Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015....Sewing Plans

When you feel like you haven't accomplished much during a year (sewing-wise), make a collage like these....


When I look back at 2014, I see some definite trends.  I added bag-making to my repertoire.  Surprisingly, I'm actually enjoying it.  I'm using patterns mostly from Swoon Patterns.  There's a very active Facebook group associated with this pattern designer, and it certainly makes it more fun to join in.

Of course, my Oliver + S sewing continues to dominate.  It really helps when you can buy a pattern, and sew it up in your best fabric and be sure it will go together well, and fit the way it's supposed to.  Unfortunately, I made a bunch of the same patterns over and over again.  Which leads to my resolutions.

I am joining in with a bunch of other folks at Sew Not Perfect in their goal to "Sew Your Pattern Stash 2015".  There are monthly themes, which will kind of force me to make some of these lingering (in my head) projects that haven't been done.  For example, month 1 is "Women".  Why, when I have no clothes barely, do I not sew for myself?  There's a ton of excuses - big people clothes use up way more fabric than little people clothes, I'm not comfortable with fitting myself, etc. etc.  Mostly, for work, I wear jeans, construction work boots.  I do need some tops - generally, I wear very comfortable knit tops from Target - when they fall apart, I just buy a new round.  I'm pretty darned sure that I can make myself a knit top.  I have the family t-shirt pack from Oliver + S - seriously, why have I not made one of these?  So, that's on my sewing agenda for month 1.

So, without further ado, here's my 2015 grand plan:

1.  Make something on the agenda for "Sew Your Pattern Stash 2015" every month
2.  Try very hard to make a Christmas gift every month
3.  Make a project with my embroidery machine every month
4.  Don't buy the child any clothes

I know I can accomplish #1.  #2 and #3 are more iffy.  #4 should be no problem.  I did buy her some clothes for Christmas, but really for the most part, everything she wears is either a hand-me-down, something I made, or something that someone else gifted her.

If you're interested in joining in the Sew Your Pattern Stash 2015, here's the list of the projects:


Happy New Year to all!!!!!

11 comments:

  1. Wow! You really accomplished a lot! Love all the pictures and what a great idea to make a collage of the year. Glenda stood out to me right away. "She" is my first bag and I made two this year. Love that pattern! Handbag making is more fun than I imagined. Great goals for the year. Can't wait to see what you make in 2015!

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  2. Wow, you were really busy this year! That's a pretty amazing collection of handmades. I like your goals for the new year too, and I'm looking forward to seeing the results.

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    1. Thanks Charity! I'm hoping that my resolutions will become reality; in fact, I may want to add a couple more!

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  3. So much great sewing Janice. I love the strong colours and lines you use in your garment sewing for Julia. Go for it with the Metro T, I'm sure you'll be happy with your own T-shirts.
    Thanks so much for your support of the LTTS Cover to Sew Cover Challenge this year.
    I look forward to seeing what you do with that challenge list, I could play along almost every month by that schedule, but I know I'm prone to getting distracted!
    Best wishes for the new year.
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks Shelley - I'm hoping that the list will keep me from being distracted! I may post it above my sewing machine to remind me....

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  4. You have sewn a TON! And I love this idea to sew your pattern stash, I might need to go join up too! That's one of my first goals for 2015 - sew the patterns I have before buying new ones! HA. We'll see.

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    1. Thanks Inder - yeah, the pattern stash challenge is a great idea. Come to find out, I actually don't have that much of a problem with patterns. Fabric is a different story....

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  5. Happy New Year! You can absolutely make yourself your own t-shirts and they'll be wonderful.;) The list looks like a fun way to keep yourself on track to use patterns from your stash. I can't wait to see all that you make in 2015!

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    1. I actually just finished my first me-made t-shirt and it shockingly fit perfectly - so, now I'm looking at my stash for more to sew....so excited!

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  6. Thats an awesome list!! Thats for the info about the group! Im going to check it out.

    My main goals are to make something for myself each month, which means i have to learn an FBA and figure out how to alter patterns to make them nursing friendly and decrease my stash by at least half (it's ridiculous). So far all ive done this year is add to my stash haha

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    1. Oh! And i cant wait to see what you make this year! You always make such wonderful things!

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