Friday, June 1

York Pinafore Pattern Review


I have never blogged a garment this quickly before - its a miracle! Considering how unsure I was this morning that I could even make it fit me the way I wanted, its crazy thats its on the blog already. But moving on from that - lets talk York!
The York Pinafore was released last week from Helen's Closet. It has two different necklines: crew or scoop, and two different lengths: mid thigh or knee. It has two pocket options, a kangaroo pocket or large curved patch pockets.

I made a size large with the crew neck and knee length. Then I drafted my own angled pockets to use instead. (I chose that shape because I think angles break up curves nicely. The curved pocket accentuates the curve of the hips and the angles and straight lines mitigate that.) I used a medium weight bleached chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that is amazing and sadly, sold out. There are lots of other wovens there that would work great, though, especially the linens.



This style was a risk for me, and I don't take many style risks when it comes to sewing. I have a pretty rigid set of parameters for what I like but lately I was wanting to try something that is just *barely* outside my comfort zone and that could potentially work for me with a few tweaks, and that I might just end up loving. I think I was just feeling pretty blah about my wardrobe even though its really practical for my life. I was just wanting something different. So I got the York pattern three days ago and sewed it up the same day. 

I was most hesitant about the cocoon shape, and I was right. I wasn't a big fan if that shape as it accentuate hips. I've already got plenty of hips going on and don't need any accentuating of them. So I took some of the width out at the curviest part off the side seam, kind of straightening it out a bit. It helped. It wasn't perfect yet but certainly better. I was still struggling with loving it because I didn't really have anything to wear with it. I am not huge into knit tees and you definitely need to wear something fitted under this.
So today I whipped up this sized down Union St Tee from Hey June in plain white cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I sized down one size in the bust and 2 sizes in the waist and hips to get a nice fitted tee, perfect for layering. I also think the Durango Tank (free) or Nikko Top would look great.

I then drafted my own little shoulder ruffles. Since this pattern draws attention to hips, I wanted to broaden out my shoulders to make me look more proportionate. The shoulder ruffles are cut on the fold so you don't end up with an unsightly raw floppy edge or a hem. Its also means the ruffles are two layers thick, which makes them nice and stiff and crisp, which I love. It was exactly what I needed to start really loving this pinafore. I did go back in one more time and remove some more width at the hips, straightening up that side seam.

All I can say now is - I love it! These photos were taken tonight after a full day at the children's museum and a picnic of fried chicken while playing at the park with my two littles. This park includes a river, crazy steep hills, a kids water feature, lots of bark and even more stairs so thats saying something! (And also probably says a lot about these shoes haha)

I think all I would do differently on the next one is make my pockets wider because once I removed all the width from the side seam I lost some space in my pockets. 
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Result: Seriously great pattern that feels so summery and chic yet its fast and easy to sew and so functional even to a mom of a young kids. Love it!

Sunday, April 22

By Hand London Sarah Shirt

I feel like this pattern does not get its fair share of love in the sewing community. For how beautiful and on trend it is right now I feel like spotlighting it. Especially as its a favorite of mine:) The Sarah Shirt is by By Hand London and one of their rare patterns that isn't a dress. This is definitely one my top three blouse patterns ever! Possibly my favorite. Followed by two totally different styles of tops, being the Cheyenne tunic by Hey June and the Hadley top by Grainline Studio.

This blouse is basically a huge square with beautiful details. Is that a good enough description? Its a swingy top thats roomy, airy, but very refined with its all its special details. It has a back yoke with a pleat, and a pleat in the front on each side where the yoke meets the front bodice. Its got two collar options, rounded or pointed (I do the pointed one) and lots of small buttons up the front. 

There are also two sleeve options. I've made both the long sleeve with a cuff and button and the short sleeve with a little folded cuff, seen here. There is no collar stand on this pattern so its not even that difficult to make for a button up, and there's no true button band either. It's just an extension of the bodice folded back on itself. Although I will admit that is my least favorite part of this pattern. I find a true button band much easier and less fiddly to sew and sometime I might hack this so that it does have a true one. It would be worth the time investment for me because I know I won't stop sewing this pattern for years. It works so well for my style and goes with everything. I can wear it with jeans, skirts, and shorts. Since its so roomy, (though fits perfectly in the shoulders) anything with a closer fitting silhouette on the bottom goes great with this. I have mine paired with the Pirate Pencil Skirt - which is a free pattern that surprisingly fits great with zero alterations which is unheard of for me with bottoms, even stretchy ones.

