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Looking Back at 2016
I think my only goal for this year in relation to sewing is to enjoy the process and only make things I love. I want to slow down and make high quality items that will get a lot of wear. I’m going to be really slow since we’ll be adding another baby to the family, so I also want to enjoy lots of family time without the stress or pressure of deadlines.
I did only okay with this goal. I got better as the year went on. I’m in a really good place to accomplish this goal now that I’m starting a new year.


Looking Ahead at 2017
I want to only sew what I want to sew.
I want to create a wardrobe I love and that everything coordinates and is minimalistic. 
I want to only blog when I want to blog.
I plan on buying the majority of my childrens’ wardrobes this year and only sew a few appealing things throughout the year.
I want to learn how to flatlock.
I want to make a good jacket that fits perfectly and that I’ll 
I don’t think I’m going to sew my t-shirts anymore. It’s way too hard to get a nice looking hem. I say this and then might change my mind later, I’m just tired of sewing twin needle hems on jersey fabrics.


Twelve Makes for 2017
1. Navy French Terry Sweatshirt – Halifax Hoodie Pattern*: This is actually finished. I just finished it this week.
2. Turquoise Sweater Fleece Sweatshirt – Halifax Hoodie Pattern*: This is also finished. I just finished it this week.
3. Turquoise Zip-up Sweatshirt – Halifax Hoodie Pattern*: I have pretty fabric given to me from my SIL. I just need to buy a zipper and matching ribbing. 

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017
Halifax Hoodie Pattern, turquoise sweater fleece (not available online), navy french terry (not available online), turquoise sweatshirt fleece (not available online)

4. Striped Rayon Challis Shirt – Cheyenne Tunic Pattern*: I have the pattern and fabric. I just need buttons. I’ve even already figured out how to combine the two looks of the Cheyenne tunic so I get a half button placket and a collar. I will hopefully have a tutorial for you when I get to it.

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017
Cheyenne Tunic Pattern, striped rayon challis (I linked to a different colorway), chambray popover

5. Chambray Rayon Shirt – Cheyenne Tunic Pattern*: I have been trying to recreate the shirt on the right for YEARSI have the pattern and now the fabric. I just need buttons. 

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017
Cheyenne Tunic Pattern, rayon fabric (not available online), chambray look

6. Ikat Faux Suede Jacket – Evergreen Jacket Pattern*: I’ve had this faux suede ikat fabric for 2.5 years. At first I was going to make a blazer, but in the past six months I realized that the fabric would be two thick, heavy, and uncomfortable. Now my goal is to make an oversized aviator jacket. This will take a lot of work because the pattern is for stretch fabrics. So I have to major muslin to get the right oversized fit for woven fabric. I need to buy the notions and shearling.

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017
Evergreen Jacket Pattern, faux suede ikat fabric (not available online), jacket, jacket, jacket

7. Navy Waterproof Anorak – Kelly Anorak Jacket Pattern or Lonetree Jacket Pattern: I’m leaning towards the Kelly Anorak pattern but I have not purchased a pattern for this project yet. I have waterproof navy fabric and an idea of what I want. So I needs notions, lining and probably underlining. This is a big undertaking, but I’m pretty excited about this project.

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017

8. Striped Cotton Sateen Woven Tee – Dressy Talk Woven Tee Pattern: I have perfected this pattern so this is a really fast sew. And it doesn’t need any notions!

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017

9. Dotted Chambray Woven Tee – Dressy Talk Woven Tee PatternI have a small remnant of pretty chambray fabric that I’d love to sew into a woven tee. 

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017

10. Striped Swimsuit – First Crush Swimsuit Pattern: I need to buy the pattern which has almost every modification I could ever imagine. I think I want to make separates, but we’ll see how I feel when I get to it. I need to buy lining and elastic, and I won’t start this until it gets a lot warmer.

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017
First Crush Swimsuit Pattern, striped swimsuit fabric (not available online), swimsuit

11. Coral Pencil Skirt – Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern: This is one of my tried and true patterns and I’ve made a ton of these skirts. But I love them. I want to make a pretty pink one.

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017
Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern, coral slub woven fabric (not available online), pink pencil skirt look

12. Ikat Pencil Skirt – Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern: I originally got this fabric to make woven bermuda shorts. But I’ve since changed my mind, and I’m going to make a pencil skirt instead.

Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017
Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern, ikat woven fabric (not available online), ikat pencil skirt

Author: Heather