2013 sewing plans
6 years agojuliamom2009 @juliamom2009
I’ve already got two dresses cut out – a long sleeved jump rope and a family reunion. My kid actually needs two things – a coat, and a backpack. I have the fabric and patterns for both, but not the motivation yet…
My very hopeful plan for this year is to make a quilt – something I’ve never done before. Anyone with any suggestions for an easy one to start with?
I also want to make a LTTS Messenger Bag – for me!
I have several of the newer patterns that I love but that I haven’t even traced yet….so, those will be summer sewing….which, I really should start here pretty quick because our “winter” in Southern California isn’t really winter at all and she’ll be into spring dresses soon….
I eagerly await all of your contributions to the Flickr group – you all give me SO much inspiration!! Here’s to sewing in 2013!!!!6 years ago
Juliamom2009, a logcabin design is a good place to start – my first quilt (and the only one finished) was a logcabin. You can use jelly rolls and pre cuts to make some really lovely and simply quilts. But something very simple to cut your quilting teeth on would be the logcabin because there are no seams to match or triangles to cut and a jelly roll would be great to use for this because it allows you to make the strips as thick or as thin as you want them.6 years ago
I agree with justsewit, logcabin in a great place to start, and if you have a rotary cutter and mat it’s really easy to make your own strips, I pieces 4 quilt tops in a month with log cabin (2.5 of them are stil sitting in my cupboard waiting to be quilted!, oops maybe I need to add them to my 2013 list 🙁 ).
This year I’d like to sew out of my stash, especially using up lots of the smaller pieces of fabric that take up room but seem to small when you get to them. I have written myself a list of patterns that use small pieces of fabric and have even started!
Mainly add to the stash specific fabric (ie more no fray fabric for pettiskirt ruffles).
Have all the Christmas sewing done by the end of November!
Sew as inspiration strikes. As much as I love planning a piece, I really love just waking up and going ‘what am I going to sew today’
Happy New Year (it’s new years eve here!)6 years agoDianaH158 @DianaH158
I would really like to sew for myself this year. For Christmas I asked for the Fit For Real People book Lisel recommended and am hoping that will help take some of the mystery out of it all (thanks Lisel!).
I would like to do better at analyzing what my kids need before jumping in a sewing for them – but I can’t resist a cute dress so we’ll see!
I too would like to get through some of the patterns I have but haven’t used. That is a must this year – especially before Mr. H grows out of the smaller sizes!6 years ago
Time wise, I would like to spend three days minimum sewing for a minimum each day of 3 -4 hours, depending of course on the season and farm/ school activities. I want to try and make weekends off limits to the machine unless the kids are sewing. Weekends equals more family time and possibly limited to hand sewing only.
I’m starting to do up a list as to what is required and it is quite extensive – by the looks of what is/ isn’t filling the new wardrobes in the children’s bedrooms.
I would like to play with more solid colours this year – they seem to be lacking from the stash – and that means building the stash. But the colours I choose will have to coordinate with the patterns in my stash because I want to bust the overflow. So many pretty prints out there!
PDF patterns seem to have joined my pattern collection so I would like to use some if not all of them this year, even if it is to just try them out.
Heidi, I have a piece of fabric from the new Mystique range that I am literally dreaming about! This is how I work but planning is part of the dreaming.
I have a box full of already cut out things and this, along with my quilts will be the first things to get through.
I aim to finish one to two garments a week if I keep to the 9 – 12 hour sewing per week limit. Of course January and February will have weather obstacles that may prevent all this from happening, not to mention school holidays at the moment.
Happy planning and Happy New Year to you all!6 years agomeleliza @meleliza
I have way too many projects planned already! None so far for baby girl, except some dolly things. maybe cozy flannel winter things. I’m also working on baby weight and trying to build a wardrobe for a life post babies. I just planned three winter tops for myself, but I want to start early on Spring things so I have plenty of time. I will probably make the baby a spring jacket, maybe another playground since she liked it so much. I’m looking at the new Colette Anise, but I’m not sure that shape will suit my figure. I also have Liberty I’m planning for a really pretty spring dress and some Nani Iro I’m saving for the first sundress – but that is a long ways off and I hope I have time.
In less selfish sewing, I’m hoping to be making a communion dress for someone I know. I picture a Fairy Tale dress in handkerchief linen with sleeves and collar, lace insertion and tucks in the skirt.
I also bought the Kenneth King Craftsy course Jeanius when they were on sale. I’m having a hard time finding pants in rtw and am thinking of biting the bullet to make my own. In general, I’m trying to push myself a little out of my comfort zone to try new techniques and fabrics and develop my skills. Wow, I have a LOT of plans! I hope its not too much. But I have already started my first 2013 project. I made a careful muslin of a blouse Im copying from Jcrew using the Lisette Traveller pattern and am ready to start cutting as soon as I finish my coffee. I may sew myself into the new year tonight.
Here’s wishing all of us a good sewing year!6 years agobeachmom @beachmom
No real formal plans but I hope to continue working on that Oliver + S pattern stash busting!6 years ago
Meleliza, I think that Collette has a really good post on fixing common problems in fitting pants/trousers. i haven’t used it yet, but I would like to make the souvenir shorts and hope to use it then.
