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!

Re-sew-lutions 2019

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

Re-sew-lutions ???

I normally do not have New Year’s resolutions because I can NEVER make it through first month. I know, it it so bad. However, this year I will make an exception! Why do you bother Monika, you may ask?? I tell you why… Because I got inspired by sewing community to create sewing themed resolutions….not usual ones, like, loose weight, eat less chocolate, exercise more …. These are very boring goals.

Instagram is filled now with posts about re-sew-lutions. Many opted to follow #makenine2018 challenge. This is another challenge, similar to #sewmystyle2018 that lasts all year round. The difference here is that every individual plan their own 9 makes. It can be whatever they feel like doing. You post a picture of nine projects that you aim to do the next 12 months, then fallow up with updates on your progress during the year or do a big reveal in December.

As I have already comitted myself to a #sewmystyle2018 challenge I will not participate in #makenine2018, because of a lack of time available.

I am on my last year of studying and though that sewing is “me time” to relax and have fun. I don’t want to be on a deadline.

I divided my sewing resolutions into two categories:

  • My First time (I know how it sounds hihi )
  • Space for improvement

First category include 6 sewing activities that I have never tried before….as the saying says….there is first time for everything. These are things I really want to give it a go, as I like how it looks:

  1. French seams- I think they look so beautiful. It gives a garments such a clean finish.

I will follow https://grainlinestudio.com/2012/03/15/sewing-tutorial-french-all-your-seams/  tutorial to ensure I end up with perfect seams.

2. Piping- it adds a character to a garment.

I love it how Casey Maura used it on her gorgeous Mimi blouse from Tilly and the buttons. I absolutely adore it, and will try to make my Mimi with piping too. Thank you for your inspiration Casey!!!

3. Fabric cover buttons- sometimes I cannot decide or worst cannot FIND the right buttons for a project, and this is a great solution.

Don’t they just look lovely!?!

I have already purchased Hemline self-covered buttons in different sizes. Now I need to figure out how to cover it with fabric of my choice.

Thought this tutorial might help :).

4. Snaps – I do not like to sew buttonholes and this looks like a nice alternative to finish an opening of a top or a dress. 

For some reason it looks easier to do then sewing a number of buttonholes…hopefully I am not going to be disappointed when I actually try this 🙂 Found another great tutorial on this subject, yeahhh

5. Bound buttonhole- this looks like very challenging task, but it is so beautiful that I really want to do it.

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I plan to add a bound button on a next coat that I will make. It meant to be a Rumana coat for February #sewmystyle2018 project, however recently another pattern has be added and I like to make this one instead. More on that in future post 🙂

6. Zip with a lining- So this one is a little tricky for me. I have sewn zips, and I have sewn lining before, but never together.

I am a bit confused on how to attach a lining to a zip… any clues??? Maybe with a Sewaholic’s help I will be able to do it!

The second category include 6 tasks I am familiar with, but I need to be better at:

1.Collar corners- do you ever find yourself sewing collars that end up being unsymmetrical? That is me…most of the time. I will spend so much time on matching corners and they never look perfect. Very frustrating!

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Next time I will make a collar it will be on my Mimi blouse. I will follow the instruction in the Love at first stitch book, so I am hoping for a better result.

2. Darts- my failure here is purely based on my laziness to transfer it properly from the pattern. I need to find some tips on how to do it more efficiently. Please help !!!

3. Inseam pockets- hmmmm pockets, who doesn’t like them? I know I love pockets, however I find sewing inseam pockets a bit confusing. Never know how to finish the seam…annoying.

If you are like me, follow this tutorial for the perfect pocket.

4. Top stitching- so this one is easy…..not really, is it me rushing, or is it me not paying enough attention? Whatever the reason my top stitching needs to be more even in the future.

5. Buttonholes- I think this is my most dreaded sewing task. Hate to sew buttonholes. I always end up with every buttonhole looking different….not a good look, believe me.

Thanks to Melly Sews I am less scared.

6. Welt pockets- these are my favorite pockets. Obviously not the easiest ones to make…But practice makes perfect, right?

If you never tried to sew welt pocket, you need to go over to Oliver=+s blog, where you will find useful step by step instructions.

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Here you go, my sewing resolutions for 2018 🙂

Wow, looking at how much improvement I need is exhausting and very exciting at the same time. What are your Re-sew-lutions for this year??

Monika xxx

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