That's not to say I won't be having fun when sewing, but in order to enjoy the process I need confidence that the end result will be good.
Also I am an avid reader of So Zo. I share a lot of her views when it come to consumerism in society, but so far have done little to start making changes in my own life. I would love to be able to only make my clothes and not buy new ones. Fantasy sewing in this respect is also fairly pointless if I make a "fantasy" dress that I hardly ever wear, only to have to go and buy some practical clothes I actually need. I really need to think about the clothes I "need" and then make them myself.
So I have decided for 2012, I am going to plan, and hopefully sew, a selection of key basic pieces.. When I say basic I don't mean dull and boring plain coloured things, just items that are wearable on a regular basis and aren't going to be crazy hard to sew (like smart skirts and shirts for work, or comfy tunic style tops for my free time). As fitting has been such a massive issue for me, simpler more basic patterns will also mean I can get to grips with adjustments more easily. For example I love the Colette Ceylon dress, but attempting to fit that to my full busted front and my narrow and sway back does not appeal to me right now!
With that in mind I am starting to follow the "programme" in the Colette Sewing handbook. I intend to:
- Analyse my wardrobe to find my favourite 5 items, and work out what I value in these.
- Look and see if there are any obvious gaps in the clothes I already own, that I could fill by sewing up something
- Make a Croquis of my self so I can have a play with a variety of pattern styles.
- Come up with a list of maybe 5-10 items (I'm not trying to be over ambitious) of things I would like to sew in 2012