Ah, the year-end reflective post. Every year it’s the same: didn’t sew enough, need to work on this or that, plan to do X in the future. Well it’s true.
This year, my plans, as always, were ambitious. Health and family issues kept me away from the machine, but I managed to continue stockpiling fabrics. Actually, I practiced restraint until Gorgeous Fabrics announced the farewell sale.
I find that when I sew, all areas of my life bloom. My creativity increases in all areas. My cooking is more adventurous. I start ripping out plants in the yard (working on a Florida friendly habitat). And my work productivity goes way up.
I did not sew much last year, but I did tackle a few old projects and worked on more ambitious projects, like two Rucci outfits, a couple of dresses using couture, and the Donna Karan jacket. I haven’t had a need for much, so haven’t felt as driven.
This year, the need is still low to moderate, but the desire is high. I will continue to focus on outfits that are appropriate for work, my climate, and for tooling around town. We’re planning a big overseas trip, so travel clothes are on the agenda. More linen. More cotton. I have my eye on Paco Peralta, plus Vintage Balmain, Dior and Montana (and, and, and). I need something for a wedding in California in March (a guipure skirt and silk top?) We’ll see what happens!
I feel my sewing skills are improving – at least on the technical level. I still feel challenged with the serger. And the biggest issue I have is fitting the self. I have no fitting partner, and my body shape is changing as I go through menopause. I have finally recognized that I need to sew for now, not the body I think I’ll have if I lose a couple pounds, flatten the tummy, tone the legs. Well-fitting clothing is far more flattering than beautifully made clothes that pull and are uncomfortable. I find myself shopping Nordstrom for fill-in pieces (that also don’t fit well, but …)
I never really join in the various contests on the interwebs. But this year I’ll be participating in the ready-to-wear fast Sarah Gunn is sponsoring at Goodbye Valentino. The rules are fairly permissive: I can wear what I have, just not buy anything new (accept accessories). I have a decent closet and I know how to sew… so Goodbye Nordstrom (for clothes anyway).
Here’s to 2018!