It seems best to end my blogiversary week by thinking ahead....what do I want to focus on in my third year of sewing/blogging?
Following my Whim
I'm quite looking forward to going with the flow next year and working on projects that get me excited and that strike my fancy at any given moment. This year has been very structured and it has been exactly what I needed and wanted. This past year allowed me to explore lots of different styles and time periods. I have loads of ideas and projects I want to do (and a growing pattern and fabric stash) and I'm excited to see when certain projects will come to the forefront this next year!
Despite my desire to follow my whim next year....there's also a few things I know for certain I want to do...
Put my house in order
Quite literally...my sewing room is a HOT MESS! (lol). I look forward to using some of my creativity and time to sort out a space that will allow my creativity to flourish! I feel a bit cramped and disorganised and I know I am not using my space wisely. Time to draw some inspiration from other creative ladies and get the place to be exactly how I would imagine my creative space to be.
The other thing? My blog....oh deary, I can't find anything on my blog. First up is to go back and tag all my posts (I've started already) and to create menus so that my blog is a bit more searchable. It's a bit sad when I have to go to the Sew Weekly archives to figure out when I made a certain garment so that I can then find it on my blog! I have lots of other fun ideas for the blog but those are the first steps. I realise I need to learn a bit more about computers and design and look forward to exploring that new (to me) territory.
I am very much itching to delve into some BIG projects! All I can think about are suits, suits and more suits, tailoring, gowns, embroidery, etc! All the things I haven't had the time to really explore this year. I look forward to taking my time and going DEEPER into projects (hello Gertie's Bombshell course!) My posts may look a bit different next year as the pace slows down a bit. The upside is that I'm looking forward to sharing more of the process with all of you and learning from you all DURING the process (as opposed to after a garment is finished)!! That will be so much fun! I do plan to have several mini-challenges throughout the year (much like this week has been) just to keep that different kind of challenge going!
Sew Country Chick did ask me this last week if I was going to participate in the Sew Weekly next year. The answer is yes but only as a regular column contributor (monthly?) For that feature, I am planning on taking modern patterns and giving them a vintage twist! I also look forward to occassionally completing the weekly challenges as a Sew Weekly Circle community member.
I'm also still planning on completing my Sewing through the Decades challenge. I'm making blouse/jackets/tops from each year from 1931 to 1949. I've completed several projects already but look forward to picking that back up again!
Three new things I would love to focus on for sure next year:
- Vintage office attire (did I already mention my current obsession with suits?)
- Inspiration from classic movies--I'd love to sew up a few iconic movie outfits
- Vintage patterns--I really want to explore different brands of vintage patterns across various decades
There are several online communities that I would like to spend more time contributing to, namely:
- Pattern Review
- Sew Weekly Sewing Circle
- Sew Retro
I'm happy to say that despite a hectic year, I have even more energy and enthusiasm for my next year of sewing and blogging!
Thanks again for making my blogiversary week so special!! Here's to another year of friendship and creativity!!! xoxoxoxo