Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013


I find that having goals to focus on throughout the year really makes me push myself and work harder, so I am all for New Years Goals. 2011 was the year of reading and I read 25 books. 2012 was the year of sewing at least one Colette garment a month. If you look at the list of garments I sewed here, it's safe to say that I surpassed that number.

2013 is going to be the year that I focus on quality instead of quantity. Last year I felt so rushed to complete garments and didn't take the time to learn new techniques. Well, I did learn some new techniques, but not as many as I could have learned. This year I will probably make fewer garments and blog less, but will hopefully end up with beautiful clothes, inside and out :)

While I may not complete all the items on the list below, I would like to put a good dent into it. Some techniques I would like to learn and some items I would like to sew are:
  • Bound button holes.
  • "Tricky" fabrics.
  • Pants, specifically Juniper.
  • The Anise jacket (I have never made a jacket).
  • Jeans.
  • Sew more separates.
  • The Bombshell dress.
  • Lapped zippers.
  • Matching stripes, checks, and patterns.
  • Altering existing patterns (changing the neckline, adding a collar, mixing different pieces from different patterns, etc.)
  • Trying new pattern designers and companies.
  • Drafting a couple of simple patterns for myself.
I would also like to say "thank you" to everyone for a great last year. 2012 was the year that I met the most sewing bloggers online and in person and for that I feel so lucky! You guys are my main inspiration, the people I go to for help and support, and most importantly, my friends. I'm glad that I have found a place that I can write about what interests me (sewing) and have other people that "get" me. Thank you!!!

44 comments:

  1. I'm going to hire you to make me the juniper pants!! So cute! I love your bravery and creativity, you inspire me and I'm so happy to be your friend! Yay for 2023!

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    1. We should sew it together! We can help each other. Well, I'm not sure how much help I will be considering I have never made pants before :/

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  2. Yay! Happy 2013, doll! :) This is the best lapped zipped tutorial I have ever used: http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/09/cssa-inserting-the-zipper/

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    1. Thank you for the tip!!! I will definitely use that tutorial! xo

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  3. Sounds like a plan to me! So happy to have met you!! Looking forward to seeing those bound buttonholes! I considered them for the Beignet but as always I'm too in a hurry to finish.

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    1. Well, the Beignet has so many buttons! I don't blame you!

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  4. The bombshell dress is also on my list of dresses to tackle!!! We should try to work through it together :) Yay 2013!!!!

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  5. Happy 2013! And, beautiful image up there at the top of this post!

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  6. Wow, ambitious goals! And I love your idea to make LESS. I feel pressure to make things faster cos others bloggers are so speedy.. but if we rush, we're just cheating ourselves in a way :)
    Thanks for being part of the cool sewing blogoverse in 2012 :)

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  7. I too will be focusing on quality over quantity this year, so we're in it together ;o) I love the simplicity of your 2013 goals, which I'm sure you'll more than make a dent in. Can't wait to follow your progress!

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    1. Thanks, Marie! I feel like we should have buttons for our blog that say, "Quality over quantity" or something :)

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  8. Those are some great goals! I still haven't finished the bombshell! I lost weight in between but its such a great dress it would be a shame to waste it!
    Looks like Anise and Juniper are in a lot of peoples goals this year! Maybe we should do a little linkup between a few blogs, spur eachother on!
    Happy New Year Lovely x

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    1. Good idea, Stevie!!! Which one are you working on first?

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  9. I have the Anise and Bombshell on my list too, but for now focussing on a travel wardrobe for my trip in February! Good luck with your plans in 2013, I am looking forward to tracking your progress.

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  10. Ohhhhhh that Bombshell Dress is PERFECT! I'm back at work today, and wishing I could run out and search for the perfect fabric. I'll probably just daydream about it all day.....picture me rollin'. :)

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    1. hahah you're like me at work :) I just dream about fabrics all day!

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  11. great plans! I love my Anise jacket and I'm really sad I didn't get to wear it too much before it got too cold! She's coming back out in the Spring tho! How about a Juniper sewalong? I have the pattern and fabric but I'm scared of fitting trousers!

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    1. Oh man, a Juniper sew along would be awesome!! I also have the fabric and pattern, but I'm afraid of pants :(

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  12. A lovely list! Many happy sewing hours in 2013!!

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  13. You need to change the picture of your best friend!! You have upgraded! You know my goals, because I share them with you every time we talk.. hahaha. I can't wait to see your new creations this year!!!

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  14. Oh I love a lapped zipper! It remains my favorite of all zipper applications, and I use it on all of my skirts. :) My favorite instructions come from the softcover Singer Sewing Essentials handbook. Great color photos and simple, easy to understand instructions. (Actually that whole book is a little gem.)

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  15. Go Erin! I look forward to learning and being inspired by your posts. Thank you for encouraging me :)

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  16. you know that I'm all about quality vs quantity. If your previous years are any indication of this year, you're going to tackle your goals... no problem!

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  17. Happy 2013! I know you can meet & exceed your goals! I'm with Maddie: quality over quantity, all the way! ^_^

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  18. Happy 2013! I love your list and your focus on quality-- I'm right there with you! The Anise is my first big project of the new year... I'm a little scared, to be honest! I've never attempted something so time-consuming before!

    Looking forward to seeing what you make this year!

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    1. I'm excited to see your Anise! The coat is so cute!

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  19. Lol I could just copy your post and put it into my blog - it's pretty much what I want to do this year - I make stuff but end up rushing or settling for 'OK' when I get frustrated...

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  20. This is an awesome list! I really want to make the bombshell dress too... I must have watched all the classes about 5 times, but always chicken out of actually making the dress... maybe this year?

    (ummm, just to let you know, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award!)

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  21. Congratulations on such a great list of achievements and knowing what you want to do and learn in 2013.
    I've really enjoyed reading your blog too.

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