After a busy holiday period, I’m having trouble getting back into my usual sewing and knitting rythm. Maybe reviewing what I’ve done last year might help me get motivated for this new one, and get me back in front of the sewing machine? This year, I thought I’d join in the #SewingTop5 series hosted by Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow. So here are my top 5 for 2018, in 5 categories: hits, misses, highlights, reflections, and goals. Get ready for a super lenghty blog post!
2017 has been a weird year for me regarding sewing and knitting. On the one hand, I have been super productive: I’ve made many test garments and prototypes for Deer&Doe (including three Luzerne trench coats!), gifts for my family (a second Archer shirt for my sister, a Burda robe for my mom, and even a tablecloth), and lots of baby clothes (the Deauville/Brighton pants and suspenders and the Flax Light sweater have been this year’s MVPs). On the other hand, I haven’t been very motivated to sew for myself. I finished way fewer projects than usual, and published only 13 blog posts this year. I’m not putting myself down though, I know I still have to get used to my new lifestyle which includes spending 4 months a year in France, away from my sewing room, but I miss sewing just for fun. I’d like to experiment a bit more, and take the time to explore techniques or project types I am not used to, without setting hard deadlines or goals. So here’s what I’m excited about for the year to come 🙂
Happy new year everyone, I wish you all the best for 2017!
My 2016 was full of changes, and a true rollercoaster of emotions: a year ago, I was leaving AI research behind to join Eléonore at Deer&Doe. It was a leap of faith to turn my back to an academic carreer after spending so much time and effort getting my PhD, but I haven’t regretted it. Being self-employed is both terrifying and thrilling, and each new day is an opportunity to build and learn new things. I am so proud of the work we accomplished, and even more enthusiastic for the projects to come! Other changes have been harder to deal with: I had to move twice, with a last-minute change of plans that had me living between two continents, far away from my home and my husband nearly half of the year, and my depression resurfaced for a while. But there were lots of wonderful moments as well: a road-trip to New Orleans to attend a beautiful wedding, another one down the East coast with my parents and siblings who visited the US for the first time, a trip to Estonia to celebrate ten years of friendship with my college roomates… Obviously with all of this my sewing and blogging productivity took a hit!
I did sew (and even knit!) a few projects since September, but they were either top-secret tests or Christmas gifts: a Mélilot for my mom, an Archer for my sister, and a bunch of baby clothes for all the newborns that have been popping up around me lately. So with the holidays approaching I felt like taking some time for myself to make something I’ve been dreaming of for years: a velvet holiday dress!
A few days ago was the end of the latest edition of Me-Made May, this annual challenge to wear at least one handmade garment every day of the month. After having a blast for my first participation last year, I enrolled again for 2016. Here is the recap, with pie charts and an animated gif of course!
This year I participated for the first time in Me-Made May, a challenge that consists in wearing something handmade (sewed, knitted, etc.) each day during the whole month of May. The goal is to encourage people to wear, appreciate, evaluate these garments, and maybe learn some lessons on what works as part of a coherent wardrobe and what doesn’t. As I really enjoyed participating, I figured I might share my impressions here. After the break: some pie charts and an animated gif!