Past, presents, and looking ahead
Wow, it’s been a few days since my last post. Twelve, to be exact. Not that y’all are on pins and needles or anything ;) I’m behind in keeping up with your blogging and sewing progress, as well, so please forgive. I have some reading ahead of me.
In the meantime, here’s a tantalizing treat that Ryan and I made for Christmas gifts this year. Carolina barbecue sauce. Mmmm mmm. To be humble and honest, I only assisted in the canning process, then made the packaging. We also roasted up some granola, baked chocolate pecan cookies, framed prints for my siblings and I stitched up this trivet from fabric scraps.
I’m a yo-yo addict. It started when I made yo-yo brooches with vintage buttons for wedding favors (I think I’ve mentioned that before), and continues to this day. I now intend to make them as I go, at least cutting out the circles from all those little leftover odd-shaped scraps. Stitching the circles into yo-yos between larger projects will then be a breeze. Maybe I’ll have enough for a quilt someday. If not, then I guess I’ll just have a collection of jarred yo-yos, specimens in my wunderkammer of projects past.
I also made this half apron for my sister, as a thank you for a gift she’d given me. It’s the Amy Butler Domestic Goddess apron, which I needed to stitch up anyway prior to teaching the class on it. Good thing I made a sample, too… I streamlined the sewing a bit and mitered the corners, which looks far better than the bulky folded over sort. The instructions for this were a bit misguided, IMO, but that’s another story.
Poor R, I didn’t start, let alone finish, his gift – a Negroni shirt. So, I wrapped up the pattern, fabric, thread, pearl snaps snagged on eBay a while back, even the interfacing. He asked if I expected him to sew it, too. Ha! I totally deserved that! Even better, he noticed Colette made a men’s pattern for the first time while shopping for me. “Oh look, Lav! Colette has a men’s shirt pattern that looks pretty nice.” Silly man, if only he’d known I’ve had it in my stash for months. I suck. I also gave him an artist’s book, and not just any artist. This person just happens to be a friend of ours, and she self-published a book last year on blurb. Support your peeps :)
The only thing I asked for was the Colette Sewing Handbook, and baby delivered! I’ve been reading it from the beginning, a rarity for me when it comes to projects books. Although it truly is geared toward the beginner, there is something to learn for everyone. I’ve been particularly interested in the sections on focusing on one’s personal style. I often find myself drawn to things that I love the idea of, the look of on others, but in the end just don’t make me feel like I look my best. That’s why I’m going to forget the whole notion of a circle skirt. I might try one just to confirm this notion, but bets are that I’ll feel frumpy and costumey in one, despite loving them on others. And that brings me to the whole year-end perspective, year-ahead goals part of this post.
I’ll keep it short and sweet. And utilize WordPress’ annual report feature (how fun was that?!). Sixty posts this past year. That’s an average of 5/month, which is cake to some. But for me, this was the year I finally gave in to sharing more, feeling less self-concious about the whole blogging thing, and just going for it. I also decided that commenting on other blogs is a good thing. In the past, it just sort of creeped me out. But it’s better to actively participate in the creative pursuits of those I read, than to just be a wallflower. That’s what I decided, anyway. I went to the Sewing Summit, had a blast, was totally inspired and met new friends! I participated in Self-Stitched September. My 2010 goal of a garment a month was surpassed (I think?). I used my stash, finished aging UFOs, found a local stitch ‘n bitch. I even started teaching sewing lessons. Okay, so that was just last month, and one class was cancelled last minute. But still! All around, 2011 was a revitalizing year in sewing and life for me. 2012 is going to be off the charts.
I haven’t wrapped up my fall sewing palette garments, but I knew at the outset I’d be sewing them into winter. The main thing there is to finish the Clover pants. My most recent skirt was more of a whim, and the one prior (part of the challenge) was given away. So I think I’ll make a basic red skirt to take the place of the grey one. The red sateen was intended for Clovers, but I made a yardage mistake when purchasing fabric. Now that I have the Colette book, I’m going to revise my intention for the violet chiffon, and also make a black twill Meringue skirt. It’s a basic, but a huge wardrobe hole. In reference to the green patterned silk in the lower right, that upcycling project will also need to be revised.
I’ve left off some more personal goals, but here are some that I aim to accomplish this year. I’m not really the New Year’s resolution type, but I do believe in setting clear, attainable goals. Vagueness has never served me well in that department.
- Create every day
- Sew all my own garments
- Sew with a purpose (meaning a working wardrobe, even if that means sewing the “boring” basics)
- Finally make some panties
- Work my way through my stash, and if there is a textile that I know I won’t use, donate/swap it
- Post at least 3 x week (Are y’all ready for that?!)
- Read a book a month
- Brush up on Russian while I sew (online/download suggestions very welcome!)
- Watch less Netflix
- Work/create/sew for myself (not in a selfish way, but a don’t worry about the latest hot fad way)
- Teach more sewing lessons (in fact, I’m doing another zipper class on January 19)
I don’t want to get all mushy, but thank you, friends, for reading, commenting, encouraging, writing and sharing your own life in cloth. And for being hilarious and lovely. Here’s a toast to 2012, from me to you! May your bellies be full, but your creativity hungry.