Top 5 Reflections, Inspirations & Goals

This is the last of my Top 5 series. I’m not going to bore you with individual posts about my reflections, inspirations and goals, so I’ll push them together into one post for you.

As before, I’m playing along with Gillian with this Top 5 post. I love reading these posts. I hope you do too.

So here are my top 5 reflections, inspirations and goals:

1. I feel like I need to shake up my style. I’m good at v-neck dresses, both woven and stretch, but what other dress styles will suit me? I love simple tees, but am hopeless at drapey or boxy tops to go with skinnies. I’m pretty good at corporate style pants, but I’m a teacher and don’t need to be so ‘corporatty’. I’m too young to dress old and sometimes I feel like I’m repetitive and a little too mature in my style. I’m going to experiment more this year and see what works. Hopefully I’ll have the sense to experiment with cheaper fabric 🙂

2. I want to sew more jackets. I’m particularly inspired to make a French jacket and a modified Anise. I would also love to make a bright coloured jacket, but that would involve buying fabric to do so, so I need to make sure I know what I’m doing before then. I’d love to complete a fitting/construction class for jackets this year.

3. I wish I could say I’ll commit to buying no RTW, but really that commitment isn’t worth much. You see, I don’t like shopping and don’t really buy clothes. I probably won’t buy any RTW this year, just like I didn’t last year. This excludes underwear, as I have no interest in making that. It also doesn’t include jeans, but I bought a pair last year, so don’t think I’ll buy another this year.

5. I often feel that because I’m so busy with work/kids/husband’s study/etc that I sacrifice making challenging garments for simple, easy, satisfying garments that I don’t always need. I need to ensure that I make things that keep me thinking and building my skills, like a proper jacket or possibly making garments that involve more hand sewing, which I can do on nights after work or when I’m parenting solo.

Lastly, I thought I’d also say that I’m inspired by these bloggers for experimenting and trying new things:

Sallieoh: http://sallieoh.blogspot.com.au/
Leith: http://sewbrunswick.blogspot.com.au/
Rachel: http://boodogg.blogspot.com.au/
Debbie: http://lilysageandco.blogspot.com.au/
Jen: http://grainlinestudio.com/ I need to make a dotty Moss skirt
Melanie: http://poppykettle.com/ for her amazing attention to details and commitment to learning
Leisa: http://achallengingsew.typepad.com/ amazing detail and finished garments!

Tis all for now. I’ll be back with a catch up post of finished items shortly 🙂

Stay happy and stay cool!

  • Thanks Christy – that is so nice to hear! I often feel like I sacrifice challenging garments too. Sewjourn was kinda good for that – I knocked out things I'll wear a lot over the coming months and now feel like I can concentrate on a big project (a French jacket). But I do still feel the call of a quick and easy project….