Our house has been messy as we rearrange for the first of our guests who are coming today! In the last few days I have only made a mermaid tail (based on the nature walk pants) and have had to put the machine away. Maybe I need to add finishing off the WIP pile (about 6 vintage A-line dresses that need zips and hems) that has been there for about 2 1/2 years, then I can use the storage space and maybe get a little table for my machine (as I think it will no longer be able to live on the kitchen table 🙁 )6 years ago
Good lord, ladies, I do so admire your enthusiasm and optimism but I think you’re already doing amazingly already. Heidi, I can’t even begin to imagine how you make a mermaid tail using a trouser pattern, and justswit, there are too many days that I don’t manage any real sewing time, let alone 3 hours per day, nearly every day, and I don’t have kids, or a farm!! My point is, don’t forget to congratulate yourselves on what you already achieve. I suffer from too many hopes for what I would like to accomplish, and what actually gets done – it can be so disappointing, and I have to work hard not to beat myself up.
Meleliza, I love your imagining for the communion frock; it sounds enchanting. If made of hanky linen, I think the FT’s skirt would benefit from tucks to give it some body at the hem. I really hope you can do this one; it would thrill the parents, and be a wonderful memory for the communicant. I still remember my first communion frock; the dressmaker made a little jacket that buttoned at the back as well as the frock because we were required to have long sleeves, and my mother wasn’t going to tolerate anything than a sleeveless white dress in an Aussie climate. It had those little pre-made daisies scattered all over it.
Sorry rather off the topic with all that: my plans/hopes are to continue with my exploration of O+S patterns, to source some fabric other than quilting cotton, much as I love using it, and to return to my patchwork and work on some quilts long ago offered to patient recipients. I love to cross-stitch, and have so many adorable graphs, so I think I may have to commit to at least an hour a day. It’s so easy to put it aside when clothes making/quilting is happening.
Which reminds me, at the risk of being provocative, I wouldn’t recommend a log cabin for a first time patchworker, JuliaM. The pre-cuts idea that others have suggested is a great one, and I would refine it by suggesting that you purchase a layer cake (10″ squares), and either some coordinating fabric, and/or some charm square packs (5″ square), and research patterns using these. They are very versatile, and much easier to work with (for beginners) than just strips of fabric, and trying to keep the seams consistent. You can do a lot with rectangles, squares, and strips cut from the above that is attractive and quick.6 years agomeleliza @meleliza
Thanks for the Communion ideas needlewoman! I will have to look at some heirloom sewing tips. I’ve been trying to remember what I wore, but for some reason I can’t.
Melanie6 years ago
Needlewoman, making the mermaid skirt was really easy! I’ll see if I can post the pic’s today and the mods I made to the pattern.6 years ago
I’ll take your word for it, Heidi, and really look fwd to pics. You never know when might get asked for something like it given all the little girls I know I was just blown away by somebody’s (Nicole?) shark costume! And I would seriously draw the line at that. I have made a Robin Hood costume for my godson many years ago; his little face when he opened it for Xmas was to die for! Is the mermaid stuff for a Xmas gift, or just for the hell of it?
Melanie, don’t let me interfere, old thing. I thought your ideas for the communion frock just perfect! However, I think checking out an heirloom sewing book/site would be an ex. idea. Martha Pullen (Sew Beautiful) and her cohorts have more info abt heirloom sewing/books/videos and great pictures of finished items than you can poke a stick at. I think your real challenge will be knowing when to stop with all the inserts, pintucks etc etc. When is the occasion?6 years agocybele727 @cybele727
I haven’t sewn since 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. I got moved to the basement from the dining room which will make sewing much more difficult. I will only be able to sew at night. Our basement is not a place for a 3 year old! Plus the holidays really were a whirlwind. I have still to set it up just right! Although is there ever a just right?
I am watching all my daughter’s dresses become tunics. It is a good thing I bought tons of leggings. So as they become tunics, she can still wear them. I suppose I should be grateful for the spurt, as peanut is only at 35% on the growth chart, and this after a major growth spurt. She’ll be wee all her life.
I dread the “should we do growth hormones?” conversation. Not for her. Maybe for son, but even then, not keen on it. Although being a short male in America isn’t awesome.
So, for 2013, I have a whole mess of Oliver and S I need to work on. I have a lovely baby wale dark grey cord for field trip pants. Son just went through a spurt too. I hope that my machine can go through the layers of cord on the pockets.
So January: Organization and set up. February…sew! 🙂6 years ago
Good luck, cybele with your plans; no there is never a just right but usually a good enough provided you don’t have to worry abt a three yr old impaling themself on stored things. For now, sounds like good lighting might be the best thing to invest in – guessing there’s not much natural light in a basement. As the resident of a south facing unit (this is in oz, of course) the gloom in the winter time here can be inhibiting. The grey wale sounds gorgeous. What about using another fabric both for contrast, and ease of sewing for the pockets?
PS: A couple of my friends’ “children” (who now young parents themselves) were well below the average in height, and remained so until mid teen years, and then hey presto, their eventual height was fine. And boys keep growing until they are 25 🙂 (scary thought, I know) but I have two tall brothers, and a few young men of my acquaintance whose parents seriously considered a variety of options when their kids were little, to justify my assertions.
Take care, and use up those leggings.6 years ago
Melanie, if you can pick up a copy of A-Z of heirloom sewing, that will give you step by step photos to show you how to do certain thins with lace. Wooly thread would have them online. There are various heirloom sewing books listed on Amazon but I specifically recommend this one because it has photos that are just so clear you can’t go wrong. Sew beautiful mag website has various tutorials on how to apply lace, YouTube video tutorials but they are in several parts. They are great if you want confirmation of what you are doing.
I love the idea do lace on a Communion dress. It would be my pick when I get to this point.
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