2014 Sewing Goals – half year check in

By Susan | Comments: 6 | July 1, 2014

2014 sewing goals

I cannot believe that it’s July already, talk about flying through the year. Seeing as how we are halfway through the year I thought I’d check back in with my sewing goals and see where I need to get my skates on and work a bit harder.

1: Sew from the stash. This is a work in progress, I feel like I’ve made some good progress using what I have and sold some of the stash at fabric-a-brac. Downside I have added to the stash too, but most of “added” pieces have been made up. I want to continue to stash bust for the remainder of the year and limit any additions to fabric that will not get made up immediately.

2: Release a range of patterns. Big YES on this one. It’s been really great to share my creations with all the wonderful sewists and am looking forward to sharing more for many years to come. A very huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has bought, tweeted, mentioned, liked or made up any of the patterns. I am profoundly grateful for all of your support. Plus expect some new patterns VERY SOON.

3: Sew for The Englishman. The Englishman is now the proud owner of more than one set of Japanese loungewear and I’m looking to make some more things for him too.

4: Make my own bras and knickers. Not only did I make my own knickers I got everyone else to make pretty knickers too! Making knickers is incredibly satisfying and I’m so grateful that so many of you are taking the chance to make your own.

Bra’s are a work in progress and something I’ve been really enjoying working on too.

5: Quilting. Work in progress. I have a wonderful Pinterest board set up to show all kinds of scrappy quilts. For me quilting is to use up scraps, so I’ll continue cutting up the scraps to sew together soon. I’m not yet done on the quilt for my sister but will try hard to finish it up soon.

6: Get photos of myself in my makes for the blog. I’m saying this one is attempted but not yet done. I’ve tried some but I’m not good at being regular with it so am determined to keep trying.

Other things that were on the wishlist

  • give more handmade presents – the Christmas box (there is an actual box in my filing system which is the present box, all year I make and add things to it so come December we have a box of goodies to give and I’ve spread the cost over the whole year) is filling up slowly so it should be an almost all handmade Christmas.
  • hopefully teach some classes – I’ve taught some knicker classes and hoping to have some more classes up soon!
  • make time to meet up with all the lovely sewists whose blogs I read and that I chat with on Twitter – regular meet ups with the Sydney Spoolettes has been a big highlight of the year so far. Am looking forward to continuing these.

Non sewing goals of 2014 include reducing my 10km run time, run a half marathon, ride my bike more and traveling – almost all of these have been non starters. After being sick I’m in the progress of rebuilding my running so I won’t be setting any new speed goals anytime soon. Pretty much the same story with riding my bike and traveling has taken a back seat while we do some saving.

So overall not going too bad, hopefully I can cross some more off the list soon!


  • Beth
    July 2, 2014

    Congrats! Those are great goals!

    • Susan Goodwin
      July 2, 2014

      Thanks, I thought a bit of a challenge would help me push my sewing skills a bit further this year and so far that seems about right.

  • Catherine
    July 4, 2014

    Excellent goals Susan! And totally achievable! I think I’ve done like one of my sewing goals! Oops! I hope you manage to achieve all of these by year end

    • Susan Goodwin
      July 5, 2014

      Thank you! I hope I get through them all too. It’s been pretty nice to work on things that put me out of my comfort zone. I think next year I already want to bump up my skills, just not sure on what yet?

  • Dottie doodle
    July 5, 2014

    Great goals, and you are certainly making progress! I like the idea of making Christmas presents through the year.

    • Susan Goodwin
      July 5, 2014

      I find the present making throughout the year means that I’m not rushed and it spreads the cost of the materials out too…though shh don’t tell anyone but all the presents this year are stash busters!

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