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1.01.2015

2015 Sewing Goals

I have recently come to appreciate having goals for your passion. I think it really directs you and helps you improve on something you love. I'll be honest, in past years I didn't always enjoy reading others' sewing goals. But this year I can't get enough of them, and I get so excited to read each new one I find. First, let's look back at last years goals to see how I did.

My Sewing Goals for 2014
  • Make more items from scratch. At the same time, I would love to think of some great, really quick sewing tutorials to share. Hopefully, I can do both this year! I think I did great at quick tutorials to share at the beginning of last year. I had that 10 minute project week and all the posts still get lots of hits. The last half of the year has been all about making items from scratch. I haven't refashioned any clothing in a long time.
  • One problem with being a sewing blogger is dividing time between blogging and sewing. This past year I was able to put a fair amount of time into both because I only have one child who naps everyday. I won't have the same time to divide this next year. I'm not going to stop blogging, but I am going to put more time into sewing. The Monday sewing tips will be less frequent, the sewing linkup will be once a month, and I will have one or two sewing project/tutorial posts every week. I need to focus on what I love, which is sewing and sharing it with the sewing community. Wow, I was in such a different place just a year ago. I did a lot of blogging and extra posts, and even though I enjoyed it, I could tell my heart wasn't in it like it is in sewing. I did make more money with all the time I put into it, but I have been a lot happier in my life without the stress of deadlines, using time for social media, link parties, networking, etc. I pulled back a little when Claire was born and then I pulled back a lot about halfway through last year about when my husband graduated and he was studying for the Bar. Since then I haven't done only a few tutorials, some pattern reviews, but mostly I sewed whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and I really enjoyed it. I found I had more time to make things from scratch and to put more details and time into the items I made.
  • Be more open about spending/saving money when it comes to sewing. Read posts about the Cost of SewingI liked being open about spending and saving money and I think it was something people were really interested in. It might be something I visit again in the future. It's hard for me to remember to do this at the end of every month and it takes a lot of time to organize it and put it together. (Maybe that's why I only made it until April, or maybe it had something to do with finishing school!) I don't enjoy extra time on the computer when I could be cutting out fabric instead.
  • Share more pattern alteration tutorials. I don't think I did any of these which makes me sad. I really enjoy flat pattern work, and I think it's something I can share. I just didn't make time to take pictures of every single step whenever I altered a pattern.
  • Along with the last goal, less media in my life and my family's lives. This got better and better as the year went on and it's going to be another goal for this next year.
  • Sew three menswear items this year. (Luckily, one will be done for the next goal!) I did this! I made my husband two pairs of pants, striped pants and black pants that I haven't blogged about yet that he got for Christmas, and the simple 10 minute leather detail Henley.
  • Sew coordinating Easter outfits this year. I already know what I'm going to make too! I did this! I had already chosen it when I made the goal last year. You can see pictures of the Family Easter Outfits and the kids Easter Outfits.

Sewing Goals for 2015
  • Really focus in on my style and make things that I will wear. I have made a lot of things, and I have made a lot of mistakes in the process. I have also made a lot of things that were great except they never got worn even though they were great items. They just didn't fit perfectly or they didn't feel like "me." This also goes with my whole wardrobe. I'd like to pare down what I have and only have items that I love. I have started focusing on this and got rid of lots of items. I can do better, but it feels great not having extra unwanted items in my closet. Do you have any tips for this?
  • I also want to do this for my kids by only making items that we both love. So far both of my kids don't care about what they wear, but there are items I make for them that I don't absolutely love. I'm going to work on this while I work on my own wardrobe.
  • I'm going to keep sewing because I love it, but I wont to do a little bit with my other hobbies like crocheting and reading. Or even just cooking and baking more.
  • Since I'm focusing on making better clothes that I love, I want to photograph the items better. This one is hard with kids so I don't expect a lot of myself.
  • I want to focus on being present in the present and having less distractions or media in my life and my kids' lives. When I'm doing well at this I feel like I'm a better mother.
What goals do you have for the coming year!

5 comments:

  1. Good on you, Heather! I agree with the photography part, it's so difficult. Tried going through a few tutorials and slowly getting there but it needs lots of improvement!

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  2. I loved reading about your goals. I have too many clothes of my own and often I take it all out and what i don't wear for months gets in the donations bag, even if I like it. If I'm not wearing it, then it's not worth having it. Unless I really really love but don't have anything to pair with, then I might consider sew something to go with it. Less media is on my plans too... Have a great 2015 and good luck achieving all you want to.

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  3. I didn't articulate it but I am in the exact same place on making clothes. I look at a few things I made or pattern tested this year and think... whattt? Totally not my style. Something about transitioning between regular and maternity clothes has sharpened my awareness of what I actually wear day to day and now I can't wait to get back to sewing things for myself once this giant bump has turned into a baby. Happy 2015!

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  4. Great goals! I used to be happy with everything that I made for myself and lately that is not the case. Maybe because sewing for the kids is so much fun and its great that they are old enough to pick patterns and fabric so I know it will be worn. Because of the climate around here, much of the year I spend in sweaters, sweatshirts and just frumpy warm things. No need to sew for that. Maybe when the warm weather comes back around.

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  5. Love what you wrote. I totally agree about making things you will love. I am right there with you. The other goal I have this next year for my sewing space and my house is "everything in its place or it doesn't belong in my space."
    Hope 2015 is a productive year for you!

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