Hopes for 2012, Baby!

I know, don’t I look all festive and celebratory?

In actual fact, I’m having a quiet new years more along these lines but I hope whatever you’re doing you are having a lovely time!

2011 was a bit of a write-off for me personally, the first 6 moths were spent working extremely hard and reaching the decision to leave the company I had spent all my adult working life with. The last 6 months were spent relocating from New Zealand to the other side of the world and reconnecting with family.

For 2012 I don’t have any big plans other than settling into a comfortable routine, starting with a job. I’m rather out of practice with the whole job hunting process so it’s a steep learning curve (not to mention the fact that I hate trying to sell myself) but, in order to make this London thing work, it’s a necessity. My background is in hospitality Training and Development and if I can find a position in a company with a solid positive work culture I’d love to continue doing that but if not I’m happy to find something else. All I want is an engaging job, paying enough to cover rent, bills, and fabric, and most importantly for me – working with and for good people. Hopefully it isn’t a pipe dream.

This is also the year I turn 30, if I’m happy, calm and content at the end of it, it will have been a good one.

Sewing wise I have bigger plans. I feel like I coasted a bit this year and didn’t really go out of the way to learn or progress my skills; this year I’d like to focus on challenging myself more.

  • Move to lazystitching.com: Last year I purchased my own domain name (how grown-up!) and I want to have moved to the new address by the end of February. The hold up is that I’m determined to teach myself html/css so I can design it myself, which ties in nicely with my belief that the internet can teach me anything. It’s actually really fun and I’m using a series of online tutorials called Don’t Fear the Internet as well as resources from Pugly Pixel.

Don’t Fear HTML from Jessica Hische on Vimeo.

  • Fit a perfect sloper: For Christmas this year, I finally got my hands on Palmer/Pletsch’s Fit for Real People from Mum + Dad. Their Full Busted DVD is one of my favourite resources and this book has a lot of love in the sewing community. The graphic design may be dated but the content is irresistible so much so that I can’t imagine sewing anything else until I make the fitting shell I’ve had in my stash for the last 6 months.

  • Take a pattern drafting course/Buy a mannequin: After drafting a few Sorbetto variations, I’d really like to learn more about pattern-making. Tilly and Suzy have both used courses with the London College of Fashion and that’s all the endorsement I need. So, provided I’m in a position financially, I’d like to do at least one course. Also related and reliant on moolah, is the hope to attain a dress form.

  • Make a pair of jeans + a winter coat: I want to up my skill level by tackling some of the techniques and garments I’ve been putting off for most of the time I’ve been sewing. Namely, fly-front pants, bound button holes, and bagged lining. All of which are used to make two wardrobe essentials – jeans and a winter coat. In the BMV sale, I’ve ordered a McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch jeans pattern and Simplicity 2508.


  • Sew more vintage patterns/Create side project: After making my first dress from a Vintage Pattern a few weeks back, I’m determined to make more use of vintage patterns in 2012. This ties in too, to a little monthly side project I have in the works. It sounds very secret squirrel but it’s not –  I’m just working on the details still so watch this space.
  • Attend V&A talks: Mela has written a couple of great posts on expat guilt on her Sifting Through blog and I can appreciate where she’s coming from. I often feel guilty about not making the most of London and I’m in a city where I don’t really know anyone – making new friends as an adult is challenging, y’all! It makes me miss my friends back home even more. I think the answer is just to say yes to as many opportunities as you can – you never know what will happen. One of those things is to attend more of the museum events that London specialises in. In particular the V&A often has talks by well-known fashion designers so I’d love to catch one of these.

Balenciaga: The Work of a Master - V&A, 19:00, Jan 23 2012

  • Buy better quality fabrics: My secret shame is the amount of polyester in my wardrobe. Being in a big city provides access to better quality materials at a range of prices so I’d like to step up the quality of the fabrics I’m using.
  • Have a go at some “advanced” patterns: I feel like I was more fearless when I first started sewing – I made a boned corset top for my 6th form school ball – and I scoffed at pattern difficulty ratings. Now I worry about making  mistakes and wasting fabric instead of just having a go so I have a couple of designer Vogue patterns heading my way.
  • Utilise more pins from Pinterest: Lastly, something I’m sure anyone on pinterest is guilty of , I’d like to make better use of the inspiration photos pinned to my boards. It’s so easy to put them there and forget about it, but maybe once every 2-3 months a pinterest challenge wouldn’t be a bad thing.

A little Erdem from my pinterest board

Heres to a exciting and rewarding year!

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37 thoughts on “Hopes for 2012, Baby!

  1. Happy New Year Lovely, We had a quiet one too! If you ever need someone to go to those V&A talks with count me in! I have my beloved membership there for a reason and I took it a bit for granted this year! x

    • For sure! I’m gutted that the Mary Quant one sold out so quickly but there are loads more (Balenciaga, Missoni – with the actual designers, The editor-at-large of Vogue Japan…)

  2. Dude, I’m pretty sure we live close to each other. Let’s hang out! I’d love to meet up for some tea or coffee.

    Also, great plans for the new year! Setting up a guideline to follow helps you hold yourself accountable. It’s so easy to drift off. Lists are one of my favorite things to do.

    Happy new year!

  3. Good on you! The goals sound really realistic and fun in the process.
    My main goal this year is to slow down and make better quality things, and enjoy the process :)
    Here’s to 2012!

