Musings of a Seamstress - McCall's 5520

Why hello and Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great holiday season!  It appears my 3 month sabbatical has come to an end and I am glad to be back.  I have some big goals for 2017 that I am excited to share.  But first, let’s talk about how I finished 2016.

My stash definitely grew this year. I brought in 261.75 yards of fabric!  Yikes!  But what is a fabric hoarder to do when a local Jo-Ann’s closes?!  I did end up using 116.25 yards of fabric though.  So, really I only added 145.5 yards of fabric to my stash.  Still that is a lot to add to the stash and brings my total stash to 836.5 yards.  EEPS!

Musings of a Seamstress - McCall's 8891

I made 45 garments in 2016.  They were mostly tops and dresses for myself.  I played it pretty safe in 2016 and made a lot of repeats.  My sewing year was about making quick and easy casual pieces.  The tops in these pics are some of the last garments I made in December.  All three are patterns I have previously made multiple times.  Even still I do enjoy them, but I wish I had made time to make a few more frosting pieces and a few less cake pieces. In case you are unfamiliar with the reference, cake are the basic everyday garments and frosting is the fun special one-off garments.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1062

What does this mean for 2017?  It means a whole lot more sewing needs to happen.  I have a short goal list this year.

  1.  Shop my stash instead of the store.  I have enough stash that if I sew up a hundred yards a year, it would take just over 8 years to use it all!  While I know I will give in and purchase some fabric this year I really need to focus on stashbusting.  My target number is 150 yards.  I am hosting a month for the Stashbusting Sewalong again this year, which will help out with that.  More on that at a later date.
  2. Make more frosting!  I have been planning some more in-depth pieces for 2017.  To start, I will finally be making the Grainline Studio – Cascade coat.  It has been three years since I made my last winter coat and two years since I made Eric’s wool coat.  I am due to make another now.  I also want to sew less casual knit pieces and more wovens.
  3. Participate more in the online sewing community.  I have not been as active as I would have liked to have been.  I have been watching from the sidelines but I need to jump in the game with everyone else.  This month I am participating in the 5th annual Jungle January, which is always a favorite of mine.  I will also be blogging on the Whatcha Wearin January.  There are a few other sewalongs I have signed up for too, and of course the sewing photo-hops on Instagram.

 

What are your sewing goals for 2017?

3 Comments

  1. Great goals: they sound worthwhile *and* achievable and I wish you luck! I applaud you for recognizing that going cold turkey on fabric shopping isn’t always realistic, because UGH is that ever hard. (Incidentally, your stash size makes me feel a little less bad about my own 500+ yards so…thanks? Haha!) I’m looking forward to following along, here and now on IG!

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