As it turns out, the Itinerant Family will be experiencing some big changes in 2018, and as a result, I've been handed a ready-made set of sewing goals.
We are moving to Colombia in a few months! I'll have no choice but to sew fewer garments this year as I'll be separated from my machines for about three months during the transition. We'll be in Bogota for two years for my husband's work.
The impending move has informed my sewing over the last few months, and it will continue to do so through 2018. Although Bogota is only a few hundred miles from the Equator, the city sits at 8661 feet, so it's not exactly warm. But it's not exactly cold either, with the year-round daytime high somewhere around 65F. I assume that I will be wearing a lot of woven button-down shirts (something that I considered as I sewed all those Bonn shirts. And I will also need more jeans.
So, Sewing Goal #1: Make one pair of bootcut jeans from the Itch to Stitch Liana pattern that I already bought. Make another pair of skinny jeans, either from the Liana or from the Ginger pattern, depending on how the first pair of Lianas works out.
I know that layering is key in Bogota's climate, so the closet full of cardigans I've made over the past two years will serve me well. A few of those were less successful than the others, and I've always been a cardigan lover, so I'm not going to feel bad about sewing more cardigans this year.
Sewing Goal #2: Make another cardigan before we move, using McCalls 6996, which is already in the stash.
Although the weather in Bogota is not particularly warm, apparently the apartments there do not have central heat. Our apartment floors are tile, and there are lots of big windows, so it's going to be chilly indoors. One of the two pairs of pajama pants I own is on its last legs, so I'd like to make two more pairs for myself before we move.
Sewing Goal #4: Be more purposeful and restrained in my fabric purchases. I did a major stash purge in March 2017, and after that I vowed to only buy that which I had a plan for within the next couple of months. From March through December, I purchased 31 cuts of fabric, and I've used all or part of 23 of those cuts. In all cases I did have plans to use the fabric within the next few months, but sometimes plans change for valid reasons. For example, in October, I wasn't able to find the dresses I wanted the girls to wear for Christmas this year. So I bought two cuts of silk taffeta on sale from Fabric Mart to make the dresses. But after I did that, the dresses turned up, and the taffeta ended up in the stash. In another scenario, I bought some crepe to make this pattern. But when I muslined the pattern, I didn't like it at all on me. I am content with my fabric purchases and usage these past nine months. I'd like to continue this way, instead of buying fabric just because I like it, without a purpose.
That's all for now. I know that my sewing goals will evolve after we've been in country for awhile, and I'm leaving space for those goals. I am sure I will sew more than two pairs of jeans, two pairs of pj pants, and a cardigan before we leave, but I'm leaving room for creativity and impulse. They make sewing fun, and I don't want to sew without them.
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time. In the interim, if you know anything about Bogota or Colombia or sewing in Bogota, drop me a comment. I'm all ears!