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:
- 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.
- Sew a tailored jacket. As you can see from my earlier post, I am working on this one.
- Sew a garment from the Burda Style magazine. Also working on this too.
- Reduce my 2010-2011 UFO project list to zero by end of the year. I currently have 10 UFOs from the past 2 years.
- 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.
- Sew a well-fitting pair of jeans. Never done this but I have lots of denim in my stash!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.