The “My Fave of 2011” Dress
Name & Location: Amanda D, New York City (as of mid-January!!)
Blog: Sewin’ in the Rain
How long have you been sewing: Just over 2 years.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I love the Sew Weekly community. We’re all working on a common theme, everyone is incredibly supportive, and Mena keeps things exciting with her creativity and energy. When Mena announced the new format for this year I was excited to join in (I love a challenge, but I’m so not worthy of 52 weeks of sewing)! I hope the motivation to create more consistently, while still focusing on quality of construction, will make me a better sewer.
What do you love most about sewing garments: Knowing that there’s always something new to learn or improve upon is great because I’m at my happiest when learning new things I enjoy! I also love that sewing is an art form that is both practical and creative. It’s such a thrill to be able to sew up an idea and (hopefully) have something to wear at the end of it that really feels like you.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Probably sewing buttonholes. My machine has an automatic buttonhole function that hasn’t failed me yet, but I mostly dread it because it comes toward the end of the project and I worry I’ll mess it up!
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I want to try to complete as many challenges as I can. I like that the challenge format keeps me focused on a particular project before moving on to the next – finish stitching that hem, or else! I’d also like to use as much of my existing pattern and fabric stash as I can.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Finally getting started on writing my family history based on research, photos and talks I’ve had with family members. It’s been fascinating so far!
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Simply too many to mention! Blogs that are continuous sources of inspiration for me include all the ladies of the 2011 Sew Weekly, Sewaholic, Coletterie, and A Fashionable Stitch.