Wednesday, December 27, 2017

RTW Fast in 2018

I'm hereby committing to do a RTW Fast for 2018.

 RTW Fast 2018

This RTW Fast for 2018 is run by Sarah Gunn of GoodBye Valentino! I love the fact that Sarah does RTW fasts and so does Carolyn from Handmade by Carolyn! Both sew really beautiful and stylish clothes and they have been doing this for years now. I'm very inspired by both of them.

Details about the RTW Fast - borrowed from Sarah's blog:

Discover your style, improve your sewing skills and bond with your online sewing friends!

What exactly is the Ready To Wear Fast?

The Ready to Wear Fast is a vow to abstain from buying clothes for one year. You will give up buying clothes from January 1 – December 31, 2018. You may sew anything, and you may fabric shop as much as you would like! The purpose is to Save Money and Improve Your Sewing Skills, but believe me, the rewards of the commitment will exceed your expectations.

As for me, I'm going to predominantly work with what I have (which is way too much!)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I’m back ...

Lots have happened since my last post and hardly any sewing. Maslow's hierarchy of needs and all that...

The good news is that I got a dedicated sewing corner set up in my bedroom and ready to start sewing. The sewing space that was supposed-to-be-mine got moved thrice before I arrived at the bedroom. I have a cutting table and my machines setup and the fabric stash moved. The rest of the ‘stuff’ will need to find a place but it’s all coming together well. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sewing Goals for 2017

It's been a long 3 year break from this blog and I've missed sewing very much. Life has a way of taking over and we have a 2.5 year old bundle of joy that has kept us on our toes all this while. I kept reading really interesting sewing blogs written by enthusiastic bloggers and that kept me going that someday i'll be able to get back to sewing instead of just reading about it. That someday is finally here. Yayyy! 

I've identified 3 major issues that kept me from sewing the last 3 years. 
  • Not having an organized sewing area - especially a cutting table. My sewing area is upstairs in the home office/guest room/. Since there is no place to put a cutting table there, cutting or tracing a pattern was a pain and I'd just not end up doing it. To address this, I've now come up with an idea to set up a large table in the basement. I found a table that will work and will have to add risers to raise it a bit. 
  • Not having time or energy - Last pregnancy and life with new baby while working full time dealing with some health issues, kept me busy and tired enough to leave any time to think about sewing. Whatever time I got, I just wanted to veg out on the couch and browse sewing blogs. The baby is now 2.5 yrs and while I still have a long way to go with my health, it has so much improved from what it was. All this means that I now have some time and energy to work on my sewing. After reading the book '168 hours' by Laura Vanderkam, I see that I can earmark and use certain pockets of time on certain days of the week. 
  • Fear - There was some intimidation factor at play - all self imposed, which I've decided to face. I now realize that all great sewists started somewhere as a beginner. No one was this talented when they started. What they did was put in the time to sew, learn, push themselves and grow. I want that for me as well and have decided to just go for it. 
Here are the goals I've made for this year.
  • Sew 1 item every week - This will be a challenge, but doable. And I'm ready for it. 
  • Burda a month challenge to use my old burda magazines
  • Reduce my stash to a 4 drawer dresser. Right now I have about 7 boxes. If I sew every week, then yes, this is definitely possible. 
  • Learn to use my machines better- E.g. flat locking in serger, solve bunching problem in cover stitch machine, etc 
  • Reduce mend pile
  • Organize my sewing area better and keep it ready for action. 
  • Learn new skills
At the end of every month, I'll do a recap on how I fared that month towards each of these goals. 

I hope you all have a wonderful new year.  I can't wait to start sewing!!!