29 December 2008


Last year, I made four resolutions. Here they are in all their italicized glory, along with comments on how well I stuck to my plan and finally a grade:

1. I will allow myself to buy 1 m of fabric for each 2 m sewn. Wish me luck!
Seriously, who am I kidding? Although I bought less fabric this year than I ever have, I still managed to add significantly to my stash. The only thing that may slow me down this year is lack of storage. GRADE: D

2. I really, really want to sew up more stuff from BWOF, so I vow to sew up 12 garments this coming year.
I did well with this one. I made up eight different BWOF garments (I made many of them multiple times) and traced off at least another eight. GRADE: A

3. As well, I want to sew up a bunch (a minimum of 8) of vintage Vogue Couturier Design, Vogue Americana & Vogue Paris Original patterns.
I did so-so with this one. I sewed four patterns. GRADE: B-

4. I have had my new sewing/embroidery machine for almost a year now and I have yet to embroider anything, so I want to learn how to embroider.
I did horribly with this one. I wish I could say that I embroidered anything, but I didn't. I didn't even read the instructions on how to embroider. I'm bad - very, very bad. GRADE: F

Okay, so all in all, kinda mediocre. Oh well, whatcha gonna do?

Onward to a new set of resolutions:
  1. Get back in shape. I still have 10 pesky pounds that need to go. I will get on the treadmill at least 3 times per week, I will weight lift and do flexibility training at least once a week each. This leads me to my sewing-related resolution:
  2. I am only allowed to spend money on my hobby if I earn it. For every hour spent exercising, I will get $10 to spend on fabric, notions and the like. No movey the body, no spendy the money!
That's it. Two resolutions. I figure everything else will fall into place as I go along.


Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Ummmm, how do we know if you're cheating or not? *LOL* I think we need to institute a checks and balance system!!!

ambika said...

This would be really useful as someone new to sewing, to look back at what I've actually finished/learned/attempted over the year. & I like the exercise=fabric shopping vow!

Pam said...

I love "no movey the body no spendy the money"

cidell said...

I think I may join you on the no movey, no spendy. I'm throwing money at my gym membership and nothing to show for it!

angie.a said...

LOL!! I'm with you on #2, that's a great plan!!

Nancy W. said...

I love your number 2 resolution. I need to try to implement that into my own list!

Vicki said...

$10 for every hour exercising? If you are a good girl you will have heaps of spending money!! Good luck.

Susan said...

I love your workout/fabric splurge policy. I may have to adopt this one for 2009.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

#2 resolution would be great for me!
I get 1 1/2 hours to exercise (during working hours) every day! (and I use it )
Win - Win for me :)

Anonymous said...

You're brilliant!

Sew Passionista said...

I love your resolutions grading system! Wow !you managed an awful lot of sewing for a working gal (especially a teacher)
I may follow you in your #2. I would like to lose 5lbs. and never seem to get it off. I ecercise but as I get older, I don't seem to be as dedicated as I once was.So, I'm adding your #2 to my NYresolutions. Starting tomorrow. $10.00 an hour!!

Sharon said...

I'm with everyone else - #2 is a fab goal. I could spend lots and lots of money on my sewing next year. It'll be fun to see your results at the end of 2009. Happy New Year!

Peggy said...

Great incentive...because you will need new clothes to fit your new body. Very win-win!

Linda T said...

That exercise for $$ resolution is a good one! It will be fun to watch the the "savings account grow."