I seem to preface all attempts to join sewalongs or sewing challenges with the statement “I don’t normally do sewalongs” because I don’t. Maybe once per year if there’s an interesting one, but I just can’t force myself into the typical sewalong box that involves a host blogger showing tutorials and guiding fledgling (not always of course) seamsters through the process while everyone participating sews the same pattern or the same type of garment. I like the idea of a sewalong, only for other people… that’s just not how I sew.
The main reason that I can’t do sewalongs (notice I say can’t instead of dislike) is because I have an extremely suborn (possibly to the point of neurotic) attachment to my sewing queue. I actually feel guilty if I cut out a new project and skip any other projects I already have cut out in one of my 10 project boxes (I cut out 10 projects at once for efficiency and because I don’t like cutting. I also trace patterns in mass). I also just don’t like sewing the same thing at the same time as tons of other seamsters, even if we are only virtually connected – it feels conformist to me, like I’m giving in to something… I’m not sure what, I just don’t like it.
So the challenges I take on, dreamed up by other internet seamsters, tend to not have a time line or due date and they don’t focus on a specific pattern. But Cindy of Cation Designs recently came up with a new, year long challenge to bust everyone’s stashes and that’s a goal I can definitely get behind. It’s kindof like Zoe’s Stash Busting pledge, but more involved. There’s lots of monthly challenges, which I’ll probably pick and choose from as I am able (this whole thesis and May graduation thing is really time consuming). So here it is:
I, Molly,commit to using LOTS (specific numbers are also too constricting!) of stash fabric in 2013. I also commit to not buying any new fabric except for linings and notions until June (I can’t guarantee I won’t laps around my birthday…).
And here is my stash, stored in plastic buckets and organized first by fabric weave (heavy/bottom weight, light/blouse weight, knits) then by size of the piece of fabric (as in large unused pieces or large scraps from old projects). I definitely have enough fabric to last me forever and tons of it already has a general plan for use. For me planning projects is nearly as fun as creating them and having a finished product!
Another semi “challenge” I’ve set for myself is to include at least one project using recycled fabric and one doll clothing project every time I cut out a new batch of projects, just so I don’t forget or push them back. But this isn’t really big challenge since I don’t cut out new projects very often.