So I have decided to challenge myself to be more creative, try new patterns and make clothes that I can wear. This challenge is partially motivated for my adirmation of bloggers like Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing, because her premise is so smart: to become a better seamstress she has to put the time in and sew, sew, sew.
I know, you're thinking "of course!". But honestly, it has really been about construction for me. Sewing is a lot like playing with Legos, you get to build any way you like.
Using the outcome creates a whole new world for me.
So, I've gone through the stacks of patterns I own - some swapped with other bloggers, some ordered from the Vogue/McCalls/Butterick sales, some bought from independent designers and some bought at thrift stores or on Ebay. I have tons of patterns.Yet, I tend to sew and resew the patterns I have already used.
So, here is my goal:
- finish one new pattern a month (minimum - two would be ideal but not always doable each month)
- repeats of patterns need to have a variation (either provided with the pattern or improvised by me)
- purchase no new big 4 patterns for one year to encourage me to use the patterns I own - and to change them to match new patterns I like
- purchase all the independent patterns I want - they are well made and motivate me to sew more (hey, this challenge is about more sewing not saving money)
- purchase no new books (with the exception of the Burda Vintage book and the two I ordered this weekend plus any really, really good thrift shop deals that I can;t pass up!)
- sew a wardrobe of clothes that fit, look good and make me feel good
- wear the clothes I make