Sewing New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, like many people, I take a look at my life and see what I can do better, stronger, faster. As a teacher and expecting a child, my life is more than sewing, but sewing is certainly very much part of my life!

This past year, I have been fortunate enough to delve deeper into my sewing passions. I have made several garments, reignited my design interests, and added some great equipment to my collection – a new sewing machine, a bobbin winder, a dress form and an iron (mostly gifts! huge thank yous to the gift givers!). I was also able to create a great space to work, where my sewing machine is always setup, my thread and tools are organized, I have bins of fabric and supplies literally piled to the ceiling and a shelf holds books and magazine resources.

This past year, I also lost a friend to a car accident; he was a loving and generous soul and happened to be very supportive of my sewing ventures. His words were always inspirational and to lose him was heart wrenching.

2011 certainly appears to be a busy one. I almost think that my sewing to-do list may be put on hold or at least sidetracked a bit. I haven’t blogged since August; my Etsy and my YouTube are both at a standstill. The camel pea coat I had planned to complete by the end of the year is still partially done, taunting me from the dress form. I would like to continue focusing on garments. Although I do occasionally sew things other than garments (quilts, home decor, crocheted items, embroidery, etc), I appreciate publications like Threads for their focus on garments. So few resources do, and I would also prefer to focus on garments rather than quilting, yarn creations and/or craft sewing.

My goals for this year are for garment design and construction, even though I’m sure there will be a healthy dose of other sewing projects mixed in. My 2011 sewing resolutions:

  • Complete the camel pea coat.
  • Use a fabric from my stash (or, avoid being a fabric junkie and buying more fabric for a garment when I can be thrifty and use what I have).
  • Learn a new skill: smocking. This skill would then be applied to what I envision to be my “new addition” to sewing…infant clothing.

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