Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year Resewlutions

Happy New Year, everyone!

Wishing you all a contented, crafty, completed-projects 2018!

To prevent my resolve dissolving, this year I made some New Year Resolutions and actually wrote them down. Measurable, trackable resolutions. Ten of them, to be precise. Such ambition!

Of the ten, one is to sew more. My sewing time has been waaaaay down in the past year or two. I've done some sewing and some quilting, none of which made the blog, but nothing close to what I was hoping to get done. This year I plan to get a lot more done, so I've actually done some planning!

Here is my New Year Resewlution list.

Ohhhh... how I want to sew my own lingerie. I want to be able to lounge in my boudoir in delicate silks, frilly lace, and luxurious satin. Eventually, one day and maybe, I might get old enough to slow down enough to lounge at all, let alone in lingerie, but in the interim, for this year I plan to sew these pieces.

I'm really in need of some flattering pieces that aren't tee shirts! With some thoughtful editing and fabric patterning, I think I can create a great selection of versatile tops for all seasons. I've tried to go for the v-neck and boat neck styles that are more flattering to me. However, Seamwork doesn't only have great patterns. They have a fantastic habit of showing you how to hack their patterns to change the design. So my end result may not look like the original. That being said... when have I ever managed to make anything that looked like the pattern cover?

Skirts and dresses
These are not often used in my wardrobe and I've been slowly weeding them out. Most of the dresses I have are either too dressy, or just not good for my mental health. I don't feel good in them. Dresses are necessary sometimes, though, to go out in, or for when the weather is so hot and uncomfortable that you'd rather wear a lampshade so that there's nothing touching your body. For that reason, two of the dresses are sacks... er... shifts, and one is a caftan. Maximum cool. The other is a skater dress, for when I need to dress up. I think it will suit my new, older body shape. The skirts are for a work project, and I wanted them more to play with for an end goal than to make for myself.

Activewear and Bottoms
This year I plan to do a lot more exercise, so activewear is a must. Plus, I think it's about time I learned how to sew a pair of jeans! Here are two pairs of leggins, a workout tee, a pair of jeans, a pair of denim shorts, and a pair of drawstring shorts. I think that pretty much has everything covered!

Winter Wear
Yeah, sitting here in below freezing weather is a major motivation to include some winter wear in the plans. I have it all here, from a cardigan to a coat, and all the bits in the middle. Plus, fabric choices can take them from summer aircon coverup to winter freeze. Niiiiiice!

Last, but not least, I want to sew myself a backpack. I have a very particular design in mind (my own) so am making this one as practice to get a feel for how to put one together and any design flaws that might trip me up, before actually making my own bespoke pack.

Now, it just happened that all my sewing plans fell together really well using the Seamwork Magazine pattern collection. I have other patterns that I may use instead to fulfill one of the categories I've outlined above. For example, I have a different bra pattern that I might use instead, and I purchased a Craftsy pantie-making class in the Black Friday sales. So the items pictures above are representative of my plans, not fixed in stone. The idea of an entire year of Seamwork is kinda cute, though, so who knows?

P.S. If you like the patterns and would like to join Seamwork, the link above is an affiliate link and will give me a free month at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting my sewing habit! ;)

Home Decor Resewlutions.

Well, you didn't think it would be all about me, did you? LOL.

We live on a mountain covered in calichi. Every time a car drives past, or we drive around, a fine, white, powdery dust goes EVERYWHERE! For this reason, I want to sew covers for two machines that don't get used often enough and that I want to protect from dust. Our toaster oven sits in one corner of the kitchen and needs something muted and elegant.

And our Home Theater projector sits up high and gets forgotten very easily. I'd rather not have to deal with the smell of frying dust particles in the vents of either machine!

Next up, I'm going to quilt a rug for our kitchen doorway. We have this little one which is not big enough, has an annoying habit of curling in one corner, and is a major pain to clean because it's a rug. I'm going to quilt a pair of rugs that fit perfectly into the space and that can be tossed in the washer on an rotation to keep them clean and fresh. 

And, the last PLANNED item, which opens the doorway to lots of unplanned ones! LOL, is a cover for this old, battered pouf. The leather is ripped and shredded, as you can see. It was bought over two decades ago, second hand even then, and loved greatly. To my surprise, it is still sturdy (can't beat old quality!) so it's getting a new lease on life this year.

There you go. 35 planned items, approximately one every ten days. Plus whatever else I manage to churn out! I will post photos of each completed item as I work through them, so watch out for at least three posts per month. Ha! Seriously ambitious indeed! :D

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