2016, BEGONE! I am thrilled to welcome the year 2017.
Here’s a reflective look back at my sewing activity, only to clarify how to move ahead. This may be an eye-roll moment, but indulge me.
I sewed consistently in 2016, and my wardrobe is now populated with self-made clothing. But I sewed wardrobe items I fancied at that moment, without a plan. There’s an imbalance between tops and pants (I don’t wear dresses). I even sewed unselfishly three times this year.
After using up stash fabric in most, not all, of the wardrobe and non-fashion items, I still don’t see an obvious dent in the stash. I want to quantify the progress so it seems more organized. How? A spreadsheet? Another eye roll moment but OCD stashers will understand. For now let’s break it down below.
What I made in 2016:
Jackets & wraps (third piece worn over other clothing): 6
Tunics, Tshirts, tops: 8 (2 unselfish)
Bottoms (pants, pajama pants): 4
Dress: 1 (unselfish). Used 2 fabrics in one dress (1 newly purchased, 1 stash item).
Home decor: 3
Total: 28 items.
Average: 1 item completed every 2 weeks or so. This is not a lot! Other sewers have sewn much more than I. Like Jilly. How does she do it?
New fabric purchased in 2016: 9 pieces. Sewed up 8 as of today. Ok, then.
Net de-stashed: 17 pieces. (remember the dress used 1 piece from stash and the other piece newly purchased). Now the math is getting a little out of hand……..
To conclude, 17 stash items in a large “collection” is not enough to make a dent it seems, but it’s more than I’ve done in years. I’m counting that as success. The de-stash journey continues.
What I need to do in 2017:
- Sew. With. A. Plan. Some people use the acronym SWAP.
- Begin each SWAP with stash fabric.
- Make more ethnic clothing. Remember the kurta posts? Type “kurta” in the search box and hit enter to pull up all my previous posts. I want to make more versions of the kurta suitable for me rather than my late mother. I’ll be sleekifying the kurta….
- Sew faster. I mentioned in last year’s post that in 2016 I’ll try to do a daily sewing project for and then share it on the blog – daily, for one week. Throughout the year, I found that I am not a daily project person. But… it’s still on my “just do it” list.
- Buy patterns mindfully.
- Begin drafting my own patterns.
- Finally – finally, sew a maxi.
Made any sewing plans for 2017? Do share!
Happy New Year, dear Readers! Thank you for reading, because these words are nothing without anyone to read them. I love you all.