Since my last post nine days ago, I’ve learned that some of the yearlong projects I planned on joining for 2019 are not going to work for me. The Sew Your Own Style sew-along is definitely on this year, but it’s only taking place on Instagram, a social network I don’t use. A new schedule has been posted for a Curvy Year of Sewing, but it’s not going to be a month-by-month effort as in previous years. There will be theme months, and I might sign up for some of them if the featured projects interest me, but it’s not something that will keep me engaged for the entire year. Meanwhile, The Monthly Stitch already has theme months, and not only have I participated in the past, but I’ve also blogged on the group’s web site about my finished projects. So for now, I think I’ll stay focused on the latter’s monthly activities.
In other news, I recently found a nicely organized Facebook group where I can sew with like-minded people who will challenge me. And when all is said and done, there will be prizes. Who doesn’t like a friendly competition and prizes? The group is called Sewalongs & Sewing Contests, and it’s where I’m working on a mini capsule for myself. The mini capsule features four pieces of clothing that layer from the inside out! I’ve completed two layers already and am thrilled with this new opportunity!
One of my other favorite sewing groups on Facebook, the one sponsored by Violette Field Threads, has voted on the pattern for this month’s sew-along, and it’s the Reese. I’ve made this dress before, so this will be an easy sew for me.
And here are a few more updates for you on what I’ve been doing for the past few days:
Grandchildren aren’t my only focus when it comes to family sewing projects. I recently made dresses for two of my grandnieces as well, and I just received the following photos of the girls. They’re such happy little sisters. Their grandmother, my older sister, never had the joy of meeting them, but I know she would’ve loved them to pieces.
So there you have it: a full update on my plans, and a review of some of my recent creations. The Violette Field Threads sew-along for the month runs Jan. 14-20. The next, to make the Love Notions zip-up pullovers, will run Jan. 21-27. With these two sew-alongs, plus the cardigans and the dinosaur clothes mentioned directly above, I expect to be very busy for the remainder of this month!