Saturday, August 03, 2013

Sewing and Goals

It's no secret among those who know me that I'm motivated by goals. I'm never as productive as when I set goals for myself. I will never run as much when I'm not signed up for a marathon, for example. I simply end up going out less frequently and my long runs get shorter. Having a goal -- a race to run -- keeps me on my toes.

I've found the same to be true for sewing. As I've mentioned before, I've never been as productive as during my Seven-Week Project. It was definitely stressful and intense at times, but I was sewing SO MUCH and it made me really happy.

Right now, my Big-Picture sewing goal is very clear to me, as I explain on my About page:
1) Improve my technical sewing and pattern-drafting skills.
2) Develop a visual language that feels so deeply natural to me that everything I make one day should scream "Adrienne".

As for my "medium-term" sewing goals, I committed to making pants with a fly zipper this year as a sewlution over on Did you make that? That's about as defined as it goes.

So although I've talked about my own sewing goals so far, the main point of today's post is really to ask you: How do go about setting your sewing goals? What do your sewing goals look like? How effective has this system been working for you?

I know some of you really liked the Sew Weekly for exactly these reasons -- it gave you little goals and kept your sewing momentum going. (By the way, does anyone know what the deal is with the Sew Weekly these days?) I know other bloggers have a goal of publishing two finished projects per month on their blogs. Other bloggers, like Miss P, do a finished projects round-up every month to hold themselves accountable, which instill, I imagine, a little bit of fear throughout the month.

So tell me, what's your approach? Are you a goals person? I really look forward to reading your advice and inspiration!

8 comments:

  1. Sometimes I think my sewing goals are a little too fluid! I haven't been sewing for a full year yet, so I find that sewalongs really help me get things done (and learn new skills along the way). Sometimes though I find myself just wanting to sew every shiny new thing I see on blogs! I do try to finish everything I start though. Have you heard about the Sew Weekly Reunion? (http://thesewweeklyreunion.wordpress.com/). Some of the original sewers have joined together and there is a challenge for the month of August. Also, the Curious Kiwi has started 'The Monthly Stitch' which will have a new challenge each month (http://themonthlystitch.wordpress.com/).

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    1. Sewalongs are a great way to keep up the sewjo, true that! Thanks for the info about the Sew Weekly Reunion and The Monthly Stitch -- I had only vaguely heard about it mentioned on other blogs but it's nice to know these options exist now.

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  2. I know what you mean about workouts! I am an exercise dvd junkie because I never work as hard by myself as when someone is pushing me to do more.
    In life, I make a lot of rules for myself which extend to sewing ie: I can only work on one project at a time. For things find fun (like sewing), I don't like to make goals. For me, they lead to disappointment and frustration and the thought of that makes me procrastinate and then I just don't do anything. That being said, I'd like to try a sew along. Who knows? Maybe I'll like it. Life & project will need to line up for that to happen. I'm open to the possibility though!

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    1. Nice to hear your perspective! I sense you are far from alone in feeling that leisure time is off-limits for goal setting.

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  3. Yes definitely. Goals give me motivation to get things going. However, I often set impossible goals that I don't realize are impossible until my deadline has approached,and although I've worked nonstop I'm only halfway to my goal.

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  4. I definitely need goals and deadlines for sewing. Specifically, I need an event to which I plan to wear the item, otherwise I'm likely to procrastinate. I was inspired by your 7 weeks challenge to set up my own. I am a little concerned I have bitten off more than I can chew -- I've only managed to finish one thing so far, and that only because, you guessed it, I planned to wear it this past weekend. But. Onward and upward.

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    1. Oh, cool! I look forward to following your adventures! Exciting!!

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  5. I don't really like to have deadlines for sewing, it often makes me rush and then I get sloppy. I do like to set aside a certain amount of time for sewing every day when I'm home. I love doing it that way, it keeps me motivated to have something I'm sewing all the time, but my projects still take the time they need.

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