Happy 2016! Hope this year is everything you want it to be!
Mine got off to a good start - Thailand was amazing but a massive infected mosquito bite and jetlag and general getting back to work has been pretty rubbish!
I am not letting that spoil my enthusiasm though!
So I wrote last year about wanting to do some sort of challenge for 2016. As I am already over half way through January I don't think I want to do 12 challenges so I am going to aim for 10. After plenty of thinking here are the things I want to achieve this year!
2016 Challenge 1 - Perfect Woven Top
Back in August (eeeshk) I participated in the Made Up Initiative to try get this challenge underway...unfortunately it was a big fat fail. Last night I tried on Simplicity 8523 again and I just aren't happy with the fit and I think I need to just leave it for now. It isn't for me. So I shall press on with a different woven pattern.
I will be trying the Colette Laurel as a top, if this doesn't work as the copy I have only goes up to a size 18 I will try the Colette Seamwork York Top. It is very similar to Laurel really but different size range (and no dress option).
|Collete Seamwork York Top|
If that doesn't work, I may cry.
2016 Challenge 2 - A Wearable Skirt
This is a very broad challenge really and I may try out a few patterns but I want a skirt(s) that I will wear. I love the idea of skirts but I rarely buy them unless for formal occasions (i.e. job interviews or funerals - and hopefully these events will be very rare this year!). So I want a skirt or two I can wear regularly.
2016 Challenge 3 - A Wrap Dress
Love them. I want to sew them. I want to wear them. Simple.
2016 Challenge 4 - A Shirt.
Since leaving school and going through puberty (I was a late starter) I have never owned a button down shirt. Everything always pulls in all the wrong places just in the changing room never mind in real life. I think this will be Colette Aster as I already own the pattern but who knows.
2016 Challenge 5 - Sew a Vintage Pattern
You only have to look at my Pinterest Boards to see some of the beautiful patterns once produced. I would like to try one, may have to be a reproduction of one to get the size but I do want to make a vintage pattern.
2016 Challenge 6 - Sew Using Jersey/Knit Fabric
Quite and easy challenge but I have never done it so it will be a good challenge to try accomplish.
2016 Challenge 7 - Sew a Fancy Dress
I want to sew myself something fabulous. I want wow factor. And how better than a Fancy Frock? No other plans that this.
2016 Challenge 8 - Sew a Fly Zip
One skill I want to be able to do, maybe won't make jeans/trouser making seem so scary if can do this already.
2016 Challenge 9 - Sew With Leather
Quite self explanatory
2016 Challenge 10 - Upcycle into a Garment
Use leftover scraps, re-use an unworn shop item, refashion a charity shop buy...not 100% yet but definitely want this as a challenge.
Phew! If you have gotten through that, I thank you! Some of these projects may overlap, I may sew a jersey wrap dress (Cashmerette Appleton I am looking at you) or upcycle some leather...but I WILL COMPLETE!
See you on the other side!