There is so much going on next year. First and foremost, I have a big milestone birthday in May and I'm SO EXCITED!!
But as far as sewing challenges and contests go, THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON!
Where to start?
One of the more ambitious sewing adventures will be the 2018 Ready-to-Wear Fast that Sarah Gunn of Goodbye Valentino created. The point is to avoid buying any RTW clothes (except for underwear, socks, accessories, and a wedding dress if you need one) and create your own.
I think I was able to do this in 2017 without realizing it, except for 2 pairs of jeans and workout bras I had to buy because I don't know how to make either of those things—yet! I actually need more sports bras, so I might have to make a run before the end of the year so that I'm completely stocked. I go to the gym five times a week, so I need a good assortment!
You can sign up for the 2018 RTW Fast on Sarah's blog. The deadline is December 31, 2017.
Other challenges include:
#sewmystyle2018! I participated in this Instagram challenge this year, but kind of lost steam in the fall. The sizing wasn't very curvy-friendly and I just didn't have the skill set to grade some of the patterns. 2018's lineup is a lot more varied with even bags and bras added in! So hopefully I'm able to bust out a bra or two this coming year. And a tote bag!
The rules are a little different this year in that anyone can join throughout the year and discounts for the featured patterns will be sent out a month ahead of time, giving a lot more access to a wider group. That's pretty neat and I hope to "meet" a lot more sewing instagrammers this time around
Sign up at Jessica Lorraine's blog for #sewmystyle2018.
There's also the #MakeNine Instagram hashtag, which is less contest and more "a gentle challenge for makers." The original concept was created by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille in an effort to make herself a handmade wardrobe she would love and wear. In that way it's more of a personal campaign to enhance one's own wardrobe by potentially focusing on new-to-you patterns and a full 12 months to make 9 garments.
I like this idea and it wouldn't take me very long to knock 9 patterns out, but then I learned that Allie Jackson put forth the goal of a #MenswearMakeNine. The aspiration to make more menswear is intriguing, and luckily I have the perfect guinea pig for this!
I asked my husband what he wants clothing-wise and he asked for polo shirts, shorts, and a smoking jacket. That last one is going to be a little tricky since he wants more of a true jacket/blazer than a robe so if anyone can recommend a good pattern for that, I would appreciate it!
For my own #MakeNine, I'll be concentrating on the holes in my closet and leveling up my sewing. That means things like pants and fitted tops will be on the docket. Oh, and buttons!
There is also the matter of this jacket I saw while in Paris on my honeymoon last year. I fell in love with it and really want to recreate it. The mere memory of it makes me swoon...those ruffles! I would have bought it, but at $400 it was just too expensive. Oh, and they didn't even have my size (because of course I tried it on since spending $400 on a jacket, in Paris, on your honeymoon, isn't at all crazy!).
The most ambitious of contests is Sewing with a Plan 2018 over on the Stitchers Guild forum (must be a member to see the post). This one is pretty strict in terms of color choices, but it offers the maker the chance to "be the designer." It requires 11 garments and the timeline is much shorter than any of the above: it runs from December through April, so it's much more demanding in terms of output. This one I'm obviously jumping on ASAP. And some of my #MakeNine ideas will be part of this capsule wardrobe, so that's a win!
Finally, I have my own personal monthly challenge I want to incorporate into my 2018 plans. This one was inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year and designing around a signature color. Or colors, since I'm trying to incorporate many more colors (and textures) into my wardrobe.
Whew, that's a LOT! And of course there will be the myriad of other contests and challenges that invariably pop up throughout the year, but at this point my plate is pretty full of great ideas and a road map is emerging. How many more times can I say I'm excited?!
My overall goal for the coming year is to spend more time on finishing techniques and taking my time with projects, instead of racing to finish and moving on to the next project (like I do now). I want my clothes, and those I might make for other, to be meaningful, and to last. I already have one request from my SIL for her own Bat Dress, so that's one I will definitely want to put some love into.
Here's to an exciting and prosperous 2018 for all!