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I pride myself in being a really positive person, but I’m also a realist. I always look forward to the New Year because I love the feeling of a fresh start, setting new goals, and reflecting on my accomplishments, but I have a confession to make… I don’t like end of the year blog roundups.

I mean, I like them in theory. I like to read them on other blogs, I like to see what other people made because it inspires me, but I always find myself comparing my work to the work of others. Even when those people are my friends and I’m proud of what they did! I’m still always judging myself. I can’t think of anything more detrimental to a fresh new year than that. I’ve negated all my happy/proud feelings with feelings of guilt and disappointment. “I could have sewn more things”, “I should have used nicer fabrics”, “I need to pay more attention to fit”, “Maybe I should buy a new serger so my seams look better” blah blah blah. Maybe you’re saying some of these things to yourself right now about me. Well let me tell you something – You really shouldn’t.

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Because here’s the thing. I don’t LOVE any of the things I made in 2013. I just don’t. There’s a long list of reasons why that is, and I’m going to list them here so I can hear myself say them out loud (so to speak). So I can admit that I made a lot of mistakes, not because I’m simply human, but because I consciously set myself up to fail when attempting to meet my own expectations.

Let me explain what I mean:

  1. The biggest reason I’m not truly happy with anything I made is the fact that nothing actually fits me well. The reason why nothing fits me is because I skipped any and all preemptive fitting steps. For example: no muslins or “toiles”, no measuring of pattern pieces, no fitting as I sewed.
  2. Because I knew I’d be skipping any test fit with muslin I bought cheap, poor quality fabric so it wouldn’t feel like a loss when my final garment didn’t fit.
  3. I took on more deadlines than I wanted to and therefore felt like I was sewing for someone else and not for me on many occasions. I rushed these projects just to get them over with so I could blog about them and move on.
  4. I failed to realize that I basically wear the exact same thing everyday, my uniform of sorts, but I rarely sewed anything remotely close to that uniform. Thus, I made a lot of stuff I never wear.
  5. 2013 was the year I gave up my serger for pinking shears because it was the most “period correct” for the 1940s seamstress. Well turns out I hate the way pinked seams look. I completely ignored the fact that industrially serged garments existed in the 30s (I know because I have a pair of NRA made jodhpurs with serged seams) AND I have many vintage sewing books from the 1940s that outline page after page of seam finishes from that era, and pinking shears are at the bottom of the list. I don’t care that I have a fancy boutique factory-made 1950s party dress with pinked seams. I don’t care that Sears and Roebuck sold WWII era garments with pinked seams and that was an acceptable standard for ready-made clothing. I don’t care – I Don’t. Like. Pinked. Seams.

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I thought if I made more things in 2013 than I did in 2012, I was bound to make something I really liked and would want to make again and again. I didn’t. Quantity did not better my odds of finding the elusive “TNT” (tried and true) pattern that I really need as a wardrobe staple.

So I have this idea. I’m challenging myself to pick only twelve patterns to sew from in 2014. I’m going to blog about the process from start to finish including my pattern choice, my inspiration, my fabric shopping adventures, my fitting trials and tribulations, any alterations I make, and of course I will share the finished project as I normally do. I can make these 12 patterns as many times as I want, with variations after the initial pattern is perfected, but I have to sew at least one pattern a month and LOVE the final result. I don’t mean perfect by definition, I mean perfect as in: it fits me, I’ll wear it all the time, and I’m proud of it inside and out.

Why? Because WHY do I sew if I’m not wearing anything I make? What is the point? Clearly I love sewing and it’s become my livelihood, but I feel like sewing just to get a blog post out of it and nothing else is really dishonest. It doesn’t feel right.

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I’m still working out the logistics of this whole challenge in my head, but I figure I’ll have more time to blog about other non-sewing related things in between my projects. I love history as much as sewing and I have so many vintage magazines and books that I would love to share here. I also want to blog about more simple outfit posts that aren’t related to sewing at all. They’ll feature things I made, but sewing doesn’t need to be the focus 100% the time. I have SO MANY tutorials that I meant to do this year and it just didn’t happen.

