How a New Years’ resolution helped me get my sewing motivation back, again and again.
Let me begin this post with saying that I don’t usually make New Years’ resolutions. A year is a long time and I don’t like making goals that I can’t keep or that I might lose interest in. The last few years have been a bit of a roller coaster: moving cross country, working full time, getting pregnant, having a baby, staying home, recovering from a c-section, then recovering from gallbladder surgery. It was also hard to predict how much time my young toddler would give me to sew.
But, at the beginning of 2017 I was thirsty for a new challenge! I heard of a Facebook group called: 100 Items Sewing Challenge. Group members sew up 100 items in 2017 and enter monthly drawings for prizes. I loved the idea of this challenge because it was open ended and gave me an opportunity to focus on quantity not quality. (Trust me, that’s not a bad thing!) I sometimes dread finishing projects – please tell me I’m not alone!! Maybe I get bored, I get stuck on a technique, or I find a new shiny project and I put the current project aside.
Leaving a lot of projects unfinished drives me nuts! Sewing just 8 projects a month helped me to sew through my stash.
I sewed a lot of smaller projects, which helped me use up remnants. The 30 new items I added to my wardrobe included 13 tops, 8 bottoms 3 dresses and 1 swimsuit. 17 of the items I completed in 2017 were sewn during pattern tests. Perhaps I am most proud of the fact that I sewed through 69 yards of fabric!
Things that I really enjoyed about this challenge:
- Taking a picture of each item
- Not every picture had to be a pretty blog photo.
- I didn’t feel pressure to blog about every item I made.
- Turning a negative into a positive: We all have fabric we regret buying, projects that didn’t turn out as we envisioned. I enjoyed finishing these projects so I could start something new.
I had many days where I lost my sewing motivation (my sew-jo, as I call it). But overall, I found that having this sewing challenge helped me get my sew-jo back. Because each project could be as simple as I wanted, it was easy to find something I wanted to sew.
Having a goal in mind and working towards it really increased my self-confidence as a sewer.
Most of my projects were really simple sews that I could complete in a few hours and used techniques I was familiar with. I didn’t learn a lot of new techniques this year and that is okay! What I needed this year were small projects and small wins to get me through the mundaneness and the difficulties of life. A few of my favorite projects from the past year included my Kathryn Dress, my Jalie swimsuit (I mean, we all should feel awesome for making a swimsuit, amiright?), my daughter’s Lulu dolman tops and her Fern Cardigan.
Plans for 2018:
I’ve got some exciting plans for 2018! I want to focus a bit more on intermediate projects this year. I have plans to sew my own Liana Jeans (eek!), a shirtdress and a swimsuit. I want to make more cold weather items in preparation for our upcoming move north.
I plan to participate in a sewing challenge group called 52 Week Sewing Challenge. I won’t be participating every week, but I will be utilizing the group for inspiration. I also have plans to collaborate with Mahlica Designs for a Who Made It Best Competition. I am an ambassador for Southern Belle Fabrics and a member of the Promo Team for Jalie Patterns. Some very exciting things in 2018!! I am excited for a new year, a fresh start and more things to learn and share.
What are your sewing plans for 2018? Do you have patterns or fabrics you are hoping to use? I hope you’ll comment below, and as always, thanks for reading!