Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 vs. 2017

Hello again all! I feel like I say this a lot, but I'm back, and it's been a little while. This time, I was off planning a wedding, getting married, having a honeymoon, getting fully accredited at work, and dealing with the Christmas craziness of school. Oh, and the new Hubby and I are moving to London in less than a month. So that's insane.

But this is a sewing blog, so let's get to that, yeah? I just wanted to talk a little about my sewing last year (2016) and how I'm moving into 2017, with crafty resolutions and goals.

2016 for me personally was a pretty great year (YOU GUYS, I GOT MARRIED!), and that is true also about my sewing. I feel like I sewed quite a few things that were out of my comfort zone, made some items I absolutely love to wear, and I began to find myself truly a part of a sewing community (thanks Sydney Spoolettes!). In terms of actual items I've made, I haven't kept a true count, but it's definitely not reflected in my blogging. I had aimed to blog once a month last year, and I didn't achieve that at all. I blogged 8 times in 2016 (and not at all until June, oh dear): 6 dresses, 1 top and 1 skirt. 

My favourite blogged item of 2016 is probably my McCalls 6696 dress, it was such a saga to get it finished, but it represents quite a few new skills and was a perfect fit to boot!

My most worn blogged item is probably my Starry Datura top - it gets worn at least twice a week. I love the fit and it goes with everything... and it doesn't even need ironing!

And my most viewed outfit post was my Ginghamalong entry, which also got a few lovely comments. Thanks so much guys!

So, 2017. Bring it on. It's going to be a big year, with the move to London at the end of January, and it will be quite... uh, interesting, potentially, for a while. But we shall see. In preparation, I have pared down my wardrobe quite a lot, and unfortunately there were some me-mades that didn't make the cut. But my favourites are coming with me, and I'm sending some, along with my favourites from my fabric stash, on a boat to arrive a month or two after we do. But I have to buy a new sewing machine, because that's not coming with me. So I may not be sewing for a little while - hopefully not too long. I already have some money for the new machine stashed away!

I do have goals for my sewing and social media, which I am going to aim to achieve regardless of my sewing setup. I hope to:

  1. Post on Instagram 5 days a week.
  2. Sew 2 garments each month.
  3. Blog 2 times each month.
I feel like these are achievable goals, but I will also be branching out slightly to help me achieve these. As well as sewing, I also knit and cross stitch, and I would like to feature these more (see: at all) in my blog. Especially as I may be without a sewing machine for some time, I will instead be knitting and cross stitching to keep my hands busy. So, keep an eye out for me here, and on Instagram @notionsoffabric to keep up to date with my shenanigans!

Happy New Year all, and if you have crafty goals like me, I'd love to hear them!

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