Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Sewing and Blogging Goals for 2016
Since I still keep writing December on everything, I suppose it's high time to sit down and make some new year goals to ease me into 2016! When I start to make plans for my upcoming sewing projects I take two things into consideration before anything else: 1)What fabric do I already have in my stash, and 2) What are the "holes" in my wardrobe?
Well I do have some nice wools in my stash, and that's why I'm about to jump into suiting projects. I also have the planned Outlander costume to work on, though since I have yet to finish the stomacher embroidery, it may be a longer project than first planned. I did such a good job of stash busting last year that I am well on course to have used up most of my stacks of fabric by the beginning of this summer. I have a few more cotton prints that will be destined to become spring/summer tops, but mostly I have a few lengths of wool and velvet waiting patiently to finally be turned into clothes. After my last velvet project though...it might be a while before I take on that plush pile fabric once again.
Sewing Goals 2016:
1) Learn tailoring techniques and make some suits
As you all know, I am about to tackle some suiting! I am just obsessed with the look of both 40's and 50's suits and since I can't find any vintage suits in my size, I'll just have to make my own!
2) Make at least 4 historical costumes
I was a bit disappointed in myself for not completing more historical costumes this past year. I completed a Victorian corset and bustle- but no dress to go with them! I hope to make not only a bustle dress, but a few 18th century projects as well!
3) Make more dresses
This may seem an odd goal, but because I focused on making separates last year, I have realized I don't have many dresses! It is a season specific issue, I have summer dresses, but no fall and winter appropriate dresses. I managed to make one wintry wool dress in November, but I would like more cold weather options.
4) Focus on the Forties
Though I have many vintage 1940's accessories, I don't have much 40's specific items of clothing. I have invested in some rather fancy but simple black rayon to make a simple but very 40's black day dress soon.
5) Knit 5 sweaters (more of a crafting goal I'll grant you)
Though I have rather stalled on my current knitting project, I really want to work on improving my knitting technique and speed this year. Since I still have a hard time finding vintage style sweaters, I really want to learn to make my own!
I have goals for blogging and The Closet Historian for 2016 too, though I never know how much the subject is of interest all of you. As I really enjoy blogging, I certainly set goals for myself as The Closet Historian grows. Blogging has become such an important part of my life over the past few years, and of course I want to improve and grow this blog as much as I can!
Blogging Goals 2016:
1) Update/Use Tumblr
I have long enjoyed spending time on Tumblr, but I am terrible about updating my own Tumblr blog! It is something I definitely want to work on in the coming year.
2) Start making YouTube videos
I really want to start doing vintage hair tutorials on YouTube this year, and possible some vlogs too! I have even already filmed a video...but haven't edited it at all. Now that I have a new computer that can handle video editing, I hope to start on YouTube soon!
3) Hit 15,000 views per month
I probably shouldn't care about the numbers, but in all honesty- of course I do. Over the past few years it has been wonderful to have my visitor count increasing. I work really hard on blogging, and I enjoy it, so it is nice to know that more and more people are stopping by. I would like to double my visitors by this time next year, its good to have big goals right?
4) Do at least 1 DIY a month
I always enjoy putting together DIY posts and sharing my crafting knowledge, especially hat making! I already have some hat tutorials planned for the year ahead :)
5) Write more informational and issue-based posts
When I say issue-based, I mean vaguely controversial-- like this post from July last year. Sometimes I have ideas for opinion posts and then never write them in fear that the topic may be a bit controversial or somehow political. I want to try and banish that fear in the year ahead. I also would love to do more informational posts, resurrecting my old Closet Histories series from its hiatus and doing more posts like May's 5 Essentials for a Vintage Inspired Wardrobe.
Do you guys like it when blogs talk about blogging? I never know if readers would like that kind of thing, but I love it when blogs share the behind the scenes bits! For those of you that have your own blogs, what is one of your blogging goals for the new year?
I made a list of more traditional resolutions too, but if you have been around here long you have probably noticed that I do more personal resolutions around my birthday in July. Does anyone else have sewing specific goals for the year ahead? I hope you are all having a great 2016 so far :)