Monday, 31 December 2012

Not Backwards about being Forward - Welcome 2013.

I have enjoyed reading everyone`s sewing reflections and their sewing hopes for 2013.
It seems that although we greatly differ in styles and productivity everyone seemed to enjoy their own sewing challenges and grew in the process. I do think the internet contributes to this a lot-we learn and are inspired by others .


New sewing project.

My sewing statistics were less in previous years because my sewing challenge was to slow down, enjoy the process more , do my personal best  and try new techniques . Therefore although I only sewed 13 items for myself in 2012 I am more than happy with this. I  do not need more clothes but I still want to sew.

Overall I sewed  27 items for the year - 14 for others - mostly my daughters but also my husband and mother-in-law. I sewed 11 new patterns a couple of which I then repeated later on. For my family the fabrics were purchased specifically for their projects   but for myself  I used all stash fabric so my stash is just a tad   smaller than last year - not that my sewing room looks any less cluttered  :)  .

My new challenges and techniques I accomplished this year were learning to confidently deal with chiffon ( If only this could extend to dogs and family and significant others !) , using flat fell seaming including on long sleeves, using french seams in armholes  and making changes to patterns to improve them or suit our needs more. I also finally got around to sewing that handbag pattern that had been glaring at me for probably 8 years. I did not blog about a few projects including a secret Xmas shirt for my husband - he initially thought it was a RTW one and  was very touched by his homemade present  ( which warmed the cockles of my heart ).

So now it is a new year and a new sewing challenge  -

yes that is my cutting table .

I have finally cut out my knipmode skirt - I bought three  magazines back in July 2012 and have been looking forward to attempting this pattern which is from the skirt supplement of the May edition . It is a Michael Kors design knockoff and I have taken a picture to show the  unusual shaped pieces. The above picture shows the skirt front at the  top and the skirt back pieces below. There are also the waist facing pieces and a long narrow rectangle ( which I have not cut out yet ) .
This project will be a challenge for me in several ways and so what better way to start a new year .
It will be a totally different fashion style to what I am used to , the magazine is written in dutch ( and now I know where  the term  It is all Double Dutch comes from ) and I am going to try bound buttonholes and possibly mitred corners. There now I have done it - it is written down in black and white and I can not back away. Wish me good luck.

I look forward to continuing to reading everyone`s sewing blogs in 2013 . I also look forward to hopefully a happy, healthy , safe , interesting and varied  year. Cheers Janine.

6 comments:

  1. Now that is a compliment - believing the shirt is RTW.

    I totally agree with the use of the internet. I am learning from others all the time.

    Good luck with your projects for 2013.

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  2. Wow, believing the shirt is RTW,that is a compliment!! Can't wait to see your Michael Kors knockoff. The pattern pieces look very interesting.

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  3. Nothing better than a happy recipient of something sewn with love and sewing expertise! Happy 2013!

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  4. Ooh I look forward to seeing that skirt come to life! Bound buttonholes... I haven't attempted yet either but I'm sure will be a lovely touch and a satisfying skill to learn.
    And maybe you can show some pics of the "RTW" shirt :)

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  5. Your husband is lucky receiving a handmade shirt for Christmas, and believing it is ready to wear? that is a compliment!
    Wishing you a very happy and productive year ahead in sewing Janine!

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  6. Hi Janine, thank you for your comments about my latest sewing projects. As it's school holidays I try to get as much sewing done as I can. I hope to complete have a few more garments before the school year begins. Anna

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