Sew resolutions

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Really making lists can only be done in a Liberty print notebook right?

I rarely make New Year’s resolutions. This time last year I had one: to make it through planning and executing my wedding without dying of stress. I think I managed that! As well as getting hitched, 2014 turned into my big dressmaking year. I really got to grips with the basics of my sewing machine, I bought an overlocker, experimented with neoprene, sewed an exposed zipper and went nuts for knitting. Notable hits include the multitude of Coco dresses that now populate my closet, while epic fails included most of the times I abandoned using a pattern and tried to design something myself. Sigh.

My plan for 2015 is simple: keep on getting better. So here is the plan…

Tackle more challenging sewing projects

This year I’ve devoted a lot of time to mastering basics – simple tops, sweatshirts, pyjamas. Now I want to flex my creative muscles with something a bit more challenging. Top of my list to make is a jacket, something like the Named Mai pattern. I also want to try my hand at shirts.

Design a garment from scratch

As I mentioned before, so far I’ve not had a lot of success at turning the images of clothes in my head into reality. Something is always off. This year I want to change my luck as a designer, and in order to do that I want to…

Take a pattern cutting class

I’ve seen so many reviews for pattern cutting classes, from London College of Fashion to independent organisations like Ray Stitch and Sew Over It. If I want to make the leap from copying other people’s patterns to generating my own, this seems like the next logical step.

Make more blog videos

The reaction to my first video was so positive (thank you!) that I am definitely going to make more. Watch this space!

Finish a knitted garment

This one is a bit of a cheat, as after I put this on my list I did actually finish my Christmas pressie knit kit from Wool and the Gang. A post on this is coming soon, but in the meantime I will tantalise you with a snap of the most beautiful red yarn in the world…

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Technically I finished this project a few days before the end of the year, so it doesn’t count. But fear not, I already have another project in the works! Let’s see if I can get this one finished…

What self-improvement do you have planned for the new year?

What do you think?