Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sew Weekly 2014

Ok, the New Year is upon us.  Time to take a breath.  Time to take stock: where have I been and where am I going next? 

I am committed to using up some of my stash in 2014.  This means sewing garments, in addition to quilty things (not gonna use up that jersey knit or faux-suede on churn dash blocks, after all).  So I am looking for some inspiration to get me started and keep me going with sewing garments.  I loved The Sew Weekly, but it seems to have become completely defunct as of December 2012.

However, from the Sew Weekly discussion circle, a re-posting of 2012 challenges.  I am thinking of putting some of these into action in 2014.

January 2: Favorite outfit sewn in 2011 TAG: YouCanDoIt
January 9: Outfit based on an accessory TAG: Accessories
January 16: Use buttons TAG: Buttons
January 23: Recreate a Make This Look TAG: MadeThisLook
January 30: Opposite season to you TAG: DownUnder
February 6: UFO Challenge TAG: UFO
February 13: Red (for Valentine's) TAG: Red
February 20: Academy Awards Inspiration TAG: Oscars
February 27: Make Do, Make Anew TAG: Refashion
March 5: Pretty as a Picture - Creation inspired by art. TAG: Art
March 12: St. patrick's Day TAG: Green
March 19: Mad Men inspired TAG: MadMen
March 26: Pantone Spring Color Palette TAG: Pantone
April 2: Stash Busting (VIP Fabric). TAG: VIP
April 9: City Inspiration TAG: City
April 16: Childhood (inspired by a photo of yourself as a kid) TAG: Childhood
April 23: Circle Skirts Tag: Circle
April 30: Color Challenge; Pink TAG: Pink
May 7: Mother’s Day; Inspired by an old family photo. TAG: Family
May 14: Mix It Up: Using at least two different prints in an outfit TAG: mixitup
May 21: Out of Time: Sewing something from the 1940s TAG: 1940s
May 28: Viva Las Vegas TAG: Vegas
June 4: Diamond Jubilee: Inspired by the Royal Family. TAG: DiamondJubilee
June 11: TV Inspired: Based on a character from tv, past or present TAG: TV
June 18: On Holiday: Vacation wear TAG: Vacation
June 25: On Trend: Summer 2012 Fashion Trends TAG: OnTrend
July 2: Color Challenge Red White And/Or Blue: Use them all or just one TAG: RedWhiteBlue
July 9: Embellishments: Embroidery, beading, etc… TAG: Embellish
July 16: The Great Outdoors. Something inspired by nature Tag:Outdoors
July 23: Reality Check: Something missing from your wardrobe. Tag: Reality
July 30: The Olympics. Something athletic, sport related or Olympic related. TAG: Olympics
August 6: Color Challenge: Yellow. TAG: Yellow
August 13: Music Inspired: Inspired by an album cover or performer. TAG: Music
August 20: Collared. Making something with a collar. Tag: Collared
August 27: Book inspired. Children’s book, novel, text, etc… Tag: BOOK
September 3: Back to school with Plaid. Tag: Plaid
September 10: Gatsby (1920s, 1930s inspired). TAG: Gatsby
September 17: Polka Dots
September 24: Color Challenge: Blue
October 1: Refashion Challenge
October 8: Western Inspired
October 15: UFO Challenge
October 22: Fall Palette
October 29: Halloween
November 5: Aprons
November 12:  Wardrobe staple: Shirt
November 19: Color challenge: Black & White
November 27: 1960s (early, mid or late)
December 3:  Winter Challenge
December 10: Theme Re-Do (you either missed or want to try again)
December 17: Favorite (remake pattern that was fav of the year)
December 24 & 31: Happy Holidays

The question becomes, if I am not trying for one item per week, how do I implement this list?

Also, since it is already January 5th, I am starting to feel "behind" on starting a garment.  I know I'm not sewing something new each week, but I'd like to make a garment a month.  Doesn't that seem reasonable?

I am keeping in mind some advice from Tempest (who was writing for those trying to complete a weekly challenge, but I feel like my ADD and perfectionist tendencies can benefit from taking in this wisdom nevertheless)
Decide what you're making on the 1st day of each week and stick to it no matter what; if you chop and change ideas throughout the week you'll run out of time and stress yourself out.
 So... what will my January decision be?  Is there a garment on my recent UFO list that I am willing to tackle?

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