Happy New Year to you all – I hope whatever you were doing it was wonderful!
We visited my parents in the South Island for a few days over Christmas. It is such a beautiful place that we always like to hire a car and do a few road trips into the backcountry. This year we visited Arthur’s Pass, nestled high in the Southern Alps on the main east to west route. The drive from Christchurch into Arthurs’s Pass and through the Otira Gorge is amazing and absolutely worth doing if you ever get the chance. We didn’t have time to visit the actual West Coast – but that is a goal.
Aoraki Mt Cook was our destination on Boxing Day. This has got to be one of my favourite places in the world – my adrenaline builds just thinking about it. This year we hiked to Hooker Lake, the terminal lake of the Hooker Glacier at the foot of Mt Cook – I never realised it had icebergs!
That’s my first resolution of the new year – to get out and see my amazing country more.
Back in Auckland, the first couple of weeks of 2017 were holiday for me at home, and the plan was to sew, sew, sew. Well, I haven’t done that much. I decided I couldn’t possibly work in such a messy sewing/office/junk room and that a complete sort-out was in order. That took two days, and involved the purchase of some new shelving. I have done some sewing since and it is a lot more pleasurable – honestly, if you feel you have lost your sewing mojo, try a big tidy up!
So what have I been sewing? Now that my Elna Supermatic is working again and I can zig-zag, I tried sewing some lingerie.
I made the most hideous pair of pants from the free MakeBra hipster pattern. I’m not criticising the pattern, its just that mine did not turn out as cute looking as their sample. Trying to use up stash items, I used white viscose lycra and yellow foldover elastic. Instead of stretching the elastic slightly as per the instructions, I sewed it exactly to the pattern measurement, but it still gave me ghastly VPL. The legs and upper edge hit me in all the wrong places and I felt my most unsexiest ever. Uugh – no photo required!
While on their site I downloaded their free bralette pattern. I cut out the cups, which are intended to be slightly gathered onto an underbust elastic (that I didn’t have), but in ‘trying them on’ I decided that underbust gathers gave zero support – and I do need a little bit!
Not to be deterred, I purchased the Orange Lingerie Boylston Bra pattern. I’ve cut it out of black silk satin and lace (it is actually the same lace I used in the Ruby Slip – still got heaps!) It has been assembled it as far as possible while I wait on more materials. And yay – this project is looking more exciting!
I am looking forward to exploring lingerie sewing this year, and and sewing more in general actually (now that my sewing room is in order!)
Another goal this year getting back to regular running. Ever since my ultra in February I have struggled – with back injury (twice), with flu (once), with ITB syndrome (ongoing), then after one particularly bad run I just decided to give up for three months. The mental break was good and I am now rejuvenated in that aspect, but my fitness has totally gone and I am back at Couch to 5k level. Gulp. I’m struggling with this fact and sometimes cry on my runs about my deterioration, but hey – I can still run! And I am determined to build up again. I’m a much happier person when I run, and absolutely love a good trail running event!
As for blogging – my goal is to blog more consistently this year. I’ve actually sewn several things that remain unblogged, mainly because I haven’t got around to photographing them. And some of them I am not entirely happy with either – sewing with other designers patterns can be very frustrating because of all the changes I want to make to them! I would like to make the effort this year to make more of my own patterns at home, as at the end of the day they are the items I wear the most.
So that’s my rundown on goals this year – to explore, sew, run, blog, and make more patterns! What’s on your to do list?