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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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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