This is one is made in rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics - same fabric as my McCalls 7380 shirt dress, do you believe my obsession now? Rayon is my all time favorite fabric, but I will say I do have to iron it all the time. Definitely wrinkles pretty badly. But thats never stopped me from sewing with it. I made another in poly crepe from Blackbird Fabrics and its amazing because the extra weight behind the fabric gives it incredible drape and it doesn't wrinkle! So its basically the top I bring anytime I have to travel so there's one less thing I have to iron upon arrival.

I made a straight size 12 and only had to make one adjustment to this pattern. Usually I have to make several but on this all I did was a broad back adjustment to give my back some extra room so I could move my arms more. I didn't do that on my first one and but needed it. (This tutorial is what I used, and she is my favorite for all fit adjustments you may need. She taught me my method for sway back and forward shoulder as well.) I am 5 foo 8 and did not add any length. Its not too long not too short, and its probably better to err on the short side with this pattern considering how swingy it it. Too long and it would look like a tent;)

 If you're on the hunt for a beautiful blouse pattern that can be worn a million ways, go with anything, and still be quite large and airy in the bodice, this is definitely one you should try!




Monday, April 9

Spring Sewing - McCalls 7380


When Spring starts showing up what do you start dewing? For me its dresses! This dress, McCalls 7380, is quite possibly me new favorite make ever. The pattern itself is definitely a new favorite. Its a Melissa Watson design and comes with the Palmer/Pletsch fitting guides so you can get a great fit. Its out of print but McCalls is having an out of print sale right now and you can get it for less than $4!

The pattern comes with a sleeveless option as well as the sleeves I did here. It has a hidden placket, and this was my first time doing one. I found the instructions confusing on my muslin but by the time I got to sewing this one it was totally clear. It also has a little elastic casing in the center back this gives great shaping and mobility. I sewed it correctly on my muslin and then accidentally sewed the casing to the outside on this one...but was too lazy to change it haha. 



I made several fit adjustments to mine. I made a size 16 based off my bust. I did a sway back adjustment, as is usual for me. This pattern has all the adjustment lines included on the pattern and has instructions in the pattern so its super easy. I also altered the armscye a little but not really enough. I should have added 1 inch to the bottom of the armscye, which would raise it up. It comes down too low for me. I also added 3 inches to the skirt to make it knee length and then got rid of most of the steep curved hem, lenghtening the sides, giving more of a subtle curved hem.
My fabric is the most beautiful rayon challis designed and sold by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. They just released another line of rayon challis that is glorious as well. Its a little bit sheer for an unlined dress but I didn't want to line it so I just wore a slip. 

I have another dress with this pattern planned in rifle paper co rayon because as I said, this is obviously a favorite. 





Tuesday, February 20

Joy Jacket Love


Its here! I know you've all been anticipating this pattern release as much as me. Its been all over Instagram for weeks and is already taking the sewing world by storm.

The Joy Jacket has the most beautiful story about how it came to be, but I'll direct you over to Emily to hear the story, as its hers, after all. Gabriela of Chalk and Notch did an amazing job at bringing this to life. Its the perfect spring jacket and layering piece for nearly every season. I also noticed there is definitely nothing else like this in the indie pattern world. There are a few casual jackets out there, but not one like this. Its lightweight, drapey, soft, so comfortable to wear and matches everything.

Also remember in this post where I said I had no more gaps in my wardrobe? Wrong. I have exactly zero casual relaxed jackets. None. Lots of hoodies and wool coats (thanks to January and the coat making party) but nothing in-between. 





The Joy Jacket is a relaxed fit casual jacket with two views. One with a collar and square patch pockets, and one with a hood and slash patch pockets, though the pockets are interchangeable between views. It has optional cording at the collar/hood and at the hem, which can be threaded through grommets or button holes, or left off completely.

Its perfect made in rayon or tercel twill, something with just a little bit of weight and lots of drape. I used a 5 oz rayon twill I found at SAS fabrics warehouse in Phoenix but its the same rayon twill I have bough elsewhere. I usually buy mine from Fabric Genie on Etsy. They have tons of colors, fast shipping and I've loved my fabric from there. The shipping is more than a lot of places but the fabric is so cheap it kind of evens out. Fabric dot com has some here, Style maker has lots of tencel twill here and Raspberry Creek Fabrics just got some fabulous rayon and tencel twill in as well!




