This is the last entry in this series. I really enjoy writing them! Thanks to Gillian for leading the series.
Top 5 Reflections
I looked back over last year’s reflections and goals. I think I have done well in achieving all the goals I set out, except for dancing. I would have loved to be in a healthy position to take some dance classes, but sadly that was not to be. I did recently go to a Grimes concert and dance my butt off there. It was exhilarating. Although, it took a week to recover! I think this year I have been dancing internally a lot. While I’ve had my ups and downs, I tend to keep a positive and hopeful attitude. I know the dangers of not doing that and how depression can easily take hold. I think I’ve done a lot to not get discouraged and remain hopeful. With difficult sewing projects, I’ve also learned to be positive. Sometimes it’s better to set them aside and work on something else and come back to them when you are ready.
Upped my skills
I spent the year increasing my skills even with “simple” projects. I can really see the difference when comparing garments from 2014 with this year or even from earlier in the year. My serger has really helped with that as well.
Sewing my stash
I’m not one of those people who will ever stop buying to sew through their stash. I have no self control in that respect! In the summer, I moved my sewing space into our bedroom and seriously organized everything. It’s been great being so organized! It’s also been great not having my stash all over the place. I can easily access it and grab things for projects. The brown corduroy from my Misty Jeans was forgotten about for a while. I got it for Halloween stuff years ago and never used it. Lots of presents in the past while have been from my stash. I’ve been “shopping” there first to check if there is a suitable fabric and then going out for fabric as needed. I managed to get it down a bit to make room for the new stuff. 😉
I know I just mentioned this above, but damn…it’s been great. I know exactly how many notions and supplies I have and exactly where to find things as I need them. While the top of my cutting table can get disorganized when I am between projects, it’s a lot easier to clear things out. My pdf pattern organization has also been great. I need another crate for it, though, since it’s getting packed with recent additions. Black Friday was good for my pdf stash. 😉 Since the room is also my bedroom, I’ve made a point of trying to be as neat as possible and it’s been working really well.
I’ve learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t this year. Like Gillian notes in her Top 5 2015 Misses entry, polyester quilted knits are not really working out. The fabric for my blue dress above is pretty low in quality and already pulling and pilling. It’s also kind of scratchy. Of course, not all polyester is the same. The polyester knit I use for the Star Trek shirts is a lot better quality. Although, they do make for really warm stage wear! I find I am getting a lot pickier with fabric quality. I’ve left things behind in the thrift store in spite of them only be $5 for several yards, because of low quality. $5 for garbage is not a bargain!
Top 5 Goals
Pushing my boundaries
I swear I get scared of things for no reason and convince myself I am not skilled enough to try it. Well, I call bullshit on that! Your skills can’t get better unless you continue to push the boundaries. All this year, I wanted to make blazers. Well, 2016 will become the year of the blazer… and pants. Man, I never thought I would say I want to wear pants.
My goal for 2016 is to participate in my two favourite sewing communities a lot more next year. Plan is to submit reviews to the Curvy Sewing Collective and try to participate in the Monthly Stitch Challenges every month.
Sewing for others
It’s been great making the Star Trek shirts and also sewing presents for others. I have plans for 2016 to make a bunch of stuff for my husband. He deserves custom clothes, too! 🙂
I really enjoyed adding geeky elements to some of my garments this year. I want to continue to find ways to do that in 2016.
It’s all in the details!
One of the things I have learned this year is that I really love adding personal touches to my garments like a line of machine embroidery stitches or a little hand-embroidered element. I definitely want to continue that in 2016 and make it a goal to personalize with little details. I’d love to get custom clothing labels as well for a personal touch!
18 thoughts on “Top 5 Reflections and Goals”
I think its been a pretty good year for you, Andie 😉 When I filled out the CSC’s poll for what readers what to see next year, I hinted that I might be willing to contribute some tutorials if lingerie/bra sewing is chosen as a topic. In fact, in the back of my mind, I had the idea that maybe we could do some bra sewing posts together so that we could cover issues for both big busted/small banded and big banded/small busted. I see you have contributing to the CSC as one of your goals, so let me know what you think about my crazy idea! Obviously neither of us are experts, but I haven’t seen a whole lot of other CSC ladies making bras so I’m sure we could help folks get started on the journey! Also, I’m really looking forward to next year being the year of blazers and pants for you! I think I may get started in earnest on the pants sewing after the new year, but blazer are still pretty intimidating to me!
We are absolutely going to hit both of you up for guest posts related to those topics. 😉
That sounds like a good plan! We’ll chat about the posts soon. 🙂
Not bad at all 🙂 Well done on getting organised, it makes such a diffefence doesn’t it?
Does it ever! 🙂
Such great goals and reflections! I would definitely describe you as a positive person – and you’ve made so much great stuff this year! It’s funny to think back and reaslize I’ve only met you in person once- feels like we’ve been friends for a long time! Three cheers for internet friends!
Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Years!
I can’t believe we’ve only met once as well! Even meeting you that time, it felt like I was just seeing an long-time friend. 🙂 Horrah for internet friends. 😀
The Monthly Stitch Challenge sounds interesting. I think I’ll look into it; perhaps it’ll help me stick with getting some projects done in 2016!
Where can I find info on it?
The Monthly Stitch is awesome. You can find all the info here: https://themonthlystitch.wordpress.com/
There’s also a facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/themonthlystitch/
Each month has a theme to sew with and they are definitely open to interpretation. 😀
No problem! I hope you join a challenge or two. 😀
Such a great list! I like that you had dancing on your list last year and got a good boogie. Also, those Star Wars t shirts are really, really cool. I seem to make my best stuff for others, I wonder if that is a thing?
Thanks so much! I feel like it must be a thing that the best stuff is for others. I have a higher quality clearance for others than when I sew for myself. Not that I don’t try to make myself the best quality stuff, but I do sometimes make shortcuts. 😉
I loved reading your reflections and goals! I’m not too sure how I’d write my own “made more of the same” and “make more of the same in 2016” probably isn’t very exciting! Lol
Sorry for the delayed reply!
Thanks so much for reading. 🙂 I think in writing your reflections you might find there is more that just that. 🙂 I’d be excited by reading anything about sewing. haha.
I tried to post this when you posted but then the internet ate it:
I had the same experience with the blue quilted knit. So disappointing. It wasn’t cheap, either. You’d think it would hold up better without pilling and knotting.
Good luck with all of your 2016 goals. 🙂 You may yet beat me to a finished Vogue blazer.
I’m so sorry for taking forever to reply.
That blue quilted knit was expensive. I got it on clearance, but the original price and even the clearance price did not reflect how terrible it is. I still wear the dress, but I have to pick off the pilling and prevent some knotting while wearing it so it’s probably a once a month wear now. 😦
I don’t know about beating you to the Vogue blazer! I’m a horrible procrastinator and am definitely starting with other blazer patterns first. 😉