With 2015 drawing to a close and a brand new year fast approaching, I thought I'd take a moment to note down my sewing resolutions for 2016.
1. Make a pair of trousers. Specifically, the Ultimate Trousers from Sew Over It. This project should hopefully stretch my sewing abilities and allow me to pick up some new skills along the way.
2. Use satin to create a dress. I've never worked with a slippery fabric like satin before, but I'd love to be able to get to grips with it. Making a pretty party dress seems like a good way to learn!
3. Use at least three of the decorative stitches on my machine to embellish my garments. This year I got a super fancy, super awesome digital sewing machine that came with a range of decorative stitches. Whilst I've been loving making use of the automatic buttonhole feature, I've not yet used the decorative stitches on anything. In 2016, I'm definitely aiming to put them to good use.
4. Add embroidery to one of my finished garments. Yes, I am aiming to get to grips with hand-sewing this year! I've always leaned more towards machine sewing than hand stitching, but I love the effect embroidery can add to a garment, so I'm willing to give it a try.
5. Sew a professional looking bag - pockets, zips, straps. So far in my sewing journey I've made a few simple handbags, but they didn't even have a button to close them. This year I'd like to make a proper, professional looking bag (I'm leaning towards either a tote or a rucksack at the moment) that will allow me to really develop my sewing skills.
And that's all! Five sewing resolutions to complete throughout 2016 that I hope will help me to continue to grow as a sewist.
Have you set yourself any sewing resolutions for the new year? Do leave a comment below!
Have a wonderful new year everyone.