Oh hai! Its been a while hasn’t it?
I had grand plans for this blog when I started it in October but then work started getting busy in the run up to Christmas, and I just got so caught up in mentally making it through to Christmas (more on that later!) that the ol’ blog took a back seat.
I’m not one for resolutions or the dreaded ‘new year, new me’ shite, but in the spirit of going into 2018 with a clearer head I thought I would get involved in #2018makenine over on Instagram and note down some of my sewing plans for next year…and then maybe have a little unrelated rant at the end.
Waterfall Raglan by Chalk & Notch
For 2018 I want to concentrate on making a more solid wardrobe instead of just making things at random that often don’t get worn. I want to be a bit more conscious about what I’m making and how the pattern and fabric work together, and how the finished articles work with other bits of my wardrobe. I don’t really have a ‘style’ at the moment and that’s something I want to work on. I made three Fringe tops by Chalk & Notch in 2017, which I love, so I wanted to give another of their patterns a go. I got the Waterfall Raglan with a cheeky bit of Black Friday discount so I’m looking to use this as a nice basic, that still has a bit of interest.
Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Files
This has been on my list for a while. I think I kept putting it off because ~buttonholes~ but now I have a new machine (I’ll introduce you to her later) there’s no excuse. I’ve got some plain cheap-ish chambray in mind as a starter, just to test the water!
Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files
This is a biggie. I’ve wanted to make my own jeans since I started sewing, but frankly, they terrify me. I’ve had such bad luck with RTW jeans recently though that I think its time.
I bought these jeans in August and haven’t worn them that much. There’s interfacing sticking out of the fly, the buttonhole is a mess, and the waistband top-stitching has come away so there’s a gaping hole. And they weren’t cheap. How much worse could they really be if I made my own?!
Honetone Coat by Marilla Walker
Of all my selections I feel like this might be the one that doesn’t come to fruition. When Marilla first posted the version I’ve used above I fell in love, but I’m a bit worried I’m not quite there yet. It looks a little tricky and I haven’t lined anything yet. I might hold off on it for now, and maybe when winter 2018 rolls around I’ll be ready!
Aries Leggings by Seamwork
“Active-wear?! Are you feeling okay?” Yeah. I’m not sure.
This might be as close to ‘New Year, New Me’ as it gets. Sam passed his driving test the week before Christmas (*fanfare*) so we’re going to try get out and about on some nice walks in the countryside. We’ve bought boots and everything! We got walking trousers too but I thought I’d try my hand at some leggings. I might even try yoga. Stop laughing.
I’ve bought some real cheap 4 way jersey and some mesh for the contrast panel to try out a tester pair. Then I’ve got some niiiiice jersey from Guthrie & Ghani if they go well. We’ll see.
Foreman Jacket by Merchant & Mills
Hopefully this will be my first proper bit of selfless sewing. I hope it works out because I think it could be a real winner for Sam. We went to Fabworks Mill Shop to pick out some nice denim (£6pm too!) so I’m nearly ready to go on this one. I’m a lil bit scared though because I don’t want to cock it up.
Fairfield Button Up by Thread Theory
This is also on the plan for Sam. His whole wardrobe is made up of checked shirts so it would be rude not to have a go at one. Plus I’m going to smash out some buttonholes this year, hopefully. I’m going to go for some plain chambray first so I don’t have to sweat over pattern matching on the first go. I saw a few people struggling with the instructions for the collar on Instagram so I might be a bit cautious with this pattern!
Camber Set by Merchant & Mills
I made a few M&M Top 64s in 2017 (if you’re here because of my contribution to Sewcialists TNT month, thank you so so much!), so I’m going to try my luck with one of their other patterns. I’ve got some petrol blue linen in mind, which I got from Sew Up North. It was bought with the Top 64 in mind so the Camber seems fitting. Hopefully I can get my head around the burrito method!
Carolyn PJs by Closet Case Files
I made three pairs of Carolyn PJ bottoms in 2017. But no tops. Because ~buttonholes~. 2018 is the year of the buttonhole.
My New Steed!
So now that I’ve talked about what I’m planning to make – meet the lady I’ll be making them with….
Isn’t she dreamy! She was pretty much an impulse buy over the Black Friday weekend (as you do). It turns out I’m a Husqvarna girl, so I stuck with the brand and went for the Opal 690Q. I had been window shopping one of the Jade models but then this machine came up at around the same price on offer, and with twice as many features, how could I resist? I’d seen it online and nearly bought it there and then, but decided I’d be sensible (ha…ha) and wait until I went to the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show to try one out. I loved it and it was at the same Black Friday price so I handed over my cash and left with…a receipt. Which was terrifying. Delivery was super quick though and now I am the proud owner of this fancy, slightly scary, machine that does a smashing buttonhole!
She doesn’t have a name yet because I feel like I’ve betrayed Lagertha a little bit, so if you have any suggestions let me know!
Now that this post is coming to a close, there’s just time for that rant I mentioned. Now I know I said that I don’t do resolutions, but there’s just one thing I’d really like to change in 2018. Pretty please, universe, can I have a new job?
I had 11 days off over Christmas and a few days in I realised, ‘Hey, this is what normal feels like!’ I was so relaxed. My whole outlook on life changed. I went back to work for 3 days before the New Years weekend, and yep, that anxious, nervous knot in my stomach is back. So its time for something to change.
I’m really struggling with the whole thing because on the one hand, I’m very lucky. I have an actual salary, the most I’ve ever been paid. I very rarely have to answer to higher ups and I work with great people (I’ll forever be grateful for meeting Sam there). I’ve had great opportunities and I’m really good at what I do…but it just makes me so unhappy. The qualities that make me good at my job also mean that I take everything personally. I want to make people happy and I want to fix problems, but you can’t help everyone and dealing with upset customers just really drains me. I get home and fester over old conversations, I can’t let anything go, and its really just messing with the ol’ noggin. I always remember an old teacher saying I was too laid back for my own good, but that feels so far away these days. Working in customer service just has me so highly strung (and angry at people’s sense of entitlement) that I leave work in such a rage most of the time. I hear myself boring people witless with work stories and can’t stop myself talking. It all just spills over into my personal life and eats everything up.
I think that for a lot of us sewing is really tied up in self care and how we view ourselves, so this seemed like as good a place as any to air my grievances? Like now I’ve said it, I have to make it happen. That probably doesn’t make any sense. I guess now I have to think of what I want to do instead? I think I’d settle for a job without a phone but if you have any get rich quick schemes I’m all ears! Being a lady of leisure seems the most appealing…
Now that I’ve bummed you all out, I’ll say goodbye! I hope you all have a great New Years and have loads of adventures (sewing or otherwise) planned for 2018. If you’ve made a plan for #2018makenine I’d love to see it, and maybe pinch some inspiration!
Bye for now, folks! x