Friday, April 13, 2012

My Own 13 by 2013

I have quite a few different crafty goals and I just never seem to get around to doing any of it. Then I saw the 13 By Twenty Thirteen post on Forgotten Fancies and decided it was time I made a list of everything and started checking things off. So here goes, in no particular order:
  1. Learn to work with knits. I have exactly zero experience with sewing knit fabric.
  2. Sew the Crepe wrap dress from Colette Patterns. Everyone raves about this line of patterns and I have never used them before. I suppose this is a general goal to sew items using patterns from companies other than the big 4.
  3. Sew a pair of shorts, pants or a pencil skirt. Anything that will force me to work on fitting on my lower half.  
  4. Sew a dress with sleeves. (I always sew dresses with straps because I have really large arms and wide/broad shoulders and I am afraid to do the alterations on a sleeved dress.)
  5. Learn to use new sewing machine feet. Brian got me 2 fancy sets of sewing machine feet as my "baby bauble" and I have only used the concealed zipper foot. Normal women ask for jewelry =)
  6. Craft for a charitable organization.
  7. Learn to grade patterns to different sizes.
  8. Increase my knowledge of couture finishing techniques. I hate to have unfinished edges so I need to learn new ways of cleaning up the insides of my projects. At present, I usually just line everything and use flat felled seams.
  9. Acquire and learn to use a serger.
  10. Buy less fabric, notions, etc. I have a bias tape maker so I can make all my bias tape. I have 100's of yards of fabric stashed around the house. Tons of thread. Totally stocked. Use up the stash.
  11. Finish up at least one crafty UFO a month. Now to just dig them out...
  12. Actually use my Craftsy classes in which I enrolled. I want to do The Couture Dress and then the Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress
  13. Learn to make a pattern from a piece of clothing that fits me really well without dismantling it.
These probably won't all happen this year. It will be nice to check items off this list as I finish them. I actually have a few more things I want to work on as well but they can wait til next year. What are your crafting goals for this year?

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