All the non-sewing posts will most likely be 1940s related because that’s the era I’m most passionate about, but 2014 is going to be the year that I become a better seamstress by sewing LESS.

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I’ll be back soon with my official 12-Pattern plan of action, but this is where I stand right now on the brink of a fresh start.

Here’s to 2014.

xo
Rochelle

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  • Essi P

    This is such a good idea and I can’t wait to see the finished results. Having said I dotted down a list of items I’d like to sew this year beginning of January and I know think the list is too long, I think I need to be more selective of I make. I also agree with quite a few of the other comments that poor fabric quality is a downfall for me too. Sew less and better materials should be my sewulation for this year.

  • rehanon

    this is very interesting and really touches one me. Even though I’ve made some stellar pieces I have rushed and rushed with stuff and things have been not quite because of it so this year I too am reasessing the process and this includes going back to basics to make some very function but very me skirts.

  • Hope

    I love this, it is so honest. Sometimes we get so caught up in deadlines and producing more quickly we lose sight of why we are doing something. I hope that you are proud of the things you make in 2014 and I will be following your journey with you.

  • senjiva

    You are awesome! I love this. (Also, no pinked seams for me either. It mostly just hurts my hands and creates fuzz). I realized that I wear these two summer dresses that I made, more than anything else in warm weather. So, I”m just going to make a few more and call it a day! Looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 2014!

  • PendleStitches

    What a splendid idea. Very inspirational. I’m keen to see your pattern selections.

  • Joen

    Okay, I’m with you! I too will be perfecting fit and increasing my sewing knowledge in 2014. Also slowing down to enjoy the process. So I will be following along to see how you are doing.

  • Jackie

    Wow. Do I feel better! Returned to sewing this year after a 30 year absence. Having to relearn and fit is a big problem. Your post inspires me.

  • Gwyn

    Wonderful post. You are on the right track for 2014.

    In 2013 I started a sewing notebook where I document sewing projects, dreams and even expenses. When I made a pattern again, I could refer to the first project’s notes to see my alterations or suggestions for the next time I made it. You have a blog to track that info. I also look at every project as a learning experience even if it wasn’t a success. Happy New Year!

  • poppykettle

    Fabulous post – less is definitely more to me! I’d like to think I’m the proof of this mantra as I’ve sewn considerably less this last year but learnt so much more, and I can see the progression in my garments. Sticking to 12 patterns would be too restrictive for me… I’m all about the impulse and the moment for getting the inspiration before relying on that spark to carry me through making a garment (slowly). So I’ll be curious to read about that :) Goodluck with bettering your output! And I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

  • Tasia

    I really liked your post. I once read that ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ – and it’s true, comparing anything makes it a ‘better than’ or a ‘more productive than’ situation, where something has to be the thing above and something the thing below. (I hope that makes sense!) But I agree, we’re our own worst critics when it comes to productivity, analyzing the finished garment and nit-picking the details, and wishing things were more perfect. I know I am anyways!
    We all make things we don’t love – I know I have! No matter how long you’ve been sewing, sometimes the vision in your mind doesn’t line up with the end result.
    Best of luck with your challenge! The trick is to balance your love of sewing and experimentation with the need to make clothing that reflects your style and personality. :)

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    I admire your honesty and love how you are challenging yourself in a new way. You’ve mentioned to me a few times how you wish you had a TNT pattern and this is the year you are going to find it, I can feel it!

  • craftsanctuary

    LOVE this idea! I frequently feel overwhelmed by the number of things in my stash and the amount of sewing I feel like I HAVE to do to get through it all. I’m definitely considering a sewolution that involves making the same thing more than once, or even not adding any new patterns this year! I haven’t put it in writing yet…or given myself an “ultimatum” but I know exactly how you feel! I can’t wait to see your 12 patterns!

  • CarmencitaB

    Great honest post. I will look forward to reading you in 2014. Happy New Year!

