Looking Back at 2016
I think my only sewing goals for this year revolved around enjoying 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 these goals. I got better as the year went on. I’m in a really good place to accomplish these sewing goals 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. Learn how to fix a zipper if the pull came off.
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. Here’s how to sew a collar and how to make a collar lie flat. If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.
5. Chambray Rayon Shirt – Cheyenne Tunic Pattern*: I have been trying to recreate the shirt on the right for YEARS. I have the pattern and now the fabric. I just need buttons.
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.
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.
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!
9. Dotted Chambray Woven Tee – Dressy Talk Woven Tee Pattern: I have a small remnant of pretty chambray fabric that I’d love to sew into a woven tee.
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. I also will need to brush up on how to sew swimsuit fabric.
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.
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.
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!