Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Addressing the Re-sewlutions...

The year is fast approaching this end and I can't help but think about 2013 and the year ahead. First I want to thank everyone for sticking with me and reading through this year! I am so thankful that people read and comment on my little space and how I create. Especially through the last few months where I haven't had much to say!
I looked back at last years Resewlutions  and I can't help feeling I failed miserably in terms of sewing!
I'm not too forlorn though as my predictions about my life being very different and on doing my masters degree were correct. So we can't really grumble can we?

So things I did achieve this year:
I graduated! - This was a big deal for me, getting my degree in Fashion and Dress History just demonstrated to me how much I want to be in the world of museums, academia and historical dress.

I Started my Masters Degree - An extension of above, I found that getting employed into that world straight from an undergrad was rare, So I have taken on another two years study to get my Masters.
This is coupled with working for Worthing Museum and The Fashion and Textile Museum in London.
(now can you see why my sewing time has nosedived?)

I got a Job! - Not one I truly wanted, but one that will keep me going whilst I study. Caring for people with disability is hard, but it is my background and the place I work everyone is great so for now it buys me a few luxuries.

We bought a House! - This one I was not expecting! But this has been the hardest part of the whole year. We intended to move in within 6 weeks. We are still not moved in 3 months later, but hopefully after the Holidays we are going to be moving into our first house!
The kitchen is arriving as we speak!

I learnt to Knit! - This has been on my list a long time! I'm really pleased I did it, not having the space to sew has been really tough on me and picking up my needles and knitting almost anywhere has been a godsend! I intend to finish a large project soon and start honing my skills!

My Sewing has taken a hit this year because of all these big life changes, but hopefully this will be a thing of the past.
It turns out I didn't need a graduate wardrobe after all, which was fine with me but I would like to develop the idea of capsule sewing, as well as making a jacket and getting trousers right.
These are the three things I'd like to do this year. I gave myself a quota of more than 25 garments this year! I'm pretty sure I made something like 12 garments, HALF of what I made the year before. But I think its important not to get mad at myself. I do this for FUN not for a job. Its ok that i've had other things on, I still got 12 garments made by my own fair hands.

So this 2013 Recap:
No garment quota
Learn to make a nice fitting pair of trousers
Make a Jacket/Coat
Slow down and make everything to the best of my ability
Knit one sweater
Reduce my stash (yeah right :P)
Make a capsule of key pieces, considered and budgeted

What are you planning for the year ahead?


  1. Wow, you did so much this year!! Congratulations on ALL those things, you should be sooo proud of yourself.

    As for me, I don't do New Years Resolutions. Too much stress!

  2. it's not about achieving EVERY one of your goals, it's about working towards your goal. As long as you have a goal that you're working towards, it doesn't matter when you achieve it. Do it right and learn from each experience.

    BTW - I think it's VERY cool that you're studying Fashion and Dress History!

  3. I think we could all do with slowing down! Puts the joy back into everything! BTW have just nominated you for a couple of awards http://ooobop.com/2012/12/12/two-lovely-awards-from-two-lovely-ladies/ Thank you for being an inspiration :-)

  4. That's a pretty good set of re-sewlutions! Definitely sounds achievable and FUN. And what's the point if it isn't fun?
    I am not surprised you haven't kept up a production line with so much Real Life going on - that's a lot to happen in one year!
    Happy new sewing year when it comes!

  5. I love reading recap-of-the-year posts!
    I agree: you've accomplished SO MUCH this year, none the least of which graduating and buying a house! It's only normal that sewing took a backstage in your life these months. I am eagerly awaiting what you have in store for us creatively in 2013!

  6. Yeah... my sewing has taken an unexpected nosedive this year as well, so I know exactly how you feel. It's frustrating, but there ain't nothing that can be done about it! Unless of course you can function on only a few hours sleep a night. Regardless, you've still done some fabulous things :)

  7. Sounds like an exciting year 2012. :D I also did more working and less sewing this year, but hey, that's life. I really like your goals for 2013!


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