A new direction for me, but still in keeping with the kind of new year's list I usually make. Who knows, maybe I'll even carry out some of these and be able to cross them off the list, for a change!
First, I want to delve deeper into some of the new skills I learned this year, and make use of some of the new toys I acquired. In October, I had two lovely days in a master class learning advanced draping, using a borrowed half-scale dress form a friend graciously transported to Nashville for me to use (thank you Evelyn!) I so thoroughly enjoyed the class and the results, I had to purchase a form for myself - so this year I welcome "Maddie" (for Madeleine Vionnet, at least for the time being) to my studio - wearing the partially finished gown we draped in class. I hope to use her and this new knowledge to create some new designs this year!
|Maddie, partially draped in Vionnet #14 from Betty Kirke's book|
|She has an adjustable stand - here, about half as tall as she can go.|
Another new skill was such fun to work on - making ribbon embellishments, using hand sewing and folding techniques. The results are gorgeous - and this has such potential for making my creativity wake up and push forward! The photo shows the samples I made during the 3 hour class, most unfinished - but you can see how colorful and luscious these look!
I did push myself in two new directions in 2013 - one was to actually finish a garment to enter in the Threads/ASDP Sleeves challenge. At the very least, this confirms that I should never consider backing out of a challenge again, since twice I've followed through and both times was rewarded with bragging rights as a finalist. The dress came together in my head once I relaxed and resigned myself to the idea that it wasn't going to happen - woke up the next morning with the image and technique full-blown in my mind.
|Draped cowl sleeve|
|My Terraces dress|
|Cowl back (in spite of the wrinkles showing here, the dress fits nicely - at least, smoothly over the spanx I wore in the fashion show...)|
The other new direction was to work with leather, as a trim. I'd made only one other leather garment years ago, a jerkin for my son-in-law's renaissance faire costume, but what I envisioned this time was a totally wearable garment highlighting the soft, lovely brown leather I brought home from work. The result is simply wonderful - the jacket, blogged about here, is very me, tailored and classic, with the slightly edgy (for me, anyway!) trim bands.
Which brings me to what I'd love to accomplish with my blogging this year.
- More posts. I do so much more sewing for my clients than for myself, I often feel there isn't much of interest going on in the studio to blog about. I need to stop overthinking it, and just talk about what I've been doing - even if it only serves to help me see the process more clearly. For me, it's useful for problem solving if I talk about what needs to be done - as if I were teaching a class, outlining the steps in the process. If it benefits someone else to read what I've written, then I've accomplished something.
- More photos! I guess I'll have to replace my broken tripod and put my little Canon to work more often. It's hard to arrange a time when one of the boys can take photos of me in my garments (and the older son tends to be a bit slow in getting them back to me, wanting to edit and improve his work...) and my DH can't seem to take clear shots when I need them. I have several projects that never were blogged about, mostly because I failed to take pictures while I worked on them, and still don't have photos of the finished garment either.
- A wider reach into the sewing community. This year I've started a new board position for ASDP - its focus is on our website management, rather than chapter relations. One thing we have available within our site parameters is a blog page, and I'm formulating plans to develop that initially with links to members' blogs. Doing this, I hope, will increase the circle for both the members, their blogs, (my blog too!) and the association.
Happy New Year to all - and I hope you'll keep reading and sewing!