Finishing off this year with some reflections on my sewing journey in 2018, and some goals for 2019.
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First, some reflections.
Just like last year and the year before, I have to remind myself that contests and competitions are just not my sewing jam. Unless I'm already making something that will incidentally also fit into a contest theme, they just kill my sewjo. Every time. I put off making the Thing, and then put off starting anything else since the Thing isn't being worked on. Friendly sewalongs or themes, yes -- contests, no, not really!
I really didn't blog much this year at all. Perhaps it was because I was quite busy; perhaps because I wasn't sewing all that much, really -- and partly it was just time. Writing good blogs does take time, and I was super busy over at my book blog with many posts this year -- I was spending more time on reading challenges than sewing ones, I think. I have to figure out how to balance things out a little better and take time for myself and my own projects more often!
Still haven't tackled menswear, either. In the last year, I've fitted and muslined a waistcoat for my husband. Time to actually make one! In related news, I picked up the Thread Theory Belvedere Waistcoat pattern on Black Friday this year -- actually the only pattern I bought. So time to get stitching.
Looking at last year's stated goals, I've met some of them. I joined 2 sewalongs on PatternReview -- the 50 Yard Dash, which was super inspiring (I sewed up 51 yards - well, actually, meters - this year) and the Dress a Month, which was mainly a success. While I didn't hit every month, I did make 14 dresses in total so that equals out.
I haven't reorganized my sewing area nor have I analyzed my personal style. But I've only held on to the first as something I actually want to do. So overall, the year wasn't too bad. I did notice that my sewing output dropped in the fall, along with any other kind of output. I must remember that I get busiest in Sept/Oct workwise, and also that my motivation for much of anything always drops during this time, no matter what I try.
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1. Reduce Stash -- I'm signing up for the 50 Yard Dash Sewalong on PR again; it was really helpful to keep me on track in 2018. This means that I want to sew mainly from stash this year and reduce the piles of fabric in my sewing area. And I also want to reduce my fabric purchasing until I get a handle on the stash.
2. Make some Menswear -- the Sewcialists are having a menswear theme for their February sewalong so perhaps this will give me some extra incentive to get that waistcoat going! If not there is always December's Menswear contest at PR...oh yes, a contest...what did I just say about those?
3. Craftsy Classes -- finish watching them and work through the technique ones. I'd better do this before Craftsy, Bluprint, or whatever they call themselves next decide to take away class access -- one never knows!
4. Textile Art -- spend more time on this and enter a few more shows this year - I have 4 potential shows which are pretty evenly spaced out so this gives me a tentative schedule to work with!
5. Blog more! - I really want to be more present on my blog and share more of my process, both with garment sewing, textile arts, and sewing related reading. Also I want to keep running my own challenge, the Literary Sewing Circle (next one scheduled to begin in mid-to-late January!)
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And what about you? Do you like setting goals, objectives, or just overarching themes for your year? Do you prefer to freestyle? I'm trying to get a little more organized, a little more focused, in 2019. We will see!