Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sew Much to Learn

It's true that I can be overzealous about learning new things.  I go through periods of inspiration where I  convince myself that I'm going to go to grad school, learn sign language, study to be conversational in Spanish again, and learn to sew... simultaneously.  I like to think I'm ambitious, but I'm probably being slightly unrealistic too.  Only slightly.  I narrowed it down to grad school and sewing in my goals for this year.

I've wanted to learn how to sew for years.  I was excited to find Alicia's Sew Series which suddenly made sewing seem less intimidating.  She is a Houston blogger and handmade shop owner (Zeeuh), and she recently upgraded her machine.  Guess who bought her one-year-old starter?  :)

I also recently found Elizabeth's Sewing 201 at E Tells Tales which includes a compilation of book recommendations, tutorials, sewing blogs, and her favorite fabric suppliers.  It is definitely a bookmark-worthy post!

It's going to take a lot of time and practice for me to feel comfortable using it, but here are a few projects I want to try by year's end:

"Oilcloth" Coasters by Martha Stewart

Mittens by A Beautiful Mess

Warm Fuzzies by The Letter 4

Travel Tissue Holder by How Charming, Zeeuh

Tooth Fairy Pillow by Martha Stewart

It doesn't surprise me that these projects have to do with cold weather and having a kid.  Even though it will be long before I'm ready to tackle it, I do want to make Gaby's doll from This Little Port too.  (I still can't believe she made it in two hours!)

Can you help a sister out?  If you have any recommendations, leave a link to a sewing tutorial you love or your favorite handmade blog in the comments.  Please, and thank you!


Jess said...

I have ZERO advice about sewing.
HA! BUT I do think it's awesome that you're getting going in learning the ropes about it....I used to wish that I could make all of my own clothes, since I have such a hard time finding ones that fit properly!

I'm sure you can relate ;)


Unknown said...

I took sewing lessons for 4 years as a kid. I seriously need to A. buy a machine B. dust off my skilzzzz!

cant wait to see your many creations!!

love love

Michelle said...

I bookmarked that blog post from E tells tales last year, and it's an awesome reference! There are some other blog posts I have bookmarked at home that I'll email you when I have a chance. I need to learn this year too, so we're doing it together! :)

Gesci said...

My sewing advice includes being sure my mom is at home when I'm working on something. Because she will be called 64 times. :)

But really, my mom taught me the basics when I was little, and while I've not made anything from a pattern (I made an a-line skirt once by tracing an existing one I had), I'm pretty competent when it comes to adjustments (not formal wear, though!), hems, dog bed covers, and coats for Sloan. Can you tell what I spend most of my time on?? Good luck, though- and you'll be amazing. You've got such determination and the natural ability to just pick stuff up, it seems- so I might put YOU on my "be at home" list soon!

Unknown said...

Good for you for setting out on a new mission! I wish I could sew, too, but the truth is that I am overly impatient when it comes to learning. Maybe your new venture will inspire some of us-I'd love to see tutorials of your projects that al of us beginners could try!

Darby Hawley said...

I got a machine last year for Christmas and have been playing with it, but have only made things for the dogs lol I cannot wait to see your that I can copy them ;-)

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you!! The machine looks good at your place ;)
I wish you much success!! :)
And I too can not wait to see what creations you come up with

Devon said...

I've always wanted to sew more too. I made (really crappy) doll clothes as a kid, but that's the extent of my sewing experience. You've inspired me and I'm bookmarking this post.

Lindsay Erin said...

2 great ones I've found for tutorials for making clothing are A Small Snippet and ElleApparel. I got my sewing machine a little over a year ago and I'm learning as I go. It's so fun!

Katie said...

I have wanted to learn how to sew for a long time, but have always been really intimidated. I'm excited to see how it goes for you and maybe learn something!

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

I am the same way about learning - there is just so much I want to learn! Spanish is on my list this year too!

Sewing more is one of my resolutions too! I'm definitely a beginner - I can sew pillows and curtains like nobody's business, but when it comes to anything other than a straight line, I struggle. I think you picked some good beginner tutorials - I'll be excited to see how they turn out!

Bev said...

i'm reading this post, and totally can think about the same scenario with the same circumstances... I don't know what it is, but during grad school, at my prime time, I decided to take on as much as I can all at once. BUT in the end, as I look back to the most stressful time I had with my dissertation, I think the reason I took on so much with school, work, and personal life was to get through each obstacle. it stimulated my mind to blog, to do a DIY, to read, and errrythang else.

what i'm trying to say is GOOD FOR YOU!!! I can envision so many projects with your new toy, and I cannot wait to see what you sew (sorry... I have NO idea how to use that machine so I don't have any projects pinned particularly for sewing).

hope you had a fantab weekend dear! xo, Bev