Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top 5 Reflections & Goals 2017

I'm finishing up this sewing year with some thoughts about 2017, and some of my goals for 2018.

First, some general reflections.

I was pretty busy overall this year with many things, and so didn't have tons of time to spend on my sewing. I really missed it, and need to stop getting so involved in unnecessary time-consuming things. As Danielle LaPorte says in her book The Fire Starter Sessions,

I also looked over my goals from last year, and I have semi-accomplished most of them. I did sew more from my stash this year -- I've only bought 2 new pieces of fabric in the last 3 months, for example, and both of those for specific projects. I've been enjoying finding forgotten treasures and using them. 

I watched a couple more of my Craftsy classes but then I also bought one more so I guess I'm still at the status quo there! But related to that I have kept learning new skills and finding new areas to fascinate me. And I did update this blog a little.

The one big fail from last year's goals was that I still have not made my husband anything at all. I have a Vogue waistcoat pattern adjusted to his size but have to cut a muslin and try it out now! Is that a 2018 goal? Maybe an unofficial one ;)

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So after a year of uneven levels of sewjo and time to create, 2018 is going to be ALL about making.

Here are my 2018 Goals.

1. Analyze my personal style so I can streamline my pattern and fabric choices for the most efficient use of time and resources

2. Related: reorganize my sewing area. It's a mess right now, even more than I can stand with my high levels of mess tolerance ;)

3. To inspire myself, I joined in the "50 Yard Dash" sewalong challenge on PatternReview. The goal is to sew 50 yards (or metres) of stash in 2018. I like this challenge because it fits in with my desire to use my stash but is open ended enough to suit my dislike of preplanning!

4. I also joined the "Dress A Month" sewalong on PatternReview. Since I mostly sew dresses I feel that this will keep me on track schedule-wise with something I already love doing.

5. Spend more time on my textile arts projects -- my new obsession and something which is very creatively fulfilling.

Bonus: Enjoy! Don't feel guilt about sewing time, fabric or pattern stashes etc. Just enjoy creating.

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  1. Happy New Year! Good luck with your goals -- I just want to find more time to sew and blog. Simple goal but challenging ...

    1. Annie, that's really the basis for all these goals, isn't it? Yes, just more time to sew -- and to blog about it -- I've been bad at that over the last few months!


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