The start of a new year is always symbolic of new beginnings, isn't it? One thing I've put off for ages is sorting out my wardrobe, so I thought I'd seize the cliche and start 2015 with a clean slate. Amongst the three bin bags full of RTW items, some still with their tags on, I also amassed the above sizeable pile of handmades. I normally feel really attached to things I've made myself, but this time I decided that ruthlessness and honesty were the only way forward. I grew tired of searching my overflowing wardrobe, yet feeling like I had nothing to wear. So into the pile went handmades that I don't wear for a number of reasons: ill-fitting, damaged, don't like, don't suit. Some will go to the charity shop, some to my mum and others I'll re-fashion (maybe) or recycle for the sum of their parts (zips and buttons).
I made some tough choices, but overall I feel excited to build my handmade wardrobe back up during 2015. Although I'm not setting myself 'resewlutions' I'm destined to fail at, I do have some plans and ideas for this year.
I don't usually like tying myself down to fixed plans, but these are two makes that I've been excited about for ages! I want to make a gathered-back Archer with this unusual floral voile that has a lovely flannel-esque feel to it. After being pleasantly surprised with the fit of my first Francoise, I want to make a long-sleeve version in this vintage crepe with a rather phsychedelic feel...groovy baby, yeah!
FUN WITH KNITS
I ruddy love knits - they're easy to fit and sew, and even easier to wear! Some of the patterns I'd like to have more and new fun with this year are:
Moneta - Colette Patterns
Violet - Bluegingerdoll Patterns
Linden Sweatshirt - Grainline Studio
Bonnie - Bluegingerdoll Patterns
White Russian - Capital Chic Patterns
Enid Fitted Sweatshirt - Jennifer Lauren
If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you'll know that skirts are my style nemesis. Although this isn't so much of an issue with dresses, I still only feel comfortable in fuller skirts, but have come to the conclusion that gathered waists aren't the most flattering on me. I have a reasonably small waist (in comparison to my bust and hips at least), so this year I'm looking to highlight this with alternatives to gathered skirts. As well as some of my vintage sewing patterns, I also hope to explore some contemporary patterns:
Belladone - Deer and Doe
Flora Dress - By Hand London
The Mortmain - Gather Kits
Lonsdale Dress - Sewaholic Patterns
Lilou - Tilly And The Buttons
So there you have it, my 2015 plans in a nutshell, with details of this year's #vintagepledge coming on Friday! What are your stitching hopes and aspirations for this year?