I've been thinking about what I could focus on. I've already promised myself I wouldn't set a challenge that requires a set number of items. While I loved my challenge last year, it did become a little stressful and I rushed the pattern choices at the end. I may not have bought some of them if I didn't feel the need to complete it.
There are a lot of techniques that I would like to improve or try. You can see some of them below although this list is by no means exhaustive!
In addition to techniques, I really want to improve my knowledge of fabrics – how they are constructed, what are their properties, how best to sew with them and try working with it, which fabrics work with what. You get the picture.
Then there is the battle we all have – fit. While the majority of my items fitted last year, I know they all could have been better. I suspect that Fit for Real People will be glued to my sewing table this year as I work out the alterations I should be making.
As if that isn't enough already,I still have the issue of being happy with my style and wardrobe. Every workday morning I open my wardrobe and ask “what have I got to wear?” I know that many others have been discussing making a wardrobe that you are happy with and I think I will be joining in. The Colette Wardrobe Architect exercise looks quite good and I’ll be following along with interest.
How do I tackle all of this without feeling overwhelmed? I’m going to try and roll as many of these as I can into each garment I make. I will plan the items more carefully to check that the pattern, the fabric and any details added are ones I will actually wear. I will continue to make, and spend longer on, toiles to check the fit. I will learn more about the fabric before I cut and build in technique(s) into the process. For example, I plan to sew the Robson coat this year. This offers the chance to consider fabrics I haven’t used before, or to mix them. I’ll have plenty of opportunity to improve my topstitching as well as making bias binding (if I can’t improve with this pattern, I have no hope!).
This means I will probably slow down this year. I would rather add fewer, better made items to my wardrobe than a lot of quickly sewn and less thought through items. That said I do have plans for a couple of new series to feature on the blog. One is still in development, but the other will be launched next weekend. I can’t wait to share it with you!