It’s the time of year when a lot of us are thinking ahead, and planning what we’d like to accomplish in the coming months. I am fairly new to sewing, and the list of things I don’t know usually feels much much longer than what I do know, so the most difficult thing about making a to-do list such as this is being realistic about what I can learn and accomplish in a 12 month period.
For 2013 I would like to:
- Work through the Vogue fitting shell. I have several books on fit, but I lack the experience and knowledge to really get them to work for me. Fit for Real People, in particular, assumes knowledge of working with a shell, so I am hoping this exercise will help me better identify my fit issues and learn how to work with them for better fitting garments.
- Learn to use my serger. I found a great deal on a used Bernina 2000DE several months ago. I took it in for a tune up, but I have to admit I am a little bit apprehensive about putting it to work. I felt the same way about the sewing machine when I first started. I was just sure I would plow the needle through my fingers. The serger runs faster and stronger than my machine, plus it brings knives to the party! It’s new and different enough that I haven’t ventured into learning how to use it so I can get over my fear of it yet.
- Sew at least 3 garments for myself from something other than quilting cotton. I still love me some cotton, but I have a few other beautiful fabrics in my stash that I would like to put to work. I’d like to finish 2013 knowing I can confidently sew these fabrics going forward.
- Fabric Fast. In 2013, I will not stock up on any can’t miss out fabric deals for unplanned projects I hope to “someday” make. Exception: I can buy fabric for use within 7 days of purchase (muslin, linings, etc). Exception 2: The fast does not apply during sewing expo or if I somehow wind up visiting Philadelphia or NYC during the year.
- I would like to make a corset for myself in 2013. Not that I wear them with any regularity, but they sure are pretty and fun!