I prefer to call it a “New Year’s Challenge”

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 in 52 Weeks of Sewing, Projects | 0 comments

I’ve never really jumped on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon – but this year I thought I’d try and take on a challenge. The challenge? Sew 52 different items this year, with the ultimate goal of learning basic construction techniques:

Now a lot of these I have sewn before, but I’ve always worked very specifically from patterns. But in my ideal world, I’d like to be able to pattern my own clothing so I can have what I want to wear on a whim. And the first step to doing that is to learn the constructions of all the basic garments.

I had been thinking about this already, but I was put thoroughly over the edge when I visited my parents and my mother produced this little guy, who traveled all the way to New Zealand when my parents moved there. He was my 6th grade home economics project. When I selected this project, my teacher actually called my mother to make sure I could sew and to see if she could convince me to sew a pillow instead. I sewed the dog. He even used to bark (battery seems to be dead now).

So my mother is giving me a dress form for Christmas and I’m going to embark on a year-long sewing adventure.

In general what I’d like to achieve:

  • Learning basic constructions that I can reproduce on my own
  • Getting faster so that each garment becomes less time intensive
  • Having a repertoire of base patterns that I can work with and modify to custom make clothing on a whim
  • A custom, high quality wardrobe that actually fits me properly


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