Sewing Addiction and New Goals for 2012

I have been sewing for only 2 years and I am shocked as to how much better I have become. Prior to that, I have never owned a sewing machine and never sewn anything before. Now, I own 4 sewing machines, a serger, 2 dressforms and a huge stash of fabric. I have also sewn skirts, dresses, shirts, pants, bags, home dec and quilts. I have made slopers for myself as a fitting tool. I am familiar with couture techniques and have made a couple of dresses using these techniques (though I still need to improve my skill).

To achieve all of this, I have been aggressive in my learning and have taken on an ambitious plan to improve my skills via classes, books and websites. Learning new things is my passion and I have found that sewing is addictive and challenging! I enjoy both the creative and technical aspects of sewing. I also hope to design and draft my own patterns in the future.  I am so happy I found a hobby that can challenge me over my lifetime.

I started this blog mainly as an outlet to express myself creatively and to document my sewing journey. My blog is also a tool to motivate me to stretch myself and achieve my goals. It may be trite to start the year with a goal list but I am a firm believer that if your goal is not written down and specific, it is simply a wish. And I am just as likely to achieve a wish as any of my daydreams or other random “I should do this!” thoughts I have during the day.

While I respect (and sometimes envy) people who are more carefree and don’t like to be held to goals or objectives in their lives, I know that this doesn’t work for me. First, I am a rabid goal setter and have been so for the past 20 years. Secondly, I can attest that the goal setting process really works! I have pulled out personal and professional goals written over 10 years ago and found that I have exceeded most of them by leaps and bounds. As a result, this year, I will push my sewing goals beyond the “learn to sew X” goals from the previous years.

So here are my sewing goals for the year:

  1. Reduce my fabric stash by 25% or more by end of the year. If I buy more fabric, I also need to reduce the stash by the new amount added. My stash inventory is 455 yds so I need to reduce by 114 yds.
  2. Sew a tailored jacket. As you can see from my earlier post, I am working on this one.
  3. Sew a garment from the Burda Style magazine. Also working on this too.
  4. Reduce my 2010-2011 UFO project list to zero by end of the year. I currently have 10 UFOs from the past 2 years.
  5. Sew a well-fitting pair of trousers. I have sewn trousers but it is currently a UFO due to a poor fitting waistband and weight gain on my part.
  6. Sew a well-fitting pair of jeans. Never done this but I have lots of denim in my stash!
  7. Sew a nice garment for DH. I have sewn him pajamas but nothing he can wear out in public. Must overcome my fitting fear and his critical remarks!
  8. Sew at least one pattern out the many sewing books I own. The books seem to be multiplying like rabbits in my library and I have yet to use any of them.
  9. Learn and master at least one sewing technique a month. This may be skills like welt pockets, tailoring techniques, etc.

There you go. I may add to or edit these as I go through the year but it’s a start for me.

About Javie

I am a scientist by training but an artist at heart. Currently going to grad school for more 'practical' training. I love to sew, cook and craft so this is my journal of my more artistic experiments.
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1 Response to Sewing Addiction and New Goals for 2012

  1. Cool goals but maybe a bit too much to chew on. Good luck trying to get them all done in 2012!

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