Goodbye 2018, hello 2019!

Happy New Year and may it be filled with much joy and happiness, sunshine, and beautiful fabrics!

It is time to look back and see what worked and what didn’t, and make new plans accordingly. Last year, I had some lofty goals:

  1. average an hour a day in the studio – yes, I did although not the way I had envisioned (a bit each day). There were days when I didn’t touch anything sewing or polymer, and there were those when sewing or polymer work was an all-day endeavor.
  2. sew up at least 50 yds. of fabric – yes, I did. In fact, my sewn total was 66.75 yds. Much of this was muslin or other test fabric, which brings me to:
  3. sew dresses and jackets and add red to my wardrobe, with coordinating jewelry – mmm, somewhat. I made a couple of dresses for work, a wearable-but-not-perfect jacket, some jeans, skirts, and tops, and an awful lot of muslins. 2018 turned out to be my year of fitting – almost everything I wanted to make required pattern adjustments and by the time I transferred changes from muslin to paper, I was over the project and wanted to move on to the next thing. Ugh! I had also planned to share all this with you on this blog as I went only that didn’t quite happen.
  4. sew up “precious” fabrics – nope, they’re still here.

So for 2019, I’m sticking with the goal of sewing up at least 50 yds of fabric – it was fun to keep track and it helped me keep new fabric purchases in check. Keeping track of time spent in the studio was decidedly not fun so I won’t be doing that again. I still need a decent work wardrobe and I want to sew it up one outfit at a time – that should keep it from getting overwhelming and at the same time ensure there won’t be any orphans in the closet. And I want to get back to regular blogging – I realized that having to pull the laptop out of its sleeve and set it up on the dining room table was a major psychological barrier – most of the time, I just couldn’t be bothered. So as of last week, I have a small desk set up right in the studio, with the laptop always ready – that should make it much easier to sit down and share my latest creations with you. On that note, I’ve been working on some changes for this blog so things might get a little wonky at times until I get it all figured out.

Here’s to a wonderful year!

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2 responses to “Goodbye 2018, hello 2019!

  1. Consider taking the muslin apart and using that as the pattern, rather than taking the changes back to the paper..it is one of the time savers I have picked up from Peggy Sagers of Silouhette Patterns. Have a great New Year!

  2. Marvelous goals Alexandra! I’ll be looking in to see your wonderful makes!

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