Happy New Year!

Let me start by first saying Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had great Christmas and New Year celebrations. I for one sure did! It was lovely spending time with family and friends and having some 'me-time'. Plus I just love Christmas! 

Getting back to the sewing machine was a daunting but it's good to be back!

Getting back to the sewing machine was a daunting but it's good to be back!

You might have noticed that this blog has been a little quiet of late. My bad. Truth is I've busy... procrastinating! November and December did happen to be busy ol' months but in all honesty I could have fitted in sewing and blogging time. I'm currently working on two coat projects (the first of which I started in the summer, shhhh!) for my boyfriend and friend. I have been researching like mad - from the fabrics to the tailoring techniques etc. But I think the longer I left the actual making, the more I built up everything in head and the scarier it got. Silly, I know. 

I will make this jacket... eventually!

I will make this jacket... eventually!

This week though I have officially gotten back on the sewing track. I started by drafting the lining for the Albion jacket and tailor tacking my friend's coat (more on that later!). I've also tidied up the sewing room and cleaned the insides of my machine. New year feelings are definitely good for getting the cobwebs out of things! 

Let's do this!

Before I get back on the blogging wagon I didn't want to let the year change without acknowledging it and looking back at the previous one. 

I never photographed the first dress, but these makes came soon after!

I never photographed the first dress, but these makes came soon after!

I started dressmaking in late 2014 and finished my first dress in early 2015. It was poorly put together (wrong type of interfacing and I accidentally traced the wrong waist dart legs - no wonder the bodice and skirt didn't match!) but I loved it all the same. I went to dinner in it with my boyfriend and felt amazing because I made it! It made me so happy walking down the street in my first me-made outfit (even if it didn't quite fit right).

After that I knew I was hooked and at the end of January I made a commitment to myself: to buy less clothes. Well, as 2016 had dawned I can tell you I bought 0 new clothes last year. That's right. 0. If I needed anything I made it and in the meantime I made do with what I had. It felt amazing and this is definitely a theme I wish to continue with moving forward. 

Summer makes 2015

Summer makes 2015

It was in late 2015 that I actually started looking into the costs of the 'fast-fashion' movement and I was quite horrified by it (you must watch True Cost if you haven't already), but at the same time it empowered me. I have the power to make my own clothes - I don't need to/will not contribute to this suffering. It's a great feeling when you 'stand up to the man'. It's lucky that my favourite hobby lends itself well to this way of life. 

In 2015 I made quite a few items. Some of them successes, others not so much. This year, however, I want a more cohesive approach to my projects. I want to make things that I need and that I actually want to wear. Essentially, I'm aiming to slowly but surely create my capsule wardrobe. I figure this is a win-win - I have things I actually want to wear and find comfortable and then I'll have more time to sew fancier dresses and do more selfless sewing without secretly wishing I was sewing something for me!

it's great to look back at the achievements of the past year - inspiration going forward!

it's great to look back at the achievements of the past year - inspiration going forward!

I also want to address my fit issues head on - it's time to crank up the sewing a notch!

I'll address these goals in future posts but for now I want to revel in how far I've come this year - from that ill-fitting dress in January 2015 to the Kim dress in October. It's easy to forget the year's success stories when it's 365 days long but I managed to sew my way through most of 2015 and I gained so many skills along the way. Time to add some more to the repertoire. 

2016 I'm ready for you!