  • rebeccawip

    looking forward to following you on your 2014 fit and tried and true adventure. i am an aspiring sewer and have a difficult body to fit so this is hindering my progress. i hope to wonquer these fit challenges in 2014 too. happy 2014 <3

  • Julie

    What a great sewing challenge. To perfect 12 patterns! Can’t wait to see what patterns you select

  • black label

    { AMEN } Amazing post. Thanks for the inspiration. All the best in 2014.

  • Kate-Em

    I really like the sound of your plan for 2014 and will be following along with interest. I think it is very wise to change your approach if the one that you currently have isn’t making you happy. Hope you enjoy your sewing more this year.

  • veronicadarling (@veronicadarling)

    A wonderful wonderful wonderful blog post. Happy New Year to you, and Less is Best sometimes after a year like this! Congratulations on a wonderful 2013, but go for it this year! And having space is so much better to reflect on what works for you, and what doesn’t!

    xoxo

  • Ybat

    Just wanted to say that I love this post. It feels very honest and genuine and I’m so glad that you shared your feelings with us. I cant say specifically why but it made me feel better about myself and my sewing. I love all of your new plans for the New Year and I cant wait to read more about them.

  • shawnta715

    Very thought provoking and inspiring! Thank you for being so open about it.

  • Lena Merrin (@Lena_Merrin)

    Great post Rochelle! Best of luck with your projects

  • Helene Goldberg

    Yay! Yay! and Yay! I’m really excited for you, and for the year you’re about to have. I’ll be here keenly devouring your every word and picture. You’re so inspiring, and I’m so looking forward to seeing/reading about your new projects. Happy New Year Rochelle! xo

  • Joelle

    This is a great challenge for the new year! I’m excited to see how everything turns out!

  • Leila

    I just had to re-read your post. It’s so inspiring on my levels! It’s reminding me that I get to decide what I want to make. Nobody gets to tell me what I should make. Playing with personal boundaries is fun but y’know, not for every project in my case. Anyway, thanks for putting this out there!

  • Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee~

    Very nice photos ! Like a pin-up girl :) I love this style, very much ♥ You are so beautiful woman. Lovely photos ! Great post <3 :)

    ℓα ℒιcσrηe – ℒa vie est ℓa petite ℓicorne.

  • Stephanie

    I have the same problem about not loving what I sew. I’m going back to staples too. I do sew less, but I feel it’s better for me. Good for you. Quality is better than quantity.

  • Kristin

    YES I completely agree. This is such a great post. I wrote similar resolutions for the year, but I love the idea of picking only 12 garments to really focus on!

  • Jessica Cangiano

    From the very title onward, I knew that this post was going to be an exceptional one, and goodness was it ever, I commend and really appreciate your honesty and frankness, both about your feelings on roundup posts and about your own projects. I personally think you looked fabulous in everything that you made, but know all to well that if you didn’t feel that way yourself, it scarcely matter if others thought as much. Our own views of ourselves so often shape how we allow our minds to perceive those of others.

    I think you did amazing this year on the sewing, blogging and photography fronts and have truly loved getting to know you (and darling Lucille) better. As we head into 2014, know that you’re in my thoughts and that I wish you great joy, contentment and positive health in the coming year.

    ♥ Jessica

  • angela

    Great post Rochelle, I am right there with you, trying to figure out exactly why I don’t wear my me mades as much as I should, partly it is fabric choice, I really need to consider realistically the fabrics that I really like to wear, and part is fit/ style choice. I need to sew styles that are more flattering to my body type. Here’s to overcoming these in 2014! can’t wait to see what you are cooking up!

  • Vicki Kate

    Beautifully written and articulated. I don’t save up my self comparison for the round ups at this time of year but your point is still truthful.
    I’m hoping to set much simpler goals for myself this year. I’m looking forward to sharing your journey. Happy New Year!

  • Lauren

    Good for you! Great post. It’s about finding what makes us happy, and doing it because we want to, not because we feel pressure, or, more importantly, we make some unrealistic expectation for ourselves based on what we perceive others want or need. I find when we do what makes us happy, and do it at a pace that makes us happy, that that positivity is reflected in the finished work- whatever it may be. Tutorials, inspiration posts, finished sewing projects, etc.
    Happy New Year!

  • ThreadTime

    Great post! Wonderful inspiration. Best of luck in 2014!

