Sunday, 30 December 2012

Top 5 of 2012 - Reflections, Inspirations and Goals


Top 5 of 2012
Carrying on with Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow's 2012 wrap up, the reflections, inspirations and goals really made me think.

Reflections

1. I love sewing! 
I always used to like it a lot, now I am doing it more and better than ever and I love it, the more I do it, the more I love it.  I love the time with just me and my machine, I love the process of making two dimensional fabric into a curvy, shaped garment, I love the creative process of putting a garment together and making it my own.

2. Slow Sewing
When I was a teenager and in my early 20s before I had a serious job or needed sleep, I used to start making a garment in the afternoon and have it finished to wear the next day.  However looking back most of these were rush jobs and were lacking in quality or detail.  Now I would rather take longer to finish a garment and be happier with the finished product.

3. A New Love of Clothing
For the past few years I haven't spent much time sewing and as a consequence had to go to the stores and purchase RTW. This is usually a traumatic experience with many hours spent trawling through the shops trying to find something that kind of fits that I would settle with. Now I can be happy with a garment, the fit, the colour and the design.  I also love having clothing that no-one else has. I love to go out and know that I won't run into someone wearing the same thing. I also like that I have my own style and that I can express it

4. Confidence
Making my own clothes and blogging them has given me more confidence in myself and with my shape.  I no longer have to fit into a specific size dictated by a store.  My small shoulders, larger bust and shortness are no longer of consequence! 

5. Support
My hubby is super supportive of my hobby and gives me the time and space when I need it. For this (and so many other reasons) I love him dearly.

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Inspirations

Other bloggers have really helped keep me motivated to take care of the quality of the garment and the fit.  I don't want to post up items I am not happy with, so you bloggers out there keep me pushing myself to make better and better garments. I also like seeing people with a similar shape to me as it helps me find patterns to suit me that I might not otherwise try.  I can't narrow it down to five as there are so many bloggers I love, maybe just check the blogroll to the right as I can't even name a few for fear of missing someone!

Independent pattern makers - Colette, Sewaholic and Megan Nielsen are my favourites, but I am sure that there are many others I haven't discovered yet! When I previously sewed more I always used to get frustrated that the big companies didn't have patterns that I liked, the independent pattern makers really seem to be addressing the demand for what is needed. I seem to gravitate towards these more than the Big 4.

Goals for 2013

1. Make more of my vintage patterns, I have a great stash just waiting to be used
2. Make muslins more often to guarantee a better fit
3. Organise and catalogue my patterns
4. Really take time to think through my makes...will the pattern suit me? will I wear it? is it the right fabric for the garment? what do I need in my wardrobe?
5. Make a fun or "frosting" garment - it is always fun to have some frosting!

Wow - that's my wrap up for 2012.  I am looking forward to a productive 2013!



18 comments:

  1. I'm with you on taking more time to think about what I need and what suits me and also more fun garments - I need more polka dots in my wardrobe!

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    1. I believe everyone needs more polka dots in their wardrobe!! My next project, cut out but not started is a red polka dot dress - fun!

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  2. I'm with you on a new love of clothing. I used to love shopping for clothes, but this past year of taking the Seamless Pledge and increasing my sewing has made me love my handmade wardrobe even more. I feel so much more luxurious in a garment I've made, and taken the time to make well!

    I'm also with you on making some vintage patterns - it's one of my goals for next year too!

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    1. I took the Seamless Pledge too, in fact today is my last day! Seemed pretty easy to stick to as I get so frustrated by what is in the shops, the quality (or lack of), the fabrics, the styles. Homemade is definitely the way to go!

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  3. What a fantastic post! It's like I've written it myself, everything you write fits in on me too. The confidence I've gained by sewing and posting and the inspirations I get from other bloggers (one of them being you!). I love H&M and used to buy most of my clothes there, now I can't even remember the last time I bought something there. Sewing is awesome!

    Happy new year! Looking forward to your next project!

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    1. Why thank you for your kind comment :)
      I used to get inspiration from shopping, I would copy things but make them better quality or change the style slightly - now I seem to just do my own thing for the most part!

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  4. Wonderful post and so well said.I agree totally.. I love sewing, I love the wonderful blogger friends.[And it is so awsome, that friends are made all over the world, and regardless of age..we are all accepted.]
    Love your blog Lizzie, you are such an encourager. Happy sewing 2013!!

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    1. The bloggers and followers out there are amazing aren't they, so supportive and friendly - it has opened up a whole new world for me!
      As always, thank you for your kind words :)

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    1. Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!

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  6. I love all of your reflections! I'm so glad that sewing is so enjoyable for you and that you've had such a great year!

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    1. A fabulous year for me - cannot wait to make this one just as good. It is so nice to enjoy some "me time" sewing. Happy sewing!

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  7. hmmmm lots of food for thought here, I really enjoyed reading your post and pondering my own sewing (some more!)

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    1. It's always good to reflect every now and then, puts it all into perspective. It stops me going gungho at a project and then changing my mind or having a better idea.

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  8. All of your reflections really resonated with me as well, especially the slow sewing. I wonder how much has to do with discovering the sewing blog world? Everyone who shares and comments are always so supportive and encouraging! Looking forward to your 2013 creations.

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    1. I think you are right, the sewing blog world has opened my eyes a little and it is so nice to share creations with one another. It is helpful to get tips on issues with patterns and to get feedback when needed. I only wish I had discovered this world earlier!!

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  9. I really relate to all your reflections; sewing has taken me along a similar journey of discovery. I especially enjoy how as I'm getting better, I'm more able to express myself - it's nice to hear you have had a similar experience :) Here's to an amazing year ahead! :)

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    1. Hear, hear!! Onwards and upwards. Weird, I have been sewing years, but only since I joined the blogging community have I really started learning in leaps and bounds.

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