Well that went quickly…

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
Knipmode trenchcoat
Closet Case Ginger jeans

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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 likdr evil memee 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…

Everything else
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


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26 thoughts on “Well that went quickly…

  1. notsewsimple says:

    I have very similar goals – more focus on things I know I will wear and must lose weight! I am going to copy your mini goals for January and try to focus on achievable steps each month! Good luck!



  2. jendavismiller says:

    Haha! I can collect my 10 points. This was a great post, many of us share that weight loss goal, myself included. Especially after just finishing The Month of Yes, wherein I said yes to every bite of food that was available. Loved your cooking goal! Good luck to you, and a very Happy New Year!


    • jennystitched says:

      Yay! The Christmas period is so indulgent, I’ve definitely eaten a few too many treats but I don’t regret any of them, life is too short not to enjoy it! I just need to make sure I eat a little better when it’s not Christmas haha! Happy New Year and thank you so much for your kind words xx


  3. bellecitadel says:

    Nice post! I can also identify with just about everything you outlined. Definitely need to lose weight and I reckon your 1lb a week for January is absolutely achievable, so go girl! 🙂 Glad to meet a fellow cheese lover too (glorious cheese, downfall of my hips). I too wish for a pair of Ginger jeans as they’re probably the one thing I have seen most people rave about and I love some of your other planned makes! Did you see Knipmode is giving away a free pattern right now? Think it’s still running… On travelling, phew, so many places eh? Warm and sunny with fabric shopping and great food, I can highly recommend India if that’s your kind of exotic place. Overall, sounds like you have super priorities – to relax and enjoy yourself. All the best for 2016!


    • jennystitched says:

      Thank you for your encouragement! I’ve seen so many great pairs of Gingers and I bought the pattern a few months ago when it was on offer, haven’t printed it out yet though. I did see the Knipmode offer! That’s where I got the trenchcoat pattern from – it’s just so cute and I’m not one to turn down a freebie!! I’d also reallllly love to go to India but it’s a little out of budget this year (keep buying more fabric, that’s my problem haha)


  4. Beth says:

    Wow, you have a lot of coats and jackets to make in 2016! Might as well go somewhere cold haha. How terrible to just HAVE to fly somewhere! I have no suggestions as I haven’t been abroad for about 10 years (OMG)… but I have heard France is good for fabric shopping?!


    • jennystitched says:

      Haha that’s a good point – I hadn’t noticed that. Now I like the idea of going somewhere snowy so I can make and wear the hooded coat! I’ll do some investigation about foreign fabric shopping, thanks for your suggestion 🙂

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  6. Danielle says:

    Hi! New follower on your blog 🙂

    Impressive list of garments to accomplish this year! Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

    I must say: the paragraph about losing weight described my predicament exactly! I know what you mean, you are not alone!!


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