Sewing in 2019

Hi everyone, hope you’re having a wonderful day. I am still in the New Year spirit here, still writing 2018 in my diary/journal, ha! Since we’re still at the very beginning of the year anyway, I thought I’d talk about the past, present, and future of my sewing.

Let’s start with the past year, shall we…

2018 wrap up.

All in all, 2018 wasn’t a bad year for me in terms of sewing. I managed to cross some things off of my goal list, namely trying new fabrics, new designers, new techniques, and to learn more about fashion world. I did fail some goals too, like producing 52 blog posts, sewing a pair of jeans and lined coat/jacket. But… I did have so much fun in 2018.

There are a couple of highlights that really made my sewing/blogging year:

  1. I was featured in The Foldline newsletter for my makes/reviews and also had my makes shared on their Insta feed. It’s probably not a big deal for some, but for me it was a huuuuge deal! I was so giddy for days hahaha…
  2. I was selected as one of the winners of #JanomeMakes challenge hosted by @JanomeUK on Instagram in dressmaking category with my Freya dress. The goodie bag (or rather box) was amazing! And it was right before Christmas too, perfect timing.
Janome goodie box - #JanomeMakes 2019
The #JanomeMakes goodie bag ❤

I lost track of how many garments I made last year, I didn’t really blog about some of them, but if I were to pick a few of my favourites, it would be these ones:

The Fair Stitch 2018 sewing project faves.
Clockwise: Turia dungarees, Hinterland dress, Clementine skirt, Freya dress.

Now, let’s move on to the present and future…

Current projects and 2019 sewing plans and goals.

I have been loving/inspired by other makers’ #MakeNine posts. But, just like the previous years, I don’t think I could participate as I know I’m very impulsive spontaneous when it comes to my projects. Sometimes, I see fabric and the garment I want to make just pops in my head, other times I’d be influenced by what I see on Instagram, Pinterest, magazine, or even films, and (this is my fave) by new releases. So committing to 9 patterns at the beginning of the year when I only sew two garments a month seems a bit daunting to me. Why only two? Well… mainly time and financial restrictions, really.

Early in my sewing journey, I was making one garment a week for a while, obviously at the time I was completely obsessed, I was impatient to learn more, and I abandoned my other hobbies. I realised for that to happen, there were compromises I had to make; one for financial reasons I bought bargain-price fabrics and notions to fit within my monthly budget, and two I had no more time for art, reading, knitting, or baking. Week after week, all I did was just sewing, and I became less happy. I missed my art supplies, getting lost in a novel, my yarns, and the feel of dough in my hands. I craved for balance – still do actually to some extent. And the worst part was that I wasn’t happy with the way my garments didn’t last as long as I’d like – the colours fade quickly after a couple of washes, etc.

So it dawned on me that I’d rather sew fewer garments with better quality materials, which also means freeing a bit of my time for blogging, art, baking, reading, or knitting. This is also why I have no stash, every month I limit myself to buy enough fabrics for two garments and I’d start working on them straight away. Another plus is that I have time to ramble a bit about fashion/sewing every other week here on my blog – such as this one. As I’m still on a journey to find my way around fashion & my personal style, my non-project posts are very likely going to still be my research stuff – books, etc.

So far the system works for me, though I know that if/when circumstances change this system will also have to evolve.

The Fair Stitch Jenny Overalls illustration
The Jenny Overalls in watercolours.

January sewing project number one has already been posted (the Jenny Overalls), so that means I have another one coming next week. Stay tuned! 😉

As I said, I’m not doing the #MakeNine challenge, but after assessing my wardrobe I know exactly what I need to make this year. They are:

  1. Jeans.
  2. Maxi dress/skirt. I’m dreaming of boho look for the Summer *heart eyes*
  3. Trousers.
  4. Cardigans.
  5. Shirts/shirtdress. I’m making shirt/shirtdress in February for the #shirtmonth event on Instagram hosted by Indiesew. Are you joining in? I’m making the Willamette (Hey June) and Rosa (TATB). Also, hacking the Willamette into a dress sounds amazing! Check it out here.
  6. Lined jacket/coat.

I have created a Pinterest board of sewing patterns for my 2019 sewing plans. Some of the patterns I already own, but it’s not all set in stone, I may change my mind and go with other patterns. Being true to tradition, this year I also want to explore new fabrics (tencel, boiled wool or Melton?) and new designers. I’m also giving myself permission to keep being spontaneous and sew something that’s not necessarily on the list. After all, I have to keep it fun, right? 😉

As far as blogging goes, I am keeping it attainable, as in I’m not dreaming of 1000 followers by the end of the year (although that would be soooo awesome!). Rather, I want to maintain my weekly post for the whole of 2019 and see where this adventure will take me. I’m hoping the blog will keep on growing, along with my sewing skills.

So, those are my sewing plans and goals for this year. Care to share yours? 🙂

Happy stitching,

Faye

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5 thoughts on “Sewing in 2019

  1. Great post! I can’t wait to see the jeans and the lined coat that you will make in 2019. This is my first year trying the make nine challenge, but I agree, it really is tough picking patterns to make in 1 year from now.

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    1. Hi Kris, good luck on your Make Nine, I’m living vicariously through you and everyone else taking on the challenge 😀
      I’m excited about the jeans, I’ve got the patterns already (the Ash and Dawn from Megan Nielsen), should be “fun” making the toile.

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