Saturday, 18 January 2014

So 2014, what do you have in store?

Learning and improvement. Those are the two words that I will be focusing on for 2014, for sewing anyway. 

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!

Techniques
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!


12 comments:

  1. You'll have fun learning and using these new skills as you go along this year. Good idea to try and incorporate some into each garment you make.

    I'm following the Wardrobe Architect posts with interest too. Hopefully I'll actually be able to work towards creating a properly coordinated wardrobe!

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    1. It seemed the best way to build everything in together. A properly coordinated wardrobe is the dream! Good luck with building yours.

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  2. Ooohh... it seems like you allready have your plate full! I am shure you will make great things:) and I cant wait to see what you have in store for us the next weeks:)
    I will allso be following colette patterns for the next weeks, hoping that it will give me bright ideas, or at least an aha experience;) "Every workday morning I open my wardrobe and ask what have I got to wear?” I feel the exect same way!

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    1. I'm not sure why it is so difficult every morning. I'm obviously making the wrong choices as I pick things to sew but can't see that at the time of cutting!

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  3. Wow! That's a lot of techniques! I am also hoping to learn more about fabric this year. Tilly wrote a post about a fabric swatch book, which is expensive, but might be worthwhile investigating. Nessa, of Nessa's Place, let me know about it. http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/2011/07/fabric-book-ive-been-dreaming-about.html?m=1

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    1. It is, and I don't think I will try all of them this year. That would just be too much! I actually have that book and it is amazing. I keep dipping in and out of it but need to sit down with a cup of tea, no distractions and actually absorb what it says!

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  4. Oooh, I love your chart (CHART!!). Good luck with your new technique work in 2014!

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    1. Thanks! I couldn't resist the chart...

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  5. These are great goals for 2014, Claire! I am looking forward to hear about your fitting experiences with the fit for real people book! I also have the book and use it all the time, because there always seems to be a new issue when fitting a new pattern. I was trying my luck with princess seams today :P I can't wait to read about your new series either!

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    1. I've heard good things about this book but have yet to fully use it. I've enjoyed reading the opening chapters and feel like I have learnt a lot, especially of the issue of what measurements are used where. Ooh, princess seams. Can't wait to see that creation!

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  6. Hi Claire, nice to meet you!
    I've seen that we're in the SYWAC group together.... I love your blog, and your 2014's goals are interesting, can't wait to see your progresses!
    I'm having a Sew Basic Series atm, I've published on friday a roundup of bias binding techniques and My 10 tips for Serger's Beginners is my most read post... maybe I can help ;)
    Hugs from Italy,
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com (your newest follower everywhere!)

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