2013 Planning

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First of all, Happy New Year! 2012 was a big year for me and contained a lot of the major milestones in life (aka buying my first car, getting engaged, starting a new job and moving in with my fiance), but I feel like 2013 will be even bigger!

My sewing room is officially unpacked and I actually started sewing a dress Tuesday night, the first thing I had worked on in at least 2 months. I can't believe I went that long without working on a sewing project, it had been so long that I was going through serious withdrawls. Anyway, I'm back in the saddle and planning my sewing goals for this year. Without further ado, here are my 5 sewing goals for 2013.

1. Make my wedding dress.

I'm actually starting this project tomorrow! I'm really excited to make my dress and so far I really don't have any anxiety about it, although anytime I tell someone I'm making my dress they act like I've completely lost my mind. These are some inspiration pictures but I'm planning a full post to explain what look I'm going for and get everyone's advice/approval on the methods I'm planning on using.


2. Try some new independent pattern companies.

Specifically Papercut and Deer and Doe. I helped proofread the English version of one of Deer and Does patterns, so now I'm even more excited to try them! Below are the ones I want to order first.


3. Actually make the jackets/coats I was planning to in 2012.

I had grand plans of making the Lady Grey, the Anise and Gertie's Starlet Suit Jacket last fall. I even bought all the shell materials, lining, interfacings and tailoring supplies but between switching jobs, moving and general laziness I never got around to it. I'm obsessed with learning to hand tailor so I want to start these jackets right now, even though by the time I finish one jacket it will probably be so hot in Texas I'll barely want to wear anything more than a bathing suit.


4. Expand my pants wardrobe.

I've made 2 versions of the Clover pants and I have one more cut out but I'd like try out a few other pants patterns this year. First, I'm in love with Sunni's coral Burda pants! I've had that pattern for a while and I've always wanted to attempt it so her version has definitely motivated me to pull it out. Also, I'd love to make a pair of Juniper trousers in a pretty grey linen I could wear in the spring and fall.

5. Make something with leather.

I'm really excited about this goal because I just found out (thanks to my mom and dad) that the best leather store in town is just a few blocks from my house! I visited it for the first time the other day and bought 2 gorgeous skeins that I can't wait to work with. I'm thinking something simple initially, like this clutch, then hopefully I can build up my skills to something more intricate!

I've spent the last few days reading everyone else's resolutions and I must say, I think 2013 is going to be a great year for sewing!

All images from my Pinterest.


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January 5, 2013 at 12:11 AM delete

What an exciting year you have planned! Some great goals - looking forward to seeing the Deer and Does patterns as you make them up...J

liza jane
January 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM delete

Ooh, wedding dress! Fun! I can't wait to follow along while you make it.

January 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM delete

These are truly fantastic projects and i can't wait to see how they all turn out (especially the wedding dress, sooo exciting!) Here's to a great 2013!

January 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM delete

Wow, these are such exciting goals! It will be so fun to watch you make all this stuff! Happy 2013!

January 5, 2013 at 1:11 PM delete

Look forward to read your progress, you always do pretty things!

January 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM delete

1: Oooo, I love it when people sew their own wedding dresses! If I ever get married, it's what I'll do. :) I've seen some fantastic self-stitched dresses online, I'll see if I can dig up the links by the time you post on what you're looking for.

2: I've never heard of Papercut or Deer&Doe, but I'll check them out right after I finish this comment. I have a similar (tentative) goal for the year, but from Cake Patterns (sewingcake.com), Colette, and Sewaholic (the Minoru jacket, so pretty!).

3: I want to make the Lady Grey too! I've been drooling over it since I first discovered Colette. Sadly, I have one big winter coat I really need to finish up before I'm allowed to even consider another pattern. I hope you manage to get at least a summer jacket done. The Anise, done in the right materials, may be a good light weight jacket for Texas. :)

4: Pants are my nemises and greatest fear. I admire you're successes already and envy your plans to make more. :)

5: Leather isn't as hard as people make out, depending on the leather. Lighter weight stuff is easily sewable on a standard sewing machine. A leather needle helps, but I've gotten away with standard needles too. You can do it!

Happy 2013! I hope you accomplish everything you set out to this year. :) Really looking forward to watching your progress!