musing about advancing my sewing skill set…
this is a text heavy post, it’s mostly me thinking outloud, so read at your own peril.
i’ve been sewing seriously since january. i bought myself a “real” sewing machine, a janome 525s, and haven’t really looked back.
i starting sewing things i’d seen on other people’s blogs that i liked. for instance, the colette hawthorne dress; i look at that now and i hate it, it doesn’t fit me in the slightest haha. maybe i’ll remake it one day!
then i made the deer and doe sureau dress, which i love and still wear on occasion.
i think i was initially guilty of seeing things i like and try to make them, rather than trying to develop any new sort of skills that go along with making. i’m not saying that i think what i’ve been doing is wrong, because i knew so little about sewing and constructing garments before that everything i made was a learning curve.
another thing i’ve been consciously trying to do is make things that i will actually wear as wardrobe regulars. my coco’s have gone down a storm for work wear. they’re cute enough for me, as well as being sensible enough for the office (boo for sensible!). the plaid archer that i made is the same, but in a casual outfit – it’s a garment that i would buy from a shop, and have done before i started sewing. that RTW shirt has since ripped – long live the handmade shirt!
“does this post have any point?” i hear you say! well, today i bought an overlocker from lidl, and it’s got me thinking about things i would like to make and skills that i think i need.
i don’t know how to line anything. like nothing at all. i really want to make a pair of winter tania culottes, but they will need lining to stop them sticking to my tights.
i have never made a pair of trousers, and don’t know how to fit them (especially when it comes to my sizeable bum).
these are the kinds of things i need to teach myself and have a go at.
so without further ado, my sewing goals to achieve within the next 6 months are…
- learn how to line things
- make a pair of trousers
- make a pair of shorts
- learn how to sew a fly zipper
- sew a men’s shirt (james will gain a shirt from this list!)
- make a blouse for work
my final one is a big one…
- sew a pattern using one of the “big four” sewing patterns
i think it’s amazing that there are so many indie pattern companies i’ve managed to be sewing for 10 months without actually using any patterns from simplicity, new look etc…
this will change when i made three bridesmaid dresses for James’s aunty’s wedding next year, but more on that another time eh..!
i would also like to make it a goal to keep in touch and meet up regularly with people i met at sew brum. if you ever fancy a fabric shopping trip, hit me up! i am happy to get a train to wherever 🙂
has anyone else got any sewing goals or things you want to learn?