  • Jennifer

    What a fantastic post! Loved it! So much of it sounded familiar too (right down to those pinked seams!). This year, I’d all but lost my interest in sewing because I’d participated in too many challenges the year before, resulting in too much stress and clothes I don’t love wearing. I’m ready to get back at it now but, I’m planning to take my time with each garment so, I’m hoping 2014 will be a year of loves for me too.
    I wish you much success in your new challenge! I’m excited to follow along. Happy New Year!

  • LLADYBIRD

    Aw, girl, I totally know the feeling. It sucks so bad to feel like you’re in comparison to someone and lacking in areas where they are shining (especially when it’s someone you’re friends with, so you can’t really hate on them!). I fall down that rabbit hole pretty often, and the only thing that helps is doing what you’re doing – using it as a tool to figure out how to improve what you are dissatisfied with. I don’t care for muslining and fitting, but I do it anyway because I know that I will never wear something that doesn’t fit right – I’d otherwise be uncomfortable all day. And honestly, the more you do it, the more you find those patterns and styles that don’t need an intense fitting session, and you find that you can wing it and just measure or do a tissue fit. Once you get to that point, it’s pretty freeing! Especially when you’ve figured your TNT with all the perfect adjustments, and you can just make the pattern over and over again :) With super fancy fabric that you’re not afraid to cut into :)

    I think you’re awesome and I can’t wait to see what you cook up this next year. I hope you know that you can always holler at me if you have any questions about fitting… I’m not a fitting guru by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m happy to offer a second opinion via photos or Skype :)

  • rosiewednesday

    What a great resolution! I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for your blog and for you and Lucille. Here’s to lots of makes that you love!

  • Anne

    I recognize a lot in this very honest story! Not bothering to make a muslin but instead buying cheap fabric, that’s what I tend to do:) all I want to say is please don’t be too hard on yourself, the most important thing is that you’re having fun doing what you do! Love Anne

  • theseedsof3

    Fantastic idea! It is not about being prolific, it is about actually wanting to wear everything you sew! I try not to buy a pattern unless I think I will make it more than once and wear it regularly. I try to be realistic about what I am really going to wear, my uniform :-), and look for things to sew that are variations on that theme but not sooo different that it is no longer recognizable as the uniform to me, at least. You can create tons of variety with the same pattern my tweaking small design elements and choosing differing fabrics. I may have two weeks worth of knit dresses sewn from 3 patterns, but no one but me knows (well, now you too) :-), I’ll be following along on your journey and perhaps partaking in the challenge as well.

  • Lynda Slade

    So much of what you’ve said here rings true with my own sewing projects. I’m going to refer back to this, and remind myself to sew for quality, not quantity! Good luck with your challenge.

  • Jane

    Thank you for your honesty. Really thought provoking. I too am often so disappointed with what I make. I am an odd size commercial patterns do not fit we at all well and it is a long rode to alter a pattern enough for a good fit, or to get close to a decent fit, that I often don’t start in the first place, I buy lovely patterns then they just gather dust unused and unaltered. I do have one pattern I have altered and used 3 times and I love this, it suits me. I have made it three times, the first blouse is now looking worn out I have worn it so much. You have inspired me to get it out again and make a couple more. I am also going to set myself the challenge of altering and perfecting another pattern to become a staple.

    Will follow your blog with interest next year. Posts on a variety of topics sounds great. Good luck.

  • Julia

    Excellent post! I am quite new to sewing but I love the idea of being more selective in pattern choice. I think my aims for this year are also to try to perfect the fit on a few patterns, instead of ploughing headfirst in to loads of different makes, then being disappointed with the results. It also seems like a brilliant way to build a capsule wardrobe, a few perfectly fitting patterns, with infinite fabric and customisation possibilities!

  • Elena Knits

    I congratulate you for such an honest statement! I agree with you that when we are not very convinced about a garment we just use cheap fabric that ends up the thing in disaster and those garments will never be worn. Good luck with your 2014 challenge! I will be here to witness it :)

  • Beth

    Heh, 12 perfect garments from 12 different patterns in a year would still be a stretch for me! I took the slowdown approach about 10 years ago and haven’t looked back – I only make a fraction of what I used to, but I keep and wear those garments for years (luckily my size hasn’t changed too much in that time)! And I also got a serger around that time, which has extended the life of my clothing, too.