 Gabriella is also stocking hardware kits to make your experience making the Joy Jacket easier. Getting the right grommets was a bit tricky during testing and mine are actually quite large, but I don't mind them. I think they add a bit more of a casual sporty vibe and thats just fine with me. But she'll be sourcing a more traditional size for a jacket and zippers in lots of beautiful colors. So be sure to check that out.

So now for the stats:

I made a size 12 graded to 14 at the hips. I also did a broad back adjustment but I'm not sure it was entirely necessary in this pattern since it is relaxed. But Gabriella has a really easy way to add width if you do find yourself needing one. Simply add width through the back armhole seams (making less severe of a curve but starting and ending at the original points on the pattern) since its a raglan. Easy peasy! I am 5'8" and added no length. It fits great exactly as it comes.

I will say its not exactly a quick sew but not incredibly long either.  So worth it and it will easily become one of your favorite makes!



Can you tell we're fans??? (PS for reference, the navy and grey jackets are rayon twill, the pink is a more stable poly rayon twill from Raspberry Creek and the teal is a a poly rayon twill from Style maker.)

I'm planning more, as I could use this every day in Utah, even in summer in the evenings occasionally. I can't wait to see what you guys make with it and I hope you've been busy sourcing fabrics so you can get stared right now!


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Monday, February 19

Sewing For Men - Newcastle Cardigan


Most of my sewing friends don't sew for the men in their lives. I seem to be a rare case, but my husband actually puts in requests. I haven't done a ton but it appears that most of my manly sewing has been outer wear (see his William vest here). I've made him a base layer for skiing using the mens metro tee from Leisl and Co and the Finlayson sweater from Thread Theory. I've actually made my dad two Finlayson sweaters as well! I have a couple other Thread Theory patterns I need to get around to making him, but for now, he put in one of his requests.

On the 13th, he reminded me that I haven't made him anything in a while and he felt like it was his turn. I asked him what he wanted and was pretty quick to answer. He used to have a cardigan from Old Navy in French terry with a shawl collar that was casual enough to pair with jeans but could be nice enough to wear to work with a dress shirt and slacks. I showed him the Newcastle Cardigan from  Thread Theory and he approved. He wanted navy (he's as predictable as me) so I paired it with favorite cotton spandex French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
I then decided to make it for him for Valentines Day (the very next day!) because we had no plans and I hadn't really done anything. Granted, his 30th birthday was the 12th and I surprised him with a night away and tons of other surprises and we returned the afternoon of the 13th so that kind of felt like our Valentines experience too...but anyway I digress. 

I printed, assembled, cut, added length, and made it all that day. It took a trip after work with him to pick out buttons he liked but still. A win! and He seriously loves it guys! He wore it the next day to work (and is wearing it to work again today) and wore it to church, AND requested another because he wants to wear it all the time. So I couldn't be happier.

I did make a few adjustments. First, I sized down, as I always do for him. In the Finlayson sweater I size down two sizes to make it a slim fit, but the Newcastle Cardigan is already called slim fit, so I sized down only 1 size. He likes a very slim fit...can you tell? I also added 2 inches to the body (he's almost 6' 3") and 2 inches to she sleeves but they ended up a little long and I removed 1 inch. I also slimmed the sleeve about the elbow down quite a bit and made the cuff way smaller. It was huge.

I added the yoke pieces but in the same fabric and I am so glad I did! I'm not big on contrast so I'm loving this look. The buttons are too contrasting for me but hey! He picked them and he wears it all the time so whatevs. I like the extra thickness and stability you get around the shoulders, (the yoke, collar, button band and facings are interfaced) not to mention the added appeal from the top stitching. I think it just looks so more finished and masculine with those touches.

He's happy, (and in all honesty he's a tough customer and will you have me redo things and alter if he doesn't love it. case in point this is the first time I have ever unpicked a button hole!) so I'm happy and I quite enjoy sewing for him occasionally.

Do you have any menswear patterns?Are you afraid to sew for men? Its not so bad I promise I give it a try and show me what you make!



Monday, February 5

29 Questions on my 29th Birthday

1. How long have you been sewing? 
My mom taught me as a little girl and I did it on and off through high school. In college, maxi skirts got really popular and I decided I could just make them, so I got back into sewing drafting my own skirts. Then my brother started dating his now wife, and she was studying clothing construction, and taught me how to make patterns off my clothes I had and liked, and how to find decent fabric at thrift stores. We would meet weekly and sew together and she ignited the passion! I started an etsy business in 2015 for kids clothes but still wasn't sewing for myself using patterns, just copying my clothes. In late 2015 I discovered pdf patterns and now here I am!

2. You do lots of alterations, where did you learn how to them?

Youtube mostly, or other sewing bloggers/instagramers, really. I have never taken a proper sewing class or read a sewing book. Just sewn for myself a lot and realized what problems I am having and then I look up what adjustment I need.

3. How do you know if you need a specific adjustment?

The more you sew, the more you learn about your body. You realize what it is that is uncomfortable about your clothes. Shirt falling back and choking you? Google that problem and learn you need a forward shoulder adjustment. Shirt too restricting when reaching your arms forward? Need a broad back adjustment. Getting a camel toe in your jeans? Need a round pubis adjustment. Lots of extra fabric above you bum in your favorite knit tee? Ask on facebook and learn you need a sway back. Yep. Thats how I learned. I only started making proper adjustments to my clothes beginning of last year. You can do it!

4. What types of fabric are your favorite to sew with?

For tops, drapey wovens with some weight behind them. I love rayon twill, rayon challis, and poly crepe.

I'm not huge into knit tees but I prefer tri blend jersey (cotton poly rayon) or very occasionally brushed poly as its drapey but not clingy like rayon spandex. I have heard merino wool jersey is incredible but I have never tried it because like i said, I don't do many knit tops.

For bottoms I like brushed twill, and cone mills s-gene denim

5. Good places to buy patterns for kids, tween, teens?
Best tween pattern designer is hands down Hey June Handmade! They have an entire juniors line of knit tees, woven dresses, rompers, jackets, etc.

Most designers have an XS or XXS size which converts easily to teens who have outgrown the junior sizes but aren't fully in women's sizes.

 Love Notions is another great place to look because they have a ton of variety and every size from 2T on up to 3XL, so you'll probably find something you like.

6. Go-to fabric stores?
Raspberry Creek Fabrics has been a favorite for years. Most people know them for their affordable custom knits, but I love them or their crazy affordable woven fashion fabrics. Solid rayon challis is usually $6.50, Robert Kaufman Mammoth plaid flannel is $7.99. They also carry Art Gallery, Birch, Rifle Paper co, etc., ALWAYS for the best price around. I promise. They also carry stretch twill, denim, you name it. Plus their amazing cotton spandex french terry that so many love.

Other shops I love:

Blackbird Fabrics has every luxury fabric you can imagine and even though they are in Canada they ship USPS so shipping is affordable. I will say their fabrics cost quite a bit. So I haven't bought tons, but my new favorite fabric, poly crepe, comes from them. I want it in every solid color!

Imagine Gnats has flipping amazing sweat shirting. They have lots of other stuff too obviously but they've been the first place I've found that sells high quality stretch sweatshirtings.

Fabric Genie is my favorite for rayon twill (probably my all time favorite fabric). Its super cheap from here, but shipping costs more, so it comes out to like $8.50 a yard which is still great.

7. What do you take pictures with?
A canon Rebel t3i that my husband got me or my birthday 5 years ago, with a portrait lens he got me 2 years later that I can't remember the name of..haha. My husband takes my photos, sometimes I use a tripod, or one of my local sewing friends!

8. How do you sew with kids?
 My son naps for about 2 hours while my daughter has some sort of quiet, independent time so I sew then, and after they go to bed at 7.

9. How do you take photos with kids?
Its chaos. Pandemonium. I'll be honest. But they are cute photo bombers:) When I meet up with sewing friends we get all our kids to play together while we photograph.

10. Do you plan your sewing or wing it?
Mostly wing it, but I have a plan sometimes. Like with the coat making party I planned on making Lola and Clare, and then added in the Sarah shirt in January as well because it was shirt month at Indie sew.

11. I only have a basic machine, can I sew what you sew? 
YES! I sew on a cheap basic Brother XR1300. And I've sewn jeans and wool coats and buttons up and slinky slippery fabrics and done zippers and a billion button holes. You can do it!

12. Favorite thing you've ever made?
Its like a four way tie. My ginger jeans, my sarah shirt, my modal chambray cheyenne, and my clare coat. And right now I'm working on the new, about to be released Joy Jacket, and I think it might make my favorite makes list too...

13. I'm afraid of sewing knits, where should I start?
I started sewing knits before I knew I should been afraid of it and it was no problem! Just go slow, don't pull on your fabric, and you can do it on a regular machine! I have a serger now and I'll admit it makes is a cinch. I have the Brother 1034D.  I got it 3 or 4 years ago on Amazon for $150. I used for two years of an etsy shop sewing like a crazy person and for all my own sewing. Never had 1 issue. Its a work horse.

