2018 Goal Setting

2018 Goal Setting


I’m joining the #2018PlanningParty hosted by Quilting Jet Girl, and so I’ve been thinking about some goals for 2018.

I’ll spare you the lose weight/ do more exercise/ be a better person resolutions and cut straight to the sewing ones!

2017 was the year that I got into quilting, and joined the South West Modern Quilt Guild.  I’ve made some wonderful new friends and reconnected with a few people I knew a while ago.  It’s been a great year for sewing and I’ve learned so much.

My plan for 2018 is to keep trying new projects by making things from the books and patterns I already have.  And I’m not going to buy any new supplies this year unless I need something to complete a project.  I don’t like having too much of a stash, and it’s been piling up recently!

Some of the books stacked up above were Christmas presents (thank you Mr D) but others I have had for ages.  I also have some 3rd Story Workshop patterns, Jo Avery’s Vintage Home block of the month and some online courses which I haven’t watched yet.

I particularly want to try piecing curves, and do some more complex foundation piecing.

I’m interested in trying natural fabric dyeing , but haven’t got round to it, so I’m booked on a course with Flora Arbuthnott in May.  Very excited about that!

For clothes sewing, I’ve had the Alabama Stitching book for a while, and will probably try the Swing Skirt first – maybe just a plain version as a practice for an embroidered one.

I bought some lingerie making supplies from a friend’s destash almost a year ago and haven’t used them (as well as some less fancy, practice supplies), so that is on  the list too.

So 2018 will be a year of learning new skills and trying not to go shopping!


2018 Planning Party

The five sewing highs…and lows… of 2012

The five sewing highs…and lows… of 2012


Inspired by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow, I thought I’d have a look back at 2012.

My top five makes of the year are (long pause, tense music etc)…

1. Burda (10/2012) coat.  I’ve worn this lots of times and really love it.  Also one of my fastest makes due to no lining, seam finishing or buttonholes!

Burda 102 10 / 2012

2. Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt.  Such a lovely versatile pattern and reminds me of holiday time.  I do like a pocket or two, and my first attempt at machine made buttonholes.

Kelly skirt

3. Vintage Simplicity dress.  Makes me feel glamorous and happy – what more could I ask!  Also my first attempt at grading up a pattern so rather proud of this one.

1960 Simplicity dress

4. Vogue 1247 skirt.  Lovely shape, great pockets – will make this again and again.  I made a muslin for this in black stetch denim which had got badly creased in the wash.  It doesn’t look great, but I wear it all the time at home with a jumper and woolly tights – probably my most worn make.  Does anyone know how to stop denim fabric creasing in the wash?  I know you turn jeans inside out – but I can’t turn fabric inside out!

Vogue 1247

5. Colette Jasmine.  The perfect top for me, the bias cut is really flattering, it doesn’t have any fastenings, and I do like a v neck.  I’ve made this pattern three times so far, most recently my own long sleeved version.

Colette Jasmine

And the lows

Sewaholic Cambie dress  Colette Hazel 2 Tiny pocket tankPrint dress 2 Chagford Rag Market

1. Sewaholic Cambie.  Lovely pattern, but I made it in cotton with a slight sheen, which looks awful in sunlight.  Every dart and crease is highlighted.  Will definitely make again next summer.

2. Colette Hazel.  I changed the skirt and shoulder strap placement, but it’s still not right for me.  Just a bit bleugh about this one.

3. Grainline tiny pocket tank.  This looks great on other people, but too tight/baggy (in the wrong places) on me.

4. Colette Truffle.  Shift dresses don’t suit me or my lifestyle – something a little flared like the Cambie is much more me.  Also the fabric was quite stiff so didn’t work too well.  Cut up and made into something else a while back!

5. Kelly skirt 2.  Love this in a drapey fabric, doesn’t look so good on me in wool.  I wore this once, but it makes me look twice the size I am – especially from the back.  I’ve held onto it though.  Might see if I can change the back.

It’s been interesting for me to look back like this.  I can see that fabric choice is very important.  I sometimes fall in love with a print, but must remember to match the right pattern to the fabric.  Generally I prefer soft fabric with a lot of drape.

I’m also learning which shapes look good on me – and which don’t!

And it’s good to take a deep breath and be brave sometimes – I’m amazed the Burda coat was so easy to do and lovely to wear.

To come next time –

  • Top 5 Lessons Learned
  • Top 5 Blogs and Bloggers that Inspire
  • Top 5 Goals for the New Year

See  Crafting a Rainbow for more.