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Getting Things Sewn is 1 Year Old

By February 16, 2014 July 13th, 2020 7 Comments

Readers,

On February 16, 2013, after several months of planning and several weeks of vacillating between feeling ready and not ready, I hit “Publish” for the first time, and Getting Things Sewn was launched.

The rack of unfinished projects that furnished abundant material for Getting Things Sewn.

The rack of unfinished projects that furnished abundant material for Getting Things Sewn.

It’s been one interesting year.

These last twelve months I’ve

I’ve chronicled designing and remodeling my sewing space:

I’ve traveled

I’ve pondered processes:

I’ve acquired

I’ve even gotten a few things sewn:

  • from an early to mid-1930s pattern, a jacket using Art Deco-era buttons
  • from a contemporary pattern, a skirt to accompany the jacket
  • from a 1959 pattern, an orange version and a leopard-collar version of a big-collared, belted jacket
    PatternReview.com readers voted this jacket the winner of a 2013 vintage pattern-sewing contest. Thanks!

    PatternReview.com readers voted this jacket the winner of a 2013 vintage pattern-sewing contest. Thanks!

  • from 1952, a swing coat with big patch pockets and vintage buttons
  • from a unique 1950 pattern, linen and wool waistcoats with satisfyingly capacious pockets
    I love this waistcoat style.

    I love this waistcoat style.

  • from 1950, a sleeveless blouse that was much more difficult than the result warranted
  • from a 1991 Calvin Klein pattern, a comically large anorak
    You think maybe this is a little too big?

    You think maybe this is a little too big?

  • from a 1955 pattern, a flannel “boy shirt”
  • from 1944, a muslin for a trench coat
    The yet-to-be perfected muslin of a 1944 trench coat.

    The yet-to-be perfected muslin of a 1944 trench coat.

Then, to bring the first year of Getting Things Sewn to an exciting conclusion (or get the second year off to a rousing start), I announced that Jack and I are going to sell our house in Minneapolis and move 765 miles southeast to Columbus, Ohio.

This spring we'll spruce up the house to sell. So long, sewing domain!

This spring we’ll spruce up the house to sell. So long, sewing domain!

That will mean designing a new sewing domain and developing a new local sewing community. It will also mean being within just minutes of my photographer’s studio, which will be fabulous, I promise you.

I was thinking this morning how Getting Things Sewn has been a game changer for me. Having this blog has elevated the realization of my sewing dreams from a to-do list to a larger, nobler, and more purposeful mission. That’s made all the difference.

Questions for the mission of getting things sewn--and Getting Things Sewn.

Questions for the mission of getting things sewn–and Getting Things Sewn.

It’s been with a mix of incredulity and gratitude that I’ve seen you, readers, show up. Thank you.

The forecast for Year Two: girl, situation, and jeopardy will continue, with more hilarity ensuing.

Happy Birthday, GTS!

Happy Birthday, GTS!

7 Comments

  • Avatar Lynn Mally says:

    Congratulations! I found you via your review of that fabulous orange and leopard jacket. If you ever want to get rid of it (or those squarish orange buttons that you found in the UK) please contact me. On a serious note, I really enjoy your blog and your journey.

    • Avatar Paula DeGrand says:

      A fellow orange lover! Those jackets are keepers, but there is still the option of sewing your own. As for the buttons, you’re first on the waiting list if I should decide to put them back into the great sewing flow!

  • Avatar Marguerite says:

    Congratulations on a full year of blogging. Best wishes for a new year, new home and new sewing adventures. I found you twice actually, the first time on the Threads website where I saw the fabulous “mannish” jackets. Knowing I had the same pattern piqued my interest. Next was right here after I googled for a bit and landed on GettingThings Sewn. You had me at “tailoring”!

    • Avatar Paula DeGrand says:

      Thank you, Marguerite! You have the same McCall “Misses’ mannish jacket” pattern? Have you ever sewn it?

      • Avatar Marguerite says:

        Hi Paula,
        No I haven’t sewn it as of yet. I have had success with my Palmer Pletsch blazer pattern I bought back in 1981 after attending one of their workshops. The vintage “manish” one has such good classic lines though, and your are so nice. My current quest (obsession) right now is for 60s style coat patterns. I have quite a few and am trying to decide on which one to turn into a Spring coat. You know the look…a variation on Audrey Hepburn/Jackie Kennedy style with the matching dress.
        Marguerite

  • Avatar Angela says:

    Congratulations! I love the orange and leopard jacket you made. I have been lurking through your blog since its inception. Looking forward to more of your wonderful creativity.

  • Avatar Paula DeGrand says:

    Angela, I’m flattered you have been hanging in there with me for a whole year! My mind is reeling with new possibilities–that’s just the usual state of affairs with me. In this second year I want to crack my biggest puzzle yet: productivity. Like most (probably all) sewers I have lots of projects in mind. What would it take to bring many more of them to fruition? I want to find out.Any results, of course, will appear in these pages.

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