2017 was … intense, macrocosmically and microcosmically. But it’s been ever upward and onward, and rounding up the things I created over the last year really makes me feel pretty great about how far my lingerie making and sewing skills have progressed. I also feel a sense of accomplishment about trying fabric design!
So here’s a sampling of my sewn work over the last year, all self-drafted:
And here are some of the fabric designs I printed using Spoonflower (shameless self promotion, my shop is here):
It’s somehow cheering to see it all in one place. It’s easy to think of all I’d hoped to accomplish and did not; it’s harder to realize how far I’ve actually come.
My biggest goal for 2018 are to finally open up an etsy shop for handmade lingerie, and I’m moving toward being able to do that probably within the next week or two. Lots of samples sewn and processes mastered and materials hoarded toward that end. Still to do: photos to take, copy to write, listings to create. I’d like to offer patterns and design more fabrics to use in my collections as well. It may seem unrelated, but for me this is inextricably connected to my more personal urge to declutter and simplify and work towards realizing the more minimalist approach to living I’ve always wanted. To me, clearing the physical clutter is tied to clearing the psychological hesitation to focus on what I really want to be doing with my time. I went around my house taking pictures to have a “before” state to see what progress I can make and have a nice list of TED talks to work through for inspiration. But mostly I hope to be able to declutter enough to actually sew in my sewing room instead of just piling it full of sewing-related junk.
Here’s hoping. 🙂
3 thoughts on “Belated 2017 Roundup / Obligatory Rambles About Lifegoals and Resolve”
I’m looking forward to the time when you will take custom orders for bras. If I can I’d love to get one made as I have many fitting challenges in this area. Your work is the stuff of dreams! Amanda, I hope 2018 will be a good year for you and your new enterprise.
Thank you so much for your encouragement! I’d love to make a bra for you very soon. Once I get my etsy shop opened and my sizing guide written, I will definitely let you know. 🙂
I’m looking forward to it! Best wishes for your success!