2015 Sewing Goals

By Susan | Comments: 18 | January 1, 2015


2015, bring it on! Seriously I have been waiting for a new year since about June.

Some parts of 2014 were wonderful and magical but a whole lot of it was kick in your pants drudgery and just when you thought you were done being kicked it happened some more. So there will be no looking back round up of 2014.

I’m all about the future!

So my big goals for 2015

  1. Patterns – this is going to be a big year of patterns. The lingerie line is being expanded, the Basics Collection has some fantastic wardrobe staples being added. There will be at least 2 more ranges being introduced this year and extras on top of that. All very exciting.
  2. Coats – yes it’s hot and steamy right now in Sydney and yet I’m researching coats. As many of you know we alternate our Christmas’s. One here in Australia and one in England. All going well 2015 is English Christmas and that means cold weather. My winter coat is old and shabby looking and The Englishman needs one. So new coats all round.
  3. Embrace new fabrics, colours and silhouettes. It’s fair to say I own more than my fair share of pretty fit and flare dresses. And I love them, but I also want to wear other stuff. So this year I’m going to investigate different silhouettes and shapes and maybe even use a non patterned fabric! I’ve also got some special technical fabrics I’m looking to use and I’m currently in love with lace so expect to see some of that popping up too.
  4. Stash bust – am going big this time. Going to clean out a bunch of stuff and sell it, donate it or just plain old give it away. I need less “stuff” and some of this fabric is never going to get made up so its better that it is going to go.
  5. Boundaries – this is a big one, but I’m not doing alterations for people this year. I love being thought of as useful and stupidly offer all the time. Reality is I’m too busy and I’m lazy, so it never gets done and then I feel guilty and it all ends up in a mess. So this year boundaries are being set and I’m going to practise saying no.
  6. Drawing –  for pure joy of it, I am going back to fashion illustrations. I do all my garment drawings on the computer but almost stopped hand drawing a few years back when my RSI/Carpel tunnel got really bad. It however is going well so I’m going back to drawing. I’m thinking  mix of hand and computer drawing to help protect my wrist. I expect the drawings to be terrible but the experience to be wonderful so that’s pretty much a WIN.
  7. Work on my health and fitness. Now don’t worry this isn’t about to become a fitness blog. It’s just one of my goals and you might see an occasional scenic photo from a run turn up on instagram. After being sick last year and having a lot of stress it’s left me carrying more weight than is healthy for me. So I’m working on it and if I write it down here then it gives me yet more incentive to make it happen.


  • Alice
    January 1, 2015

    I am just like you happy to be in 2015, I was sick half of the year and lost my job, so looking for a new year full of surprise and joy. And like you I need doing sport.

    I wish u all the best for 2015, Happy New Year !

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 2, 2015

      Oh I’m so hoping 2015 will bring you so much joy and happiness! Choose a sport you love and go for it, it’s going to be our year!

  • shell
    January 1, 2015

    I’m with you on not looking back much at 2014! Just discovered your basics, they look brilliant. Great sounding goals, here’s to a wonderful 2015 x

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 2, 2015

      So far 2015 is already better than last year and I can’t wait to see what other excitement it will bring.

  • Lauren
    January 2, 2015

    Yaaay I’m so excited about you coming over to England!! I can’t wait to see your lingerie patterns.

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 2, 2015

      It’s going to be great to go to England again, new patterns are exciting!

  • Claire
    January 2, 2015

    Happy 2015 to you! I like watching your pattern collection grow. I’m all for shaking the dust of 2014 off my shoes and looking ahead. Yay for your boundaries and drawing for the fun of it. Enjoy. Can’t wait to see the coat projects.

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 2, 2015

      Am so happy that you are enjoying see the pattern collection grow, it truly is a joy to work on it.

      Drawing for the fun of it is sure to produce some hilarious results but am looking forward to it anyway.

  • Amanda
    January 2, 2015

    Here is to an amazing 2015! I can’t wait to see what new patterns you bring out- I love them them 😀

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 2, 2015

      I’m hoping 2015 brings more times for us to hang out! more pineapple drinks and drinks with tiny umbrellas!!

  • Liz
    January 5, 2015

    Wishing you a wonderful 2015! You deserve it 🙂
    I totally hear you on the saying no to alterations – I started doing it this year, it’s quite liberating. Alterations are fiddly and the recipient never truly appreciates how long they take – completely non-rewarding.
    I too, am trying to work on my health and fitness, perhaps we could go back to some gentle encouragement again?!??

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 5, 2015

      Thanks Liz, Hope you have a wonderful 2015 too!

      Looks like we are all saying no to alterations this year, that’s fantastic.

      Gentle encouragement is a great idea, will send you a message later today!

  • Vanessa
    January 5, 2015

    I’m similar to you. I was hanging out for a New Year from about October.
    Here’s to a fresh year and a big push on the reset button. I’m really looking forward to reading about how you progress with your goals. 🙂

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 5, 2015

      Reset button is all done and pushed and can’t wait to progress with my goals!

      Wishing you a wonderful New Year too!

  • Velosewer
    January 6, 2015

    You’ve already got to a good start by documenting your goals. Your health is important that includes physical health and being able to get involved in the things you love to do.
    I’m looking forward to your new patterns.
    And your training route is simply the best scenery to keep energised.

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 7, 2015

      I’m pretty spoilt with my training route that’s for sure. I like that’s its so interesting as it keeps me motivated.

      New patterns are very exciting, can’t wait till they are ready to be released!

  • Catherine
    January 10, 2015

    good luck Susan! I hope you can stick to them! i made a whole bunch or resolutions last year, and basically broke all of them cause I too need 2014 to go very far away from me! I love your ideas of sewing for yourself, de-stashing and hand-drawing more. all of these are so great, and as too is the fitness one. I went to the gym heaps last year, but lost no weight, just bigger muscles and a little more flexible which is cool, but that also means some of my clothes don’t fit any more!! ARGH! xo

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 11, 2015

      argghh clothes that don’t fit just because you are taking care of yourself is the worst!

      Good Luck for a wonderful 2015, let’s hope it kicks our terrible 2014 in the pants. Ha ha

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