Personally I love resolutions. Even if I don’t keep a single one the reflection on my strengths and weaknesses are never a waste of time to me. What better way to get back into the swing of blogging than by highlighting this year’s yay’s and nays! The list was started by the lovely Gillian and has been making its rounds, but Sonja put a nice twist on it by highlighting failed areas of sewing instead of individual garments. So here are my top 5 hits and misses!
1) Stripped Sewing Caking Tiramisu
By far the most favorite thing I have made for myself to date! It’s comfortable. I get a tons of compliments. I feel great when I wear it. Winner winner chicken dinner to me!!
2)Brooklyn’s Pea Coat
She wears it all the time now that weather is colder which makes me feel good because she has many coats to choose from.
3) Speckled Saltspring
I finally got it right and used a fabric that really let the dress do what it was suppose to do.
4) Brooklyn’s Red Skinnies
I have a lot more of these planned for her! Great little pattern from PAB Pattern Shop.
5) Christmas Elf
It’s the costume I made for her Christmas program from the My Childhood Treasures Bluebell pattern. I procrastinated terribly with this but the pattern is really great which makes under the gun sewing that much easier! And when I say gun I mean completely cut out and out the door to school in 2 hours.
1) Wrong Fabric, Right Pattern/Right Fabric, Wrong Pattern
UGHHH this is number one because I love my fabric stash probably more than you should love inanimate folded pieces of cloth. It really gets me down when a project doesn’t turn out right due to bad fabric/pattern choice, because I feel like I’ve just wasted a perfectly good piece of fabric that for the most part I can not get back. I’ve been sewing for a while so I feel like I shouldn’t make these kind of mistakes.
I absolutely love the print and I love the Saltspring pattern, but together these two are a big let down. The fabric just doesn’t have the proper drape so this is never worn. Will probably take it apart to become lining for something else.
Love the PaperCut pattern’s Coppelia, love the blue color ponte knit, but it’s just too thick. Seriously it would have made awesome leggings it’s so heavyweight.
2 Not Utilizing My Tools
I have a walking foot that I’ve never used, despite hearing over and over how much easier they make sewing with knits. I have excellent sewing machines and sergers that don’t give me a bit trouble, but all I do is sew straight lines. I am currently enrolled in 29 Craftsy Classes with only 3 of those being the free kind. I love them all, but have not made anything from them or can say that I have seriously incorporated the tips and tricks they have taught me.
2014 Resolutions: Devote the time learning all the cool things my machines can do and use these notions and classes I’ve spent so much money on.
3. Thinking More Than Doing
I can honestly say I think about sewing all day. The endless possibilities are so daunting and filling at the same time. I’m constantly looking at fabric, books on sewing, fashion, and patterns, but all these thoughts don’t come into fruition. I have inherited this form of procrastination from my dad. Lets say he wanted to skydive for example. He would get all the books he could on it and damn near become an expert in the subject, but never actually DO the thing. He would say that was the one of the things he hated about himself and I’m really starting to dislike it in me too.
2014 Resolution: More doing along with the thinking.
4. Buying Stuff to Fill the Void of Not Doing
Buying fabric and patterns makes me feel like I’m being productive in my craft when really I’m just spinning my creative wheels and loosing focus. The guilt of buying but not doing anything with the fabric is starting to get to me because I know there is an emotional side to it. There has been some disappointments and changes that I think I haven’t fully come to terms with this past year so fabric is a bandaid.
2014 Resolution: Deal with issues, not burying them in fabric.
5. Terrible Time Management & Feeling Guilty About Sewing
Being a SAHM I thought I would have all the time in the world to sew and keep a clean house, but that hasn’t been the reality for a while now. Often when I sew I’m thinking about other stuff I could be doing, like laundry or dinner prep. At a certain time in the day everything has to be put away like I haven’t been sewing at all or I feel like the house is a disaster. The next day it can be hard to pull everything back out again because I’m thinking about the clean up. Sewing gets put on the back burner a lot, because I feel less guilty having hubby come home to a decent looking home then ‘hey look at this dress I made’. I rarely sew when hubby and the girls are home because I feel like that should be their time. We also recently got a large breed puppy,and my God it’s like having a infant all over again. I’m so thankful that the 2 am potty breaks are coming to an end! I know I need micro managing, and I know how to do it for myself. I’ve gotten away from what works the past 6 months or so. If I’m being completely honest the time spent doing #3 and 4 is probably why I can’t ‘do it all’.
2014 Resolution: Go back to what I know and make a schedule for myself so there will be no guilt.
I have 2 more that did make the top list but are very important. They are inconstant blogging and sucky photos which I will work hard on improving this coming year too. Whew! After all that heaviness I think y’all need a cute break!
That’s my purse he’s chewing on
Is it nap time yet!
Happy New Year everybody!!!