Whew! Well considering I spent a lot of this year feeling like I wasn’t doing nearly enough sewing, I definitely got quite a few pieces done! (And a lot more undergarments than I should probably feel comfortable sharing on the internet; I now feel like the queen of oversharing, SORRY.)
Items I’ve worn a lot:
- the Harrison shirt is the MVP of the year. I love it and I want to make more! It has a few minor fit issues that I’ll try to resolve next time, and my sewing could be better on it, but I’m always excited when it’s clean and I get to wear it again.
- The skull and heart underwear are ridiculously comfortable and I love them. I need to transfer that underwear pattern to tagboard because it is golden.
- The denim Selene skirt, despite what a pain it was to make, is functioning exactly as I dreamed – I wear it all the time.
- Is it too soon to call the Margot PJs a fave? I can already tell I’m going to be wearing them a lot.
And things I haven’t wound up wearing much:
- the first pair of underwear just feels too much like a swimsuit (in fact, I might add a top and call it a two-piece swimsuit)
- the first York shirt pulls badly at the upper center back. I just noticed today that the center back seam has torn, in fact, and I’m not sure what the best way to fix it is
- the second York is just… not quite right. I don’t like the feel of the material even though I like the way it looks, and it also still tugs at the back, and the blue binding doesn’t pull the blue out of the fabric like I thought it would, so it needs some additional blue trim to tie it together. With all that combined, I just don’t wear it a lot.
- The plaid Akita shirt is way too big and I have to be wearing something I feel comfortable tucking it into, or wear it with a belt.
I bought a grand total of three pieces of clothing for myself this year. One was a Captain America shirt (which was on my exceptions list from day 1), one was my yukata from Japan (obviously a special purchase and not something I consider to be aiding in overconsumption), and lastly, the grey sweater I got at the Bins (a rescue item, and one that needed mending at that – but it’s still the one of the three I feel guiltiest about).
I’m not particularly a clothes horse, so I knew it wouldn’t be that much of a hardship to keep myself from buying new clothes. What did surprise me was the number of thrift store items I wanted to buy and forced myself to put down since they were technically a clothing purchase. Yes, buying at thrift stores is marginally better since you’re not directly supporting sweatshops, but it’s still very easy to overconsume clothing at thrift stores since there’s just so much of it.
My other goal for this project was to get in the habit of sewing regularly, and to get better at it. I’ve certainly tried a whole lot of new things, and gained some additional skills, even though overall I don’t feel like I’m that much improved. However, I also obviously had some periods where the last thing I wanted to do was sew, and I know that came across in some really boring updates. (My stats say there are a few of you who read every week, and you must have the patience of saints, bless your hearts.)
What I’m going to do going forward is focus more on a project-based update cycle, rather than weekly updates. This means far fewer updates, I’m sure, but hopefully more interesting ones. I’m going to aim for at least one update per month, and more if I’m on a roll.
I’m also going to try to do more with my Instagram for intermediate updates. I’m very bad about using it now because a) people I know in real life are on there and I have anxiety, and b) I’m hoarding the few pictures I do take every week for my updates here, haha.
I’m excited about the new sewing space I’m going to have when I finally am able to move into my house (it’s looking like late February or early March, right now), and hopefully I can turn it into a place where just walking in will make me feel inspired and want to get to work! It’s been wonderful to actually be able to keep my sewing stuff set up all the time, but it will be even more wonderful to have an actual cutting table and a full-sized ironing board so I don’t feel like I’m bumping my elbows on everything while I’m working.
Happy New Year, folks, and here’s to a great 2018!