Hot! Ask: 12/26/11

What has been your biggest sewing accomplishment of 2011?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Starting Sewing again after nearly 20 years.

  2. Learning how to properly follow a pattern (instead of the “Eh, whatever” way I used to do) – LOL!

  3. Buying and reading _Fit For Real People_. My biggest accomplishment for 2012 is going to be learning how to use it.

  4. I’ve had fabric pilling up and decided to take action. Started taking a few sewing classes to build up confidence and now almost all my projects are completed. It’s only been a month!

  5. Making myself jeans. There will be more in 2012 but the first two pairs felt huge. Thankfully the revisiting challenge hit at just the right time so I went ahead and made the modifications and second pair while the first was still fresh in my mind.

  6. A wedding dress, and it wasn’t even my own!

  7. Getting my machine sewing skills (almost 2 years experience) nearly on par with my hand sewing skills (20+ years experience) and realizing that it really will be worth the effort!

  8. I feel most proud of the doll clothes I sewed. That’s a new thing for me to sew — and they’re tiny!

  9. Steadily increasing the complexity of the garments I’m sewing. I’ve been sewing since 2009. 2011 began with Gertie’s bombshell dress and ended with a wool cape with charmeuse hong kong bound seams and flannel interlining. 2012 began with a 40s pattern reprint 3 piece wool suit. What can I say? I’m ambitious. My goal for 2012 is to maintain this level of enthusiam without getting overwhelmed.