I finally completed my archiving project – you can now see (almost) all of my projects organized by year in the top nav tab “Sewing Projects”. I’ve already delved into how I started sewing and some of my pre-Crab&Bee projects, but the galleries by year helped me to see my evolution clearly. And my ombre hair.
When I look back at the 2010 and 2011 projects, I’m overtaken by memories – quirks of the fabric, specific techniques I struggled with, the fit of the finished garment. I’m struck by how much time I spent sewing but how much longer each piece took me to finish. I can see how much my style has changed. I’m impressed with my chutzpah, blundering through difficult patterns as well as beginner ones. Most pieces from those years have been sold, donated or raided for fabric, but some are still with me (like this blue Simplicity 2451 skirt).
Some, like this magenta tunic made out of a poly-cotton thrift-store sheet, are not.
Archiving my old projects also reminded me how I learned new skills – by first-hand (occasionally painful) experience. Trying and doing. I’ve attained a skill level that allows me to fulfill a good chunk of my daily wardrobe needs, and sewing up something useful but not unusually challenging often sounds best. I probably won’t make a ball gown anytime soon, as I get the highest satisfaction out of regularly wearing my creations, but there are some useful garments missing from my wardrobe that would also require me to elevate my sewing game.
…a winter coat! I’ve purchased two patterns from Etsy – both Simplicity patterns “inspired by Project Runway” – and plan on beginning the muslin process soon. I’m leaning towards the coat on the right for 1759 or Since I don’t do well with deadline sewing, I’m not giving myself one. A cold winter on the Seamless Pledge might motivate me to finish sooner, however. Fabric-wise, I’m hoping to use some leftover black velveteen and a quilted slippery lining.
If you have any suggestions or resources on sewing up coats, please share! And I’d love to hear if you’re setting your sights on any new challenging garments or techniques!