Happy New Year my friends! I don’t know about you, but I am excited about 2011. Bring it!
Thanks for following me to my new home! I hope you will update your reader feeds to include my new url, SEWN and that you’ll keep visiting.
Please take a gander at my new header. Notice anything different? Big changes are afoot. I hired a very talented designer to help me with my new and improved look and feel. I came up with the name and she did all the rest.
You probably noticed that along with a new banner at the top, I have finally changed my blog name. Sew A Beginner was so… last year, so limiting and so not me anymore. I’ve been sewing now for a little over two years and considering all that I’ve learned and made (two coats people. TWO!), I think I deserve to promote myself out of the beginner ranks.
I chose SEWN as my new name because I like the simplicity, directness, succinctness and freshness of the word. It describes the majority of my output. In short, I love it!
But that’s not all that’s new. The super secret surprise to which I have been alluding the last couple of months can be revealed now that my new name has been unveiled. I am opening an Etsy shop within the month; it will be called SEWN Market. I have modest goals for this new endeavor. I will sell things that are simply designed, small and that maximize the high quality fabric I will use. If I make just enough to pay for my fabric addiction, I will be happy. I know there are some of you out there that might recall me waxing poetic on how Etsy is not a workable paradigm for building a business. About how you can’t scale up if you are the only person doing the sewing. That there’s a cap on how much one person can produce. And that that’s why the industrial revolution came about. But I’m not shooting for the moon. I don’t expect to be the next Tea Collection. My goals are much more modest.
I have been corresponding with Johanna of The Last Stitch of late. She has her own Etsy shop for her Floremark line which has been quite successful. Johanna has given me great advice on how Etsy works and how to go about setting up a shop. I am very appreciative to her for sharing her hard-earned knowledge. Check out her work! Out of my research with Johanna and other on-line sources, I have decided that, due to the economy of size, most items I will sell will be for intended for children, but I won’t count out an adult accessory here or there. Who knows. The possibilities are endless.
But back to the new year and acknowledging the past year…
I learned the following skills in 2010:
- successfully used a twin needle on stretch fabrics
- how to use my vintage Singer Featherweight
- made my own shoulder pads. Word!
- made yards of ruffles on little girl dresses and nightgowns
- became a champion topstitcher
- conquered back stays even going as far as retrofitting one in my fall coat
- applied lace to linings, little girl dresses and even a collar!
- made underlining a hallmark of my sewing process
- Drafted. My. Own. Curved. Skirt. Facing. Word Squared!
- Figured out a cheater FBA through lots of on-line research
- gathering (despite the best efforts to thwart me by my ex-boyfriend)
- two words: Collar and Stand
- understanding how to read pattern directions (this was a personal triumph)
This list isn’t as long as last year’s, but I’m still quite proud of it. There are some pretty advanced things on it. There’s only one item which I might need a remedial course in: Don’t drink and sew. 😉
GOALS MET (or not)
Now that the news is out of the way, let’s talk goals. Last year, I set the following goals:
- sheath dress — I made not only one sheath dress, but 3.5!
- blazer/jacket — umm… this one did not get any attention except for a passing thought a couple of times. This is definitely on the books for 2011.
- use sweater knits for a cardigan sweater set — yeah, I didn’t really even think about this one. Maybe 2011?
- welt pockets — the blazer/jacket of 2011 will probably take care of this neglected item on my goal list.
- find some TNT’s like Carolyn — I found two TNT’s, B5147 sheath dress and S2452 pencil skirt. I still need to find other TNT’s though because I am not entirely satisfied with these. But like Scarlett said, I’ll think about that tomorrow. 😉
- perfect my invisible zipper — I can’t recall how many invisible zippers I inserted this past year, but I don’t think I have perfected it yet. But the good news is I have a strong suspicion that there are many invisible zippers in my future.
- more lined skirts — I made 3 versions of S2452, so I think I definitely nailed this one.
- a tailored shirt — Does Thor’s camp shirt, KS 3146 count? It did have a collar and stand, so I’m calling this one checked off.
- make a charmeuse or chiffon blouse — yeah, this one got completely ignored. Oops!
- participate in at least 1 Pattern Review contest — I participated in the natural fibers contest in the summer. I didn’t win or even make it to the semi-finals, but I am glad I have entered at least one contest. I am not sure I am drawn to entering any future contests though. I don’t think my response has anything to do with losing, but more with I didn’t feel really challenged by it. Probably a wardrobe contest would be a lot more challenging, but I am fearful that it would kill my sewing mojo. Sounds like a double-edged sword to me.
- make at least 25 garments (one of which should be a complex pattern like the trench coat) — I made 23 garments (of which 10 of them were gifts). I also made 32 accessories (not including the knitted items) which brought my tally up to 55 items. I will consider that goal more than met.
PERSONAL GOALS FOR 2011
- I need more TNT’s people! Like a princess seamed sheath dress, a knit top, pants, a jacket/blazer, etc)
- Blazer/Jacket (see first goal above): This one has got to be knocked off in the first quarter.
- A Charmeuse or Chiffon blouse: I need this for my work wardrobe
- Make at least 30 garments (at least 18 should be for me and not gifts) I need clothes STAT!
- Welt Pockets: I’d really like to knock this one out this year.
SEWN Market GOALS FOR 2011
- Make and list at least 21-24 bibs in the first quarter
- Test different children’s garments for sale-ability
- Do more research into pricing and marketing
Well, this post has gone on long enough without one picture. I will leave you with my wish for you this new year.
May you all have endless sewing mojo and the time to use it.