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It’s no longer 2013 (it went so fast!) and maybe you have made some resolutions for the New Year. You resolutions don’t always have to be about shedding that holiday weight (I know that is always mine), but this year instead I made sewing related resolutions. I spend 85% of my time in my sewing studio, so this year I made resolutions to make my time more effective and gear my focus on making 2014 my most creative year yet! Check out my plans and see if you can come up with your own.

This first thing I want to do in 2014 is organize all my printed patterns. They are easy to store when first printed, but once you assemble them they can become quite the odd shape and sometimes awkward to store away. I found a solution that really works great! I got a bunch of large folders and put the pattern inside, then I tape the instructions to the front of the folder (only tape the last page so you can still flip through the pages) so I know which pattern is inside. Another tip is to circle the size that you cut the pattern in! Then simply store in a crate or box, I have mine placed under my drafting table so it is nice and easy to access. I started this process and still need to finish.

On my next To-Do for 2014 is to make a coat! I thought back on my sewing past and I have never really successfully made a coat (I have about 2 half way finished ones, haha). I want to sew a fully lined and wearable coat, and I already have our Cocoon Coat printed out and ready to assemble. So if you guys don’t see this project posted in a couple months please bug me and remind me to make it!

Another vital key to my sewing success this year is to organize my messy fabric bin. How am I supposed to sew anything if my fabric storage looks like this! I should probably tackle this before my coat. Any suggestions on how to best store and organize fabric? Please let me know in the comments below.

Through my fashion and sewing schooling I have accumulated a TON of great resources and inspiration books. Now they are more of a ‘decoration’ in my studio but I really want to take time this year and revisit them, as they can be a great source of inspiration for future projects and designs. Also, not to mention a great resource for new sewing techniques.

In school I did of lot of sketching, drawing, and collaging. I really want to dedicate at least 1hour a day to this, as it is very relaxing and a great creative outlet. This is something I really want to continue doing in 2014. Do any of you guys collage and sketch?

Lastly, I really want to start a style blog! I make and sew so many neat things from our patterns, and I want to document them in a blog because I re-wear and re-style all the garments in my studio. I think it will be a great way to show everyone my unique style and how I integrate my hand-made garments into my wardrobe.

Want to make your own sewing resolutions this year? Maybe it is to better install zippers, or start to work with different fabrics. Whatever it may be here are some great resources you can utilize here on BurdaStyle.com.

Our live and recorded Web Seminars are fantastic for learning more about sewing and fashion related topics.

Also, our Video Site is great to showing your specific sewing and pattern making techniques. Another great way to seek help for your sewing resolutions is to post in our Forum. Our BurdaStyle community is so knowledgeable and eager to help a fellow seamstress.

Happy 2014 sewing!


Meg Healy is BurdaStyle.com’s Online Editor and eCommerce Manager. She has an education in fashion design and earned several awards for her technical skills in pattern making and sewing.


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    Jan 30, 2014, 02.12 PMby JLJoy

    This is pretty awesome. I like how the patterns are organized.

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    Jan 9, 2014, 11.07 PMby Danisaurus

    Meg, your unorganized fabric box is adorable. I have never seen a more organized “disorganized” box. I have a growing fabric pile that is begging to be sorted. When my dog encounters it at night, he barks at it because he thinks it’s a much bigger dog. Oh the shame!

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    Jan 9, 2014, 02.36 PMby liaifen

    I have a similar system for organizing patterns, but I place all the pattern envelopes/ online instructions with the garment image into acetate sleeves and organize them in 3-ring binders. This way, I can easily flip through my binders and visually browse through my pattern collection.

    The patterns themselves go into oversized envelopes (much easier than the original pattern envelopes!), which are then labeled and organized by pattern company + number; and then housed in a plastic, hanging file bin.

    Now if only I can organize my fabric! I wonder how people approach fabric remnants…. Do you save all your remnants from past projects? What’s the best use for these oddly shaped/small pieces of apparel fabric. Or do you find yourself eventually tossing/recycling them?

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    Jan 8, 2014, 08.52 PMby MojoHollz

    I love your resollutions! I really wish I could have a studio like yours! My fabric is currently organized in 5 giant clear Rubbermaid bins, lol. I have a theme for each box, scraps (pieces less than 1 yard), silks and fancies, cottons and flannels, home decor and clothing/wearables. (Though I suppose everything could be considered a wearable if sewn correctly) At one time I had an actual shelf I could put everything on. Each shelf level had a theme to it so I could be a little more specific. I had a special shelf that was for impending projects :) I loved being able to see all the folds of fabric and be inspired, it is a little harder to do when you fabric is in a box. Each piece of fabric was neatly folded and then stacked according to yardage/size.

