Category: sewing plans

Sewing Plans Dec.16/ Jan.17

It has been awhile since I last posted my sewing plans  (almost exactly 13 months to today), and there has been a lot of sewing since then but it has not been for me. I am so ready to start sewing more for me again. I have found that most of my most worn and longest lasting garments have been me made. I now mostly prefer clothes that are me made and so I have decided to make it a little challenge for myself and post my progress here. This is not just a one year challenge but something on going long term. I also plan to limit myself on the number of patterns I use. That way I work on the fit more and use more of my patternmaking skills.

As usual I think I’ll try to use mostly self drafted patterns and then indie and big 4 patterns. My goal is to sew at least one item a month just for myself but I am hoping that I can make it two items. I have seen challenges like this pop up on forums and social media sites a lot over the years and I have participated in some, but this one is all me. Since I am starting mid month my updates will always be mid month.

For this first month my plan is make a skirt with matching tee to go with it. I created a Pinterest board to help me some ideas. Also I think instead of sewing for the current season I’ll just sew one season ahead, makes it easier for me to sew since I know I am not rushing to make something for now.

 

How about you what will you be sewing this coming month?

Until next time, happy sewing…

 

 

 

 

What Sewing Means to Me

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Back in September Carolyn over at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic did a series of post called  What Sewing Means to Me, while I haven’t finish reading all of the post I really did enjoy the ones that I did and though why not do a post of my own so you can know a little more about me. To give you a better understanding of what sewing means to me, I think giving a little background would be helpful.

I started my current journey almost 16 years ago, before that I had only dabbled in sewing  a bit not making much and only producing a handful of wearable items. After the birth of my first child I had gone from a size 6 to roughly a size 10/12, so I was in much need of some clothes. Most of the time before this I would just buy an item here or there but never really having an all out day of shopping and spending. Well DH surprised me with a good amount spending cash so that I could. I went to largest mall in my area at that time which was Arundel Mills. I went from store to store, all over that mall. I came home empty-handed I could not believe it. I made a mental vow that day that I would no longer depend on these stores and designers to dictate what is available to me or what is in. This also so why I started learning to draft my own patterns even the Big 4 started to look limited to me. Not to mention some seasons they seem come out with some carbon copies of each others patterns.

So what does sewing mean to me? It started out as a freedom, a freedom to be me and choose the things I liked. It meant control of the whole process and the finished product. Along with this freedom and control came a lot of joy and pain since I was new to sewing. It was like this for a couple of years and then that freedom and control changed. It changed into something I never thought would happen, it became a passion of mine, sewing was a passion  and anyone who knew me knew it too. It is my peace at the end of noisy day. It is my joy when I am feeling pain. It is my relaxation at the end of a stressful week. It is my creative voice coming out to serenade in its own special way. Sewing is not me but very special to me.

How about you, what does sewing mean to you? Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time, happy sewing…

 

 

September is…

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September is National Sewing Month, now I won’t promise anything in the way of new post for this month but I do have plans on a few post for those of you wish to get started starting, need some inspiration, or maybe just thinking about it. For those of you that do sew there is  some extra fun going on, it is the #sewphotohop going on on Instagram, you could even win a prize. I may pop in a photo every now and then but with school starting back up it won’t be a top priority for me, but I do have a lot of sewing planned and do plan to show that to you.

Until next time, happy sewing…

 

No #MMMay16 But…..

We are now a little more than half way through #MMMay16 and I am not taking part. Not that I don’t want to, most of what I wear now is made by me, but my wardrobe could use a bit of refreshing. My recent makes over the last year and a half have been for others or for work, so that gives you an idea of the last time I sewed for myself.

A while go, not sure how long, I read an article by James Clear which talked about setting up systems instead of making goals. The idea is simple, instead of making goals just focus on setting up a system and you should get results. There have been many a times where I have made big and grand plans for sewing my own wardrobe and have even posted them on my blog only to embarrassingly fail. No more of that I hope.

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So I am going to try a new approach, instead of setting up sewing plans like I have done many times in the past, I’m going to just set aside some time everyday to just sew for myself. I think 30 minutes everyday is a good start. To make my wardrobe building a little easier I plan to just a very limited number of patterns. I plan to use a mix of self drafted patterns, indie patterns, Burda magazine, and big 4 patterns. As of right now I have about 6 patterns and I may add just one more.

I think my first item will be a Fendi inspired skirt using a self drafted pattern. After that I won’t make anymore set plans until after I finish each item. My focus will be just to sew for myself at least 30 minutes everyday. What ever does sewn up I do plan to it here.

Until next time, happy sewing…