1. Me Made May
|Day 1 of Me Made Me 2012|
Last year I pledged to wear at least one me made piece everyday with no repeat outfits. I did this reasonable comfortably as usually I wear something me made although the no repeats sent me into a bit of panic sewing . I can't promise there won't be any panic sewing, but Me Made May is a great opportunity to mix the outfits up a bit and wear clothes in different ways so I hope I'll be able to do that.
2. Independent Pattern Designers
I began sewing using Japanese Pattern Books (in Japanese with no Japanese language skill) so while they are pretty clear, I had to make up most of the instructions. This year I've used more English language patterns, (except for the Pavot). Having detailed instructions to work through some of the trickier bits has been great and my sewing, I hope, has improved. Well made garments is obviously a goal of 2013, but more than that though, it's been a revelation to me how many amazing independent pattern designers are out there drafting fabulous patterns. This year, I've sewn patterns from:
Collette (though this was a fail)
|Undies using So, Zoe's pattern|
3. Choose wisely
I spent a lot of time in 2012, sewing, thinking about sewing, reading about sewing...I read as much fashion 'stuff' as ever before, but I barely bought any RTW. In 2013, I hope I'll be as inspired, engaged and brave enough to tackle some tricky projects and continue to make clothes that reflect me. My goal is to sew wisely: materials, patterns, projects...... I might do a sewalong or two and if the sewalong with the little black dress/party dress suggested by The Perfect Nose takes off that would be a fun and challenging project. Who cares that I don't currently have an occasion to wear such a dress.
Having said that, I have two little boys, Ben, a big job and a whole lot of others and other things in my life. Time goes too fast and sometimes it's great to spend hours at the sewing machine (and computer), but sometimes it's not! For that reason I won't participate in KCWC in 2013. I've lost my sewing mojo for the boys anyway and the hour spent each day sewing for them in that week could be better spent actually with them.
4. Keep on improving
Goes without saying really. My little monthly projects helped focus me in 2012, so I might do a few of those last in 2013 (post our trip to France in March/April and Me Made May). I'd love to end the year not fearing zippers! I'd also like to get better with photographer and this little blog space. A few months ago I did a online course by pugly pixel on some basics on using CSS on the blog which helped. I seem to hang out here quite a bit so I may as well try and make it me. And one day I'll actually work through this tutorial from Lucky Lucille on how to do a moodboard in photoshop!
5. Be organised