Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and this is the year I turn 30 – eek! I’m not too worried about turning 30 but it is making me reflect on some things – things I’ve done, and things I still want to do.
In 2017 I made 58 things, not all of them for me, lots were clothes for my little boy and some were gifts but I’ve started to think it isn’t sustainable for me to sew so many items every year. That’s where the idea for this blog comes in. I want to sew slowly, enjoy the making process and make special garments I want to wear for years to come. This doesn’t mean making lots of special occasion garments – I would never get the wear out of those! As a stay at home mum to one crazy little dude I am talking about making hardwearing, comfy, stylish clothes that can last me for years. This makes me realise that I also want to create as little waste as possible and try to come up with creative ways to use up my scraps.
I love to sew, but as I have a wardrobe full of clothes I am starting to feel like I should really love each garment that I create – I really don’t need more, so each thing should be made for the love of creating and should be made to last. I’m looking forward to trying some more eco-friendly fabrics this year but many of those are expensive (and I don’t have a job!), so I am going to have to get creative by upcycling garments I don’t wear, buying second-hand textiles where I can, and trying to source fabrics which are left over from manufacturing processes. I also already have a small stash of fabric which I think it would be wasteful to not use so I am definitely going to have to sew my stash as well!
Pictured above is a coat I made for myself this time last year. It is the Ladies Pixie Coat by Twig and Tale patterns I made in mustard corduroy and lined with tartan fleece, it is comfy, cosy, and still seeing lots of wear one year on! It was my first ever coat and a really straightforward make that I would highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t made a coat before. Let’s all just pretend we don’t see the mismatched cuffs! I have used the scraps from this coat to make something else that is almost finished and I can’t wait to share with you!
Have you got any resolutions for the New Year? Let me know in the comments section below. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!