Wednesday, January 01, 2014

My 2014 Sewing Resolution

I'm only making one.  Just one.

No allusions to time spent in the sewing room, or goals to achieve.

My resolution is to sew the good stuff.

That stuff that has been accumulating in the stash for ages, waiting on me to:

Loose weight.

Choose the perfect pattern.

Perfect the fit on the pattern.

Have an occasion arise that would be perfect for that fabric.

Etc Etc Etc.

I'm not so much about not buying more or sewing down the stash...I just want to use the fabric I have.

I didn't buy it to put it in a bin...I bought it to sew.

Somewhere along the way I got afraid to sew it.

So this is my resolution: 

Be brave.

Pull out something wonderful.

Sew it up.


  1. Amen! I had not intended to make a resolution this year, but after reading your post I realize that I need to do the same thing, which is to stop waiting for everything to be perfect and just have fun with my fabric. Worst case scenario I can make a wadder and repurpose the fabric for smaller projects that will likely give me just as much joy!!!!! Thank you for inspiring me!

    1. Y'know, I kinda had a feeling I'm not alone in this...thanks for letting me know I'm not! ;-)

  2. This is my plan exactly! Let us keep each other encouraged as we begin this very fine adventure! I like your attitude, both of you.

  3. This is a great goal. I'm in a similar boat. I was saying something to JB about being afraid to make the wool coat that I bought everything for. He said - if you make it and ruin it at least you used the fabric, you most likely learned something etc. etc and the money wasn't wasted. If you never sew the fabric up - the money was wasted.

    I'll look forward to seeing what you make with the good stuff!

    Loved your top 5. Nice list - I think the jiffy pop top was my favorite. g

    1. Gaylen, that's been my recent reasoning, too. If it doesn't work for me, I can donate it and maybe it will work for someone. And I can learn and tweak and do better next time. But cramming more fabric into the bins just because I'm not brave enough to sew what's already there...that's just getting crazy...

  4. Oh, boy. I love this resolution. I'm going to appropriate it as much as I can. Thank you.

  5. I love your phrase 'I got afraid to sew it'. I am exactly the same. I have some gorgeous fabrics and I am determined this year to use it for some perfect pieces of clothing!

  6. Last year I cut into one of my precious lengths of boiled wool for the first time ever. The resulting jacket needs hand hemming as I decided I don't want the stitches showing on the outside, but its almost there. So I definitely understand and echo the resolution. If it is a new pattern, then a test garment might be a good idea, it has improved my hit ratio with these more precious fabrics.