  • Dreaming of Avonlea

    Oo I love that idea for 2014! I might try and follow your lead to stick to limited patterns.Good luck with it all and Happy New Year x

  • dottiedoodle

    Such an interesting post. Looking forward to reading more in 2014!

  • Sew Independent (@sew_independent)

    I agree – I buy cheap fabric because I worry that “it probably won’t fit anyway”, which leads into the downward spiral of not caring and taking the time to make it properly. The few garments that I do like are the ones that I splurged on and that took weeks to make. Looking forward to following your adventure.

  • Sunni

    I love this approach to the new year! Here here! What a great goal and a great plan of execution. Can’t wait to hear and see more about it. And, I’m totally with you – I think pinked seams are for the birds. Having a serger changed my entire sewing life. It just looks better, lasts longer and endures the test of washing much longer. Sure there are many facets of sewing that require different types of seam finishing, but honestly, those are few and far between. Doesn’t hurt to know about them, but I say, sergers rule!

  • Colette

    I wanted to say thankyou for making so many off us inspired with the fall for cotton sewalong this year. It motivated me to make the first dress for myself in years ;o)

  • Elisha

    Whaaaaat?! I effing love this post! It’s just so dang honest! As long as we’re being honest here, I feel like there are some bloggers I follow just because everyone else links back to them and refers to them, and I follow them reluctantly because they make me feel inadequate or inferior. like, I’ll never make as many things, or as nice of things, or as cool things as them. And really, you were kinda one of those bloggers until you busted out with this honest and endearing post and I just love it!

  • gingermakes

    This is such a wise post! In past years (and still a little bit this year) I’ve gotten really excited about sewalongs and jumped from project to project, stressing over deadlines and sewing things that don’t really work for me. I’m very social and love doing things with other people, so I LOVE sewalongs, but let’s be honest– it doesn’t make sense to stress out and spend tons of time and money making things that may not work for you (or that aren’t a high-priority garment for your wardrobe). I dialled it back this year, mainly out of necessity– I just couldn’t keep up with deadlines beyond the ones I already have for Mood– and I felt like this was the first year that I actually made some wardrobe staples that I really like. There were only 3 or 4 pieces like that out of all my sewing, but still, that’s better than none!

    I love that your focus in 2014 is on making sure you love what you sew! That’s so smart, and I wish you well in it! It’s so easy to hop from one thing to the next thoughtlessly, especially when our pattern designer friends release so many amazing things. Limiting yourself to 12 patterns is a really interesting experiment– can’t wait to see what your experience is like! Happy new year, lady!

  • Juliana @ Urban Simplicity

    I love this post–your honesty, your openness, the whole thing. (And actually, I thought everything you posted about this year was great! Personally, I was super inspired, and you and Tasha together can take credit for getting me back into sewing!!) I’m grateful for all you share on your blog, and looking forward to your offerings in 2014–it sounds fabulous!!

  • busylizzieinbrizzy

    I love the honesty of this post and thank you for sharing it. I used to just whip things up with no concern as to fit or quality of fabric and as a result didn’t wear anything I made. Now I take more time and care with the fit and my wardrobe is now 90% me made. I wear everything I make, unless it is a complete dud, and we all have those from time to time.
    I think 2014 will be a more enjoyable year for you, although I think you shouldn’t set a number of patterns. You may find just one or two patterns you love, and why not? The number is not important, it has to be enjoyable and the results will speak for themselves.
    I am interested in what you make, but I find your historical posts more interesting, the sewing is just a bonus.
    Just my 2 cents worth :)

  • Nikki Huffman

    I appreciate your candor! I have similar goals for the new year. Learning how to fit properly and focusing on making garments I’ll actually wear. I like your one pattern a month idea. And tutorials are always appreciated, I’m excited to see what you have in store :)

