2015 is over. Where did that year go?! For me it was a year of ups and downs, for sewing and life in general, but on the whole it was a pretty good year.
I’ve seen lots of posts over the last few days from people showing the good the bad and the ugly from the last 12 months which have been brilliant to read, and although I too have made several complete duffers this year, I haven’t really made enough to be able to show you 5 of each! Instead, I wanted to share my goals with you for the forthcoming year, for both sewing and… well, everything else!
The first one – sew more! I have a small but ever growing list of things I would like to make. I want to continue to focus on making things that I’m actually going to wear, instead of making another dress that lives on a hanger after I’ve hemmed it. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl at heart and separates just work better for me. My list isn’t exhaustive by any means – as I type this I know I have several more projects scrawled in a notebook that I want to complete. Let’s see how many of the following I can tick off by 2017!
So far on the list:
Simplicity 1590 1950s vintage blouse
Named Alpi chinos
Simplicity 1254 hooded coat
By Hand London Victoria blazer
Itch To Stitch Lindy petal skirt
Burda 6875 blazer
Simplicity Amazing Fit 1696 trousers
Closet Case Ginger jeans
Second on the list – spend proper time on my blog. I love being able to get involved with the sewing community after years of feeling completely alone in my hobby and I want to take more care with my posts – take better pictures and write better posts for you guys to read. Maybe even post regularly, although I’m not sure I can sew that fast anymore! There are so many possibilities of things I could make or write about but at the end of the day this blog is something that I really enjoying doing (way more than I ever anticipated) and I want to share my experiences, successes and disasters with you, so if there is anything you would like to see more of on the blog apart from my normal ramblings, please let me know in the comments below or via instagram!
Third on the list – learn how to make digital PDF patterns and grade them properly…
In normal every day non-sewing life there are so many things I would like to achieve this year! Last year Hayden and I planned to cook every recipe from front to back in the cookbook from Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey. We made it to Vietnam, and a very tasty journey it was too! Maybe this year we will actually complete it…?
I want to travel to a new country. My mum and dad gave me flight vouchers for Christmas which need to be used by the end of 2016 so I’m just going to have to go on holiday somewhere! Any suggestions? I’m up for a fabric shopping trip somewhere warm and sunny…
I really want to be a bit healthier, do more exercise and lose some (lots) of weight. It’s that age old, clichéd resolution that everybody swears that ‘this is going to be their year‘ and I’ll even admit to making and breaking this one a few times in the past. But in truth I am unhappy and uncomfortable at this current weight and I do need to make some changes. I’ve got a fair bit to lose to be at a healthy weight (I don’t look as heavy as I am, I like to think I’m densely packed, like dates at Christmas) and I actually do like exercising. Just need to stop being so bloody lazy… I also want to see if losing weight/toning up makes my body easier to fit new projects to. Maybe I could make some active wear!! So this year I’m not setting a yearly goal to achieve this one. I’m going to do monthly goals instead, break it all down into smaller, less daunting chunks. January’s goal is to workout 3 times a week and to lose 4lb. I reckon both are achievable without drastically changing my entire life – just eat better food and move my bum a bit more!
This has turned out to be quite a long rambling post so 10 house points if you made it to the end! I’m going to eat all the cheese in the house before midnight, in the name of emptying the fridge, of course…
Happy New Year everyone! Can’t wait to see what you guys make this year! xx