Self-taught sewist & bullet journal maven Raylene Harvey looks back through her 2020 sewing journal, and shares her favorite DIY fashion makes of the year, all the way from sketch to finished.
This has been a whirlwind of a year! The global pandemic has been life-changing for all of us and I’m sure we are all grateful that the year is coming to a close so we can move forward to 2021 where hopefully things will be a bit better.
My sewjo was at an all time high during the lockdown and I was inspired to tackle new projects. I launched my sewing blog scarletstitch.com, released a new “behind the seams” vlog series on my Youtube channel, started a sewing journal and even sewed my very first capsule wardrobe collection! These projects kept me sewing all year and I felt inspired to share my journey with the online sewing community where I met and made many amazing friends.
With that said, here’s a quick roundup of my sewing journal makes in 2020.
My MyBodyModel croquis is the star of my sewing journal project spreads as you can see in the pictures. I love working on these spreads whenever I start a new sewing project. It makes me a lot more mindful about my makes and reminds me to always sew with purpose and intention.
That wraps up all the garments I documented in my sewing journal. Something I have to note, though, these are not all the garments I made in 2020. I usually only document the first time I work with a pattern, so I have other garments – including wearable toiles – that I made from these patterns in other fabrics.
Goals for the New Year
In 2021 I would love to focus on making more self-drafted garments. When I started sewing that is pretty much all I did. I didn’t start sewing with patterns until late 2018!
I’m definitely going to keep documenting my makes in my sewing journal and hopefully create another capsule wardrobe collection. I’d like to also challenge myself to make my first pair of jeans, a swimsuit, a bra, and maybe even a tailored jacket!
I usually choose a word of the year. For 2020 it was “FOCUS” – to find clarity through engagement. I’m thinking my 2021 word of the year is going to be “FLOURISH.” I’d like to take what I have learned and focused on in 2020 into the new year but to a much greater level.
I’d love to keep learning and practicing new skills and hopefully get the ball rolling with turning my sewing into a business. I’d love to be productive – to produce more content for my blog, Youtube channel and social media platforms and to keep inspiring others to sew, especially the sewing community here in South Africa where it is still quite small.
Above all, I’d love to keep being kind to myself and my body, to learn to love it and embrace it completely.
MyBodyModel has definitely played a huge role in 2020 in making me appreciate and love my body more and I encourage everyone to do the same.
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Raylene Harvey hails from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. She is a multi-passionate creative at heart, but among all her crafts and creative endeavours, sewing has always remained her one true love. Scarlet Stitch is her online space to share her behind the seams self-taught sewing journey, to connect with fellow makers and most of all, to inspire others to sew. Raylene currently works as a full-time web developer and she plans to turn her sewing into a business in the near future. When she’s not coding or sewing, she can be found listening to music or podcasts, binge-watching series and spending quality time with her husband and her two miniature schnauzers, Sherlock and Bailey. You can find her on Instagram @iamscarletstitch and on YouTube @rayleneharvey.
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