  4. I love your resolutions, the “tackle a fly front” is on mine as well. I am very jealous of you living in London. I live in a city that is only about 70 miles away but London is always a difficult trip due to driving/train/parking/tube, etc. Mr RTS and I had our honeymoon in London – just three days and we had the best time. If you get time, the Sir John Soanes Museum is just fantastic.

    Hope you have a wonderful 2012.

  5. Hi Alana,
    Happy new year! I moved 35 ks from where I’ve live my whole life and its so hard to make friends, chin up, just be open to all situations and you’ll find good people who’ll become good friends. I look forward to seeing all your progress on that simplicity coat, the pattern lines look really good, do you have a fabric in mind yet? I really enjoy reading your blog & seeing what you make. Kat

  6. Great plans for 2012 Alana, a really interesting and creative list. I’d be up for a V & A talk too, I definitely need to appreciate the wonderful city I live in more – thanks for reminding me! It was lovely to meet you too, let’s meet again for sure – I did love my trip to Ray Stitch, I’m sure it won’t take much to lure me back there! Happy New Year. x

  7. LOVE your list!! And thanks for the ‘Don’t fear the internet’ links…I am so with you on that resolution–I’d like to teach myself a bit more from the design end!! Looking forward to sharing your journey this year AND meeting up (YAY!) later this month. Good luck with the job search! xoxoxo

  8. Wow, you’re a long way from home! Good luck with the job hunt and I hope I have the pleasure of meeting you at a blogger meet-up sometime soon. The courses at the London College of Fashion sound so good and tempting, hope you manage to attend one ;o) Your 2012 sewing goals are brilliant by the way, can’t wait to follow your progress!

  9. I would love to come along to one of the V&A talks with you too, so count me in! The list of people doing the talks sounds really impressive. I am also really impressed by you teaching yourself html/css – I really wish I was more technically savvy to do more with my blog.

    For cheaper alternatives to LCF on pattern making – you could also look at Kensington and Chelsea College, Fashion antidote or Morley College. I find LCF can be a bit pricey.

    I can also report that as a newly turned 30 myself, it’s really not as bad as you think it will be!

  10. Happy New year, and thanks for an inspiring post! you have so many great goals for 2012! I love the Pinterest idea too, let´s make it into a sew- along! :-)

  11. Completely agree, I’ve really struggled meeting new people in CHC, ironically have become friends with a number of people outside the city since moving here, but few of my ilk in the city (possibly related to the ‘events’ of the last 12 months). Love the simplicity jacket, I cannot wait to see how it turns out and what colours you choose etc! Good luck for 2012, lets hope its a blooming amazing one for us all!

  12. Happy New Year Alana! I am right there with you with utilizing the pinterest pins, I actually feel like I am constantly repinning your style pins. I moved my blog to self hosted this past summer and it really wasn’t bad, lucky for us the internet really can teach you pretty much anything. Also definitely do a pattern class if you can swing it, you’ll love it!

  13. Happy New Year lovely lady!!!!! I wish you all the best with nailing every single one of these aims, sewing or otherwise! Let me know if you ever fancy taking a day trip down to Brighton, you certainly have a new friend down here!

    All the best
    Zoe xxx

  14. Happy New Year Alana!
    What an excellent list of goals for 2012, I can’t wait to read all about how you get on. If I lived in London I would definitely be begging to tag along with you to one of those V&A talks, they sound amazing.
    And hang in there with the job hunting. It’s tough for everyone at the moment on the job front but I have no doubt that you will find the right job for you soon – 2012 is the year, I can just feel it!

  15. What a great roundup! I just found your blog via the Sew Weekly (someone had talked it up) and it is awesome… love your use of graphics. To answer your question about the croquis–I just was also re-inspired to make new croquis for my whole family (me, hubby and toddler) after reading the Colette handbook as well, as my old croquis was from when I was preggo.. I’ve been meaning to write up a tutorial on my methods but haven’t gotten around to it. Family croquis set here: http://www.polkadotoverload.com/2011/12/family-croquis-new-digital-dress-forms.html

    • So funny! I just found your blog via K-line last week and was so jealous of your croquis! Please write the tutorial – it would be so cool! I’m guessing you use illustrator?

      • Naw… I love Illustrator but it doesn’t create realistic-enough thick/thin brush lines for my picky cartoonist tastes. I use a Wacom tablet and a little-known program called Manga Studio that is specifically designed for cartooning and comic books–it lets you draw beautiful sharp pen and brush lines on different layers that can then be imported into Photoshop for coloring, textures, shadows, etc. BUT that said–I think everything I do in my weird setup could be done in freeware programs like GIMP or Paint.net or whatever… so including those alternatives will be part of my tutorial.

        • Awesome! The only Adobe program I have any experience with is inDesign (I designed training materials in my last job) so I’m in awe of anyone who can do that stuff :) Can’t wait for the tutorial

  16. I just discovered your blog and I am amazed that I missed it before! I think your resolutions are fantastic and very inspiring. I, too, have just resolved to make a coat and pants. I think it’s so easy to keep making the same old easy patterns because they work, but like you, I need to challenge myself more!

  17. I hadn’t seen your blog before and stumbled on it looking for Sorbetto variations (I’m making my very first Sorbetto this week!)
    I love you blog already and can’t wait to read more. This post is great and your goals are fantastic. Pugly Pixel has been a fantastic resource for learning for me too and my current layout uses a few of her elements.
    Look forward to seeing how your 2012 pans out!

  18. Happy New Year! A Pinterest challenge? That’s genius. Pinterest is stealing my life just now – I’m more likely to pin than to make, and it’s time to get a grip. I’m getting obsessed!

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