Happy New Year, dear readers, I hope it’s a good one! I spent the last week of 2015 in the Netherlands. It was the first time in three years that I celebrated Christmas Day with my parents, sister, brother and partners/children. Last year we were too exhausted from moving and the previous year I was too pregnant.
Luckily, I managed to meet with my old friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen for several years. It was lovely spending time with my family and rekindling friendships. However, the year ended on a sad note with news of my boyfriend’s grandfather passing.
After a hectic 2013 and 2014, 2015 is best summed up as a relatively calm return to the old and familiar. I usually love new beginnings and the promise of something new, but the many changes of the previous years had worn me out more than I initially realized. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my main non sewing-related goal for 2015. Sewing-wise, however, I learnt a lot.
In 2015, I tackled more difficult and more varied projects instead of almost exclusively sewing cotton skirts. I also started collecting vintage patterns, became the satisfied owner of an overlocker and finished some very old UFO’s along the way. And I started a blog!
One thing I definitely should become better at is completing things in a timely manner instead of letting myself get distracted by shiny new projects while in the middle of making a garment. It is not efficient – everything needs to be ironed again, parts get lost during the break – and clutters the brain. So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to finish five ongoing projects/UFO’s before cutting into new fabric.
Speaking of fabric; one of my highly unoriginal New Year’s resolutions is buying less fabric. After the last move, most of my fabrics, notions and unfinished projects were in one place for the first time in many years and it was a shock to see how much I had accumulated. In the beginning of 2015 I vowed I would not purchase any more fabric, but I gave up in March already and ended up buying more than ever before. Admittedly, many stash fabrics were too small for the projects I had in mind, but I still brought in a lot more than I used.
Deciding not to buy any fabric for a year seems to have the opposite effect, so I will allow myself to purchase second hand fabrics. Ever since I started sewing I have used materials found at charity shops, flea markets and the likes. However, as I was unable to go thrifting/fabric shopping in person for a while, I discovered internet shopping. It has been difficult to shake the habit of checking online stores, but as there are plenty of charity shops around where we’re living now, it should be possible to get everything locally and support some good causes in the process too. Of course, I do hope to reduce my stash instead of adding to it!
Refraining from buying new fabric might not be easy now that I’ve seen the Vlisco outlet. I fear that I won’t be able to resist stopping by whenever I’m visiting my parents. Although I grew up in the proximity of Helmond, until quite recently it never seemed that easy, let alone affordable, to obtain Vlisco fabrics. The choice at the outlet, however, was overwhelming and so were the colours and patterns of the fabrics. Just what I needed during this dark time of the year!