You Can Do It!
Welcome to The Sew Weekly 2011! Last year, I began a pretty crazy undertaking where, by the end of 2010, I hoped to have a closet filled only with clothes I had sewn myself (with a few exceptions). When I first began the project, I questioned whether I'd have the ability or desire to last all 52 weeks. More importantly, would this be something I'd even bother documenting regularly? Well, I'm happy to say that not only did I sew 52+ outfits last year, but I'm more excited about sewing than ever!
Over the course of the year, I discovered that there were tons of women out there just like me! Not only did they want to sew/learn how to sew, but they were searching for a way to add more significance to their own clothing. It was this discovery that helped me shaped the focus of The Sew Weekly for 2011: Getting together a community and challenging ourselves to sew for ourselves (and often.)
If you're a regular reader of The Sew Weekly, you will have noticed that things look different around here. The biggest change is that I'm now joined by four lovely ladies who are challenging themselves to sew weekly this year. To learn more about these women, you can click on their individual photographs on the front page of the site. I received over thirty emails from women who were interested in being a contributor to The Sew Weekly. It was such an overwhelming task to decide who the four would be. Not only did my personal insecurities come into play (are these people going to hate me when I don't pick them?), but I was torn about who to choose. Ultimately I choose four women that represents four distinct parts of the world (Singapore, Texas, Scotland & Australia).
Each gal had a certain trait that I thought was a valuable gain for The Sew Weekly.
Veronica, from Australia, is incredibly energetic and her clothes reflect that. And, since she's in a different hemisphere, we can count on warm clothing creations while we're all freezing. I read a bunch of sewing/fashion weblogs from gals in that part of the world so I just had to have Veronica do some down under representing.
Debi, from Scotland, has a magnificent passion for the 1930s and 1940s. And, she takes dazzling photos of herself in the most picturesque locations. I've been reading her blog for quite some time and was delighted when I heard she wanted to join the challenge.
Sarah, from Texas, knows how to sew quite well but hasn't been in the habit of creating her own clothing. But no one can doubt her passion since she owns a sewing studio/workshop in Houston. I loved that she helps people learn to sew and is ready to make time for herself. Additionally, she's challenging herself to lose 30 pounds this year. Sewing weekly (and taking photos of myself) was the motivation I needed to lose 30 pounds as well — I wanted to help her on that journey.
Finally, Adey, from Singapore, has a fabulous style and represents another busy mom (with two adorable kids) finding time to sew. Adey has a more modern style and her love of color is contagious. I love that she's living in Singapore since I haven't found many English-language Asian blogs to read.
For those who contacted me to join the challenge, I thank you wholeheartedly for your enthusiasm. I can easily see that, by the end of this year, the number of contributors will have greatly increased. For now, I wanted to make it easy on myself and keep the number small.
That said, The Sew Weekly (or rather, the readers of The Sew Weekly) will be choosing a fifth contributor. I'll be providing more information about that soon.
Because there were so many amazing women who wanted to participate, I decided to add another community component to the site. You may have noticed on the homepage that there is now a small section for The Sew Weekly Community. This will be growing in scope, but for now, we're keeping it basic. Each week there will be a call to action based on the week's theme. You can either submit photos to The Sew Weekly Flickr group or post a link on Twitter with the hashtag #sewweekly (or you can send me an email). Once there are enough submissions, we'll start highlighting some of our favorites.
Additionally, each week we'll ask a question of the The Sew Weekly's readers. Hopefully this will help answer questions that folks may have as well as provide another place for community participation.
As the new design settles, I'll be improving the archives of 2010 and fixing all the little things I broke during the move. So, please be patient with me.
I'm incredibly excited about what 2011 brings to us all! As the new tagline states "Take each week one garment at a time." And so we begin 2011!