I know it’s not the end of the year just yet but I’ve been feeling quite reflective over my first year of sewing. Had I not taken up sewing I would be struggling with SAD as I did last winter. What a turn around! My anxiety has lessened and sewing is my therapy. The thrill I feel when a garment is coming together, when it’s finally completed (and fits), like no other. Sewing came into my life at the perfect moment, really. When you have the blues your confidence suffers quite the beating. But now my steps are lighter and I laugh a lot more easily. Don’t get me wrong, I still have some SAD days but I am so much better.
Sewing taught me to be courageous again and to stop doubting myself. Can I just say how afraid I was to cut my first fashion fabric? Very. I kept buying fabrics and not doing anything with them, too scared that I’d fail at constructing something. But how else was I to learn? So I took the scissors to the fabric and I’ve been having fun ever since. Not all projects have gone perfectly (I’m looking at you, Rooibos). But I feel more confident in my skills to re-visit my past mistakes and try to fix them. I’m actually looking forward to it.
So here’s a look at all my 2011 makes. You’ll notice my initial fear kept me sewing easy peasy stuff. It wasn’t until I successfully constructed Colette’s Sorbetto pattern (and so my love affair with Colette patterns began…) that finally felt comfortable with garment making.
I’m quite proud of my sewing growth so far and I’m looking forward to gaining more skills. My sewing hopes for 2012 are to make some dresses, use up some of my fabric stash, less fabric buying (although this might not help with that so much), play around with mixing patterns to create new looks and finally conqueror my nemesis, the Rooibos dress!
I am happy to say that sewing and I are definitely in a committed relationship. I’ve even bought 150 meters of tracing paper to celebrate!
So what are your 2012 sewing goals?
P.S. Thank you, sewing community, for being *so* freaking welcoming, inspiring and so golly nice.