1. Sew Purposefully
2. Sew at least 10 garments from deep stash.
3. Donate more fabric
4. Buy fabric purposefully
5. Use some new patterns
6. Continue to track fabric in/out and blog new fabric purchases
7. Search the fabric and notions collections first
8. Move/Reorg fabric
9. Don't fall for the Big4 Pattern Sales
10. Create an Art to Wear piece
I would say that I did well with some of these goals, some are still in progress and I'm not sure about one.
o I did try to sew purposefully. I had several lists that I worked from and scratched garments made off of them so my sewing definitely had direction last year. GOAL COMPLETED.
o I did give away/donate fabric last year. While I didn't donate to a school, I did give large amounts of fabric away to a couple of sewing friends. GOAL COMPLETED.
o Nine garments were made from deep stash fabric last year
- The Wool Jersey Pembroke
- The Circle Border Print Shirt
- Dover Jacket in Flocked Glen Plaid
- Silk Twill Printed Shirt
- Eyelet Cardigan - Simplicity 8059
- Rayon Knit Pembroke
- Black Evening Maxi - Deer 'n Doe Myosotis
- 30 year old Holyoke Skirt
- Marimekko Maxidress
That actually wasn't bad and I'm pretty proud that I used so much deep stash fabric though going forward I'd like this not to be a goal. I'd like to be sewing only fabric from the collection and not adding so much more. GOAL COMPLETED.
o Eleven new patterns were used, four of which were Indie Patterns. I feel like I used more Indie Patterns this year than any other year. My favorites being the Deer 'n Doe Myosotis, Cashmerette Patterns (Pembroke & Holyoke) and Blue Dot Patterns. These patterns were used multiple times this year. GOAL COMPLETED.
o Continue to track fabric in and out - I did this consistently, learning much about my lack of control with fabric buying. GOAL COMPLETED.
o Limit my fabric purchases - I failed miserably at this.
My 2019 year end totals were:
Yards In: 319.5 (way too much yardage in)
Yards Out: 259.25 (not enough yardage out)
Difference: 60.25 yds (I can feel all of these yards in the sewing cave)
My goal this year is to bring the yards in total way down. I NEED to! I have so many treasures in the sewing cave that are sitting patiently waiting their turn to be used.
o When making shirts, I definitely checked my button and trim collections first. I only purchased notions when needed this year so I definitely fulfilled this and will be carrying it forward into 2020. GOAL COMPLETED.
o I haven't bought a Big4 pattern since August 2019. I actually find myself wanting to sew some more of the indie paper patterns, work with my TNT patterns and use some of the hundreds of patterns that I've already acquired. I'm over the Big 4 with the constant cycles, the social media push to only sew the latest and greatest especially when older sewists have been supporting them for years. GOAL COMPLETED.
o Create an Art to Wear Piece - while I don't think I did an actual Wearable Art piece I do think I'm on my way.
This shirt is my jump off point and I want to use more interesting fabrics in my regular garments going forward.
o Lastly I haven't reorganized the sewing cave yet. But I'm working on it and it will happen before 2020 ends. I need storage space and a redo of the cave will give me that.
I wrote several political posts last year and I will be writing more in 2020 as the mood strikes. However, today is the day we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the US and even though I've written yearly posts about this celebration, I just can't this year.
I feel like America is so fractured right now. That our politicians are failing not only the people of the United States but the Constitution which they're sworn to uphold. An impeached president sits in one of the highest branches of government and instead of realizing the seriousness of the situation, he continues to tweet, mock, and lie while almost taking the nation to the brink of war. I just don't feel like a quote is enough to reach those who believe differently than I do.
However, this quote appeared in The Washington Post article "Black Americans are deeply pessimistic about the country under Trump..."
Francine Cartwright, a 44-year-old mother of three from Moorestown, N.J., said the ascent of Trump has altered the way she thinks about the white people in her life.
“If I’m in a room with white women, I know that 50 percent of them voted for Trump and they believe in his ideas,” said Cartwright, a university researcher. “I look at them and think, ‘How do you see me? What is my humanity to you?’ ”
This struck me because actually 53% of white women voted for 45. I didn't use to wonder about this but I think about this all the time too...even in sewing situations. Sad right? But that is what this administration has brought us to...
So no wonderful quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. Just a plea to every American to vote. If you live in a state that disenfranchises black & brown people, make sure that your voter registration is correct and up-to-date. Make sure that you have the proper documentation to vote. Realize that it might take you longer or you'll have to make more of an effort to vote than your white neighbor. We're a year out. Do it now. Don't wait! Voting is our right! Don't forsake it and don't willingly give it away!
VOTE like your life depends on it because it just might!
...as always more later!