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!!!


  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.

  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!!!

  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.

  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!

  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

  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!

  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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