Best of 2011 Dress
How long have you been sewing: My mom tried to teach me when I was growing up but I really started 4 years ago when my daughter was a baby and I wanted to make her fancy dresses. I started by taking a hand smocking class and its all spiraled from there.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I really just thought it would be a neat experience. I filled out the form right away so I didn’t loose my nerve and figured that if selected I would figure it out each week. This past year I’ve done some challenges but thought of ideas for all of them. I thought signing me up would push me to follow through on each idea.
What do you love most about sewing garments: For me its a tie. I love dreaming up new projects and I find the act of sewing incredibly relaxing. Sometimes if I’m really tired and snappish my husband will send me upstairs to sew and I can just feel the tension leaving my body as I listen to the sound of my machine and sew.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Tracing Patterns makes me want to cry.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: My big sewing goal for the year is to go a full year without buying a single new pattern. In regards the the challenges this will require me to be creative with the patterns that I have.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I’m actually not big on making resolutions so I haven’t given it much though. Living a healthy lifestyle is an ongoing goal though. I also plan to run at least one 1/2 marathon this year. Who knows maybe I won’t even have to alter my race shirt this time but if I do I have the skills to make it fit.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Currently, I’m super excited about the next cycle of Project Run and Play and am looking forward to participating in the sew along challenges.