Looking Back, Looking Forward: 2011 Recap and 2012 Goals

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really have time to do the processing and planning that the New Year encourages until Christmas is all the way over. On Sunday, we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany. Yesterday, I put away (most of) our decorations. Today, my new 2012 planner arrived in the mail. Finally, I am ready to look back on 2011 and start planning 2012. 

Last year, I decided to create a pattern a month. In hindsight, it was an insane goal to make in a year that also included pushing out a baby. In all, I made 8 (+1ish, the suitcase pattern is made, the directions are still being edited). I could look at this as a failure, but I won’t. Without pushing myself, I would still be planning on making patterns “someday”, instead of today. Now, I know I can make them and I will definitely make more.

2011 Goals = Success! Yay!

So, 2012… I think I am going to step away from the single monthly goal and give myself three general sewing goals. They are as follows:

Goal #1: In 2012, I will get back into garment sewing.  In 2010, I loved learning to love my body by dressing it well. Now that the baby weight is gone and my body is starting to normalize, the extra effort of achieving good fit now feels worth it. Specifically, I want to sew a coat and some pants. Hopefully, more than one of each.

Goal #2: In 2012, I will put out more Sew Fearless patterns. Yes, yes, the mini suitcase. And maybe, the Mommy Poppins Bag, too?

Goal #3: In 2012, I will continue to educate myself on how to create professional patterns. I’ve fumbled around in Photoshop so far, but I know there is better/more correct/more efficient way of doing this. I’m going to learn how. Then, I will teach it to others. I’ve got a CompSci degree for goodness sakes! I can do this!

Goal #4: In 2012, I will do more to support independent pattern designers. You have been awesome in your support of me. I want to spread that love around.

Goal #5: Most importantly, in 2012, I will sew. I’m worried that all this pattern making shtuff has been eating up my sewing time. I love sewing. It makes me happy. I don’t want to lose sight of that.

I will try to recap monthly how well (or not well) I have worked towards these goals. That way I won’t forget about them.

Also, in the works, I’m joining in the Minoru Jacket Sew-along. The pattern is in hand, my fabric is bought, and we are starting January 16th. This goes towards Goals #1, #4, and #5!

Do you have sewing goals for the New Year? How can Sew Fearless help you achieve them?

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4 Responses to Looking Back, Looking Forward: 2011 Recap and 2012 Goals

  1. Amy January 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m glad to know you’re also doing the Minoru Sew-Along. I’ve enjoyed Tasia’s Sew-Alongs in the past, and I expect the Minoru Sew-Along to be much of the same. Your fabrics look lovely, by the way!

    • Jodi January 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      You too? yay!


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