Along with my usual resolutions (exercise more, save more money, be more organised, stop biting my nails…) this year I’m making some sewing resolutions too.
If you gave me a blank page and a few minutes to think, I could fill it with endless lists of patterns to try and techniques to learn. Instead of a tick list of tasks, my sewing resolutions for 2017 are more like general principles to apply to all my projects in the coming year.
With two exceptions, all of my 2016 makes have turned out wearable, so it’s time to stop worrying about wasting expensive supplies and start investing in quality fabrics and notions. My Breton top hardly gets worn anymore because the £2/m fabric is bobbling like crazy. It was ok for a practise run but, in hindsight, was total false economy because it needs replacing already. Lesson learned.
Make A Toile
This one’s a no-brainer. This year I’m planning to attempt some more complex garments so checking the fit before I cut into nice fabric, especially if I stick to my first resolution, will be more important than ever. This’ll be a real challenge for me because I’m the impatient type. I also hate cutting out and the thought of doing that twice over really doesn’t appeal. That said, the thought of making a whole coat/trousers/shirt that doesn’t fit appeals even less, so it’s toiles all round!
Use the stash
Over the last few months I’ve amassed a huge collection of patterns and my pile of fabrics is stacked so high that it topples over at least once a week. I’ve more than enough stuff to keep me going for at least a year, so I’m going to try very hard to “shop” my stash when I’m picking my projects in the next 12 months. I’m not going on a total spending ban, partly because its completely unrealistic, and mostly because I’ve already chosen my #2017makenine, which you can see over on my Instagram. I don’t have any of those patterns so a bit of shopping is unavoidable! I recently read this great post from Monkey Socks Learns To Sew about stashes and felt really inspired to work my way through mine. It’s my biggest goal for the year to enjoy using what I already have.
Have you made any sewing resolutions for 2017?