A good pattern to start with would be the Hey June Union St Tee or Lane raglan. Great knit tee patterns!

14. I only sew knits, wovens intimidate me, how do I get past that? 
Just go for it! I was actually afraid of wovens too, after sewing exclusively knits for so long. I thought the fit would be a lot more challenging but I actually don't really find it much harder and I like my woven garments so much more! My favorite woven tops are the cheyenne tunic, the Hadley top, and the sarah shirt.

15. PDF or paper?
PDF cause I love having the digital copy. If all paper patterns came with the digital form too I'd probably buy that. But my kids ruin my paper patterns when they find them so that doesn't work for me.

16. What other hobbies do you have?
I love to read (more like listen to audio books) and exercise. My gym time is precious and I let almost nothing interrupt it. The kids like the Kid care so I go even morning for 90 minutes. My favorite things to do there are swim laps, high fitness and run. I spin twice a week too but I don't really enjoy that one haha. Side note-I used to coach a swim team and run cross country way back in the day.

17. Go-to designer?
My favorite designers are Hey June and Grainline Studio (granted I find GS patterns very pricey and wait for sales.) I actually only have 3 of GS patterns (Hadley and Farrow dress and the cascade duffle which I haven't made yet,) but I wear farrow and hadley all the time.

18. Sew in day or night?
Both. I guess I kind of answered this above about sewing with kids.

19. What to do you do while you sew?
Usually listen to Harry Potter, another book or a podcast. I actually have a long list of other books I want to listen to so I'm going to reserve the audio though Overdrive.

20. Favorite podcasts?
Love to Sew, Happier, Bold New Mom, and Young House Love.

21. Do you watch netflix while sewing? Have a show to recommend? 
Rarely. I prefer listening to something. But I started watching Blue Bloods occasionally with my husband and I'm liking that.

22. Sewing snacks?
I don't have any. Just usually a glass of water that gets shared between me and the iron hahaha

23. What machines do you have?
My aforementioned machine and serger and also a Brother 2340CV

24. What do I actually need in order to start sewing?
A machine (yours, or a borrowed one) some pins and scissors! Then just the materials for your project -thread fabric etc!

25. How did you meet sewing friends, I don't people who sew.
I got really lucky. I live in Utah and there are a lot of us here. I met my first sewing friend through finding Rasperry creek Fabrics. I didn't realize at first that they were local to me but I figured it out pretty quickly and met the lovely owner Diana that way. Then she schedules a few meet up each year for local sewists at the park. We bring our kids and lunch and get to talk sewing!

Then honestly, I met my bff Rachel of Hello.littlefish at the park! I was there with another friend (that I also met at the park!) and she happened to kind of recognize rachel, and so they started talking. Then we realized we were both pregnant with boys and she sewed and I sewed and we were basically neighbors. And the rest is history.

Then I just had a bunch of instagram friends, until last year in April a bunch of us got together when tons of people came into town for SNAP conference and I met so many others. Sewing friends really are the best, but there is no formula for how to meet them...I mean I met Rachel at the park...

26. Do you clean up after every project?
I try but I'm not perfect. WE just moved from Arizona and there I had my own sewing room so I was bad at cleaning up. Now I share an office with my husband so I am a lot better now.

27. How big is your pattern stash?
120 patterns. But I will say I have been a pattern tester for almost 2 years so I have lots from that and tons are kid patterns. I have sewn 70% of my patterns.

28. How big is your fabric stash?
Big. Ok I had plans of counting but since a bunch of it is big totes because of our move and the smaller space I haven't ....

29. A random fact we don't know about you?
I used to be a nerdy matching band kid who played the flute for 7 years. I quit junior year cause it conflicted so bad with cross country and other activities I was involved in but I still get nostalgic sometimes in the fall for a marching band competition. #nerd

My husband was actually in it too, just because I was .... ;)

Thursday, February 1

ReSEWlutions

Happy February! Is it too late to make 2018 sewing resolutions? Lets hope not! It may be a bit late, but considering we moved on the 5th of January, were sort of homeless for 2 weeks, and only moved in on the 20th, I'm calling this a win. Especially considering I was co-hosting the the #coatmakingparty on Instagram, sewed two coats and participated in #shirtmonth with my Sarah Shirt. Whew! I'm exhausted.

On to my goals.

