When I first launched this blog a few months ago, I wanted it to be a place for me to record my sewing journey. But the reality is, as much as I love sewing I also love doing other arts and crafts. The thing is, it is very easy for me to get lost in one ”world”. The last couple of month, I was lost in my sewing world. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but I did abandon my knitting, books and my sketchbooks. And I’m not happy with that.
So for this month, I’m challenging myself to be more organised with my projects, all of my different projects. The idea is for me to plan my projects for the whole month that includes my other hobbies/interests. I came up with some guidelines for this plan:
1. As well as sewing, it has to involve art/sketchbook works, and at least one knitting project. (As for my reading, I always have a book on my nightstand, it’s just my reading speed that fluctuates).
2. It has to have at least one comfort zone project, as well as at least one learning-new-technique kind of project.
3. Know my limit. I’m not allowed to kick myself too hard in the butt if by the end of the month I didn’t tick all the boxes on the list. (I tend to do that a lot!)
Sounds simple, right? Well, I started with a sort of “mood board”.
As you can see in the picture I am going to try and tackle 7 projects. I am not sure whether that is too many or too few, I guess I’ll find out by the end of the month, won’t I? I do have a few back-up projects in mind that I’m keeping for next month just in case I finish March projects before the end of the month. Highly doubt it though. So here is the run down of March projects, clockwise from top left corner:
1. Deer and Doe Bleuet dress. I actually traced the (many) pattern pieces back in November, I bought the fabric and notions to go with it, but then I got a terrible flu and it took me so long to recover that I lost my sewing mojo. So this month, it’s going to happen!
2. I preordered Tilly’s new book Stretch! So I’m anxiously waiting for it. My plan is to make my first garment from the book, I haven’t decided which one yet, even though I’ve been basically stalking Tilly’s blog (she revealed the patterns included in the book here). I’m reserving buying the fabric until I know for sure what and how much I’m going to need, sensible, right?
3. To work on my new sketchbook, it’s a hand.book journal sketchbook. I know I won’t be able to fill it up in a month (128pages!), but I’ll try to fill as many pages as I can.
4. On Instagram, there’s a new challenge coming up called #alittlelawnparty that’s organised by Mel of @handmadebyditsytulip and Atia of @thebrightblooms. The idea is to sew a Spring-themed garment in cotton lawn, which is my favourite fabric! You can read about the challenge here or here. I’m currently waiting for my fabric in the post, so can’t show you just yet, but it’s going to be Liberty cotton lawn, yaaaay!
5. This project has been on my wishlist for a while, it’s Helen’s Closet’s Blackwood Cardigan. Oh man, I need a dozen of them! Check it out here. I have printed and cut up the pattern pieces, so first step is done.
6. This is a free pattern on Ravelry, it’s called Piece of My Heart Socks by DKissinger. Such beautiful pattern, I’ve already cast on the first sock using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Pennyroyal. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it before the month ends. I’m a slow knitter and I can’t do too many knitting projects as my left hand never liked that. That’s also why don’t think I’ll ever knit a garment. Accessories all the way for me.
7. Now this is my learning-of-the-month kind of project; resizing a garment/refashioning. A few months ago I made this pair of Grainline Studio Maritime shorts, they turned out HUGE! And the fact that I didn’t add belt loops means there’s no way I’ll ever wear them – although in this case, I don’t think a belt would help at all to be honest. They’ve been sitting idly in a corner of my wardrobe. That’s sad. The fabric I used is a ditsy print cotton needlecord. I’ve started unpicking the stitches, still a long way to go, but little by little, eh?
Another thing I want to do that I didn’t put on the list is to consistently post here on my blog. I am still learning how frequently I should post that would help my blog grow but also still be convenient for me, as well as providing (hopefully) nice content.
I hope this experiment will help me with productivity, and maybe others who are in the same boat as I am? Do you plan out your project each month? Or just do as the mood strikes? I know there are sewing challenges that run for the whole year, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet.
Well, thank you for spending the time to read my post. See you next time.