Hi Everyone - we're up and running with lots of you coming on board- which is fantastic - we need to do all we can to encourage everyone's sewing efforts.
This is a challenge that is really about you, not me and my blog - it's just that all challenges have to have a home base somewhere. So I will be thinking of you all and making sure I catch up with you all on your blogs.
I do ask that you grab the button in the sidebar and put it on your blog so that other people can join in and feel connected to the wider sewing community. I've found it a fantastic experience and it would be lovely to share that around.
If you are new to this blog, and want to join the challenge, just leave me a comment or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can add you to the blog roll.
I have posted the rules, such as they are, in the Top Bar - go to the Make a Garment a Month Challenge and you will find them there. The blog roll is also there. Please do label your garment on your blog as your Make a Garment a Month garment.
Of course, many of you make more than one garment a month, so keep going - but pick one as your garment. And some of you struggle with time - I would suggest in that case picking something really simple or a TNT and doing just a tiny bit every day as your "me" time - and you will have a garment at the end as well.
You can really do anything you like - some of you want to use stash - that's a great idea, especially for those of you in the 2013 Style the Stash Sew A Long which I am facilitating - and so many of you in this doing such wonderful work to make this blog a great success. - so far well over 570 yards has been used up by our stylish sewers. Our address: www.stylethestashsewalong.blogspot.com
*****My October garment will be a simple dress - it is years since I have made one. I have problems fitting my back, so want to work on that issue and get something slightly wearable made by the end of the month.
I've picked New Look 6095 - the picture is not clear, I downloaded it:
This is a simple shift with bust darts, back zip and back darts. I am going to make the version with sleeves.
I have chosen a simple black and white print - it's a quilting cotton. I don't like using craft cottons for dresses because they tend to be too stiff, but I think this will be fine for a first dress - it won't be perfect and the pattern on this will help hide the fact.
I was going to make patterned pants out of the fabric, but after seeing so many pairs from lots of cheap outlets, I decided to move away from a very mainstream trend (which means also that the trend is nearing the end of it's cycle) and make a dress from it instead.
Looking forward to seeing your plans, or for those of you that don't post plans, the finished garment at the end of October