    I think a good way to organize your fabric would be to put your fabric in a place you can see it (if possible)so it will inspire you every time you see it! Also keep it separated somehow. If you are more inspired by colors then make a rainbow, if you are more inspired my texture, separate by fabric type. And once you are done, just sit back and stare at all the lovely colors and textures and dream of the amazing things you will create, can’t wait to see them! Happy sewing!

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    Jan 8, 2014, 06.58 PMby kisses

    I love your resolutions for 2014. I enjoyed reading about your mash up each month and I find your sense of style very interesting. My resolutions last year was to make a garment each week and I had accomplished that. This year I plan to start a blog, get more organised with my fabrics and patterns. Do a little men and children clothing and to complete a coat I had outstanding for almost 2 years now.

    My major aim is to get a working space as yours, where I can design and sew comfortably anytime I so desire. My life will be so much easier.

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    Jan 8, 2014, 05.46 AMby sbothma

    I also decided that my 2014 year resolution is going to be all about sewing. I have a couple of very old Burda Magazines (dating from 1963 to 2000 about 210 magazines) and my resolution is to make at least one item per month out of one of these magazines. I am busy making a shirt for my husband which comes out of a magazine from May 84. Almost finished, just need to sew the buttonholes and buttons. Next up is shorts for my son from the same magazine.

    My resolution is also to organize my used patterns. At this stage I have a few lever arch files with plastic folders. It may take up a little bit more space, but it works nicely for me. I organize the patterns per folder so it would be easy to find it in the future.

    I would love to read your blog. I always look forward to your Mash Ups, especially because you describe each step in detail.

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      Jan 8, 2014, 02.22 PMby MegH

      That is awesome, vintage patterns are the best. Good luck with the shirt, I recently made a bunch of Men’s shirts and it was a nice change. Also, thanks very much I look forward to sharing my Mash Ups with the community every month.

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    Jan 7, 2014, 10.39 PMby Ariana Bauer

    I made a resolution to blog everything I make. My new blog is at http://arianabauer.blogspot.com

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      Jan 7, 2014, 11.21 PMby MegH

      That is an awesome resolution! Great blog too!

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    Jan 7, 2014, 09.09 PMby Carolyn Rogers

    Great sewing resolutions and probably easier to stick to than the “lose weight” type! Two years ago I put my fabric stash into order as follows. Previously I had tried a tickle box with index cards for each fabric piece, stapling a 3×3 cm swatch onto it, then writing on fabric type, width, length, purchase date, and most important, location. But found I would not keep it up to date as I shopped.

    Then switched to an app, Fabric Stash on my Ipad. I find this makes adding new purchases to the stash catalogue much easier, just snap a picture, then add the details while i still have the docket, throw the fabric into laundry to prewash. This App is easy, you can search your stash in an instant.

    I also had a major session of pre-washing and overlocking the raw edges of fabric lengths so I know its been laundered. Fabrics are grouped, just woven, stretch, upholstery/furnishing. I have a number of plastic lidded bins that fit in my sewing room cupboards, I stand the bin on narrow side, then fold and stack the fabric into it so the folded edge of each piece is visible on the top face of the bin. Numbered the bins and use this in the App to record where the piece is.

    While going through my stash I was also very ruthless and donated the pieces that I didn’t love, bad colours for my colouring or just offcuts that had been hanging around for years. Sorted!

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      Jan 7, 2014, 09.32 PMby MegH

      Thanks so much for your suggestions! I am definitely going to check out that app.

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    Jan 7, 2014, 09.07 PMby madyb

    Love your resolutions!Really inspiring!I really want to dedicate more time to sketching and making collages as well and I should really get more serious about organizing my pdf patterns and fabrics!I’d love to see a style blog from you,since I really love your style and is a great way to express your creativity.I think starting my own sewing blog was one of my best decisions yet!Here’s to a creative 2014!

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      Jan 7, 2014, 09.34 PMby MegH

      Yes, creative 2014 here we come! And thanks so much , your sewing blog is awesome by the way :)

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