Rikka, from Ricochet and Away, is hosting the I Will Wear it in Public Garment Sewing Challenge. Here are the guidelines.
- The theme of this challenge is to sew any garment that YOU will be proud enough to wear in public.
- This is a sewing challenge so machine or hand sewing is a required element in your entry.
- You must make a new garment for this challenge.
- Upcycling and refashioning of existing garments is acceptable as long as you follow the second guideline.
- Don't confuse garments with accessories like hats, scarves, belts, etc.
- You must try something new when creating your garment. That's where the "challenge" part comes into play, right? Maybe you've never used a pattern, or sewn with knits, or installed a zipper. Here's your chance!
Of course I'm joining in!!! A couple of weeks ago, I said that I would make three tops for myself before the end of the year. This challenge is just the motivation I need.
In my teens and twenties, I sewed a lot of my own clothes. There has, however been a big break of almost 30 years with no sewing for me, until last month when I made myself the Rose t-shirt.
The guidelines say I must try something new when creating my garment. Hmmm...
I made my first garment (a skirt sewn by hand) when I was eleven years of age. The next year I made my first garment with a sewing machine: a dress which was called a muumuu. During my years at school, I made a few garments, the most complicated being a fully lined woollen slack suit. Actually, I think my Mum helped me with this one. Even so, I was very proud of my pink slack suit.
During my teens, I started sewing clothes for myself at home and continued to do so for many years. I've had a lovely time tonight, going through old photo albums, trying to find pictures of garments I've sewn. Unfortunately, there's not many. You'll see how the fashion has changed since then.
I've shown you this photo of my wedding dress before. The veil was much harder than the dress, probably because I didn't use a pattern.
These are three bridesmaids outfits I sewed back in the 70s. The one on the left was made from satin, with a sweetheart neckline and little gathers on the sleeves. The middle one was the hardest to sew. It's made from a sheer fabric and is fully lined. The green one is made from crêpe fabric. I still like the two blue ones, but I'm not so sure about the green one. I don't know that I even liked it at the time.
The outfit on the left is what I wore to Mr TMW's graduation. I loved that woollen skirt! I knitted the jumper as well. Yes, it was the same colour as my kitchen... 70's orange. The middle photo shows another suit I made, this time without Mum's help. Again, the jacket is fully lined. The outfit on the right is a maternity dress.
I couldn't find any photos, but I've done a lot of sewing with stretch fabrics as well: skirts, t-shirts, sweaters, trackpants.
Back to the challenge... something that is new to me. I haven't sewn jeans or underwear, but I have no intention of sewing either. Jeans are the only item I am now fussy about. I tend to stick to the one brand that fits me well. And underwear... no way am I going to go there... LOL!!!
I have never attempted smocking. Yes, I'd like to learn how. I have never made a button loop... the little loop you make when you don't want to do a buttonhole or when the material doesn't overlap.
I have also never altered a pattern, other than to take it up or in. Now that would be quite a daunting challenge, as I do rely on patterns. I'm learning that it's good to think outside the square and am enjoying refashioning clothes without using a pattern. I don't know if I'm game enough to try altering a pattern when using new fabric.
I admire the sewing done by so many women in blogland, who sew for themselves. Four in particular who inspire me:
- Justine, from Sew Country Chick
- Andrea, from Four Square Walls
- Rachel, from House of Pinheiro
- Keren, from Sew la Vie!
These four talented ladies modify existing patterns and/or draft their own patterns. Maybe it's time I started heading down that path... not to draft my own pattern, but maybe to modify an existing pattern. Stay tuned...
Entries for the I Will Wear it in Public Garment Sewing Challenge, can be submitted anytime up until 31st May. Remember, as long as it's new to you, it can be submitted. The aim is to teach yourself something. So, if you have never sewn clothing, that means you can sew anything for the challenge.
This will be my fifth challenge with Rikka. Rikka and Keren, from Ricochet and Away and Sew la Vie! have hosted four challenges. Here's my entries for the previous challenges: