|This skirt has been worn a lot this year.|
|Even the dog doesn't like this dress.|
I didn't particularly try to pick up new skills this year (though reading the many awesome sewing blogs out there, I might have accidentally learned a few things). However, I got better at fitting (thanks in part to helpful input from other sewists), and I am a ton more confident about what I can do than I was a year ago. I rarely have to rip out and re-do (no doubt I just jinxed myself) and generally things come together as I expect. I'm still sticking to "easy" cottons and rayons, but those are what I like to wear, too. I also wear a lot of knits, and thought I'd jump into sewing those once I got a serger. And while I've made a few tops which see a lot of use, I haven't enjoyed sewing knits the way I do wovens. Yet, anyhow. I think part of it is the learning curve. Something to work on in the coming year? Maybe, we'll see.
|1960s shirtdress -- yay!|
|1950s sundress, and first fitting success.|
For some reason, who knows why, I like to sew things that do not fit my personal style as I understand it. I'm a pretty plain dresser in real life ... bordering on a sloppy dresser, to be honest. And I prefer not to stand out in a crowd. I know the dresses I've made would blend in fine with many people's wardrobes, but they're a bit of a statement for me, and for my workplace full of engineers. For now, I've decided that I don't need a reason and I'm just gonna make what I want. Sometimes it'll be practical, and sometimes maybe not so much. Maybe I'll get more comfortable with dressing differently, especially as the quality of what I sew improves. At any rate, expect more, and perhaps kookier, vintage dresses from me in 2011. Maybe they'll never leave the house, but I'll have fun making them! I also want to focus more on adding interesting detail to what I sew, be it use of trim, addition of small design elements, or choice of finishing technique.
I have other 2011 goals for myself outside of sewing, but they're not particularly revelatory: eat healthier (I have the palate of a six year old and could live on bread, cake and candy), keep the house tidier, etc. I want to do these things every year, and rarely succeed. For despite the wisdom of such goals, they don't make life feel richer or more interesting. As I mentioned in my Christmas post, I also want to get back into drawing regularly. To do that, I have to make time somewhere, so I also plan to do less photography. And while I'm at it, sell some of my 300+ cameras. At work, I want to be a more active contributor to the many knowledge-sharing communities that exist in the large organization I work for. I am always reluctant to put myself out there, but I'm at a point in my career where I need to start doing it if I want to move forward.
One final thought, on blogging ... thank you all for reading my posts! I doubt I'll ever be a wildly successful blogger, if for no other reason than that there's clearly a social networking aspect of it which goes right over my extra-introverted head. Sometimes I still feel unsure about what to write and how. But I am thrilled to participate in a larger sewing world, in my own somewhat disconnected way. Though I'm not a good commenter (something I should try to work on in the coming year), I enjoy reading the many great sewing blogs out there, and am always looking for more. Whether you realize it or not, y'all are great sewing instructors!
Happy New Year to you all, and I hope 2011 brings you great things!