I made 30 dresses in 2022 and although I definitely pushed myself in my sewing skills and learnt lots of new things, I’m ready to grow and learn even more in 2023. Although this is not a sewing blog exclusively, right now, my sewing is making me really happy. I feel like it keeps me going and I continue to get inspired for future projects. As I just did a wrap up for 2022, I wanted to create a goals list for my sewing for 2023 because we all take time to make goals for a new year right?
-More vintage patterns
Vintage patterns pose many issues which require certain skills to figure out. I can only keep learning if I get out of my comfort zone so I will hopefully be finding a few tricky patterns.
-More Indie Patterns
Big brand patterns are great but all I’ve sewn really came from the big 4; Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls and Vogue. In 2023, I want to try and test out a wider range of pattern with a focus on indie brands to help promote and support small businesses. I really hope we can find some gems and love them together.
-Keep shopping my stash unless it’s very specific
On a recent trip to KL, I went a little over the top with my fabric sewing so I really should have no reason to buy anymore fabric so it will be another year of shopping my stash. I do allow myself an exception if a specific project calls for it but I will try to limit those and only use what I have (unless it’s lining or an under fabric for a tulle over the top).
-More travel sewing
As I’ve mentioned briefly, whenever I travel, I like to buy some fabric as my souvenir so I can return home and sew up a garment to remind me of my trip. Cute in theory but I have to admit I’m a little behind with a few holidays so I hope to make some cute garments inspired by the great wide world.
-Sewing vintage replica’s
I was hoping to try this in 2022 but ran out of time so in 2023, I hope to attack the list of vintage that got away. Shopping for vintage can be heartbreaking especially when things don’t fit right, are too expensive or are too damaged so I wanted to see how closely I can replicate original vintage garments and start bring back the ones that got away.
-More pop culture sewing
I’m sure we all watch movies and wish we could wear certain items of clothing from them and I certainly have a huge wish list of costumes I want to make for myself. I’m hoping to try making ‘inspired by’ garment, some replica’s and loose representations from a range of media including film, tv, advertisements and books.
When learning, it’s best to try things that are easy so you build your confidence. For me, this was primarily using cotton as my go to fabric and I really didn’t deviate from cotton much at all in 2022 so in 2023, I want to try working with a few more challenging fabrics although I don’t think I can try chiffon yet because it’s just so slippery. I will be aiming for fabrics such as embroidered tulle, silk, knit and plain tulle too.
-Sew more separates
As lovely as a dress is, I made 30 of them in 2022 so in 2023, I want to try and make a few separates, mainly pants and trousers. I’ve been wanting to make a few pairs of pants for a while but find fitting them intimidating. In saying this, I want to also make a few two piece outfits which I can later mix and match.
Besides all these ridiculously ambitious goals, I really hope to expand my skills, find a supportive sewing community and make greater connections with other sewing enthusiasts. I’m sure there’s a huge chance that I’ll never finish this goals list but I know if I organise myself well enough and nothing goes wrong (ha!), I can get a fair amount done.
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