Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year - and my resolutions!

Any sore heads this morning?  I hope that 2014 finds you safe and well and that you managed to have some time over the Christmas/New Year to indulge in some sewing!

As with many others, I have been thinking long and hard about resolutions for this year.  2013 was a great year sewing-wise for me (see my review post) and I really want to capitalise upon the great garments that I now have in my wardrobe and fill in the gaps that I have left.

So these are my sewing plans for 2014:

1.  Sew a Chanel style jacket.  One of my Christmas pressies was Couture Sewing: The Couture Cardigan Jacket- Sewing Secrets from a Chanel Collector by Claire Schaefer.  I have also signed up for the Craftsy Class Sewing an Iconic Tweed Jacket - so I think that I am good to go!  I have some fabric in mind, and I am excited to get started!

2.  Proper, fitted trousers.  Like these ones.



I want to try a front fly, and I like that these have a lowered, quite wide waistband.  I plan to make some work trousers as well as casual ones and a pair or two of jeans.

3.  Wrap dress.  I picked up this pattern in a sale a few weeks ago.


I like that it has a few different sleeve options and is sized for different cup sizes - I am a 'C', so I am interested to see what difference this kind of pattern will make.  It has a centre back seam so I can make adjustments to accommodate my curved upper back, and they seem to be so flattering on ladies of all shapes and sizes.

I will continue my 'RTW Fasting' through Goodbye Valentino  - last year I only purchased one t-shirt that I picked up whilst on vacation in New Zealand.  And I'm good with that!

A couple of other plans I have for this year are to knit more socks.  I love handknitted socks and had to pretty much eliminate knitting last year due to a tendon issue called De Quervains syndrome, however, cortisone injections (and maybe surgery) are my friends, and right now I can knit!

And finally, Mr. SDSC bought me a spinning wheel - a very cute Ladybug.  I went to a summer show in 2013 and tried my hand at spinning - it was great fun.  So, I want to play with more fibre in the future.  And talk Mr. SDSC into buying some sheep and a couple of alpacas!!!

7 comments :

  1. You got a Ladybug!!!! I am so jealous. It is the one I would buy if I get into spinning. You do need those sheep and alpacas so you can do the whole thing. A friend of mine doesn't have the animals but she does beautiful work on her wheels.
    Am looking forward to seeing what you make this year.

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  2. Happy New Year and I hope all your plans come to fruition. My big plan for the year includes a new winter coat and I might join you in a Chanel type jacket. I have the most gorgeous boucle I got on sale at 85% off in Momtreal!!!

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  3. Love your plans..Such pretty pattern choices.. Best wishes with the New Year. Look forward to seeing what you will make.. You made some beautiful things in 2013... Happy sewing.

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  4. They sound like great plans. I too, wrote a Channel-esque jacket as one of my 2014 goals. Good luck with the tendon issue and recovery. And Happy New Year!

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  5. What lovely goals. I'm not quite ready to commit to the RTW fast, yet I do make the majority of my clothes. Looking forward to seeing your makes in 2014. g

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  6. I like your goals! I am planning to do a French jacket this year, make jeans that fit well, and make that wrap dress I was supposed to make back in October. So glad you are joining the RTW fast again!

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  7. You will be very inspired to make a Chanel jacket with the Craftsy class.
    It's a great class, it takes you through the process quite nicely.

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