It's hard to believe that last year this time I had just received a new sewing machine and challenged myself to learn to use it with Project Sewing 101. I planned to work my way through the book 1-2-3 Sew by Ellen Luckett Baker. To date, I've completed 23 of the 33 projects, skipping 2 that looked way too unrelated to sewing, and adding in several of my own. That's a grand total of 27 different projects, not including repeats (many times I'd decide to produce a stack of one type of item just for practice).
While I still plan to finish up the book (just 7 projects to go!), I've found myself sidetracked for a while as I build my sewing skills I find myself wandering down different paths seeking projects that are closer to what I'd eventually like to be making.
One of those paths is leading me into menswear:
My brother mentioned wanting a brown suit vest, and that he'd been having trouble finding an affordable one that he liked in stores. Since I'd just made little boy suit vests, I thought, how hard can it be, and offered to make him one.
So, I went to the store, picked out a pattern & fabric (for the first time!!) and worked through it. It was rough going at times, but in the end I was able to hide all of my mistakes on the inside and come up with a pretty smart look! It's a bit ill fitting though; I followed the pattern for his size, but he's got a very skinny long torso, so needs added inches in length and subtracted inches in width. I'll most likely take this one in, but also make another one to try and perfect it:)
Curious about some of my other sewing goals for the year? Well, I'd like to:
* Finish the 7 projects in 1-2-3 Sew
* Continue exploring menswear by creating a few more vests, and attempting a man's dress shirt
* Experiment with sewing leather
* Come up with a few purse designs of my own (just for friends & me, not for sale)
I'm so excited for what this year will bring!