(Warning – this one’s a word-heavy post!)
Top 5 inspirational bloggers for 2012
The Dainty Squid – while not a sewing blog, Kaylah’s style and photography are gorgeous and colourful, and I love looking at her posts.
Did You Make That – Karen is so good at creating and strengthening the online sewing community through sew-alongs, fun post series, and general loveliness.
Ginger Makes – Ginger has to be one of the most (if not the most!) supportive bloggers out there! Her comments (and replies to comments left on her blog) are little rays of sunshine she spreads around the blogosphere. She’s always positive and happy and fun.
Lladybird – Lauren makes so many delightful creations! Her knitted garments in particular are inspiring me to actually get brave and pick up knitting needles for something more complicated than scarves.
Roisin from Dolly Clackett – those dresses! Those shoes!! I want them all!!! (It’s also nice seeing someone else make dresses from crazy prints – she looks fabulous in them, which gives me hope I don’t look too ridiculous in the ones I make!)
(Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s six. Too bad, they’re all awesome and I couldn’t leave any of them out!)
And now, to wrap up this yearly review series, it’s time to ponder…
my top 5 sewing related goals for 2013
(Eek! 2013!! What on earth is that doing, nearly being here already?!?! It sounds rather sci-fi futuristic, don’t you think? Craziness. Anyway….)
The last couple of years, I’ve been following along with the Sew Weekly. It was fantastic in 2011 for kick-starting my sewing mojo again (which had been languishing for a year or two, directionless and unloved) and also helping me figure out what to blog about – if it wasn’t for the Sew Weekly, this blog would never really have gotten off the ground, and I wouldn’t have discovered this amazing online sewing community, which quite frankly has been a bit life-changing. So, thank you, Mena and the Sew Weekly!
However, following along and trying to make one garment each week to a set theme has meant I’ve discovered various styles and eras I want to experiment with, but haven’t had a chance to do yet. So for 2013, I won’t be aiming for one garment a week. Instead, I’m going to focus on quality, rather than quantity. How am I going to do that? Like so…..
I’m going to take more time with sewing, and experiment with new-to-me techniques and finishes. I’m planning on tackling some of the projects from the Pattern Magic book. Getting back into drafting my own patterns. Reading some of the sewing books that are waiting impatiently in my bookcase for me to devote some time to them, and putting things I learn from them into practice. And improving my tailoring – I’ve got some 1940’s suit patterns, and I want to make them up beautifully! (I also want to start dabbling with quilting. I make so many dresses from quilting cotton, I think quilting will be a great way to use up the remnants from those.)
I want the insides of every garment I make to be beautiful. I’m getting a lot better at this, and the ones I line nicely and finish with hem tape etc always make me smile when I wear them. I want everything I make in 2013 to make me smile when I look at the insides, knowing there are details there that no one else is likely to ever see, but I know they’re there and they make me happy. Things like pretty lace binding the hems, french seams, and pretty coloured lining.
When I find vintage garments (which is far too rare, sadly) I love it when they have labels on them, so I can see if I can learn a bit of their history. I want to share that joy with anyone who may stumble across one of my creations years in the future (if they last that long! Isn’t that a nice thought though – that what we make now may become sought-after by our children in twenty years or so?). For a while, I’ve considered making labels to sew to the inside of every garment I make, with details such as – who made it, the year it was made, and if sewn from a pattern which pattern and which year the pattern was from. During 2013, I’m going to put those labels in all my garments, and I’m also going to work my way backwards and add them to past creations. Kind of like a little future-history project, just in case anyone wants to know at any point when I’m not around.
For the last two years, I’ve been very focussed on my own wardrobe, making things almost exclusively for myself. You know what? I don’t need much more. But that doesn’t mean I want to stop sewing. Instead, I’m aiming to give a bit back in 2013. I have hopes of making more for other people. I’ve also just started off a new project, which I’ve called Pieces of Us. It’s all about spreading a bit of crafty goodness and love around the world. For every garment I make, I’ll make a soft toy using some of the left over fabric. That toy will be given a name and a personality, and a post on the Pieces of Us blog. Then it’ll be sent out into the world, to find a new home. Some of them I’ll leave in playgrounds, with notes attached. Others will be given to community workers, to give to families who may not have much. Want to join in? The more the merrier! Go on – lets spread a bit of crafty love around the world, and use up some of our fabric scraps at the same time! 😉
I’m going to get brave, and pick up those knitting needles and try knitting myself a cardigan or two. *gulp* This scares me a bit, if I’m being honest. It seems like a lot of work, and no guarantee of success. It’s time to face that fear, and learn to knit properly! (Wish me luck with that one. Eek!)
I also have a few other goals, which I won’t go into in as much depth. But just to summarise, they are:
- Not to buy any new ready-to-wear garments I can make myself. This will be the third year of this goal, and it’s working very well for me.
- Not buy any more fabric (unless it’s fundraiser fabric from Fabric-a-brac). Seriously, I have far too much and really need to make at least a small dent in my stash before I add to it. It really is threatening to take over the house.
- Get better at photography – both being in front of and behind the camera. I keep seeing gorgeous photos on blogs, and I want to get better and create gorgeous photos myself.
- Look more polished. Which generally comes down to – do better things with hair styles and actually wear make up at times. Roobeedoo did a good post the other day on the image of the working woman. I often wonder how my look may be impacting my career progression. I’m not going to change my style, but I can make it look more “polished”. (Plus, I have all this pretty make up, I really should start using it!)
Gosh, that all sounds like quite a bit when written down, doesn’t it?!? But still, thinking about it all has me very excited for my next year of sewing and creating. Very excited! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to plan my next project…..!