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2016: Resolution time!

It’s that time of the year again. Some people hate them, some people love them, for me making resolutions is a bit like having a map giving me a direction for the year ahead. I know myself too well, so I try not to have too serious intentions, but looking back at what I managed to accomplish from my list is my favourite part of the end of the year.

1. Make a Little French Jacket

Do we all sewing enthusiasts have a list of things we want to sew in our life? You know, the wedding dress, something with lace, a vintage dress from a vintage pattern, the tailored coat, the Little French Jacket… Since I’m really not fussed about throwing a wedding – ever, and I’m just about to finish my tailored coat, the next long project on the list must be the Chanel style jacket that allegedly takes 80 hours to make. I have been looking at pictures of it for well over a year now, I have the pattern, I have Claire Shaffer’s book, and now I also have 20 samples from Linton tweeds’ selection. All there’s left to do is picking 1 fabric out of 20, and the 80 hours sewing can commence! 🙂

TheSecretCostumier - Linton Tweed samples

2. Try lingerie making

There is so much inspiration out there and so many fantastic finished projects, that after tackling making bags, I must give this a go too. I don’t like wearing padded or underwired bras, so hopefully I’ll be able to make something nice, simple and wearable from some of the vintage lace I scored from one of Brighton’s many second-hand shops.

3. Continue learning French

Reach level 52 on Memrise by the end of the year. 🙂

4. Watch a play once a month

It’s hard to explain exactly why, but I’ve always found the theater magical. I even considered going back to uni to do a degree in costume design a few years ago, and working in the Royal Opera House’s costume department would still be the dream job. In spite of all this, for some reason going to the theater has not become as high a priority since I moved to London as it used to be while living in Budapest, so this year I decided to make a little effort to find some good shows.

 5. Knit a jumper!

I’ve been working on the knitting below, ever since I’ve picked this hobby up – that was 2 years ago. I obviously had to choose the prettiest AND thinnest yarn out there, which is why knitting my first top has taken me so long. Now that I finished the front of it (not following the pattern, obvs.) I managed to leave the whole thing (needles, yarn, finished front and the 1/4 of the back) on the plane to New York.

To be completely honest, I can’t say I was devastated when I found out they are gone. I think it wasn’t ever gonna be finished anyway, so now I have a good excuse to restart my knitting game… with the chunkiest wool out there, of course! 🙂

2014 - Resolutions reviewed!

6. Make a quilted bedcover.

I have never thrown away any scraps from any of my projects since I started sewing. I know, it’s fairly crazy, but I cherish fabric and I don’t want to waste anything. I do think I could turn even the smallest scrap into something useful, like you know…a patchwork bed cover.

All my previous projects (the journal cover and potholder) were attempts at making one, but I got bored with all the cutting and ironing of little pieces.  I also don’t quite have enough cotton scraps to make one big and beautiful quilt, so I will look for some second hand shirts, sheets or vintage fabric, and make this the year of the Quilt!

7. Finish the UFOs.

Please, please, please: just do it! New fabric shall only enter the flat once an unfinished project has left the shelf!

8. Drink more water! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “2016: Resolution time!

  1. This sounds like an excellent roadmap! Makes me want to make a French jacket, too… that’s on my list for sure. One idea for getting enough quilting fabric – if you know anyone else near you who sews – or even in the same country, if you use Twitter or Instagram – they are bound to have cotton scraps! I’m sure you’ll have enough in no time. Happy 2016!

    • Ah, let me know if you make the jacket, I’m most terrified of the fitting of the toille. I must say I haven’t perfected my fitting skills as much as you have!
      Collecting other people’s leftover cotton is a fantastic idea! I will definitely think about how to go about it…and get the courage to ask people to give me their scraps. 😉 Happy 2016 to you too!

      • I will! The thing that holds me back is I prefer a jacket with a front closure and the design possibilities are overwhelming! I think most people would be grateful to give their scraps to a good home. 🙂

      • What do you mean by the front closure? As in with visible buttons? (I’m now thinking maybe I have missed something and have not yet realized how much more could be modified on the jacket. 🙂 )

      • Yah, like buttons or hooks – anything to keep the front closed. A lot of the ones I’ve seen sewn hang open. It looks great on a lot of people, but I always find myself compulsively pulling garments like that closed! I also prefer some kind of collar. I think I just need to look for a good jacket pattern and french-ify it!

      • I see what you mean. It’s funny, I never actually button my coats/jackets, so I was actually thinking of not doing buttons and buttonholes according to the pattern I chose, but I don’t really want to skip steps with this project…I’m with you on the collar issue though, but I think I’ll just have to get used to it. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Your list is inspirational. I identify with many of them. I like the idea of ​​the Chanel jacket and lingerie. This year I bought a book of lingerie pattern, and I’m very excited. About the language I would have to do the same with the Dutch and English. Good luck girl !!! 😊

    • Thank you Sandra! Dutch is supposed to be one of the hardest languages to learn, but you are doing great with the English already! Which pattern book did you get for sewing lingeries? I bouth one for sewing techniques, but it’s mostly about knickers and inserting lace, but not much about bras. Good luck to you too! 🙂

      • Sandra says:

        Thanks , your words are friendly. 😊. I have the book “pattern cutting for lingerie, beachwear and leisurewear” (Ann haggar ). The book has many models and according to the author, all have been tested in real scale. If you have notions of drawing patterns this book is easy to understand.
        succes!!!! 💟 we are in touch

    • Thank you! I love your jumper!!! I think that’s the kind of wool I had in mind when I bought the tiny mohair one. And the girl’s blog is really cool too! How many hours did you knit/day to finish the jumper in 2 weeks?

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