Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fearless February & Serendipity

Participating in Steph's Tiramisu sewalong was a great motivator for me so I had been looking for ideas to 'encourage' my sewing in February. Victoria, who blogs at 'Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing' has been writing about challenging herself, and others, to sew projects that we have been putting off. She has come up with the Fearless February Sewalong and has lots of details on her blog, well worth reading. It took me 'till the very last day to sign up!


Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing

So what do I want to do for Fearless February? It's not a very long list, but I really, really want to be fearless about:
  • Being a Pattern tester for Gather Kits. This is a first for me and I tend to make changes to most patterns I sew, so I hope it won't be too much of a challenge.
  • Fun, frivolous sewing - the opposite of fearless! I have some lovely cotton fabric and trim from Abakhan Fabrics that I want to have some fun with!
  • Drafting patterns. This is what I want to be most fearless about! I've pinned lots of vintage styles of girls dresses and coats, and want to try and draft a childs raglan-sleeved raincoat (like this, but with a hood) and depending how that goes, maybe a childs vintage-inspired dress!
Amazingly, once I had signed up for Fearless February, look what arrived in the post! Katie, who sews gorgeous clothes for herself, and her children and blogs at Kadiddlehopper held a giveaway and added an extra winner - me!
Not only did she send a beautiful piece of white fabric, but also 2 patterns and a book on drafting patterns for clothes! How incredibly generous, and what a coincidence that I have been thinking about drafting!

The book, Design-it-Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch, approaches pattern drafting by directly using our own measurements so I should be able to apply those principles to my daughters measurements, hopefully!!!

Here's to a very Fearless February!


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  1. I'll be cheering you on, Angela! You can do it!:)

    1. Aw Cindy, thank you. Nothing like putting a list up on the Internet to keep the pressure on!

  2. Good luck with it all! Looking forward to seeing all the results of your Fearless February!

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