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Top 5 Sewing Goals for 2017

Happy 2017, friends! This is the last installment of my Top 5 2016! Previously, I wrote about my Top 5 Hits, Top 5 Misses, and my Top 5 Highlights and Reflections. Today, I’ll be talking about my sewing goals for the upcoming year! I’ve grown a lot in the past year, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!!

No more RTW

I don’t know if this counts as a sewing goal per se, but I’m really going to try to not buy clothes this upcoming year. I still have and wear a lot of RTW stuff, but I’m trying to only make new clothes (anything but socks, mostly). This past year, I only bought a few clothes so I don’t think it will be too hard. Ideally, I’ll make a lot more stuff that I wear more often and can have those items in the rotation. Which brings me to my next point…

Making a wearable wardrobe

I’ve been planning and trying to work on my Wearable Wardrobe for several months, but it’s still a work in progress. I recently created a widget in my sidebar to track how I’m doing. The only trouble is that I seem to be adding to the list faster than I can sew! I have all the patterns and a lot of the fabric for these projects, I just haven’t gotten to them! My goal this year is to get all those things crossed off my list (and add some more, I suppose).

2017 sewing goals | basic stitch

Partial-band bra!

This year, I want to improve my bra-making abilities and make a partial band bra! It’s a bra that doesn’t have the frame & bridge under the cups, only the bridge between them. This isn’t of utmost priority, but it’s a little goal I have! I have already altered my Boylston Bra pattern. Now I just need to cut and sew and hope for the best!

Finish works in progress!

I have this horrible tendency to start a project and put it aside when I get really close to the end. I really don’t like hemming, so usually, it’s at the hemming step. Then, I’ll pick up another project or two, and then the WIPs get put in a bin someplace and never get finished. My Morris Blazer has been almost-finished (seriously, like 2 steps from done) for months now. My goal this upcoming year is to not put so many things aside. It’s not hard to finish them up before moving on to the next thing!

Improve quality

My final sewing goal for 2017 is to improve the quality of my makes. This will require more pre-planning on my part. Planning out my projects better will allow me to source better quality fabrics and notions (I don’t have a lot of great local options). Better quality materials will mean better quality garments. It may also mean I make muslins more often 🙂

I started working on several of my sewing goals recently when I got some Cone Mills Denim to make a pair of high-waisted Ginger Jeans! I’m really looking forward to using a quality material for something I know I will wear a lot! What are your sewing goals for 2017? And how do you plan on achieving those goals?

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