Sewing Goals for 2017

Sew (see what I did there and yes that will be the only lame pun) for my first ever blog post and with it still (just) being January I thought I would begin by laying out my sewing goals for 2017.  Not only will this give you some idea of the types of projects that will be coming up here but it will hopefully keep me on track with my intended sewing plans!

As you will discover in an upcoming post I unfortunately have a tendency to impulse buy patterns and fabric, particularly when there is any form of a sale on (you know what I’m talking about, right?).  Then despite my best intentions to crank out some of these newly purchased projects most sit untouched for the longest time because there is no physical way I can sew EVERYTHING right away.  Acting on the advice of Anya from Anna Zoe who appears on the very first Maker Style podcast (if you’ve never heard of Maker Style you should definitely check out Rachel’s podcasts for sewing insight from the indie sewing community) I have begun to create a spreadsheet to organise my sewing and solve this problem.  It essentially lists all my unmade patterns and their fabric requirements cross-referenced to appropriate fabric in my stash where it exists.  The idea is that I when I wonder what to sew next all I need to do is look at my list and pick a seasonally appropriate item and grab the corresponding fabric from my stash.  The problem of pattern and fabric stash busting solved! Now all I’ve got to do is stick to this plan…let’s just see how I go with that.

In saying all this there is a special event in 2017 that will catapult some makes to the top of my ‘to make’ list.  My little bro is getting married!!! Not only that but he is having two weddings.  One, a legal registry office wedding in London with a casual pub reception and then the second a big and slightly more formal celebration/non-legal wedding at a vineyard in Portugal.  Cue two wedding outfits to make for moi as well as two outfits for my daughter (6) and son (2).  The hubby doesn’t get a handmade outfit because that would require too much material and time to achieve the right fit.  Luckily he hasn’t actually shown any interest in wanting one.

I’m worried this post is going to drag on if I go through all the clothes I intend to sew for the occasion so I’ll begin with plans for my outfits and then do another post on the kids outfits and a present for the bride.

My Wedding Outfits

I’m still undecided on what I’m going to make for the London wedding because I don’t know whether we’ll be at the registry office (it will possibly be my parents and the bride’s parents only) or just the pub at the evening.  Possible outfits from my current patterns include:

Yes there is some mega BHL love going on here as they really do nail glamorous dresses.  I have some gorgeous stretch sateen in from The Fabric Store that I have earmarked for the Georgia dress regardless of whether I wear it to the wedding or not.  For the Flora dress I was thinking it would look great in a scuba knit fabric (although it is technically designed for wovens) and Mood have such an amazing range BUT the instructions specifically state that the fabric must be 60″ wide to accommodate the circle skirt.  Bummer as Mood’s scuba is 54″.  As I’m still really digging the thought of scuba another option could be a scuba two piece similar to my Melbourne Cup outfit or substituting the skirt for something more fitted like Megan Nielsen’s Axel Skirt, version 3.  Let me know your thoughts.

Finally, for wedding 2 in Portugal I’ve decided on another BHL dress.  This time the ever popular Anna, which will be made out of some divine cotton/silk fabric that I picked up from The Fabric Store online (in the same package as my leopard print sateen) when they had a sale happening.

On a side note I have just been informed by TFS that I can place mail orders with their Australian bricks and mortar stores to take advantage of instore fabric specials..uh oh that could be dangerous.  Although I really would love to just travel the 4.5 hours it takes to get to their Melbourne store so I can see and touch the massive range of fabrics they house there.  Has anyone travelled crazy distances to touch and buy fabric?  As much as I love online shopping nothing beats actually being in a fabric store.

And on that note there we have my first blog post!

Catch you soon with part 2 of wedding attire planning and hopefully some actual makes.

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