I’m using this photo of my Venda skirt because it is the garment that consistently gets the most comments, both online and IRL. Now that I have 8 more months of sewing experience under my belt, I really should go back and improve the closure. Snaps? What was I thinking? I know orange zippers are hard to find, but COME ON!
How long have you been sewing: 1.5 years
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Having a theme around which to work actually encourages my creativity. Looking at a big pile of fabric and patterns often doesn’t. Having an online circle of like-minded sewing friends is a wonderful resource; there are few people in my day-to-day life who would squeal with joy at finding 4 metres of vintage silk at an estate sale, or advise me on serging vs. french seam finishing!
What do you love most about sewing garments: Planning the project, layout and cutting (believe it or not), and that moment when the garment first starts to look wearable.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Getting the fit right for a small busted / long waisted / broad backed / pear shaped body with a forward tilted waistline. It almost never works straight from the pattern. Transferring markings from pattern pieces to fabric. Oh, and Burdastyle instructions must be translated on babelfish or something. What is up with them?!?!
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Ramp up my skills such that my fit is better, my finishing is of a higher quality, and I feel confident enough to start drafting and draping on my own.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Purge my unwanted belongings! There’s nothing worse than a house full of things that aren’t being used, when there are so many other people in need and only a finite amount of space in my home. My kids play with about 15% of their toys, I regularly wear about 20% of my clothes, I keep books I know I won’t read again, I still have all my old cassettes and VHS tapes….it’s taking up too much space in my life, literally and figuratively. Out they go!
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs:
Sewweekly, of course, plus Debi, Veronica, Adey, Sarah and Oona’s individual blogs. verypurpleperson. Malepatternboldness. The Slapdash Sewist. The Selfish Seamstress (I was just about to drop her from my blog roll when she decided to grace us with her selfish presence again, after many moons). Burdastyle, because when I first decided to start sewing again, I did a quick google search for “free online sewing patterns”, and up it popped. I was astounded. I had absolutely no idea that there was such a thriving online sewing community, sharing patterns, tutorials, advice and praise. I think I currently have about 75 blogs on my blogroll. Please take a look – maybe you’ll discover a new favourite! I don’t read any fashion blogs. I guess I’ve reached an age where I’m no longer concerned about fashion. I only care about style.