Many other bloggers have been steadfastly proclaiming their goals, sewing and otherwise, for the new year. I applaud you all for being so awesomely ready to jump into the new year. I, however, have remained silent on the subject.
Unlike a lot of my friends who love to talk though their problems, I do my best thinking when I’m a quiet observer of the world around me. It allows me to take in what others have to say and calculate my reaction.
Two weeks into the new year, I’m finally ready to react.
Turns out I currently have more than 100 patterns in my stash. That’s enough for me to sew two patterns a week for an entire year with no repeats. Which a lot for me! I generally make one new thing every week (sometimes two). Plus, there are currently 246 (and growing) pins on the Sew Free board. That’s roughly 350 patterns.
If I were to sew two different patterns every week, I’d still be sewing 3 1/2 years from now.
So, here’s my resolution:
One year. No new patterns until all of the old ones have been used. The end.
Well, not quite.
Like any resolution, there will be exceptions:
- If someone gives me a new pattern, I obviously will add it to my stash and sew it up at my leisure.
- If, by some miracle of the sewing gods, I do make my way through all of my patterns, I will be allowed to buy new ones.
- For books and magazines, sewing one pattern from the selection offered counts as “using it.” I’m not sewing every single pattern out of a Burda Magazine before I ever buy another pattern. That’s just cruel.
- I’m not including free patterns in this ban…because that’s a lot of patterns, and I really don’t like some of them at all, I just include them all on the board in case someone else likes them 🙂
- I’m also not including menswear patterns because they’re clearly not for me and I just don’t think it’s fair to count them against me.