy, who starts school in a month. I will post a pic soon.

Here's my last project for 2012 that I squeezed in on the 30th of December. It started off as a $2 dress from an op shop. I loved the skirt but it was clearly made for a teenaged girl as the bodice was too tight even for my tiny bosom. So I turned it into a deliciously twirly skirt. 

I drew in a slip for modesty's sake...


  1. I totally agree with you on taking your time with your sewing. I started doing just that late last year and sewing became much more enjoyable for me again instead of stressful if I didn't reach my goals.

    Happy new year :)

    1. Happy new year to you too!
      I kinda broke my rule already by deciding to make a top in less than a week, but it turned out okay!

  2. HAHAHA! love the last photo!!! You have inspired me to start sewing for myself, I lost my mojo when my boys weren't interested in mum made clothes anymore. So I am going to take up op-shopping and make myself some stuff.

    1. Good on you, Clarinda! What kind of stuff will you be sewing for yourself? Are you blogging again?