Hello! Last month I publicly shared my goals for 2018 so that way I would hold myself accountable to someone (aka, anyone reading this!). I thought doing a monthly round up of how my goals are going would be an added way to help me stay on track.
Let me take you through my goals and share an update on each of them.
I took the time to finish a dress hem by hand (a pleated circle skirt nonetheless) and didn’t rush any quilting projects. I completed two of my January block of the month and printed a new paper piecing project that I started collecting the fabric and notions for this month.
Tackling New Things
I hemmed my dress by hand and made a bathing suit in January! It was testing a new pattern so I can’t share it just yet, and I have a few changes that I need to make, but I did it! Oh and it has a built in bra so that’s two new sewing projects in one garment!
I haven’t finished any of the UFOs yet, but I did make an effort to better organize them. All UFO garment projects are now in two baskets in the hallway cabinet and all quilting UFOs are in plastic storage containers under the bed. I went so far as to add the threads and notions too so when I’m ready for any of these projects I’m 100% ready to roll.
Make More Separates
I made one shirt and thought about other separates. I looked into ways to improve my pants/jeans making skills and really wanted to take the Jeans Master Class with Lladybird in August at Pintuck & Purl, but that would have decimated by sewing budget for the year so I looked into online alternatives. I got really lucky and during my search got an email that the Sew Your Dream Jeans e-course from Closet Case Patterns was on sale! I promptly enrolled.
I plan to construct the jeans with my Bernina and topstitch with my Pfaff, but Hubert (my Bernina, named for the fabulous Hubert de Givenchy), is heading out to be serviced this week so jeans making will wait until he returns.
In January I also cut matching sweaters for my boyfriend and nephews and finished the one for Ryan. So even though it wasn’t for me, it helps me reach my goal to sew more seperates!
Use What I Have
I did not do so well at this goal. I purchased 29.5 yards of fabric in January and only used 14.75. I need to get my used number to be higher than the purchased number! February is a new month and a new opportunity to succeed. February is also the Fabric Extravaganza in Nashua, NH and a few friends and I are going to check it out so I’ll have to try and show restraint! 🙂