My sewing goals may look quite different from many of yours and thats ok. 2016 and 2017 were amazing sewing years, and just years in general, for me. But 2018 has started out the roughest I've ever had. Its given me real anxiety for the first time ever and its made my moods unpredictable and my desire to sew disappear. As I try to clear the fog and feel like myself again I've been analyzing how I spend my time and resources on sewing. And its actually been quite wasteful.

First I am a mother, and sewing is my hobby. For some reason it seems for me to be harder to balance motherhood and sewing than it was for me to balance teaching and sewing. You can't get sidetracked when your teaching anatomy and physiology by fabric in the other room and decide to take a minute to print a pattern and assemble it. But as a full time mother and homemaker the fabric is nearby, and when kids are playing peacefully its easy to get distracted. My hobby has brought me happiness and connection in the places where motherhood has left gaps. Because of that I let sewing take up a huge portion of my time last year which leads me feeling out of balance and discontent, instead of feeling balance, peace and happiness in my life.


Also, like the rest of you, I get the itch to sew every new pattern. Ok, obviously not every new pattern but its easy to get caught up in the hype of what everyone else is sewing and I have, on occasion, convinced myself to sew something that I knew I didn't love and wouldn't suit me simply because I wanted to be a part of the club. For example, when the whole world was sewing Mcalls 7542, (above) I eventually couldn't help but jump on the bandwagon, and ended up with several of the most ill fitting blouses that never get worn. This type of sewing has turned into donating a lot clothing that I has taken time away from family to make, and money down the drain that was spent on fabric. Additionally, many of the garments I have made have not been as good of quality as I would like them to be considering my experience, simply because I rush through things so that I can be done, feel accomplished and not spend as much time away from family duties.

So this year, I want to sew...

Less

As I was listening to the lovely ladies on the Love to Sew podcast about increasing sewing output I just laughed out loud. I remember when that was me and I was working full time with no kids and I just wanted to sew more. Now I'm on the other side of that with young kids who aren't in school or a thousand activities yet, one of the few people who needs no help increasing their output.

This year I am slowing down, analyzing each make, and seeing how useful it is in my wardrobe. Its time for me now to accept to that I have no "gaps in my wardrobe." I have no desire to sew lingerie, underwear, or learn to make shoes. As those are essentially the only store bought items in my closet I need to make a lot less. My closet is full, I have plenty of clothes and I need to be a lot more intentional about what I am doing and why.



It took me ages to create my Make Nine for this year because, although there are a thousand beautiful things I could make, I decided if I am going to keep sewing and be less wasteful about it I should also sew the patterns and fabric that I have. So thats my second goal. Which goes right along with less.

Reduce

Reduce my amount of unused patterns, reduce the size of my fabric collection. The amount of fabric I own actually doesn't bring me stress, shame or guilt because I have sold off pretty much all the fabric I owned that I didn't love anymore or for which I didn't have a use. So I am left with fabric I love, but I do think fabric that beautiful deserves to fulfill the measure of its creation and become something, and something really useful that isn't going to be immediately given away. It also doesn't hurt that we are living in a smaller home here in Utah than we had in Arizona so there's not tons of room for fabrics, patterns, or clothes anyway.

My last goal has to do with slowing down, taking time to read all the instructions, make a muslin, and  really analyze the fit and construction  (I've made three things from my make nine already and didn't make a muslin on any them...#fail). If I am sewing less, I should be able to really make those pieces high quality and with great fit. I've learned a lot about standard adjustments I need to make to patterns from different designers and I don't want to skip them. As I am someone who loves comfort, but doesn't love joggers, leggings or knit tees - correct fit is essential. If you're going to wear woven blouses and jeans a lot, those jeans better fit great and you better not have skipped the broad back or forward shoulder adjustment or you'll hate the tops you have. So this year I'll be...

Patient

Patient with myself, my sewing and my skills. I'll remember that its better (for me at this stage of my sewing) to have something that I love and fits well than it is to be finished. I'll remember that its better to have fewer garments that get worn frequently, are high quality and will last a long time, than a closet full of ill fitting, low quality garments that are rarely worn.

So there you have it. My 2018 resolutions. To sew less. To reduce my fabric and pattern stash. And to be patient. The clothes I plan on making this year are garments that help me in these goals. More bottoms to help me slow down and focus on fit. Button down shirts and shirt dresses to focus on shoulder and back fit issues, coats because thats one area of apparel sewing I haven't tackled, and a few last items that I just really need, all while making items that will get lots of wear and using patterns I have never made but owned for ages.

I am excited for where this will take me and to see where my skills lie when we hit 2019.

Cheers and happy very belated new year!