  • the Garment Farmer

    Sounds smart Rochelle. I think we’ve all made things from time to time that don’t get worn. I think I am still taking risks to refine my sense of style. I was fabric shopping tonight, and I was frustrated that I still wasn’t sure about several prints–would I love them or hate them as garments? I bought two that I’m uncertain of, and I’m gonna try them out! Cause I’m still learning :)

  • J

    I really appreciate your honesty. I think that too many folks think that so many of the more experienced sewing bloggers always make exactly what they intended to–with no mistakes in it :) And that’s just not the case. I love that you addressed the idea that you have been sewing what you don’t actually end up wearing. I think it was Lladybird? (or maybe she was referencing someone else) who said that we tend to sew too much frosting and not enough cake?? I think I’m mixing my metaphors. The idea being that we all tend to sew what looks cool or seems pretty and is utterly impractical for our lives.

    I’m only recently getting back into sewing (I had divorcusinterruptus for a few years), but I remember the two things I had firmly stuck to my last year of sewing–I don’t sew to deadlines and I don’t sew things I don’t love. My friends found those to be annoying rules because, clearly, hemming their stuff was out, or making their last minute halloween costume :) But I was so much happier for it. Consciously thinking about how tired I was at the end of a long sewing session and seeing me start to make mistakes–instead of forcing myself to plow on through to meet the deadline (or have the damned thing just be done already), I’d think about how excited I was for it to be ready for me and a beautiful as I could make it (which is a far cry from perfect, but good enough). And I’d shut down the machines, turn off the light and leave my project for another day where I was fresh. Huge world of difference.

    I hope that your sewing goals help you achieve the satisfaction (and everyday use) out of the 2014 clothes. Thanks btw for blogging. I love reading it and find your posts very inspiring.

  • Carolyn

    Very well said, Rochelle, and congrats on some very exciting goals for the year ahead! Looking forward to seeing which patterns you select and how you modify and re-make them over the course of the year. Don’t let sewing get you down – we’re supposed to be having fun, right? : )

  • Ally

    LOVE this goal! I am totally in agreement and feel exactly the same! Can’t wait until you get started!

  • Mads (lifeinamadshouse)

    I really admire you for sharing this post. Best wishes for your goal(s) in 2014–can’t wait to follow along and see what you create!

  • andrea_r (@andrea_r)

    Good for you! It’s always an excellent plan to do what makes *you* happy.

  • Shannon

    What a great plan! I am just getting back into garment sewing but in the past there were too many things that were not thought out enough so they ended up not being worn. I look forward to sharing your journey through your wonderful blog!

  • Christine

    nice post! the thing I tell my students all the time is this: if they spend time picking quality fabrics that they love, choose a pattern that they love, take time to properly fit it, and sew it up as best they can, they will not only enjoy the process more but enjoy and use the end result more. why? because they picked something they love. if you start with crap fabrics and skip the fit, there’s no way you will love the end result. not possible. so the effort of sewing feels pointless and you rush through it because you know deep down that you won’t love the end result anyway. the reality is that you don’t need more clothes to survive, so be thoughtful about what you add to your closet and only work on things that you have a good chance of loving in the end!

  • Catherine

    What a great idea! I think if you force yourself to make something for the sake of it, you don’t end up loving it! I’ve have a few items like that and after many years, they get pulled apart and put into the scrap pile. Congrats on this new endeavor! I cant wait to see how it pans out and I hope your love all of them like they a 12 of your own children! Good luck! xo

  • MadeByMeg

    Congrats on your decision! I’m excited to watch it unfold… I am curious though because you mentioned your daily ‘uniform’ – what does that look like and does it incorporate a lot of 1940s-type garments? I’d love to see a post or a pic of that!

  • Laura

    What an awesome post! I love the idea of slowing down and fitting stuff properly (I NEVER do this. I should do this) and the 12 pattern challenge sounds awesome. Good luck!

  • Amy W

    I think this is a great idea-find 12 patterns that you really like and build from there. It will be great to see the wardrobe you build from the patterns.

