Tilly wrote a really thought-provoking post yesterday about how we categorise ourselves as stitchers. When do we stop being novices or beginners and start thinking of ourselves as intermediate? It really got me thinking... I started sewing when I signed up for a dressmaking course in September 2009. I only initially signed up for a term but loved it so much I ended up doing a whole year. After that year I felt confident enough to embark on sewing my own clothes from patterns without the safety net of my sewing teacher permanently on tap. It also coincided with the start of my blog. I was still very much a beginner in all sorts of ways.
Since then I've sewn a lot of clothes myself, participated in several sewalongs and started selling things at craft fairs. I think I can tentatively class myself as an intermediate stitcher now. As Tilly points out though, the flip side is that there's lots of fearless trying out of new techniques at the beginning which tends to grind to a halt after a while. Yes, my sewing productivity is high, but most of it is repeat makes of tried and tested patterns. This is by no means a bad thing, in fact quite the opposite as I tend to make second versions of the clothes I know are a good fit. But it's always good to push yourself a bit, so I'll definitely be trying to add some challenges to my sewing this year.
I then started thinking about what I've achieved this past year and a half that I'm really proud of….
|My beloved handmade trousers|
...after long consideration, I think making myself a pair of trousers and sewing a skirt from a Japanese pattern book are the two things I'm most proud of.
If you'd told me I'd be doing either of those things 18 months ago I'd have laughed long and hard in your face! So I suppose nothing is too difficult if you set your mind to it (except bound buttonholes and sewing with slippery silk lining fabric maybe).
What I'd really love to know is what you're all most proud of yourselves in sewing terms. It could be a tricky technique or simply sewing from a pattern that doesn't say 'Easy' on the front. Don't hold back, I'm really
nosy interested to hear. It doesn't have to be just one thing either, tell me everything! Let's all crow about our achievements. Happy Monday x