The “2011 Favorite” Dress
Name & Location: Mena Trott, San Francisco
Blog: The Sew Weekly
How long have you been sewing: 2 years, religiously.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Oh, at this point I can’t help but commit to The Sew Weekly. It’s sort of become my life. And because there are so many people in the community that has made this community so special, I’m doing this for another year. Whether or not I make something each week, I don’t know yet. There’s just so many outfits you can have.
What do you love most about sewing garments: The ability to create something that I wouldn’t have even imagined only a couple hours earlier. I usually don’t know what I’m going to make until I start looking at my fabrics and pattern. And when I’m done, I’ve created something that doesn’t exist anywhere else! My favorite part of sewing itself — something I’ve documented at The Sew Weekly quite a bit — is the “Mena Test.” That’s the test I do when I check to see if I can get a dress to fit over my head without having to insert a zipper.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: See above. Zippers.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Well, I’ve done it for two years in a row so I know I can do all 52 weeks if I want to. I think that this year I’m determined to only make garments that I know will get a lot of wear. Last year I’ve made things I’ve liked, but just haven’t had the occasion to wear again. I want to make clothes I can wear daily and that will mean more separates. Yes, more boring separates.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: It’s kind of a sewing goal, but now. I want to build The Sew Weekly into a true business.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: There are way too many to list. I hope that the new Sew Weekly will become my best source for new discoveries.