Accountability

Here’s the thing: from time to time I make bold declarations on this blog and then miraculously never talk about them again. By way of example, I’ve committed to deadlines that have come and gone with no further mention of them, I’ve been known to announce I’m joining a sew-along to later never produce an item for it, and I have even been known to make resolutions that never come to pass. What can I say other than life has a funny way of getting in the way of the best laid plans? This post is my attempt to tie up loose ends, introduce some accountability (i.e. fessing up), and to get organized in general. In other words, pure.administrative.joy.

seamless

First up, remember the Seamless Pledge for which I signed up last year? My initial pledge read as follows:

I, Andrea of Stitch Parade, am taking the Seamless Pledge for the duration of the year 2012. Between January 1 and December 31, 2012 I will abstain from buying any new clothes. I will fill the gaps in my wardrobe with clothes made or refashioned with my own two hands. I will place emphasis on quality over quantity and will avoid, to the best of my ability, contributing to the cycle of fast fashion fuelled by consumerism. On that note, I will shop for materials from my own stash first. If I find myself in need of a garment that I can’t make myself, I will trawl through second-hand shops.

At the time I promised to give you monthly updates with my progress but after two updates I never mentioned the pledge again. That doesn’t mean I didn’t (for the most part) stick with it, but somehow I just never got around to posting about it. The good news is that I think I did mostly okay with the RTW portion of the pledge: but for a pair of jeans and some running shoes (which were excluded from my pledge) I managed to steer clear of RTW.

I also pledge to “shop for materials from my own stash first”. Even though I didn’t outright promise to abstain from buying fabric, I feel I could have done better on his point. You see, at the beginning of last year my fabric stash was 146 meters long. Yesterday I did a bit of a calculation and discovered that I sewed up 25 meters of stashed fabric in 2012 – yay for me.  The problem is that I also managed to stash another 36 meters of fabric. This means that I actually gained a total of 11 new meters of fabric – a net gain!

Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge Button with Text

Now, I’ve decided not to formally renewing my seamless pledge because avoiding RTW has become part of who I am and I’m making way better consumer choices on this point. I’m also not renouncing fabric shopping altogether because there may be items for which I will need to look outside of my stash. I will however make a point to be more careful about mindlessly stashing fabric this year. On that note, I have joined the Satshbusting Sewalong organized by Cindy of Cation Designs and Emily of Tumbleweeds in the Wind and have committed to using up 15 pieces of fabric from the stash in 2013. I’m happy to report that I’ve got one down already. Baby steps, my friends.

inthejar

On my first Seamless Pledge post I announced I would “master the art of making trousers”. In the spirit of fessing up, that was not the first time I had trouser making on my sewing goals. Then in October of last year I announced I was joining the Turlow Sewalong hosted by Lladybird. And yet, still no trousers. Nevertheless I have added another impossible goal to the list: making a jacket. With both of these goals I went as far as putting them in Karen’s jar of 2013 Sewlutions.

Here I go making bold declarations all over again: I’m going to do my best to get the trousers and the jacket checked from my to-do list this year, but with the caveat that (a) another cross Canada move and a return to work in the fall are in the cards, which may have an impact on my sewing time; and (b) I’m not going to be to hard on myself if I don’t get to accomplish these things (because this is supposed to be fun, remember?).  I’ll hope to report on my progress in January of next year when you’ll be the judge of whether or not I can put my money where my mouth is this time around.

Tell me, how do you stay on track of your sewing goals? Do you manage them quite well or do you get swayed along the way?

12 thoughts on “Accountability

  1. “I’ve decided not to formally renewing my seamless pledge because avoiding RTW has become part of who I am and I’m making way better consumer choices on this point.” – Yes. What you said.

    I manage these things mostly by keeping my mouth shut in the first place, i.e. not making any commitments! LOL! I have this perverse tendency to completely lose interest as soon as I’ve declared I’m going to do anything!

    That said, I’m also in the Sewlutions Jar, with a goal of making dress shirts and pants for Hubby. I just haven’t blogged about it because I want it to be a surprise for him, and the sweetie reads my blog!

    I can help you stay on track by needling you, if you like ;-) I’m a pretty good nag.

  2. I didn’t sign up for Sewlutions Jar because I was late and I didn’t want to add additional to-do items (Resolutions have always been something I have in my head, e.g. goals, but never a list I actually make at the beginning of the year…I guess it’s different cultural habits).
    I never calculated my stash (I think I should because seeing your figures makes me worry!)
    As for plans…well I shared quite ambitious plans before Christmas (http://bombardone.com/sewingprincess/2012/11/upcoming-challenges/) but I am yet to finish the skirt using Jean-ious method. As for the draftalong, it seems to be on hold from Marina. So I’m 50% done.
    Your challenges are quite tempting….and I was thinking of suggesting one on my blog too…but then again I don’t know. I love challenges for the community spirit more than the “getting things done” factor…I tend to finish what I start…with due exceptions ;o) Maybe we should simply commit on our blogs by stating what we are starting to work on??? Like a SMART goal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria)

    • To be honest I need to re-calculate the stash from scratch because I think after making those bags for the craft fairs my amounts of quilting cotton are now inaccurate. I laughed out loud when I saw your comment bout SMART goals – that feels more like a work performance evaluation to me, ha, ha!

  3. Hahahaha, our resolutions are very similar! Trousers and a jacket are big things on my list, as well as stash-busting. I dove right in and made a jacket my first project for Mood (since I have a strict deadline for them, I’ll HAVE to get it done), but I have a feeling it will be tough to get motivated to make trousers.

    I’m excited to hear how your stash-busting goes! Jenny of Bobbins and Whimsy posted the other day that she went through her stash and matched up fabric with patterns. That seems like a great way to get excited about using your stash, so I think I’m going to try that, too. :)

    • Can’t wait to see your jacket project! As for matching fabrics to patterns, I’ve tried that but I change my mind so often that it didn’t work for me… what’s a girl to do, eh?

  4. Dangerous pledge two days off from a trip to Dressew!! lol ^_^ I purposely did NOT join the stashbusting challenge cause – I’ll be wickedly honest here – I have NO problem growing my stash!! hahaha!! I really admire the people who are doing it though ^__^

    As far as sticking to my sewing goals… it’s hard but I make lists and try not to waver; if something tempts me to stray, I put it in the ‘next up queue’ and then I can safely forget about it and deal with it later ;)

    • Well, you know first hand I caved and just had to buy fabric for those clovers… so much for sewlutions! If it wasn’t for a terrible lack of space my stash would not bother me so much either.

  5. Hahaha, you know I’m all about airing out my goals so that I can be held accountable for them! ;) There are so many things that we all want to do, but like you said, life happens and things get pushed aside. I’m sure you’ll do fine with your goals this year, since moving in the fall will kind of be like a mini deadline? Good luck! :)

    • You are right about the deadline. The summer is going to be a low productivity period because of the move so I’m trying to cram everything between now and the end of May – wish me luck!

  6. I deliberately didn’t add “abstain from buying fabric” to my Stashbusting pledge. But I am committed to clearing my stash because it really stresses me out. It sits there and glowers at me, wishing to be clothes and to be worn. That said…I am constantly stating “oh I’m going to….(insert grand plan)…” only to be distracted by the next shiny thing. Sigh! Maybe this year will be different ;-)

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