Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Planning

First of all, Happy New Year! 2012 was a big year for me and contained a lot of the major milestones in life (aka buying my first car, getting engaged, starting a new job and moving in with my fiance), but I feel like 2013 will be even bigger!

My sewing room is officially unpacked and I actually started sewing a dress Tuesday night, the first thing I had worked on in at least 2 months. I can't believe I went that long without working on a sewing project, it had been so long that I was going through serious withdrawls. Anyway, I'm back in the saddle and planning my sewing goals for this year. Without further ado, here are my 5 sewing goals for 2013.

1. Make my wedding dress.

I'm actually starting this project tomorrow! I'm really excited to make my dress and so far I really don't have any anxiety about it, although anytime I tell someone I'm making my dress they act like I've completely lost my mind. These are some inspiration pictures but I'm planning a full post to explain what look I'm going for and get everyone's advice/approval on the methods I'm planning on using.


2. Try some new independent pattern companies.

Specifically Papercut and Deer and Doe. I helped proofread the English version of one of Deer and Does patterns, so now I'm even more excited to try them! Below are the ones I want to order first.


3. Actually make the jackets/coats I was planning to in 2012.

I had grand plans of making the Lady Grey, the Anise and Gertie's Starlet Suit Jacket last fall. I even bought all the shell materials, lining, interfacings and tailoring supplies but between switching jobs, moving and general laziness I never got around to it. I'm obsessed with learning to hand tailor so I want to start these jackets right now, even though by the time I finish one jacket it will probably be so hot in Texas I'll barely want to wear anything more than a bathing suit.


4. Expand my pants wardrobe.

I've made 2 versions of the Clover pants and I have one more cut out but I'd like try out a few other pants patterns this year. First, I'm in love with Sunni's coral Burda pants! I've had that pattern for a while and I've always wanted to attempt it so her version has definitely motivated me to pull it out. Also, I'd love to make a pair of Juniper trousers in a pretty grey linen I could wear in the spring and fall.

5. Make something with leather.

I'm really excited about this goal because I just found out (thanks to my mom and dad) that the best leather store in town is just a few blocks from my house! I visited it for the first time the other day and bought 2 gorgeous skeins that I can't wait to work with. I'm thinking something simple initially, like this clutch, then hopefully I can build up my skills to something more intricate!

I've spent the last few days reading everyone else's resolutions and I must say, I think 2013 is going to be a great year for sewing!

All images from my Pinterest.


  1. What an exciting year you have planned! Some great goals - looking forward to seeing the Deer and Does patterns as you make them up...J

  2. Ooh, wedding dress! Fun! I can't wait to follow along while you make it.

  3. These are truly fantastic projects and i can't wait to see how they all turn out (especially the wedding dress, sooo exciting!) Here's to a great 2013!

  4. Wow, these are such exciting goals! It will be so fun to watch you make all this stuff! Happy 2013!

  5. Look forward to read your progress, you always do pretty things!

  6. 1: Oooo, I love it when people sew their own wedding dresses! If I ever get married, it's what I'll do. :) I've seen some fantastic self-stitched dresses online, I'll see if I can dig up the links by the time you post on what you're looking for.

    2: I've never heard of Papercut or Deer&Doe, but I'll check them out right after I finish this comment. I have a similar (tentative) goal for the year, but from Cake Patterns (, Colette, and Sewaholic (the Minoru jacket, so pretty!).

    3: I want to make the Lady Grey too! I've been drooling over it since I first discovered Colette. Sadly, I have one big winter coat I really need to finish up before I'm allowed to even consider another pattern. I hope you manage to get at least a summer jacket done. The Anise, done in the right materials, may be a good light weight jacket for Texas. :)

    4: Pants are my nemises and greatest fear. I admire you're successes already and envy your plans to make more. :)

    5: Leather isn't as hard as people make out, depending on the leather. Lighter weight stuff is easily sewable on a standard sewing machine. A leather needle helps, but I've gotten away with standard needles too. You can do it!

    Happy 2013! I hope you accomplish everything you set out to this year. :) Really looking forward to watching your progress!