Friday, January 2, 2015

Sewing Goals for 2015

I love to set sewing goals in the new year even though I know I won't make everything I want to.  There's only so many hours in a day, right?  I surprised myself last year by making things I actually wore a lot and I obviously want to continue that.  In 2014 I divided things up by season because it was easier to wrap my brain around it.  This year I'm starting by listing some cold weather items I want to make.  Then I'll re-group once the weather warms up.  It's hard to plan when you know there will be some new patterns released you'll want to jump on.

  • My first make of this year is going to be the Papercut Rigel Bomber. Ginger Makes is coordinating a January Sewalong but I am having a very hard time deciding on fabric. 
  • The Deer&Doe Pavot coat is another one I want to sew up in a red wool crepe I've had sitting on my shelf for over a year. 
  • Jeans.  UGH.  I purchased the Craftsy Jean-ius course forever ago and actually started watching it in November.  I was trucking along until I got to the muslin part.  I have everything cut out but stopped in my tracks when there was a lack of instruction on how to sew the fly.  I've never made pants before.  I could probably figure it out through tutorials but I don't know how to draft the fly parts.  I want to tackle this beast before spring.
  • I never made the Archer shirt last year even though I have the pattern pieces taped together.  A button up shirt would be a good addition to my wardrobe if I ever get around to it.
That's four things.  Four things is reasonable, right? I would also love to make the Grainline Linden sweatshirt in the winter and the Sewaholic Robson coat closer to spring but that might be setting my sights too high. 

I've decided to do the RTW fast through Goodbye Valentino again this year.  It was surprisingly easy not to buy clothes last year.  I did allow myself to buy a pair of tights on January 1st.  Some things don't seem cost effective to make and that was one of them. 

Looking forward to 2015!


  1. I think it is a great idea to set a few specific goals. I have a huge stash of fabric and even larger inventory of patterns, but no idea what to make next. Your four goals appear challenging, but definitely doable. I, too, want to make the Rigel Bomber Jacket, as well as jeans. I signed up for two Craftsy courses on jeans making, but also plan to refer to the Closet Case Files sewalong for the Ginger jeans pattern. You may find the session on the fly front zipper helpful:

  2. Yes, 4 things is quite reasonable - but I'm sure you'll get adding to it....
    I've also joined the RTW 2015 fast again with Goodbye Valentino. As you say, it's quite easy not to buy clothes, it didn't really bother me.
    Good luck figuring out the Jeans. This is one of my projects to start in January.

  3. Best of luck with the RTW Fast (I'm in too!) Looking forward to seeing how your bomber turns out. Great choice x

  4. I always set more sewing goals than time or resources allow. I like yours! That Sewaholic coat has me swooning, and I'm eyeing that Grainline sweatshirt. I'd love to sew something cozy like that.