New Years Sewing Resolutions 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We hope that you have all had lovely Christmases and are feeling ready to take on 2017. To give you all a little inspiration we have asked some of your favourite bloggers and designers to share with us their sewing resolutions for the year.
2016 was all about healing and discovery for me: recovering from a big personal loss, figuring out where I’m headed, and asking myself how my life as a sewer and patternmaker fit into those plans. I embarked on a six month Wardrobe Architect project and took time to think thoughtfully about what I make, own, and wear. 2017 will be about taking those ideas further, as I continue to purge my stash, whittle down my possessions, and sew projects with a plan, so they will mean something to me in the future instead of just in the moment. For my company, Christine Haynes Patterns, as I begin to prepare to leave Los Angeles and the permanent sunshine, my designs will inevitably be effected by a different climate, and I’m excited to see how they will evolve and change with a change in location. I’m ready for 2016 to be over and look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!
I’m not one for making yearly resolutions. My imagination and creativity tend to push me out of my sewing comfort zone and that’s something I will be definitely be doing next year. But if I must have to write something on my list would be
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” — Albert Einstein
In 2017 I will pay extra attention to ethical and good quality materials. I started recently studying more about vegan materials, and therefore avoided for example silk and wool for the 2016. It has been surprisingly easy (partly because I’ve still used my existing garments and some fabrics from our stash), but also very fun and adventurous, and I think I’ll continue the same way in 2017! Saara & I have also both signed up for a bra-making workshop in April, so I guess it’s safe to promise that we will learn how to make bras! Saara still promises to finish all unfinished projects which I think she promised last year as well 😀
I plan on making 2017 the year of doing. I’ve got my new sparkly year planner out already and I’ve bought all the scented pens so you better believe I’m going to be smelling pineapple plans to knit a jumper in July (and even maybe finish it before 2018)
I usually shy away from new years resolutions because I’d convinced myself over the years that it’s best not to try in case you fail, but thanks to the huge support of the sewing community I’ve realised that there is no failing only learning. I hope you will join me on my learning curve which includes a brand new blog, moving into a dedicated studio space, teaming up with other sewists for a special event early in the year and maybe squeezing in making a couture finished dress for the Dress makers ball.
This year is going to be all about thinking more cleverly about the clothes I sew. We’ve got a baby on the way so I’m going to need clothes that grow with me until then – and ones I can work with after the baby comes. I’m thinking loose shapes and of course a lot of jersey! I’ll be making things with extended front hems (to cover the bump!) which I can then level off when I no longer need the extra length. I plan to go wild with tie belts – because there’s no getting away from a nipped in waist with me, even if it is much higher!
I can’t believe it’s already 2017! This year I am trying to actually sew a thing or two for myself. I don’t make a lot of things for me to wear, but I have so many things I WANT to make and wear. Self–>do it this year! I also want to spend time this year documenting my work (AKA blogging!). It’s so helpful to have a record of past makes. Happy new year everyone!!
2017 is going to be about building a super functional wardrobe that suits my lifestyle (workaholic dog mom) and evolving style (chic minimalism) a lot better. When I started sewing I made way many too frivolous party dresses, and while I’m grateful for them now as I ALWAYS have something to wear to a fancy event, it’s become more and more clear that I need to focus on sewing really well made and timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again, and that pair with everything else in my closet. I’m also planning on drafting a lot more of my own wardrobe; I love love love supporting other indie designers but I have too many ideas for my wardrobe that I can’t find in pattern form!
In 2017 I’m hopefully going to do a bit more sewing and blogging than I did this year! I’m still planning on sticking to my goal of “wearable but me-made” so things such as t-shirts, jumpers and casual dresses. I like to be able to incorporate my makes into my every day life. I’d like to make a Grainline moss skirt, add a couple more Grainline hemlock tees to my collection, and maybe tackle trousers if I’m brave enough!
My sewing resolution for 2017? Sew some dang underwear. I’ve got the bra part nailed down, but I’m still wearing ratty panties because I abhor the the idea of wasting sewing time/precious elastic on something as basic as a pair of undies. I’m at a point now where I feel real good about my handmade wardrobe and I don’t have a lot of needs remaining – except the need to keep sewing. So I’m going to focus some of that creative energy on making my underwear drawer delightfully handmade 🙂
My 2017 resolution is to break up my sewing routine! In the past there were items that I would always buy versus make. This seems really creatively limiting and I want to resolve to reach beyond my tried and true patterns and make more separates—especially pants—and outerwear.
My plan of action is to keep the project intensity diverse, by mixing wardrobe staples from Seamworkin with vintage and some of my other favorite indie patterns. Secondly, I am committing to sewing for shorter periods of time, but more frequently. I used to sew this way, and I was always amazed at how much I could get done in just 30 minutes every day over the course of a week.
My resolutions have often revolved around improving the technical side of sewing but this year I’d like to push my skills to the next level by being more playful. I want to experiment with my fabric choices, try hacking patterns, using trims and including some of the interesting little constructions details I’ve been collecting for inspiration. Maybe I’ll even get on to a bit of drafting too! I feel 2016 has been successful in terms of sewing garments which I actually love to wear repeatedly so now I’ve found my handmade style I think its time to have some fun with it!