In Getting Things Sewn’s second year, the grand total of things I got sewn was…
You heard right. Zero.
I did make progress, however.
Let’s take a walk down Sewing Blog Memory Lane and see what has happened since last February 16:
After Jack and I decided to sell our house in Minneapolis, Minnesota and move to Columbus, Ohio I planned my new sewing-space-to-be by zones instead of defaulting to one big storage space.
I got a good start on a 1959 Vogue jacket, taming ravelly fabric and testing the collar piece
and making samples of bound buttonholes
and the pocket
before I closed down my basement sewing domain.
I learned about a fabulous trade journal, American Fabrics, that was the highlight of my field trip to the American Craft Council’s library
(although the corgis did steal my heart).
Our advice columnist, Miss GTS, told a desperate reader how to pack up her UFO to finish later.
Inventing an intuitive, easy, and painless system, I edited my pattern stash
I went to the Textile Center’s Fabric Garage Sale and bought gorgeous yardage
I made a field trip to Lancaster, Ohio to see a show of costumes designed by Edith Head,
I made a field trip to New York to participate in Peter Lappin’s annual Male Pattern Boldness Day. Peter gets the credit (or blame?) for inspiring me to start my own blog.
I set up my sewing room in our new home, making a floor plan with zones.
With a sewing room, but no sewing community developed yet, I wondered what it would take for me to make progress.
It continued to be clear that I need fitting and pattern-altering help from an expert, and I found one teaching classes at Columbus’s Cultural Arts Center.
As a bonus, I’ve gotten to meet wonderful classmates who are fast becoming sewing friends.
I continued to want to make beautiful jackets and coats, but more than ever I wanted to make the process enjoyable and not only the result. When I learned about a brand new DVD set about tailoring, I ordered it right away.
Watching Smart Tailoring, I thought it would be both instructive and fun to sew jackets following Kenneth King’s “old school” and “new school methods.” I am gathering my materials
and am about to do the pattern work for my first “old school” jacket.
As I look back over Getting Things Sewn’s second year, I see the predictable disruptions of househunting, house-selling, packing, moving, and settling in. But I also see a very promising beginning to my new local sewing community. I am finding people to say “Wow!” to where I live and online. I’ve come to see that’s essential to building and maintaining my momentum.
I am also finding people to say “How?” to–experts who can inform and nudge me to build my fund of knowledge and experience.
Zero things sewn wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for year 2.
If you ask me, there’s nowhere to go but up.
(Thanks to Cynthia DeGrand for candles photo.)