I’ve been quiet lately. Part of it is that because even though I am sewing, it’s all stuff that needs to stay secret for awhile longer. Part of it is because I’ve had a slew of computer issues lately that resulted in my husband giving me my main Christmas present early– he likes to go a bit over-the-top when it comes to giving me presents, and he bought me a new computer! So I’ve been trying to get stuff transferred from the old computer to the new, but that’s been one issue after another. I’ve finally managed to get the files on there, but it dumped it all onto one hard drive with no rhyme or reason, so I’m in the process of reorganizing EVERYTHING. And finishing installing programs and such. And hopefully finding the approximate half of my extensive music library that didn’t seem to transfer– yikes! I do actually have some Christmas-themed projects to post, but they’ll have to wait until I get things sorted and feel comfortable loading pictures on there again!
But enough of my IT woes. Let’s talk end-of-year stuff, shall we?
I’m doing a Gillian-style roundup this year! Due to all of the computer issues, I’m starting with the ones least likely to need photos, and hopefully by the time I get to hits and misses, I’ll have this sorted. I’ll probably also do a knitting and other crafts one later, but I’ll stick with sewing for now.
Top 5 Reflections: What I learned
1. I’m a slow sewist. It seems there’s so many sewing bloggers out there that can just crank out one fabulous garment after another. I am not one of them. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, since I definitely have a perfectionist streak, and taking my time means I’m more likely to be happy with the finished project. But still–I was looking back, and I actually only sewed 10 garments this entire year! I think that’s my lowest number since I started this blog! Granted, that doesn’t count the time I spent making accessories for the wedding, or gifts for friends, or those bedroom curtains that took way longer than they probably should have. And I did spend 3 months on just that One Dress. (Or, you know, several major life changes, like getting married and moving!) Still, the sad truth of it is that I just don’t have as much time to sew as I wish I did. And until my work schedule changes, or I have a shorter commute again, it will stay that way.
2. I need to be more realistic in my goals. Like when I meant to make 5 pairs of pants during Pantsapalooza, and it took me the entire 4+ weeks to make one pair. But I do this to myself every time–for every new season or sewalong that comes my way, I always think I’ll get more done than I can honestly accomplish, and I get frustrated at how little I finished at the end. So I think I need to scale back some, settle on 1 or 2 things at a time, and then it will be a pleasant surprise when I have time to do more!
3. Couture sewing can be fun. And also a huge pain in the butt. But for someone who absolutely used to loathe handsewing, I definitely learned to relax and enjoy the process more this year. I guess knitting actually sticking has helped my patience levels immensely!
4. Stashbusting is great, but sometimes a girl just needs a new piece of fabric to get inspired. Or a new pattern. I’m not giving up on busting the stash, and I think I did pretty decently with it this year, all things considered. But I don’t need to feel guilty about occasionally buying new things, either. Especially when I just don’t have fabric on hand for something I really need.
5. My organizational skills need work. It definitely helps that I have built-in organizational skills via my husband now! But I always waste a lot of time trying to figure out where I set that thingy that I was just using. And I definitely had a few incidents of thinking I had notions that I didn’t, or buying things I already had. Now that I live even further from anywhere to buy sewing stuff (you’ve all heard me lament occasionally how Joann’s is the only place in the state–and now the Super Joann’s is close to where I used to live, and the only local one is a smaller Joann’s!), I really need to get on top of this.
Actually, I’m not claiming this as a goal for 2014, but I have made a goal to try to get my craft room reorganized before the end of this year! I will have more free time starting next week, when my seasonal retail job lets me off for the winter. So I want a fresh start, so I can spend those two glorious months when I’m pretty much guaranteed to have no work other than my flute teaching sewing as much as possible!
Top 5 (Plus some) Inspirations: Bloggers, etc.
7. Indie pattern designers! A rather huge percentage of this year’s projects were from smaller companies’ patterns. Sewaholic and Cake Patterns were the big winners, with 3 and 6 projects, respectively. (Even though my Cambie and the last Hummingbird skirt were heavily modified, I’m still counting them.) I also acquired patterns from Grainline Studios, Deer & Doe, Maria Denmark, Colette Patterns, and Megan Nielsen this year. But in spite of my good intentions, and often already buying fabric to go with, I haven’t actually sewn any of those up yet. Maybe that should be one of my goals for 2014…