Thursday, November 5, 2015

Going With the Flow

I've enjoyed setting goals for myself each month this year, even when it seems like about half the time life intervenes and I have to extend my expectations into the next month. 

That's exactly what happened with my knit t-shirt goal from October. I didn't quite make it happen, but I can guarantee that November is going to be a victory. How can I say this with such certainty you ask? Well here's the funny and slightly ironic thing...I didn't finish my t-shirt in October, but I did finish it on November 1st! Sunday just happened to be the day that I had a block of time to sit down and get sewing. It happens, and that's why I've kept a flexible attitude towards these goals.

Knit Scout Tee

I'm going to be sharing this project on the Imagine Gnats blog, so for now I'll just leave you with this lovely shot of my first twin-needle stitched neckline. It feels like an accomplishment, even in its small way, to know how to do this properly without a serger and coverstitch machine. I can sew clothes! That's pretty cool.

I'm linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes:

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Final 2015 Goals

We've entered the last quarter of 2015. As a mentioned back at the beginning of the year, my goal in participating in the 2015 Finish Along and A Lovely Year of Finishes was to help me track my creative progress and set manageable goals to motivate myself.

2015 has been a busy year for me professionally, so I've had less creative time for myself at home, but I am happy to say that I've been consistently making progress on my projects and getting things finished, albeit at a slower pace.

For the last quarter of the year, I'd like to finish strong, so I'm making a big list. I know right now as I type this that I won't be finishing all of these things, but who knows, maybe I'll end up making a good dent. I also find that with a big list I don't feel as limited to only work on *this* one project. It's almost a psychological certainty for me that if I say "I can only work on this" I will get bored and feel like my creative time becomes chore time. I like having the freedom to just grab whatever I feel in the mood to work on. So here's the list that I plan to work from:

Quilt Finishes

Gnomas in the Windows
#1 Gnomas in the Windows

Sunglow Quilt Top in Loulouthi
#2 Sunglow Quilt

Alchemy Fusion Quilt Top
#3 Alchemy Fusion Quilt

Fall Stack
#4 Nine-Patch Curves Quilt (From "A Quilter's Mixology" by Angela Pingel)

Other Projects

#5 Satsuma Street Autumn Bird Cross Stitch
#6 Imagine Gnats contributor project - knit t-shirt
#7 Imagine Gnats contributor project - shot cottons
#8 Tote bag for work - either something simple or maybe if I'm feeling fancy, the Super Tote pattern by Noodlehead

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Selfish Sewing Week / Fall Wardrobe

I had the opportunity earlier this week to write a post for Selfish Sewing Week at Imagine Gnats. What did I write about? Fall fashion of course! 

While I've been a long-time admirer and even collector of indie fashion patterns, I'm just starting to dabble now in apparel sewing. With the amazing selection of patterns that are being released each season by independent designers and home sewists (just like us), I feel like it's easier than ever to get into garment sewing and pick up the skills needed to be successful at it. 

I really think the clarity and approachability of independent patterns makes it possible, not to mention that almost every pattern release comes with sew-alongs, detailed blog posts with tips, and even the opportunity to contact the designer directly with questions.

So what this all means for me is that I'm giving it a shot. I've cut out my first Scout Tee (by Grainline Studio) and I'm making a knit t-shirt. To be completely honest, I feel like I'm in totally uncharted waters here, but I want to learn how to make clothes - so this is where I start. Thankfully I have the support of several apparel-savvy friends and the greater sewing community to help me figure it all out.

If you're curious about some of the patterns that I have my eye on for my fall wardrobe and would like to see some different versions those, head on over to Imagine Gnats to read my post here. I'm also talking about the ways in which more summer-appropriate patterns can be modified to work for fall and even winter temps. Think different substrates and layering!

I'm also linking up my goal to finish my first knit t-shirt with the ladies at A Lovely Year of Finishes:
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, September 7, 2015

September Sewing

A month ago, I started with this pile of fabrics from "Hello Fall" by Sandy Gervais. My goal was to use the panel to create a fun, seasonal wall hanging to gift to my sister. Her tastes run a little more traditional than mine, so I took the opportunity to sew with a different style of fabric than I would usually gravitate to. 

Hello Fall Wall Hanging

Now that same pile of fabric looks a little more like this:

Hello Fall Wall Hanging

I finished the top, basted it, and have it ready to be quilted. I'm still pondering my quilting options, although I am leaning towards doing some FMQ in the center, perhaps something like a woodgrain pattern. My plan is to practice my quilting a little more on a practice sandwich, and then move on to the main act. Finishing this quilt is my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for September. I'm linking up with those ladies today.
A Lovely Year of Finishes
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