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An outlook to 2015

Hello everyone... it's been quite radio silence here lately because I haven't been sewing much. I ended up rushing to make a blouse on new year's eve, which ended in near disaster, so I think for me 2015 will be marked by slow sewing. Taking my time and making sure everything is right makes for things I will wear.

December and January have also been impossibly busy at the weekend, which is still my major sewing time. For one, I have taken up skiing, since I live in Switzerland now after all:

Not really taken up as much as "done a couple of hours of ski school" but we'll see how it goes. Ideally, I'd like to try cross country skiing at some point too, but I'm not sure if that will be this year or the next. Downhill skiing is probably what I'll do this year.

In crafting news, I started some crochet work in early January:

I'm making the Mirror Lake Scarf, which I found Ravelry. I'm making this for my mom, whose birthday is soon, although I don't know if I'll finish & block in time for that - the squares are an 8-row repeat and rows 6-8 are quite slow going for whatever reason.

Once I'm done with that, I'd like to go back to those wristlets I started last year and got stuck on. Then, maybe I'll work up the momentum to try the cardigan in Jennifer Hansen's Craftsy class.

Sewing-wise, other than taking it slowly, I have a few plans.

Skirts - Another Vogue 1247, this time in a dark grey suiting and a V1357 in camel wool suiting, since this type of skirt is very popular this season (like this one).

Tops - I have a bunch of very drapey silk voile and crepe fabric which I'd like to make up into tops in the first half year. I'll start with V1387 pattern, move on to another Sewaholic Belcarra blouse. Finally, I have two shirt patterns from Bootstrap fashion, one of which I'd really like to make up at some point.

Dresses - Before the holidays I bought some wool double knit, and then ordered the Uptown/Downtown dress in January - I'd very much like to make up this dress for the winter season.
Then, I would like to try my hand at a wool suiting dress, this Bootstrap fashion pattern. Finally, I want to mess around with colorblocking on Vogue 1316.


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