Happy New Year Everyone!

Wow-what a year 2020 was, for so many reasons that I’m best not focusing on, and for many that we should all take a moment to recognise. One that I will forever be grateful for is where I immersed myself into the world of sewing in the social media platform YouTube and Instagram. My channel ‘Sosewmad’ has been a lifesaver for me in so many ways. Making new friends, getting inspired and the part it played in my relationship with Dragonfly Fabrics  growing into what it has become today;  it has opened up so many opportunities, for living life and doing what makes me happy.
So what are my suggestions for sewing resolutions in the year ahead?
I’d like to focus on doing what makes us happy. That will come in many forms, the wonderful thing about the sewing community is the commonalities within it, and below are ideas on how to find it, some people love to tidy, some to learn, others to create and there is something here for everyone:
Planning ahead:
Sewing planners and Journals
– There is nothing like starting with an end in mind to keep you on track. The happiness of completed a project and also the opportunity to look back over time and see what you’ve achieved.
-There are a wealth of beautiful sewing journals and planners with sections for a swatch, your measurements, the project itself and the adjustments you made.
– I have had fun looking for some journals to provide inspiration for you. I’m not affiliated with any of the suggestions in the blog:
Pattern Storage
-I, like many of you, have lots patterns! With the growth of PDF patterns it can be easy to forget what you have, which make the planning of your makes even harder.
-The camp may well be split two ways here, PDFs themselves/then the printed patterns and whole paper patterns so I’ve pulled together some storage solutions for both
PDFs:
-The simplest advice would be to create folders on your computer, (in my case actually remembering to actually save them and not just leaving them in my inbox) breaking them down into sections to make selection even easier.
-Dropbox is another very popular choice, and once there they can easily be shared across your media platforms making printing and access easy, also not taking up space on your computer.
-Trello is something I’d like to look into this year. It’s a very visual representation of your sewing patterns, you create ‘boards’ for example ‘dresses’, ‘trousers’ etc the key advantage being the pictures that are on the boards making it really easy to remember what the patterns look like. You can copy templates and boards created by others, they can be private to you or visible to others either by invitation of by a public profile:
Once a PDF is printed it can also be pretty bulky, Grainline Studio hole punch through theirs and hang them on a rail:
They have an excellent article on pattern storage if you’d like more details:
-The Fold line have a free template to download to help you label your patterns and sewing stash
-Other popular solutions are to place the printed PDFs into A4 envelopes, I use A4 popper folders, these are slightly opaque so you can see the pattern inside without labelling it, these can then be placed either into filing cabinets or bookshelves, the Ikea Kallax is very popular for this:
Patterns:
-Traditional paper patterns are a wonderful one stop shop where the instructions and the paper pattern are stored neatly together, still my preferred type of pattern but sometimes the urgency of ‘needing a pattern now’ takes over and the PDF wins.
-The design of the packaging of many pattern companies makes them an art form in their own right, The Sew Over It pastels, Papercut Theory symmetry, Tilly and the Buttons generous packaging to name a few.
-But how to store them? Beautiful baskets, Drawers? One of my favourites is the Hobby Craft Trolley:
Available in a number of different colours this would make a wonderful addition to your sewing space.
Fabric Storage:
-Many of these principles could be applied to your fabric too. Its really satisfying to look back over your collection and group it together either by type or colour. This always inspires me when my Sewjo has disappeared!
-Methods of how to fold are plentiful but the queen has to be Marie Kondo, many people find this very satisfying, her website is full of amazing ideas:
How about learning some new skills this year?
-Sew Over it Stitch school:
-Tilly and the Buttons online courses:
-Closet core patterns:
To name just a few offer amazing courses for all levels of sewing experience that would keep you happy for hours of sewing.
The list of resolutions could continue…
-Extend your sewing network over on Youtube, so many wonderful fellow sewists to inspire you
-Instagram where just typing in ‘sewing’ will open up lots of ideas
-How about a sewing ‘Bingo’ for you this year?
Patsypoomakes over on Instagram has a great one running, just for fun #sewingbingo2021
I hope this blog has inspired you to think about your year ahead. We’re so lucky that sewing provides us with such joy (sometimes frustration) creativity is so good for us, and ultimately makes us happy. My one resolution for us all this year.
Stay safe and well and I look forward to sharing many blogs with you in the year ahead.
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Cara