Monday, July 3, 2017

Mid-Year Update on 2017 Sewing Goals

At the end of 2016, I set a few 2017 sewing goals for myself as part of Gillian's Top 5 sewing round-up.

Halfway through the year, here's an update on my progress! I've made a dent in some of my goals, but others I haven't even touched yet. At the same time, some of my plans have changed due to my move. The swimsuit, for instance, is less of a priority since I've just moved away from S.E. Asia, whereas the coat project seems more dire! Sewing sweaters and flannel things has also become a priority. Returning to knitting and crochet should be on the list, too.

1. Bras and undies!

Negligible progress on this goal. I made a couple of pairs of cotton/spandex undies from scraps of other project, but really haven't really settled on a favorite pattern yet. And I haven't tried bras yet, either. I pulled out the Watson bra kit I have and almost cut into but panicked and put it away again. For some reason I find the bra-making materials intimidating. No idea why.



2. Sophie Swimsuit!


Nope, not yet.

3. More pants and jeans! 

This one is going well... Curvy Pants Month at the Curvy Sewing Collective really pushed me on this one. I've made a whole bunch of pants, including the Style Arc Margaret, Named Alexandria Peg Trousers, Style Arc Georgie Jeans, Style Arc Lazo Trousers, Named Ninni Culottes and a couple pairs of not-yet-blogged jeans.





4. Sew a coat!

I made an unlined wool coat, the Style Arc Riley, which I love and think will be perfect for fall. I've also made a Hampton Jean Jacket, which will be great for layering, but I think I'd still like to make a legitimate winter coat, lining and all.



5. Try new-to-me pattern companies!

I've tried several new-to-me pattern companies, including The Sewing Workshop, Kommatia Patterns, Chalk and Notch Patterns...



6. Make a vintage pattern!

I've got a dress pattern in mind, but haven't delved in yet. I imagine I may stumble upon more vintage patterns now that I'm back in the U.S. and have access to more thrift stores, yard sales and the like.


So, there's my update, a mixed bag of meeting and not meeting goals, a bit of goal post moving and circumstantial changes! I'm unlikely to make substantial progress over the next few months, as my sewing equipment is on the slow boat from Asia until early September. I did borrow a machine from my mom, as well as some tools, and I brought a few things to work on, but I don't have a serger or anything, so I won't do too many complicated projects.

Did you make any sewing goals this year? How are you progressing on them?

16 comments:

  1. I can highly recommend the Cascade duffle coat by Grainline. I had never made a winter coat before, and had no problems due to the excellent sew along. Only thing I would change is using a different fabric, but I'll fix that this year. And by the way, I live in Central New York where we get over 100" of snow a year and need winter coats f I'm November through March. ❄️❄️❄️

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    1. Good to know the Cascade has passed the true winter test with flying colors!! :-)

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  2. Such a good idea to do a mid-year check-in on your goals! I have NO IDEA what goals I set myself... time to check back, I guess! :) Glad you've got a mini sewing set-up here now!

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    1. Ha ha, I could barely remember mine, too!

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  3. In the trouser section, it looks like you are wearing several versions of the same blouse pattern. They are really nice! What patterns is that?

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    1. Thanks! Hmm- two of the tops (green and the second red one) are the Marilla Walker Maya top, the first red one is the Seamwork Akita, the black is the Liesl + Co Bento tee and white stripes is Hey June Union St. Tee.

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  4. I'm amazed that you've been able to sew so much amid such a big move! Bra sewing is a doozy. The sewing isn't bad, but it's the fitting that's tricky. I still haven't gotten to my Watson yet either, though I'm closing in on my makenine pledge with just two left plus the Watson. I'll get one of them (DS Charlie Dress) this week, and I have fabric for the jeans on my list.

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    1. I think sewing was my stress relief- I kept sewing right up to the day the movers came!

      SOunds like you're making excellent progress on your goals!

      I am a bit intimidated by the bra fitting. Also the materials- I don't feel like I have a thorough understanding of the different options and how they affect fit and support...

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  5. You seem to be making progress with most of your goals, so that is wonderful!

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  6. You are so prolific! I hope to see lots of New Englandy makes in the near future. You know, you don't need a serger to make a lined coat ... or lots of dolman sleeve blouses, for that matter, either!

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    1. Good call on the lined coat! Now to figure out where to buy wool, etc.!

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  7. That's fair progress for a July update! Undie making isn't really worth it IMO until you've found the perfect pattern - my go-tos are the Make Bra hipster and Jalie patterns.

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    1. I'll have to check those patterns out. I've got a few more in my stash to try out. So far I'm having trouble finding the perfect pattern, but also the perfect fabric to use... I keep ending up with too saggy or too tight, depending on fabric choice.

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  8. You have achieved so much in six months! I enjoy all of your projects. Bra-making is not hard at all. I took the Beverly Johnson class on Craftsy and she does an excellent job of describing what fabrics you need and each step in the process including what stitch length and what setting to use on your sewing machine. Right now there is a sale at Craftsy - classes are $20 or under so I would recommend looking into that. My bra looks amazing .... but doesn't fit exactly right so it is back to the drawing board. It is so hard for me to find a ready to wear bra that I like so this is nothing new. I just need to take the time to work with it to fine-tune the fit. Wait.... I have a holiday today so maybe sewing is in order??!! Happy 4th of July!

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  9. Meg your amazing! You have sewn a lot of garments in only six months! I am still taking Craftsy sewing classes; before cutting up fabric. I am making a fitted blouse in class. I love it! Reading all of your posts and my other favorite gals posts has really helped me a lot. I don't think I would tackle a bra. Being curvy a good bra is a must. I buy all my bras from Lane Bryant on line. They have a buy two get two sale at least twice a year. I buy the cacique balconette brand/style and swear by it. I have tried them all, this is the best bra on the planet. Maybe, when I become a good seamstress, I'll try to copy the pattern....hmm...No. As far as goals... I would like to do a robe, long for winter, all cotton but soft with a little stretch. Not sure what fabric that would be? Also 2 summer dress, I bought Liberty London tana lawn for my birthday. Their online sight has clearance fabric for 11.00 a yard. Gorgeous! Springfield tank top for my first do it myself pattern. If I got those 4 things done I would be delirious! Have you looked at Mood for wool fabric? Or Emma One Sock? They both have great fabric and good sales. Meg, I think you need a new robe for cold weather?? Review? :)

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