Happy new year everyone! As I write Gary has opened all of the doors and windows to blow the new year in throughout the house. I love this custom, I love the significance of the new year and the opportunity to make a fresh start and set out some intentions.
Now I haven’t reflected on 2012 properly yet, and with such a lot of blogging to catch up on will make this a catch all: mini review and look ahead, all in one.
My running stats show that I’ve a new level of commitment & always astound me:
I’ve been on 109 runs in 2012, run for over 83 hours, covered a distance of 483.5 miles & burned off over 55,000 calories. Yeah! That feels good! All set for 2013 on that score….just need to get over my grotty cold
My 2012 sewing year has been following a practical route, filling wardrobe gaps but with the addition of the odd whim, but making 62 things for me. As a consequence it’s felt like a year of sewing separates, illustrated below:
When compiling this I was shocked to see just how many tops I’ve made (26 in total, a couple yet to be blogged). I was also surprised that my dress count was higher than I expected (8) as to me it feels like far fewer – I am currently suffering from an apparent N.E.D syndrome (Not Enough Dresses). Dolly Clackett, can you advise?
So I’ve seen that there have been lots of very interesting “Top 5 makes” (both hits & misses) being blogged which is a great idea, but challenging! What are the criteria to help you decide? If you are like me, what passed earlier in the year, in different weather, feels out of reach & I am drawn to newer makes which I have been wearing a lot. However, I shall focus on 5, but will cheat a bit & apply it to patterns as opposed to garments. This feels sensible for me, since the success of a garment is dependent on the style, fit & pleasure in making it up with the feeling at the end that you want to make more. What better sign of success? So based on that, I am also surprised (but it’s very logical) to see that Sewaholic Patterns is by far the winner (& they are all inde patterns). Here starts my 5:
Sewaholic Renfrew cleans up & is an obvious choice. I have made 9 this year including one gift for my Mum (which she hadn’t realised was made by me until she looked for the care label!!!) & an as yet unblogged but awesome fleece version. I have been loving my merino version & the plain grey marl one also gets pulled out weekly.
(hopefully clicking through all of the pics will take you to the original post)
Sewaholic Thurlows- I have only made one pair but they fit like a dream & are exactly the kind of trousers I love – suitable for work & yes, even not work. They can be dressed up or dressed down & as soon as I finished them (as part of Lladybird’s sewalong) I wanted to launch myself into making more.
Sewaholic Cambie Dress – I have made two of these, and was lucky enough to be a tester. They fit so well & are adaptable to different occasions – work & play time when I want to make a bit of an effort. I feel so girly in the full skirted version & have worn the polka dot A line version heaps to work.
Colette Violet blouse- I have made four so far & am basing my current make on it with some redrafting (oooh…exciting!!). I just love its styling: Peter Pan collar, easy pretty fit, & whilst I mainly wear it to work, I LOVE wearing it to work. It also featured as my One Week, One Pattern (OWOP) item…
By Hand Charlotte skirt – this is a new comer, so why did I chose it? Well, I have to say that it’s another pattern that I adore, & my second version is already cut out. I have worn this to work & also on a Sunday. It works both ways- work & play (I think I am spotting a hidden criteria for having chosen my top 5).
But can I also give a couple of other big shouts to those things that wanted to be in my top 5. First of all big shout to Maria Denmark’s patterns as her tops (of which I have three: Birgitte tee, Day to Night Drape Top & Kimono Tee) are SO versatile & fit into my work/ play wardrobe perfectly.
I also want to make another Victory Patterns Hazel dress as every time I wear it (usually to work) it gets complimented & being jersey is great for wearing when I have to get changed into fitness gear & stuff it in a bag to take home – much easier than separates, & a bit more robust being jersey.
So that’s last year’s leaders. But then on top of the sewing, what else have I discovered this year? Why, I have a fondness for a spot of tomfoolery !
This blog has provided me with an excuse to mess around and I’m so grateful to everyone who reads this blog and tolerates me in my silliness….let me tell you I am suitably encouraged to carry on in 2013 and have a few ideas up my sleeve. Sewing’s fun, right? And so is blogging and connecting with this wonderful world of like minded sewing and crafting enthusiasts.
So in 2013 I shall not make any resolutions but have pondered about how to carry on the good work in alignment to being clearer about my lifestyle preferences for this coming year (with the aim to develop them as habits). In a few words, there is too much clutter in my life in general, books that I don’t need that gather dust, clothes that I don’t wear, kitchen cupboards containing jars with sell by dates as old as my cat. “Things” get in the way both physically but even more importantly psychologically. It’s time to get more minimalist, clear out clutter, & in terms of sewing, get a lean mean fighting fit wardrobe filled only with quality well fitting clothes. That means getting rid of the things I don’t wear any more and concentrate on quality not quantity. Reduce sentimentally clinging to things because “I made it”. I feel I’m getting there, but will I ever finish? I think I am aiming to reach that critical mass, where I feel I don’t have too much but equally most everyday occasions are well provided for. This requires thoughtful planning & buying so that I have that nirvana-wardrobe with outfits rather than singular garments. (Remember the rule of 3)
It feels organic & an on-going process. At some point I will be able to take out as I add – this will be an indication that I’m closer to my goal. However, too much planning & order would make me VERY unhappy, so not to deny my need to be spontaneous & frivolous completely I am going to permit myself a fanciful & fun makes allowance.
So what this translates into in a more nutshell like form is:
- Quality not quantity – including attention to detail & thoughtful planning
- Be more scared (ie use that more expensive fabric, tackle more complicated garments, bigger projects, get closer to perfecting fit)
- Carry on the blogging fun (a catch-all for some ideas I have been brewing up :-) )
- Sew a dress a month
There. What do you think? I am already pretty clear about the immediate items in my “quality” list & will share them in a later post. As the title says, Bring it on 2013! Let’s make it a cracking year.