This year was the year of bread and butter sewing and finally finding my style.
In years past, I didn't feel like I necessarily had a style or aesthetic of my own. I would look around online and would find inspiration and incorporate it into my own projects. I did a little of this and a little of that. I relied heavily on scrolling through Flickr in the early days, and then Pinterest and blogs. It would take me a long time to brainstorm projects and it was often difficult or frustrating.
This year, I feel like, after almost 8 years of regular sewing, my own style emerged. I could finally look at a pattern and instantly see what I wanted to make with it. It totally energizes me and I absolutely love that part of the process. Now brainstorming is the easy part. I currently have a list of something like 15 projects I would like to make. Executing those projects is another story. My project lists are almost always seasonal and I never get to everything. But that's ok, too!
Most of the garments I sewed this year were simple, clothes for everyday wear. In the past, when I sewed fancier or more complicated patterns, they would sometimes hang in the closet, unworn. As I scroll through these mosaics nearly every single item I made was worn on a regular basis.
I became comfortable sewing with knits and even grew to love them! I continued to sew Ottobre patterns and 14 of the items I made this year were from Ottobre magazines.
I made a total of 53 garments this year, which is funny because my goal was to make one garment a week. However, my total was heavily influenced by the 15 garments I made in December, meaning more than a quarter of my 2015 sewing happened in one month!
Finally, one of the best things I did in 2015 related to sewing and overall creativity was to join Instagram, especially given the dramatic slowdown in blogging in 2015. I had previously joined Instagram years ago and it felt more like Facebook, so I was reeeaaallly hesitant to join again. I do not at all enjoy reading rants, controversy, or diatribes about political views, etc. So when I joined Instagram, I made the decision to only use it as a creative outlet, to connect with other sewers, homeschoolers and photographers. Maybe more like a creative "LinkedIn"? That has been fantastic!
I have found so much inspiration on Instagram for my sewing, our homeschooling and even our home life. I have connected with some really incredible people that I had previously not known and I deepened connections with others. There is just so much support and knowledge there. It is truly an amazing, positive - and just plain fun! - place. If you haven't joined, you might want to consider it, too!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the kindness you have shown me this year! I wish you so much joy and peace in 2016! And, of course, some sewing, too! ;)