I know that new year resolutions are a complete waste of time for me, but I thought I’d make some anyway because it’s fun, and there is a good chance that some of these are actually doable:
- Do my best to at least attempt my Burda Challenge. From the 48 magazines I will own by the end of 2012 I already have fabrics matched up with 32 of them. This could also be classed as a stash-busting challenge if I really work at it. I also have plenty more fabrics in my stash so I’m hoping that as each month’s magazine arrives I have a good chance of already owning the right fabric for at least one project.
- Post a review of each project of my Burda Challenge on Pattern Review. I love that site and every time I look for a review of a BurdaStyle/BWOF/Burda Mag (whatever you want to call it) pattern, I always wish that more people would post their reviews. I will try to be one of those “more people”.
- Comment more on blogs I read. I cannot count how many times I’ve thought something is cute/nice/well made/etc and haven’t commented because I think my comment will be lame or unnecessary. Since starting this blog a mere few weeks ago I now understand how important (well they are to me) comments can be. NB – this doesn’t mean that the few people I know are reading this blog on a semi-regular basis *have* to comment on every post – just that comments are appreciated.
- Sew a few more of the non-BurdaStyle patterns in my stash. I have been undertaking a small project over the past couple of days where I have added a page to my blog that shows every pattern I own (plus a few that are on order). This worried me slightly when I started it as I thought I had a ridiculous number of patterns; but it turns out that I have (excluding craft/bags/hats) 93 patterns and from those I have sewn at least 48 garments. I say “at least” because I know that I have sewn a few of the patterns more than once. I do have 22 new patterns on order but no longer feel guilty about that because there is a very good chance I will sew from at least half of them. I still need to sew from more of them because the patterns are just soooo pretty.
- Learn to do a proper FBA.
- Make a pair of trousers. This will probably fall within re-sew-lution No. 1 because I have already picked trousers as a couple of my projects for the Burda challenge.
- Learn how to do a proper lapped zipper. I tend to ignore the instructions when they call for a lapped zipper and just use an invisible or sew it centred.
- Learn how to do a fly-front zipper. Again this will probably fall within the challenge.
- Find out or work out how the lining was inserted in a Next skirt I bought from a charity shop a few months ago. It is the neatest insertion of a lining around a zip that I have ever seen. The skirt needs taking in for me to wear it so maybe I’ll have to do a deconstruct (with photos) to work out how it was constructed. (If anyone is still reading at this point – remind me about this around April/May time when my summer clothes have been taken out of the attic and I’ll try to get some pics.)
- Stop being afraid of the camera and take more photos of myself in the clothes I sew. No-one reading this (except my mum and Mr RTS) will know that the few photos of myself that I have posted on this blog are probably the first photos I have allowed to be taken of me for about 16 years (since my wedding photos). The camera is not kind to me (as has been confirmed by people I care about) but I’m now getting old enough not to care 🙂
Happy New Year and Happy Sewing in 2012