1. No guilt.
For my first few years of sewing I often felt like I “should” be sewing something more technical, more varied, more something! This year I’ve ditched the guilt and accepted that what I love is knits, and patterns repeated a million times. Thanks for sticking with me through it all!
2. I officially have a stash.
I always felt like my stash was small compared to other peoples, mostly because I sew through the knits so fast, and don’t count the wovens that sit ignored in my cupboard. But I have to admit to myself that the stash shelf is awfully full, and certain types of fabric (i.e. sweater knits and sweatshirt knits for Jamie) have lived on the floor for months. Yay! I have a stash! It’s very comforting. I want more. MOAR!!!!
3. I have a pattern for that.
I now have a TNT pattern for all the basics I like to wear – maybe 20 in total? Whenever I see a RTW piece that I’d like to copy, I’ve got some sort of pattern that can be adapted for it. I still buy the odd pattern for something new and shiny (Ginger Jeans! Jenna Cardigan!) but for the most part, I’m set.
(Speaking of patterns, I think I’ve used only PDFs this whole year, except for a few Jalies. All hail the cheap and user-friendly PDF!)
4. Instagram has trumped Twitter.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, trying to decide how I feel about it. These days my Twitter feed moves slowly, and have more IG links than original tweets! I catch myself wondering how to take an IG pic so I can mention whatever I’m doing, instead of tweeting about it without a picture as I would have a year ago. I do love IG a lot, and I admit I check it in the morning before Twitter. It’s a quicker way to feel connected, for me, and it also leads to more discussion these days than a tweet. I”m a little sad to see the Twitter convo die down though – remember all the fun #fabricchats and #polejokes? I miss the action, Twitter community!
5. It’s the community that matters. I went from about 800 followers to 200 when I changed my blog from Tumblr to WordPress this summer… and it’s been really remarkable that the number of comments I get hasn’t changed at all! Some nastiness bubbled up over the summer and fall in online forums, and it made me feel queasy to think that element is part of our sewing community… but over time, all I see is the good stuff. I’m really grateful that you bother to read my little blog, and that so many of you comment regularly. There is a lot of kindness going around the sewing community – I love going over to someone else’s blog and seeing you commenting there too. Then there is the behind-the-scenes awesomeness too, in emails, DMs, cards and video chats. (And in case you aren’t taking part in that stuff and it sounds like I’m showing off… Just do it! Email someone! Ask if they want to video chat! There’s no cool kids club, which is what makes this community great!) I’m also incredible grateful to all the people who have taken over the Sewcialist blog for me this year. Thank you all for being awesome in so many ways!
Has your go-to social media shifted over the year? What is your favourite way to connect with other sewcialists?