I started getting more into sewing clothes in January 2019-so one year ago! Sewing has been a pretty big part of my life this year and so, just as I review how the last year has gone and set goals for the new year, I wanted to do the same with my sewing. This past year has been one of so much learning and growth-in almost all areas of my life. There have been some real difficulties and challenges but in looking toward the future, I really do want to keep learning and growing, again, in most areas of my life. Onward and upward, right?
One concept I’ve heard again and again in the sewing community is to sew for the holes in your wardrobe. It took me some time to realize it but now I can confidently admit that my wardrobe is one giant hole! A combination of moving, being pregnant, and having a postpartum body have all contributed to getting rid of lots of clothes and having lots of clothes that don’t fit quite right. I’m not much of a shopper and usually when I buy it’s because the article of clothing is on sale-not necessarily because I love it. As I’ve started thinking more about what my wardrobe is and what I want my wardrobe to be, I’ve realized that I have a long way to go. I’ve also realized that, instead of making all those unique and fun patterns that are out there, my focus really needs to be on basics for everyday use. The truth is that I’m at a point in my life where jeans and tee shirts are my go to and that’s what I need most in my wardrobe.
I also noticed that this December was crazy busy with sewing. Like too busy. Every spare moment I was either sewing or thinking about the sewing I needed to get done. I mean, it was brought on by my own choices (i.e. choosing to make pajama pants for the fam for Christmas) but it was just a little too much. So for this next year, I’ve also wanted to make sure that I’m keeping balanced. I think I often see the other sewing accounts I follow on Instagram and compare my output to theirs and I can get discouraged or get thinking that I need to make more than I am. But, truthfully, I’m happy with just one or two garment makes a month and filling my in between with English Paper Piecing or hand embroidery.
My two sewing-related goals this year are:
1. Improve my clothes sewing skills while maintaining balance in my roles as a mother and wife
2. Sew/craft more for our home
As far as clothes go, here are some of the things I’d like to make this year:
- Ginger Jeans (Closet Case Patterns) I got myself everything I needed to make some Ginger Jeans but after my twill muslin didn’t turn out super awesome, I kind of lost steam on making the denim version. I’m hoping the different fabric will turn out lots better.
- Maybemaybemaybe Ash Jeans (Megan Nielsen Patterns) I did quite a bit of research before buying the Ginger Jeans pattern but making them just made me curious about other jeans patterns. Are they all about the same? Are they totally different? I kind of really want to compare. For scientific purposes.
- Shirts. Lots of shirts. I’m talking tee shirts. For me and for Ben. For Ben I think I’ll use the Elbe Textiles Sage tee (it’s free) and for me I’m going to go with Hey June Handmade’s Union St. Tee. I’ve heard Robert Kaufman Dana Modal Cotton is the best. I guess this will be another experiment of sorts.
- Fitted chambray Arenite Pants (Sew Liberated) aka Denim joggers.
- I made Ben a button up for Christmas using Simplicity 1544. I see more of those in the future, including a short sleeve version.
- It’s been on my mind for about a year, and maybe this year I’ll actually do it. I really want a knee length Fulton Sweater Blazer (Alina Design Co.). I’m thinking it will turn into a Sunday staple.
- Another one that’s been on my list for awhile: the Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket. I got some twill for free, it’s a little heavier duty than I think what the pattern calls for, but I think it will work, even if it just turns into a muslin. I’ve been keeping an eye out for a lining that will match but haven’t found anything yet.
- I’ve turned it into a sewing tradition to make my family matching or coordinating outfits for Easter and this year will be no exception. Plans might change but right now I really want to make shirt dresses for me and the girls. I haven’t found a pattern for me yet, but for the girls I want to make the Ume Dress from Straight Grain (she has amazing little girl patterns!).
- It’s always been a dream of mine to have my mom embroider some fabric that I could turn into a dress. During the holidays I found the perfect gray linen and my mom embroidered it. It’s all ready to go and I cannot tell you how excited I am about it. I’m making a hacked Hinterland Dress (Sew Liberated) and you can be sure I’ll blog about it when I’m all finished!
- I feel like sewing for others (outside my little family) just kind of presents itself naturally throughout the year, for example, babies being born. Aside from that, I know I want to sew a Fulton for my sister-in-law. My sister requested I make her something, so I’ll figure that out eventually (maybe a Waterfall Raglan from Chalk and Notch). I would like to make something, maybe matching, for my sister-in-law and her girls. I’m leaning toward the Straight Grain Hoppe Jumpsuit for the girls but just can’t decide what that would leave me to make for my SIL!
And for the home:
- I’ve really been wanting to make a woven rag rug. Not the kind you braid and sew, but the kind you weave on a loom. A friend of mine made rugs for an etsy shop and her husband made the loom out of some 2x4s and nails. I think it could be awesome.
- Throw pillows. Can’t have enough of these, right?
- A Happy Birthday Banner. I wished we had one of these on Wendy’s birthday and I think a handmade one could be adorable and last a really long time.
- I have a specific embroidery for the girls’ room that I have in mind. Just have to draw it up and start going.
- I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but my La Passa is almost done. It’s been at my mom’s house since September. It has a border and is most of the way quilted. As soon as my mom finishes the quilting, it will just need binding! I’ve definitely fallen for English Paper Piecing so I already started up another project from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiore Quilts. Ben teased me when he saw me back at EPP but I really do love it. This pattern is way more straightforward and quick than my La Passa so maybe I could finish it this year!
When I make goals for anything I try to keep things in perspective. This is a pretty big list of things to make but I know that preferences, ideas, styles, etc. will change over the course of the year. Things might get kicked off the list completely or just put lower on the totem pole. And that’s fine. The point of the list is to have ideas and direction for when I need them.