This is a slightly different post from my usual posts about garments I have made. I will resume those next year...And I hope to get back to commenting and posting regularly. 2017 was a bit topsy turvy
and challenging so I really found it hard to blog.
This post is a long and wordy post, quite unlike my usual picture and quick notational style that I use for my sewing posts. But sometimes lots of words are necessary...
Anyway, without further ado, To Business
Some of you know that I facilitate the Make a Garment a Month Challenge on both Facebook (closed group) and Instagram.
And some of you don't. Some of you are visiting this post because you found out about this challenge on Instagram and want to see what we are doing this year.
And some of you may be regular readers of this blog but not know that I run this challenge. And some of you will want to join in.
Make a Garment a Month has been running for some years now. It started with me mentioning on one of my blog posts that I was going to get quite busy and that I would aim to make a garment a month. Other people thought that was a good idea, and wanted to join in. That led to us writing a communal blog during 2013 and 2014 called, yes, you guessed it, Make a Garment a Month. (click on the link if you want to see what we got up to...)
Running a group blog got a little too demanding for poor old me, who works, studied at the time, runs a domestic world (doesn't that sound grand) and tries to sew and write her own blog too. So we moved to Facebook and work within a closed group.
And then Instagram started to become quite the place to also be, so I let the IG sewing world know about this challenge. Many of us post on the Facebook page as well as Instagram...the two approaches are quite different and also some people only do Facebook or Instagram, so it is a way of opening up the challenge.
Of course, when I first uttered my thought about Making a Garment a Month I had no idea it was going to become a global sewing challenge. It still amazes me. And is wonderful to see such dedicated and talented sewists all coming together to share and sew.
My original themes were always rather fun and abstract and many of you got the hang of it and had a lot of fun, and made some great theme suggestions. I have continued this idea, but I think that as we are now entering our fifth full year, it is time to freshen up the concept and get a new focus. Especially as so many more of you are taking part.
My original concept was to encourage sewers to set aside a small amount of time to regularly sew. So often life suggests we give up sewing, even though we love it, as if it was not important. But to most of us it is important and helps to restore calm and balance in our lives. I also made it a rule that sewing was to be Selfish Sewing only, because, well, in a nutshell, you are important and deserve your own Me Made Clothes and you deserve your well earned sewing time.
I always encouraged sewers to make garments that worked for them...so many challenges are not always what you want to wear. Also, I find that we are so influenced by what is going on in the social media world of sewing, that we sometimes make things that look good on other people and for other lifestyles that do not work for us! So, first and foremost, I always said sew what works for you.
This year I want to up the ante a bit and change the challenge slightly:
Over the years, I have discovered that there are consistent themes that keep recurring with sewers...the need for basics, the need to use up stash, and the need to use up a hoard of sewing patterns that you keep adding to...And consistently, we get sidetracked and still need to make up those basics, use the stash, and tackle that backlog of patterns waiting for us.
In addition, there are all sorts of stimulating challenges on the wonderful internet sewing world, from the #makenine2018 on Instagram, #2018rtwfast on Instagram and also see Sarah's blog Goodbye Valentino, Sewing Pattern Reviews various contests, stashbusting challenges, and all sorts of other wonderful sewing events that are hosted by the internet sewing community.
Now this is all very well, wonderful fun but for 2018 for 2018 I will be asking you to think about your main sewing needs and objectives. As you probably already know, I never want you to make something that does not fit your lifestyle and wardrobe needs. So, I want you to sit down and work out what you want to do this year. You also have limited time, so I want you to think about what time you have and how you want to tackle your wardrobe and sewing needs this year.
Make More Basics? Make Mini Capsule Wardrobes? Explore the Pattern Stash? Sew the Stash? Are you doing other challenger such as Makenine ?
Do you have a pile of UFOs you want to tackle? Or USI's (unrealized sewing ideas)?
Are you doing the RTW fast – in which case you may need to check what is missing in your wardrobe and prioritize that.
And are you one of these people that loves to combine all the challenges going around into one garment? That's okay too. Or do you like to just join in everything? Yes, that's okay too, just make sure one of them works for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge.
Some of you have commented that you make more than one garment a month...and yes, that is okay, I am not going to discourage you there! I often sew more than one garment a month as well, or am in the stages of toiling a garment behind the scenes. But sometimes I don't have much time to sew...in those months I always make sure though to make one garment a month for myself just to stay sane.
What Make A Garment a Month is about is making sure you commit to one garment a month that you actually make specifically for that month. It's about regular, selfish sewing time. It's also about interacting with other sewers, and making new friends, and new ideas and all the other lovely things that come with being involved.
Each month I will have a theme that you are to use along with your 2018 Sewing Plan. I use the theme to keep us motivated.
This month I will be asking you to post your 2018 MAGAM plans...this will help you focus and it will help my set my themes this month...it will be so interesting to see how other sewers think and plan! And I will also ask you to post your plans as you normally do. Instructions are always on the monthly button that I publish.
Some of you will be wanting to know how to join in. If you are on Instagram, you use your own account and publish on that, and just use the #makeagarmentamonth@sarahlizsewstyle. That way I will be able to find your posts. I also use my own account, not a dedicated account for Make a Garment a Month. It just becomes too much work for me...I volunteer my time to co-ordinate this, and it does have limits.
And if you want to join our Facebook group, you must have a Facebook account. Email me @firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an invite.
Here's to a great new Make a Garment a Month Sewing Year...
P.S. My plans are somewhat scatty at the moment, but I think I will be focused on making basics every month that plug wardrobe gaps. I am choosing simple basics because I know that I have a lot of responsibilities and demands in 2018. I also need to finish some started projects and USI's. AS for the stash...and the patterns that I need to use...the Indies I need to explore...Like you, I need to focus and write my MAGAM 2018 sewing plan and post it!