My goals and ambitions for 2015 and the outcomes I actually achieved are as follows:
- Stick to my 2015 budget. This includes a resolution to spend less on patterns as a % of total than in 2014. DONE and DONE. \o/ (See the Money post for more details)
- Use more fabric that I buy, and reduce my overall garment stash by 50m and my bag stash by 20m by the end of the year. Partial \o/! I did use more fabric than I bought and my total stash decreased. However, this was by a rather more modest total of -33.1m, with the majority being a reduction in my bag stash (-28.55m) rather than garment stash (-4.55m). I need to do better on the garment side of things this year.
- Reduce my yarn stash by at least half. DONE \o/ My yarn stash reduction is a definite win. I sold a lot of yarn I was never going to use, used a bunch and refrained from buying too much. Not only is my yarn stash considerably less than half what it was before, it also presently conforms to my ideal stash: it contains only my current projects, some defined future projects and a small amount of scrap.
- Maintain and stick to my wardrobe plan. DONE \o/. I am very happy with my wardrobe planning efforts.
More pleasingly, I also aimed to:
- Finish the Slowest Quilt In The World. \o/ DONE!
- Make 6 knitted items (1 sock = 1 item) and increase the complexity of patterns I'm using. DONE \o/. I actually made 7 items and none of them were socks, and I significantly increased the complexity of my knitting during the year from only ever knitting simple scarves to trying out lace and successfully completing a sweater.
- Continue to try to improve my photos. Well, I tried? I'll give myself a \o/ for trying.
- Finish the wardrobe planning series of posts. I didn't finish, but I did write one more and I have another half done. \o/
- Stick to my 2016 budget and reduce my spending on patterns compared to 2015
- Reduce garment stash to less than 150m (from ~193m at the end of 2015).
- Use at least two thirds of 2016 fabric purchases within 2016.
- Make: woven trousers (with or without fly); a woven dress; a piece of outerwear; a lined tailored blazer
- Try: welt pockets; bound buttonholes; contrast top-stitching; fly fronts
- Make: 2-3 really great bags
- Make: an Alabama Chanin style embellished item
- Complete: 6 knitted items completed
- Sew and buy according to my wardrobe plan -- two-thirds of new clothes handmade vs RTW, half of new RTW thrifted.