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Sewing accomplishments in 2007
What are the highlights or your year?
Sewliz
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Date: 12/24/07 6:03 PM

As I was sewing today I was thinking about some of the really good things I have learned to do this year that have made my sewing better.

1. I have found my favorite dependable online fabric vendors. I have three that I can order from without having to wonder what the heck might show up.

2. I joined the "one pattern many looks" contest here on PR and had a good time seeing how many very different looks I could potentially create with just one pattern. That expanded my sewing horizons.

3. Tried patterns by Onion. I really like them, very simple and beautifully drafted. It's nice to experience sewing without the horrible pattern problems. Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm way overdue for posting some reviews.

4. From an Onion pattern I have found my very first honest to goodness TNT!

5. I am getting better about combining colors and textures for an outfit rather than having a one garment focus. There are many single garments that look pretty sorry by themselves but really shine when properly combined with other items. I am starting to plan my sewing with this in mind rather than nixing something because it is too dorky on it's own.

What good things have happened in your sewing world this year?

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Rhonda in Montreal
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Date: 12/24/07 6:13 PM

Hi Liz!
What a fun question!! This year, I made several successful & not-so projects!!
I have had my sewing machine, serger & dressform PLUS "adequate" stash awaiting me for three (3) years now. But, I never entered my "Sewing Studio" (and re-entered sewing again) until Summer 2007.
Why? I feel healthy, happy, creative, able, encouraged, able now... It's a BIG step forward for me and DH & I are both very happy about it!!
Thanks for asking! Look forward to hearing other people's stories!!
Rhonda

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Date: 12/24/07 6:37 PM

This IS a fun question.

I bought my Coverpro 1000 in January 2007. A big plus for me.

The other accomplishiments are all the quilts I've manged to get done this year. One is being "gammill'd" as we speak. Can't wait to hang in on the wall.

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Date: 12/24/07 7:28 PM

No wadders!

Phyllis

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Date: 12/24/07 7:48 PM

I believe l my garment sewing has improved by leaps and bounds in 2007. Last January, I could sew basic clothes like a tee shirt or elastic waist pants fairly well, but anything more complicated was dreadfully wonky. Now, my casual clothes look as good as expensive ready to wear, inside and out. And I'm starting to turn out more complicated items with much greater success.

I invested quite a bit in my sewing tools: an electronic Viking 770 sewing machine last December, a Babylock Imagine Wave serger this Christmas, Sew Steady extension tables, a large cutting table and mat, a dozen presser feet, and countless other notions. I customized an old dress form by padding it out to duplicate my measurements and figure. I redid my sewing workspace so it is attractive, organized and functional.

I discovered some good websites for great casual fabrics at good prices: Malden Mills fleece, genuine Ultrasuede at bargain prices, Logantex knits and their clones. I can now march into Hancocks and zero in on the three gems hidden in the store.

I took a couple of helpful local classes in pants making. I also bought a pattern making software program that didn't live up to all my expectations. Last month, I reverse engineered a perfect sleeve and armhole by dismembering an old designer sweater and cloning it with great success. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the wonderfully chic and stylish European patterns in the Burda World of Fashion magazine. I now have a set of TNT basic patterns for casual tops, pants and jackets that I can whip up easily.

I have far more confidence in my sewing ability and judgement. I know when I can violate the rules without compromising quality. I no longer read instructions, except when I'm making something complicated for the first time. But I can still make some very stupid mistakes -- the other week I sewed a sleeve into a neckline.

As far as my sense of style goes, these were developed from years of big city RTW shopping New York and San Francisco. I already knew what looked good on me -- simple, tailored, fitted clothes in black and the jewel tones -- the problem was finding them. Now in December 2007 I'm finally starting to amass my ideal wardrobe.

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Date: 12/24/07 9:52 PM

Great question!

I learned how to use a serger--that's my biggest accomplishment.

I now have a TNT t-shirt pattern.

Entering the vintage contest--it was my first PR contest and was a lot of fun.

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Date: 12/24/07 9:52 PM

sorry-duplicate post!

-- Edited on 12/24/07 9:53 PM --

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Date: 12/24/07 9:59 PM

hi ,
some of my sewing accoplishments in 2007 are
i made my first bwof pattern
sewed my first invisable zipper,
worked with new fabrics
and i have one tnt shirt pattern,
worked on pants fitting,, that is still a work in progress but it is getting better
yes i have had a few wadders along the way but my basic skills are getting better with each project
here is to happy sewing in 2008

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Stash Fabric 425 yards as of jan 2011
stash Fabric 500+ yards as of nov 2012
stash Fabric sewn as of march 2013 14 meters
purchased fabric 2011 {100}yards
stash fabric sewn 2010 30 yards
patterns new 22 bwofs (10)
patterns in stash (325)
projects completed new (4)
gifted to me singer 99-31
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Date: 12/24/07 10:10 PM

1.Got rid of everything in the stash that wasn't a good color or a good quality.
2. Moved good fabrics in good colors out of closed containers and onto open shelves so they will inspires me each time I walk in the room.
3. Quit spending more time on PR than I spent sewing.
4. Perfected a TNT skirt, top and am working on a jacket.
5. Decided to sew like a craftsman rather than a fast food worker -- and the results are showing.

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Date: 12/24/07 10:32 PM

Exciting topic! It is great to hear about everyone's progress.

I made pants! I used a Burda jeans pattern (8085?) that I love, and a Vogue pattern for dress pants.
I discovered a couple of new online fabric sources, one for fine fabrics, and one for good 60" rayon lining.
I have started my 3rd leather jacket, and I really want to finish it before 2008. Unfortunately, several UFO's have sprouted up in my sewing room, but I have some nice long weekends for completions this holiday season.
Most importantly, I finally finished my college degree and I look forward to having more time and money for sewing and fabric.

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