Video: My 2019 sewing goals

January 6, 2019 4 Comments

Video: My 2019 sewing goals

January 6, 2019 4 Comments

The first video of 2019, so I thought it would be fitting to share with you my sewing goals for this year. It’s pretty much become a yearly vlog tradition at this point, it’s my third year of doing a goal video, and I have also followed them up with half-time reports. I’m not super strict about my goals, but I do like to have some type of guidance for the upcoming year.

I’m also planning to get my coverstitch book done in the next few months (it will hopefully be out sometime in March), so for understandable reasons, I won’t set any crazy high sewing goals for the first months of this year.

Overall, I’ve been surprisingly loyal to my goals, I think I average reaching 4 out 5, so I’m definitely more of a follower than a rebel. Go figure! I know that for some setting goals makes them instantly want to rebel against them, whereas others love the guidance a goal gives them. Plus it’s also tempting to set unrealistic goals since we often underestimate what it actually entails to accomplish them.

Where on the scale would you put yourself when it comes to goal settings? I personally am a big believer in goal setting, but I think it’s really important to understand one’s personality and set goals accordingly.

Johanna Lundström

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  • Kathy January 7, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Hi Johanna.
    Number 1 fix for strangling necklines is a forward shoulder adjustment where you add 1/2 to 5/8 inches to the back shoulder seam and remove the same amount from the front shoulder seam. If you have someone take a photo of you in an ill-fitting top from the side, you should be able to see where the shoulder seam is rolling to the back. Here’s another tip: your shoulder seam may not need to be adjusted along its whole length! You may need to only make the adjustment on the neck end of the seam, tapering back to nothing at the arm end. Hopefully unlike me, you won’t need to adjust each shoulder differently! Due to age and carrying a shoulder bag, lunch bag, and tote to work for many years on my left side, my right shoulder rotates forward more than my left one. I usually end up tracing separate right and left front pattern pieces and a full back pattern piece. Once you figure this adjustment out for your body, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes! Now: if you need to adjust the whole length of the shoulder seam to include the arm end, you’ll need to adjust your sleeve pattern also. The sleeve cap needs to rotate along with the bodice to “catch” the ball of your shoulder. The easiest way is to add the amount of your adjustment to the back sleeve seam and remove it from the front sleeve seam (on the long sleeve seams.) The notches on the sleeve cap won’t match the armscye notches but that’s ok. The top of the shoulder notch should match the new shoulder seam. I hope I explained this clearly – you’ve probably already figured it out from your research. One other thought – you might find you need to do a high-round-back adjustment of 5/8 inch or so if your shoulders are rotated due to years of computer work as you say. Your books will show more than one way to make this adjustment so I won’t go into that! Good luck on your goals for 2019!
    Your friend and blog reader from the USA, Kathy

    • Johanna January 9, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you, that is super helpful to know! And yes, sometimes our fitting issues is combination of several things and if we fix one thing, we will need to tamper other things to on a pattern. I will try this for my next top!

  • Nancy Karpen January 8, 2019 at 2:31 am

    I have found that the strangling neck is more about having a high round back. A forward neck/head can also do it, but I never see your side view. The forward shoulder tends to give you diagonal wrinkles in your biceps.
    My sewing goals aren’t so broad as yours. I need to finish an ambitious raincoat project that is languishing in my UFO box. Well, it has it’s own box. It’s got a button out wool cashmere lining, a regular lining. I drafted flanges to go on the facings to button the wool liner to that I copied from an Akris coat I’ve had for years.
    Second is to make a new spring summer wardrobe. I didn’t sew much last spring due to a broken ankle that took a long time to heal and my sewing room is upstairs. I do want to sew from stash too, but I really want to sew a lot of it in linen, and I don’t have all that much linen in my stash.
    The last of my goals is to finally fit and sew some blouses. For years I didn’t sew blouses because my Viking made the worst, or rather unreliable buttonholes. I no longer have that excuse since I bought a Bernina 740 that makes the most gorgeous buttonholes. I made perfect corded buttonholes on a cardigan. Happy New Year!

    • Johanna January 9, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      That’s what Palmer/Alto says in their fitting book too, that it’s primarily a back issue, but I have a forward neck issue too for sure! And I feel you on the buttonholes, that is one area where the right sewing machine makes a huge difference. I too traded a Husqvarna (Viking) for a Bernina and the difference is indeed huge!

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