The original jar wasn’t big enough.
So, I finally printed off all the 187 comments and settled down for a session of serious ripping up of paper. You guys wrote over 10,000 words between you, did you know that? With the radio on and a puppy cuddling against my feet, I placed resolution after resolution into the jar. I also kept track of what people had vowed to do in 2013. Interested to find out? The top five most popular Sewlutions are in the pie chart below:
I was surprised to see the number of people who wanted to conquer jeans/trousers/pants. We clearly have a bee in our bonnet! It makes sense – a good pair of jeans or trousers is a staple of most wardrobes. Which makes me wonder:
Does the sewing we see in blogs accurately reflect the sewing we need in our lives?
The most popular blog posts are usually about gorgeous dresses. It’s obvious why – all those colours, prints, details, flounces! A pair of trousers… Not so much. Here’s a photo of me wearing jeans. We can admire great fit, but it’s not quite the same swoon factor, is it?
Sewing underwear was also popular, Menswear got a decent look in, as did learning a new technique. Very interestingly, only two of you wanted to make a skirt. This tells us something, I’m sure, I just don’t know what! Skirts aren’t aspirational enough?
Other highlights for me were the unusual Sewlutions:
- Scruffy Badger has vowed to make a retro swimsuit. I can’t WAIT to see this!
- Maria Denmark made a Sewlution to release paper patterns this year. Isn’t that exciting?
- Lladybird wants to sew from a 1957 pattern on her 1957 Featherweight. What a cool idea.
So, we’re up and running. See that jar brimful of Sewlutions? Any time between now and 31 December, I could reach into the jar, pull a name out at random and invite us all to check in with them and see how they’re doing…
You’re not just answerable to me now. You’re answerable to my readers. Bwahahahahah!
STOP PRESS! There are two exciting Pattern Pyramids! Crafternoon Nap has some great patterns here. The deadline is 13 January, so get in quick. Plus Scruffy Badger has just launched her Pattern Pyramid and there’s a whole lotta goodness going on here. You lucky people!