Goal-Setting and Me-Made-May ’12!
This past weekend, I read a great post by Dani over at Cotton Handy, about goal setting in sewing. She lays out nine goals she has to further her sewing, and also gives time frames in which she plans to achieve her goals. The rubric she is using for her goal setting is called S.M.A.R.T.
Using this framework, I decided to try laying out some of my own sewing goals:
1. Participate in more online groups (i.e., Me-Made-May)
2. Get better at fitting pants
3. Ditto fitting dresses
4. Make my own well-fitted underpants
5. Make my own bathing suit
6. Become a better, less wasteful fabric shopper
7. Learn to draft and/or adapt patterns to get a specific look
Timeline: Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 6 are ongoing. I am working on the fabric shopping by noticing which fibers and weights I wear the most and trying to remember to stick with those fibers. Although silky sheers come in cute prints, I just don’t wear them much even in RTW. #4, making my own underpants is something I will be working on within the next year. I have a pattern but expect I will need to adapt it a lot. #5, the swimsuit is probably something I will put on hold until I achieve #4 so that I have a basic bikini bottom all ready to go and can just focus on the top. #7 is something I will be addressing off and on, as I learn more about how certain shapes fit my body.
Now for my first goal, participating in more online sewing activities! I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring for Me-Made May ’12.
I, Andi of Lazysubculturalgirl, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I will endeavor to wear at least one me-made or refashioned item five days per week for the duration of May 2012. I will also attempt to avoid repeating any outfits throughout the month. My exceptions are: pajamas, workout wear, socks and shoes.
Now, in looking at my closet, I realize there will be some challenges. I have three pairs of shorts and umpteen skirts (I’m too tired to get up and count skirts, I just know it’s a lot). However, I only have one pair of pants for May’s mercurial temperatures, and only one shirt that fits correctly. So, the purpose of doing Me-Made May for me is not only to use the clothes I currently own to the best of my ability, but to identify and start to fill the gaps in my closet. This will encourage me to try new sewing patterns, fabrics and skills. I am also going to work on using the self-timer and tripod on my camera so I can offer more variety in my photos. Zoe at ‘So, Zo…’ has all the details on Me-Made-May here if you’re interested.
What about you? Any goals or skills you are working on at the moment?