As yet we're still to see what Mena plans to do with the Sew Weekly for 2013 (but please bear in mind the news that her grandfather passed away on Christmas Eve so she's having a hard time finding energy) BUT.....that doesn't stop you if you want to start next week your own personal adventure making something weekly for 2013. You could always pick some of the themes we had in 2011 or 2012 to get you started, or think up your own.
But I thought that we could swop tips to help you make it to the end of 2013 with a new adventure completed under your belt.
So, if I was asked what tips I could pass on to get through a year of making things weekly (i've done my 52 weeks and made 67 garments), these would be they (and please everyone else wade in and give us your advice for any young (and old) sewing padawans wanted to take up the challenge):
Last thing, just do it, don't procrastinate making plans about perfect projects, just start sewing, do a little bit each day, YOU CAN DO THIS 'IMPOSSIBLE' THING, AND DONE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Anyone, else got any tips?
Sorry I waffled on so much ;)
Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing.
This is really great, Tempest. Yes, sewing every week is far, far (FAR!) more expensive than I thought! And it's why I stopped early in the year. I realized that if I was sewing and spending cash on the all the linings/interlinings, I wanted to learn more finished techniques which time didn't allow for. I still love Sew Weekly, and think it's brilliant in concept and have loved watching everyone finish on into the year. I did learn tons for the few months I made the attempt to keep up, and have ended up with 2 fairly wearable dresses and some couture sewing books for Christmas. I also learned more about my self-perceptions, threw some to the wind, and questioned my own levels of procrastination and perfectionism tendencies.
The take-up lever at the top position means the stitch has been completed. Your sewing machine makes a "lock-stitch." If you're caught up in the bobbin area, the stitch is only 1/2 way through it 's process and moving manually to highest needle/take-up lever position completes the stitch. Yeah, learning this is really key. Also, on most machines, if you try to pull on your needle thread just a bit, (because it's too short to start stitching and it's sure to fall out of the needle on the first stitch) you'll meet resistance if your pressure foot is still down. Raise your pressure foot, gently tug to give yourself the needed length in the needle thread, then put the foot back down so you can start to sew. (And put your tail between your toes, to the back of and under your pressure foot.) These few things really helped me out.
Great list and Big Congratulations on your 52 weeks! Champagne all 'round!
Congradulations on making your 52 weeks..Great work, I really enjoyed watching as each of you posted your garments, So much fun, I did it in 2011 and it was fun [I didn't do 52...but I did about 1/2.ha] I am sorry that I have not been posting comments , but something went wrong and it would not let lots of us post comments.
Thank you for all the tips.. SO helpful. Hope you and family have a wonderful and blessed New Year.. God bless.
ps thanks for letting us know about Mena and her loss. Our prayers are with her and her family..
Happy sewing 2013.
Thanks Tempest! I know that we don't now what is happening yet (and I too join the prayers for Mena and her family), but I think I am going to be crazy and try to do this challenge this year! I am pretty sure I will not get one a week done, I will be working 4 days, finishing my masters and have kids, so time is always a bit nuts, but I aim for one every two weeks. there is something very cool about wearing your own creations! I have heaps of material in the stash, and a bunch of patterns, so for a while it is only zips and bits like that I have to buy, so here goes!!! Good luck every one!
Tempest- I have told you before but I so love your style and your creativity, you inspire me lots!
Great advice, Tempest. Hope you have a wonderful 2013!
What a legacy you are giving us!!! You have master the unmasterable, well you the other gals.... hats off on all of you. I can see it requires dedication, discipline and TIME..... I still wonder how some of you did a garment in 3-5 hours??? does that mean from cutting the pattern???
Any ways after reading your suggestions I am very discouraged to do it all 52 weeks!!!! Love to try some challenges, but I see my self totally stressed trying to meet all challenges. Which takes me to my other point I sew for fun to relax and not to be pressured and stressed. lol
Any how..... I utterly admire all of you who were able to meet the 52 weeks very IMPRESSIVE!!! and congratulations.
I have followed you guys every week since May (I believe when I discovered this website)
I look forward on this 2013 creations and I hope I will be able to post my comments and some of my creations. So far I am still awaiting to be approved by Mena.
I am praying for her and her family and to soon she will be back on track!
Tempest, this is fantastic! I love all of these tips.
Wonderful Post! Very good tips.
I hope Mena is doing ok, I know how hard it can be to have a grandparent pass over christmas. All the best to her family at a very sad time.
Oh, you gave some wonderful advice. I also have a serger and wouldn't sew without one! Saves sew much time...... I won't comit to this as I sew for a museum and do alterations for others and may not make MY quota. But, I'll be here cheering everyone else on.
Sewing can be expenive, but you must remember in the long run your clothes are MUCH better made. They'll fit better and will last longer. And once you buy a pattern you love I bet you'll find.... like I do... you'll make more than one dress or blouse or whatever from it. I've taken 2 - 3 different patterns and made one dress before. I call it my mix and match pattern dress. I go through magazines and find clothes I love and then go pattern looking. You can always find one that's pretty darn close. Their dress will be $100.00 .... but we can make it for $20.00! I love it!