  • lisa g

    i really admire this post! it’s very courageous to admit these things to the reading public. i know i used to pick patterns and garments with a “would it look good on the blog?” mentality instead of a “will it work/is it useful to me?” mentality. altering my thought process meant that i ended up with so many more wearable garments. best of luck with your 2014 goals!

  • Tanith

    I love your honesty here. It’s so hard to find a balance between pushing yourself to achieve and just pressuring yourself and taking the fun out of it. The projects I’ve loved the most are definitely the ones I spent the most time on.

  • Stephanie

    Love your plan! I tried focusing on sewing simple, easy to wear garments rather than pretty dress that aren’t as practical or comfortable this year and it’s been amazing! Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Sarah

    cool goals but I thought all your garments that you made this year were FABULOUS!

  • Debi

    YAY! Can’t wait to go along on your journey with you! And I look forward to the 1940s posts (as I do to all your posts)!! Happy New Year m’dear!

  • Sonicka

    Well said. I look forward to following your process, as I need to do the same “slowing down” for myself!

  • Ronja

    Hear hear! I only have one thing I sewed this year that I loved, and it was a super simple circle skirt with side pockets (Oh how I love those pockets!!) I made it out of super cheap fabric, but it turns out I enjoyed wearing it even though I hated that my hem was crooked. (I always plan to fix it, but never do.) Since this is the first year I ever tried making any clothing for myself I’m okay with having only one thing I love now.
    Before I didn’t like I was progressing fast enough. I read enough sewing blogs, I’m learning enough tips, why do my darts suck? Why are my seams uneven? Why, why, why? I think the problem is that I am not focusing on any one thing and that I’m jumping from project to project. So I think I will try to focus a bit more this year on things that I have already done, and try to focus on super wearable things as well (blue jeans is on my list) and maybe even take a class. It’s great that a lot of people are self taught, but asking for help is okay too. Is there any tip for getting out of ironing things 100 times though?!

  • melissa

    Good for you! I look forward to seeing how 2014 turns out for you.

  • Annie Hanks

    Good luck. I tend to always buy cheap fabric until I can convince myself that the garment fits and I like it.

  • Anna Doris

    I love this post. You’re so right! I wish you the happiest of new years, may your 2014 be all about creative flow and happy sewing, and no stress. Thanks for sharing!

  • K-Line

    This is a terrific idea because it’s based on a terrific rationale. If the clothes don’t fit, nothing else matters, IMO. Ask me how I know :-) And I hate pinked seam edges too. I tried to like them before I got a serger – if only to be fiscally prudent. But nothing beats a serger for a neat, everyday seam.

  • Helen

    Sounds exciting and challenging! I can’t wait to see what you come up with, both pattern-wise and finished garment-wise! I too prefer the garments I took the most effort with, so there is definitely something to your logic. Good luck!

  • mysewingmelee

    What an awesome personal challenge! :) I’m going to try to focus more on fit, too. I wish you much success!

  • Béa

    I’m looking forward to finding out more about your plans. It was really interesting to hear your reasoning.

  • Brooke

    I applaud your new goals! Fit is a big deal to me and I know that I definitely wear the things I make when they fit me best. I also dislike pinked seams (except in rare situations). I guess it’s the costumer in me, make it look accurate on the outside (silhouette etc) but make the inside pretty with any modern tools of convenience you have!

    I look forward to learning more about history from you too! I love fashion history and I always appreciate the knowledge other bloggers share on the subject.

    I know you will have a more satisfying year of makes in 2014 simply because you aren’t pressuring yourself with the blogging. Enjoy the entire sewing process and you will enjoy the end results. =)

  • Heather @ Pleats and Ruffles

    Oh I’m so glad you shared this! I am learning that the pieces I love the most aren’t those that I saved the most money on, or I finished quickly, they’re the pieces that I gave attention to detail and especially about fit. So excited to see your 2014 choices!

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A Blog By Rochelle New

I'm a fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for quilt industry cottons, bygone eras, and natural things.

i.e. I mostly do nerd things like pretend I'm a wizard, collect moldy books, and spend too much time picking up acorns in the woods, all with my spirit animal (a dog named Lucille), my personal photographer (a man named William), and a few literal fat cats in tow.

Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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