The 2013 Style The Stash Sew-A-Long will start on 1st June and run until 31st December 2013.
This is planned to be a low key, fun, interactive sew-a-long where we all try and help each other make lovely garments out of our stashes.
As the Sew-A-Long will run for 7 months that will give us lots of options to use both summer and winter fabrics from our stash (unless you live in the tropics, of course). And a festive season as well.
Unlike other sew-a-longs there will be no pledges to use a certain amount of your stash as this is always doomed to fail - just like those resolutions at new year, or the "I will only eat healthy foods for two weeks" and then falling helplessly in the path of a stray chocolate. Yes, we stash-a-holics know that we can't just stick to stash for too long, because next piece of gorgeous fabric always happens to derail our good intentions.
This is to be, therefore, a totally guilt free, pleasure only, stash busting sew-a-long. Of course, if all you want to do is sew stash, then that is okay as well - if you want to commit to that then that goal will be supported.
And it is quite understood that you may well want to purchase fabrics and make clothes outside this stash sew-a-long and that's okay too. This is more about stash awareness and making sure the stash gets a look in as well! And to motivate you to sew, sew, sew....
It would be lovely to get to know each other and find out about our stashes and our sewing plans - after all, a stash is a wondrous thing to dream about our gorgeous stylish wardrobe that we are going to have one day - if we could only get around to sewing that stash. So, please post a comment with your plans - or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put them in a blog post - if you want to do this of course. If you would prefer to keep your plans private, then that is okay too :-) Or, if your plans are subject to daily changes of plan (as mine often are), we will all quite understand! That's the nature of the sewjo sometimes.
This Sew-A-Long is planned to be interactive, so each week I will put up a post so that we can communicate about our stash sewing or our frustrations or any other sort of sewing chit chat. We have participants from all over the world so it would be lovely to take the time to get to know each other.
2013 STYLE THE STASH SEW-A-LONG GUIDELINES
Some Sew-A-Longs have monthly guidelines and deadlines. While some people find this helpful, a lot of us find that it also creates pressure as sewing is often used as a stress reducer in some people - it's our own space and time, so it's nice to keep the pace relaxed. And, sometimes the month starts without you starting the project, and inevitably life intervenes before the deadline. And we "fail" again.
None of that here. There will be no such thing as failure :-)
But guidelines do help keep us anchored so:
1. Every month- plan to make a garment from your stash. If you really have a sewjo moment, make more items in a month!
2. If an item is unfinished for that month - don't worry about it, just finish it the next month.
3. If for some reason you can't make a garment a month, stay involved and just make what you can when you can.
4. Post your garment when it is completed and let me know - I'll organise a gallery of everyone's work.
Every month I will suggest garments to make. These will be suggestions only. You can make anything you want of course - its your stash, your sewing and your style that is important and keeping your motivated to working towards your stash goals.
Some ideas to think about making from your stash:
*Coordinated Capsule Wardrobe - 3 tops, 2 bottoms, and a jacket/cardigan to layer over it.
*Skirt, Pants, Blouse, Jacket, Dress, Accessories, Xmas/Festive/Thanksgiving/Holiday/New Year outfit
*Something colourful, something with stripes/geometric pattern, something floral.
*Sundress, Beach Wear, Casual Outfit, Jeans, Nighties/loungewear, Children's clothes
*Black and White outfit
*Little Black Dress
* Knitted Fabric garment
* Xmas gift
CURRENT LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:Far from http://farsland.blogspot.com
Judy from http://sewblessedmaw.blogspot.com
Jenny from http://jennysews2.blogspot.com
Janine from http://janines-sewingspree.blogspot.com
Faye from http://fayessewingadventure.blogspot.com
Mrs Smith from http://sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com
Dk's wife from http://howzenful.blogspot.com
Ellen from http:// lnsews.blogspot.com
Mary from http://kf-biblioblog.blogspot.com
Judith at http://doobee64.blogspot.com
L, at http:// yousewgirl.blogspot.com
Beata at http://redpointtailor.wordpress.com
Angelathecreativediva at http://riange.blogspot.com
Dorothy Dot Dot at http://sewingfunthings.blogspot.com
Beverly at http://bjsewmuchmore.blogspot.com
Towanda at http:// lifeissewsewgood.blogspot.com
Hana at http://velvetribbonsew.blogspot.com
Jacq C at http://agoodtalkingto.blogspot.com
Kathy S - do you have a blog Kathy? I f not you can email any ideas, comments or pictures to me at email@example.com.
If I have missed anyone out, or spelt your name incorrectly, or have not got your blog address correct, please let me know.
And if you would like to join as well, or have some suggestions, please let me know.
Sarah Liz :-)