There is a fine art to planning ahead, and nowhere is this more obvious than in planning a new sewing year. No matter how carefully I think it through, I still end up with some fabrics that never make it out of storage and some newly-purchased fabrics that quickly get moved to the head of the queue. But no matter! I still find it useful to make a list of intended projects, while at the same time reminding myself that being flexible and realistic about my intentions is what is really necessary. (There are, after all, those unexpected special events which can’t be planned for, but which take top priority when the “save the date” card arrives in the mail.)
When I look back at what I accomplished in 2018, I happily find that about half my projects used fabrics which I had purchased at least a few years prior. Some had actually been in my collection for more than a few years! Last year’s list was replete with rosy hues and rosy prints, and this year is not too different, especially considering three of my most favorite fabrics from last year are being forwarded onto my plans for 2019. Will this be the year that I finally get this vintage piece of Moygashel linen made into a dress? I’ve only been trying to do this for at least three years now!
But for starters, and as with last year, I am first finishing up a project which I began, but did not have time to finish before the holidays took over my sewing room – and my life!
I am bound and determined to finish the Classic French Jacket I started in late 2018. While I am currently working on the body of the jacket, having completed its quilting, I am still undecided about trim. I am auditioning different options, but have yet to find the perfect one.
However, I am anxious to get on with it, as the rest of my list includes:
1) a wool coat
2) 3 cotton shirtwaist blouses
3) 1 boat-neck blouse (silk, maybe, or still undecided)
4) 1 linen skirt
5) 2 wool skirts
6) 1 wool, two-piece dress
7) 1 cotton dress
8) 1 linen dress – referenced above
9) 1 silk dress
10) birthday dresses for my two little granddaughters
11) play dresses for granddaughters
12) holiday/Christmas sewing for those same two little girls
13) some necessary home decorator sewing, which is not my favorite thing to do, until I see it finished and can enjoy living with it!
The wool coat will be my first major project in 2019 once the French jacket is finished. I can’t wait to get started on this vintage Lesur wool from Paris, lined in a pink, gray and white silk purchased from Mendel Goldberg a few years ago.
I will probably make a simple wool skirt before starting the coat, as I know it will be a relatively quick project nestled between the jacket and the coat. I found this wool when Promenade Fabrics was closing their Etsy shop a few months ago. How I love a red and navy tartan. I could not resist it, and I am glad I didn’t.
Life is, of course, filled with all kinds of non-sewing duties, and I have plenty on that list, too. It will be a tricky balancing act to make significant progress in both realms, but my guess is that sewing wins out over cleaning out the attic.
Welcome, 2019, with all your grand opportunities!