Monday, December 31, 2012

Welcome Kay to the team...

Please join me in welcoming Kay to the challenge...we're excited you're joining us!  You can follow her blog at Gently Down the Seam!


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Welcome to our newest team members!

Join me in welcoming Helen of Nanna's Place and L of You Sew Girl as the newest members of our team.  We look forward to seeing the garments and sewing tips they will share over the course of the year.  Please take time to visit their blogs and get to know them!



Saturday, December 29, 2012

My fabric stash is organized...


My fabric stash is organized--it took an hour or so, but I sorted through it and rearranged my closet.









I keep my patterns in plastic storage drawers.  I'm still working through purging my stock.







Thursday, December 27, 2012

Inventory *all* of my fabric? Um...

That's a challenge all by itself. =)  My fabric is stored in plastic bins and sorted according to type (knits, bottom-weights, silk, cotton, stretch cotton, linen, etc.)  I have only a partial record of yardages and do not anticipate this becoming a full record anytime soon! 

Patterns, on the other hand, are arranged in numerical order according to company.  I keep an organized folder of pattern pictures on my computer that's easily accessible.  How many patterns are there?  Let's not go there.

Let's just say that I have plenty of fabric and patterns that should not pose any problem with me participating in the challenge.  Time, on the other hand...

L

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

CHALLENGE 1: Let's get organized

Hi Sewers,

As 2012 ends, let's take some steps to prepare for the project ahead....

1. Inventory all of your fabric and pattern stashes.

2. Store your patterns in categories and work out how you'll organize them.

3. Organize your fabrics, too.  How will you store it? This is a great time to work out storage issues.  The next challenge will focus more on this detail.

4. Purge your stash of any patterns and fabric you KNOW you won't use (donate them to other sewers, thrift stores, or kids learning to sew)

5. Share with the group how you did.  How much fabric do you have (for slacks, skirts, dresses, suiting)?

That's it for now.  Complete the challenge by Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Are YOU up for the CHALLENGE?

Beginning April 1, 2013, we will begin a year long journey of home sewing!  We're committing to not purchasing clothing for one year.  Instead, we will build our wardrobe by making it ourselves....
Challenging? YES
Impossible? NO!!

Join us.... Leave a comment and your email if you're interested.  We'll even invite you to author posts, share techniques, review sewing books, and display your efforts along the way.

Look for challenges in the coming weeks to help you get ready to take your sewing skills to the next level.  More later....