Looking over my past year, I cannot believe how much I have grown as a sewist and all the credit goes towards my “Project 12” goals. You will never improve yourself if you never challenge yourself. Success requires risk. Not all of my projects have become regulars in my wardrobe, but they all taught me new sewing skills. They were worth the time and money spent on them. I wish I could continue on with my monthly garment sewing goal but 2011 is not looking like a good year for that. With drastic body measurement changes, it will not be a good time to be fussing with tailoring methods or for building a high quality wardrobe.
Instead, I would like to challenge myself to be more active in the design part of the creative process. I’ve always been a “follow a sewing pattern” kind of gal and learned a lot from using the work of others, but I think the time has come for me to learn to make patterns of my own. My “Project 12” Goal for 2011 will to be post one sewing pattern or tutorial every month. I’ll start with smaller crafting projects and I hope that by the end of the year I will be able to share some garments patterns with you.
As much as I hate to do this, I do need to leave an out for myself. It is likely that I will have to skip a month around the birth of my fourth child. But who knows? Maybe I will have an amazing nesting urge that I can direct towards making an extra pattern or two to cover my postpartum recovery time.
What about you? Do you have any goals you would like to accomplish in 2011?