New year re-sew-lutions 2019

As tradition goes, January is the month when we make New Year resolutions and for a month or two try really hard to stick to them. Or are you one of those people who actually manage to go through the entire year without a fail??? If you are, I’m so proud!!!

Last year I didn’t have any specific projects in mind so decided to work more and expand my sewing skills. I divided my re-sew-lutions into two categories:

  • first time
  • space for improvements

In each category I had picked six different skills I want to learn or improve and for most of them I did pretty well. The first category included french seams, piping, fabric covered buttons, snaps, bound buttonhole and zip with lining. I use french seams in majority of my makes now and had a go at practicing snaps attachment and bound buttonhole. I also made a skirt and dress with a zip and lining. What I failed to learn in the past 12 months I am hoping to learn this year (fingers crossed).

The second category included improving already known skills such as: collar corners, sewing darts, inseam pockets, top stitching, buttonholes and welt pockets. I can say that apart from making welt pockets I had successfully practiced and got better at on all other skills. So happy!

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This year I want to do something a little bit different. As I already talked in my previous post I had picked nine ambitious projects to make in the next 12 months, so I decided that my sewing resolutions will interplay with those plans.

1. Use that fabric stash

I had chose at least two out of nine projects for this year based on my fabric stash. I will finally use this lovely boucle fabric for Chanel jacket and brown stretch denim for Erin skirt by Sew Over It. I had made a conscious decision to use as much of the fabric I already own as possible, so hopefully will not make any spontaneous purchases for the next few months.

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2. Different fabric

My second new year resolution is to learn and understand the difference between fabrics, how they behave, sew, drape, their quality, structure etc. I believe with more knowledge will come easiness to pick the right fabric to the right pattern. This way I will reduce the number of makes that will end up in the FAIL pile and saves me a ton of money, time, effort and disappointment.

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3. Draft a dress

Pattern cutting is something that I want to expand my knowledge even further this year, so I will draft my Dressmaker Ball dress! This is something new to me, as so far I only  drafted shirt and a jacket. I need to start this as soon as possible as the time is ticking fast!

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4. Male fitting

With each new make and each new pattern I try I have a bigger understanding how to better fit for my body, but with one of my projects being a classic male shirt I will have to learn to fit for a different body type entirely. I want to widen my horizon a little bit more this year and I think this is something that will teach me and surprise me a lot!

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5. Use that pattern stash

Every month there is a number of new patterns available on the market that I would really love to try, but sadly there is not enough time to sew them all up. Similarly to ever growing fabric stash, I have a bunch of patterns that are waiting to be used. Instead of buying a new pattern ( no matter how gorgeous), I want to use my existing collection as much as possible! Out of my nine makes that I am planning to do, I most probably will only purchase a pattern for Trench Coat, as there are so many little details that I think it would take me forever to draft them myself.

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6. New techniques

With all the drafting and fitting out of the way I really want to carry on improving and expanding my sewing skills wherever possible! My main focus for this year is to learn and try some couture methods and techniques. I have a number of books that am currently reading to educate myself on this subject. Planning on sewing Chanel style jacket and Trench Coat will definitely give me plenty of opportunity to try and experiment.

 

 

There you go! My New Year resolutions ! A lot to learn this year!!!

~ do you have any plans or resolutions for this year?~

Monika xxx

Make nine 2019 plans

Hello! Hope you are happy and well!

Today I would like to share with you all about my plans for Make Nine 2019. Make Nine hashtag is growing in popularity among crafting and sewing community and this year I thought it would be fun to join in the experiment. The challenge is pretty simple. Anyone who want to participate have to pick 9 projects that will try to complete during the next 12 months, document all makes and post them on blogs or Instagram using #makenine2019. There are no prizes( as far as I am aware), it is just for fun, which I am all about!!!

My chosen makes for this year:

  1. Erin skirt by Sew Over It. I picked this particular pattern because of it’s simplicity and casual look, and I really like the front button placket on this skirt. I am still figuring out my style and what type of clothes suits me, so not sure how this will turned out, but I had this pattern since last year so now is the time to bring it to life. Erin skirt comes as one of five patterns from Lisa Comfort eBook “My capsule wardrobe, City break”. I plan to make it with dark brown denim fabric from my stash and jeans type buttons.

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2. Classic Trench Coat. We all need at least one of this in our wardrobe, don’t you agree? I do not have a specific pattern in mind just yet, as I did not come across anything that I would like. Let me know if there is any pattern that is worth considering! I also need to research some more on a type of fabric best suited for Trench Coat.

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3. Another make that I yet need to find pattern for, hovewer I am considering just drafting it myself. What I like about this blouse is the simplicity of the pattern, yet the silk and lace combination looks classy and sexy.

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4. Wide leg trousers. I am thinking to use Lander pants pattern by True Bias in more drapey fabric, because they fit me pretty much fine after making some adjustments while sewing the shorts version last year. I could possibly widen them at the bottom to create wide leg effect, but at this point I am not sure. It will depends on the fabric I will choose and the final look that will be desired.

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5. Channel Jacket!!! What more do I need to say?!?!? It is another classic item that is timeless and beautiful. I already have a Boucle type fabric in my stash that I want to use. It’s been waiting for over a year now, but too be honest I am a little terrified to start this project. Any help or tips would be welcome 🙂

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6. Jumpsuit. I hope they will still be in fashion this year, as I love how comfortable they are. They are many patterns available on the market, so I need to make up my mind and pick the one I like the most. I do not have the fabric yet, but I want it to be plain color, maybe grey or khaki?? Not sure yet.

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7. Velvet wrap top. Most probably I will use an Eve dress pattern by Sew Over It for this project because I like how it looks. Thinking to make it with normal sleeves because I already made a top with fluted sleeves last month.

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8. A little selfless sewing project. I am planning to dive into sewing for my partner and a classic shirt with collar seams like a great start. I might use one of the Burda patterns I have in my stash. I am curious about what fabric my partner will choose…

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9. Lace Dress. This without a doubt is the biggest project that I have planned for this year. I am dreaming about making a similar dress for Dressmaker Ball that I am attending this March, so  do not have a lot of time to waste. I had a practice run using lace fabric last year and made a little top, but still am scared that I bit more then I can chew!

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Here you go! My Make Nine 2019 plans!

~Are you taking part in this challenge this year?~

Monika xxx