2016 Sewing Resolutions

Happy New Year!  Sure, sure, I'm a couple days late... but I've been enjoying the peace & quiet around the house before heading back to work tomorrow.

With this project, I've managed to survive three whole months of no shopping!  Well... mostly.  I only bought things I can't sew (bras, undies, tights) but it still felt a bit like cheating.  Ah well!  I'll make up for it by sewing myself some underwear and a bra or two for good measure :)  I know I've been a bit lazy with keeping you all update with the blog... the last couple weeks before the holidays were crazy busy, and in my free time I just felt like vegging out.  I was also struggling a bit with some of my sewing, as I've had a couple things not turn out quite the way I was hoping and it was a bit discouraging.

So!  Like many other people, I've decided to give myself some sewing goals for the upcoming year, and the remaining 9 months of this project:

  1. PLAN AHEAD.  This is seriously the biggest one.  The most planning I've really done is figuring out what I'm going to sew with the fabric I buy - not the other way around.  I'll head out to the fabric store or shop online, with some ideas in mind, but then come home with more fabric than I need and no concrete plans of what I'm going to do with it all.  This goal can really be broken into a few sub goals:
    • Plan outfits that I will actually wear on a regular basis.  Compile patterns as required. Pick out suitable fabric.
    • Make a list of must have soon ("need now") items, and keep them at the top of the list. Sew the "want now" items after one of the "need now" items is done!
    • Keep track of clothing that is getting worn out, and plan ahead for a replacement.
  2. Make time to sew & blog.  Part of the reason things weren't getting done or I was rushed to finish up a few things was that I don't purposefully set time aside to both sew and blog.  I know I work best when I have a schedule - so why on earth have I not included my hobbies in that schedule?  I'm going to make an effort to set aside a couple chunks of time throughout the week to do both.  I'll still be flexible, but I find if I have time set aside for something, it will actually get done.
  3. Blog more regularly.  This goes hand-in-hand with #2.  I would really like to get a more regular readership, but to do this I know I need to blog more regularly!  The more I do it, hopefully the better the blog will get.  I also want to work on improving the quality of my posts - photos included!
  4. Sloooooowwww Doooowwwnn.  Again, this works in with #2.  I find that when I actually take my time with the clothing items I'm sewing, they turn out way better than the items I rush.  My sewing mantra this year will be "Quality over Quantity" (repeat ad nauseam).
I have a couple smaller goals floating around, but they all fit in to the above 4.  Hopefully I'll be able to keep myself in check with this blog, and I'll keep you up to date with my progress.  If you have any New Years Sewing Resolutions, I'd love to hear about them in the comments!