In terms of my sewing, I have been thinking about the directions I want to take while trying to plow through as many UFO's as I can. And today I finished my first ever UFO - a handbag!
I started this when I first got my machine when I was 21, so the UFO is a nice ripe age of 4 years. I nearly finished, and then I stuffed up the handles due to a misunderstanding about right side together, threw a tanty and stuffed it away. And yesterday I returned my leather handbag to the shop because the leather was splitting on the handles.... so I was handbagless and had the motivation.
It's made from quilting cotton, and I remember agonising over the fabrics. I really didn't want my bag to look homemade. I don't quite think I managed that, to me it looks quilting cotton-y, but these days bright canvas handbags are popular here in NZ, so maybe I'll blend in! And I am actually surprised with how much care I took assembling the body, it's fully lined and neat.
My handles are far from prefect, and a bit uneven. But really, I wasn't going to stress too much about that. I added the buttons this morning - I'm quite pleased with them really!
In terms of my actual sewing this year, I have a few plans in mind:
- I am hoping to make a garment a fortnight. I toyed with the idea of challenges a la Sew Weekly, So I'll be looking for my gaps in my wardrobe and allocating it a fortnight to make it in.
- Only buy items you cannot reasonably make yourself. I have held to the seamless challenge through 2012, and only bought shoes, underwear, stockings, a handbag, and some knitted jerseys. These are things that I cannot make for myself - my knitting is rudimentary and finding good fabric to make panties is a challenge, for instance. But those things I can make, I will make.
- Fabric stores are not lunchtime entertainment. That empty bank balance is all to blame on my work's vicinity to two fabric stores.
Personally I am aiming to be well, strong and happy. With a tumultuous year ahead of me involving far too many doctors than I would like, my biggest personal focus is being well and strong in my own body.
Oh, and learn New Zealand Sign Language as well. The sign I learned 2 years ago has come back quickly (I love how powerful our brains are! Especially with language!) and I'm itching to start again, not only out of necessity, but because I enjoy it.
Right, I'm off to finish a UFO dress now!