Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year's Resolutions: 2018 Make Nine

Last year my New Year's resolutions were to be more gentle with myself (less self-criticism, more self-love) and to stop eating beef—one resolution for helping myself, one resolution for helping the world, however minimally. I like having aspirational, attainable goals, and I'm getting better about not being hard on myself if it doesn't work out perfectly, ie I've eaten beef on 7 occasions in 2017, which is still pretty darn good!

This year my New Year's resolutions are to take last year's a step further: actively and enthusiastically love myself, and stop using disposable plastic straws and silverware.

Sewing is a way for me to love the world and love myself. It helps me be a more responsible consumer, understand how geometry and inspiration create art in the form of fashion, and pour love into everything I make and wear.

My 2018 Make Nine list is inspired by the first goal. I chose pieces to challenge my skills and help me grow as a sewist, and pieces to throw on whenever I need that physical manifestation of my confidence. 

Here's what I'm hoping to sew in 2018:

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One: Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns

I've wanted a luxurious set of satin pajamas for a number of years, but it never seemed to fit my hostelling/full time student lifestyle. This year I'm more settled but also decided to say screw it and wear the pretty pajamas.

Two: Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio

For someone who is always cold, I sure sew a lot of warm-weather garments. Every iteration of this pattern that I've seen on instagram has been a home run, and I think is a very practical solution to a chilly hole in my wardrobe.

Three: Bra making with Orange Lingerie

I'm obsessed with the Orange Lingerie instagram feed. My beautiful lace bras that I splurged on during my first trip to Paris got ruined by a well-meaning partner who washed them with a brand new pair of dark jeans, so I've been meaning to delve into bra making to slowly replace my sad, formerly beautiful bras with happy, beautiful me-made bras. I haven't decided which pattern—I'm leaning towards either the Berkeley or the Boylston. The Boylston is closer to the cup shape I find most flattering, but I'm not a huge fan of the fabric straps and I'm not sure I want to be pattern hacking my first venture into lingerie.

Four: Knitting Socks

I'm super green to knitting, though I've powered through a couple projects recently that I'm really proud of. Ultimately, I want to be able to knit socks (like I said, always cold), but I haven't quite conquered knitting in the round. I want to do another beanie (I've just finished my first) to get more comfortable with the technique.

Five: Mito Cami by Papercut Patterns

I'm envisioning a siren red cami for when I'm feeling fiery and the world needs to know it. I've looked at a half dozen reviews of this pattern to get an idea of what fabric they use and found a highly recommended tencel twill that I can ONLY find in white (but at the right price), so I'm thinking of familiarizing myself with a bottle of RIT and experiment with dyeing fabric for the first time, too.

Six: Tiny Tile quilt by Purl Soho

I like having long term projects to chip away at when I need a little sewing kick but don't have the time or energy to get involved in a whole new project. The Tiny Tile quilt by Purl Soho is going to fill that void for me. I think it's simple yet and modern and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Seven: Swimsuit using Watson Bra by Cloth Habit

I've had the same two swimsuits for the past 7 years because I hate hate hate swimsuit shopping. One doesn't really fit anymore, and the other is starting to show signs of chlorine damage that I just can't ignore any longer (and believe me, I've tried). I think the Watson Bra pattern looks sexy sans spillage, the perfect combo for a modern yet somewhat modest swimsuit. I definitely will also do a test run of this pattern as a regular bralette to get familiar with bramaking materials/techniques and adjust the pattern to my tastes.

Eight: Wrap dress

For years I had dresses that never (and I mean NEVER) left my closet. Part of that is a lifestyle thing and a relentless fear of flashing people, and part of that is that I never really found dresses that suited my style. This summer in a charity shop, I found a loose, button-front dress with a gathered skirt that I altered to have a v-neck and I nearly wore it to death. I also love love love wrap tops, so I'm thinking a wrap dress with a loose skirt will be my next foray into dresses. I really love the tulip sleeve detail on this one, so I might just have to self draft a copy cat!

Nine: Oslo Coat by Tessuti Fabrics

My well-loved, but not quite warm enough to warrant salvaging pea coat has run its course. I'd like to replace it with something just my style and me-made, and I think it would be an excellent way to stretch my skills. But coats are scary! The Oslo Coat looks relatively simple, with a modern but not trendy silhouette. Or maybe the Clare Coat by Closet Case Patterns? We shall see. This and the bra making are my only apprehensions about this list, but this list is aspirational!

What are you working on in 2018? What are your resolutions for 2018? Check out my idea boards for some of these projects on Pinterest if you need help getting inspired for some awesome making in the new year! And big, big thanks to Rochelle over at Home Row Fiber for hosting this gentle challenge for makers

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