It’s the season for year-end roundups, reviews, and Top 5 lists. I’m feeling a little lazy for all that. However, at the beginning of the year I set out what my sewing goals were for 2014. So I thought a follow up post was probably in order.
Of my 5 goals, I met 4 of them. Last year I said I wanted to: 1) Make a knit top or t-shirt; 2) Complete the Craftsy Jean-ius course; 3) Sew up some special wool that I bought in L.A.; 4) Try sewing a quilt; and 5) Work on balancing sewing time and exercise time.
#1 – I sewed a few knit tops and knit dresses.
What I learned was that sewing t-shirts is not satisfying for me (I like making dresses though). I wish it was, because they are so useful. But I’m just not happy with the quality of shirts I can produce. On most of the tees I’ve sewed, the double needle stitching has come undone. I’m not saying I will never sew another tee, because I know I will. But unless I commit to purchasing a coverstitch, I think most of my sewing time will be focused elsewhere.
#4 – Finally, I did a pretty good job of making time to exercise. I came up with a cheesy gimmick – my exercise carrot. The idea is that when the carrot gets full I’ll get a new sewing machine. It’s not quite full yet, but I’ve been making steady progress. I also discovered some new training methods this year that I love, including working with kettlebells and my pull up bar.
#5 – The thing I didn’t do was cut into my precious wool fabric. Honestly, I forgot about this one until I went back and read my post from last year. Oops. 🙂 For a hot second I thought I should try and whip it up into a skirt so that I wouldn’t feel like I failed. But I quickly realized that was stupid. I’ll cut into that fabric in due time.
I debated whether I should set sewing goals for 2015, and decided it’s useful to come up with a few things (if I remember them anyway). So next year I endeavor to 1) sew a wrap dress; 2) sew another tailored jacket; 3) draft a pencil skirt sloper; and 4) learn to use the gathering foot on my serger.
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you have a safe and happy holiday!