It certainly has been a big year for me in many ways, both personal and professional. The highs and lows of getting a creative start-up revving have not eluded me. There have been a few moments when a cloud of paralysing doubt has descended upon me. More so however, there are many more moments where there is nothing else that I would rather been doing! And that's what keeps me going. I hear this is not an uncommon experience and I am so thankful that many female creative entrepreneurs have been willing to share their journey which helps people like me get through "it".
For now, I only have stars in my sights for the upcoming year and there many positive things to look forward to.
I am not always the best at self reflection or self-indulgence so have decided to get involved in the #NewYearsResewlutions tag to help share my end of year thoughts. The tag has been created by two of my favourite You-Tube sewists Cotton by Candy and A Girl Called Boz.
1. What is your favourite make of 2017? Why?
Based on what I wear the most, it has to be my Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio.
Based on what I feel good in and love to wear, it is my Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons. It is the only winter dress I own. I always feel comfortable and cosy in it no matter how dreary the weather.
2. What did you attempt in 2017 that you won't be doing next year? Why not?
Upon its release, I was so excited to make the Colette Penny shirt dress which is a style I have never worn before. I had such high hopes for this dress. I used a fabric I absolutely love and worked carefully through the sewing steps. When it came to trying it on however I hated it! I was so disappointed! I did try to rectify the make by turning the bodice into a shirt but in the end I knew I would never wear it so threw the towel in. So in 2018, I will not be attempting to make garments too far out of my comfort zone.
3. What are you going to continue doing?
The blog! I started my blog this year and can honestly say I have enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I have learnt so much in the process and the learning never stops! So look forward to plenty more content for the upcoming year.
4. What are you going to try next year?
Since discovering the art of pattern making a few years ago, I am hooked. As such, one of my big goals for 2018 is to learn as much about pattern making as I can. I am someone who thrives under a structured learning program so next year I have enrolled into a 12 month pattern making and garment construction course. It has been something I have been thinking about doing for years and I am so proud of myself for taking the leap!
5. Where do you see your handmade wardrobe by the end of next year? What about in five years?
With working, studying, trying to launch my business and getting married,I suspect I won't be getting a whole lot of sewing done in 2018! This make me sad as it truly helps me to refocus during stressful times.
In five years, I hope to have included more everyday, comfortable items into my wardrobe especially pants/jeans and jumpers. I will hopefully be finding it easy to wear handmade on most days, on both the top and the bottom.
I hope you enjoyed my contribution to this tag. Don't be shy to join in on You-Tube or your blog.