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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Something to share: the summer challenge from my sewing guild

I am lucky enough to belong to a really interesting and active local sewing guild. At our last meeting before the summer the challenge project for the  period until we meet again in the fall was released.

Every year the summer challenges have been very interesting. I always look forward to seeing what other sewers have produced, but this one really spoke to me.

Unlike challenges in the past, which have largely been about technique or design, this one was focused on wardrobing, and that's a topic constantly on my mind.

It also occurred to me that some of you would be interested in the ideas expressed by this challenge so I have decided to share it here.

Credit to the marvellous Leeanne White for dreaming this one up!



• To make three items between now and the Oct meeting that are a credit to your closet (or wardrobe).
• One of the three items can be hand-knitted

 Definitions of Credit (Merriam Webster)

• “something that adds to one’s reputation”
 It should be something that adds to the overall quality and functionality of your wardrobe.

• “recognition by name of a person’s contribution to a performance”
 It should make a significant contribution to the performance of your wardrobe.

• “recognition by a school that a student has fulfilled the requirements of a program”

 It should fulfil the following requirements:

1. Must fill a gap in your wardrobe. Just knowing that you have this item in your closet will give you joy.
2. Must be a hard-working addition to your wardrobe. You will reach for this item over and over again.
3. Must go with several of your existing garments and/or be suitable for many of your lifestyle requirements. They do not need to go with each other, although that would be a bonus.

We have all made things that hang in our closet without hardly ever being worn, even though they
may fit, and we truly love them, but ---

▪ they don’t go with anything we own,
▪ they don’t fit our lifestyle
▪ we just don’t feel good wearing them.

This is usually a result of making something because we love the fabric and/or pattern or there was a sale we couldn’t pass up, but we haven’t really stopped to consider how the item is going to function as part of our wardrobe.

This challenge will, hopefully, result in items that DO NOT fit into the above categories.

And those are the only criteria your makes must meet. The items that will fulfil the requirements of a closet credit will be different for everyone of us.

Pinterest and Instagram are great sources of inspiration and ideas.

So, come to the October 2018 meeting ready to show us your Closet Credits and tell us little bit about how your makes met the requirements for your wardrobe.

PS – completing three Closet Credits for the October meeting is ambitious, so if you manage to get one or two done you have still succeeded and we will want to see and here about them!!

And most important of all – HAVE FUN!


Jodie said...

I love this idea! I do have some pieces that are "lonely" in my closet and others that I wear (and wear and wear) and make me happy every time I do. Something to think about.

tmd said...

This is a useful challenge, although as I was reading the blurb as if I were participating I was thinking “it’d be a t-shirt...another t-shirt...okay, maybe a silk t-shirt.” (We may be a tad too casual down here at the hot end of the continent.) I’ll be interested to see what you make.

Marg in Alberta said...

I think I’ll take this challenge! I have NO shorts for summer... so I think I’ll try the Sewaholic Thurlow shorts!
Love this!

Marion said...

This is a well thought out challenge. Living on the east coast what is really needed is a set of " three layer breathable" jacket pants combos. Ones that are serviceable but still look smart. I have the fabric, all the bits and bobs, the patterns are Closet Case Patterns Clare jacket, Hot Patterns Hemmingway and almost for sure an Extream Exposure wind pant. They won't be summer sewing but penciled in for September .

Leigh said...

Great challenge! Can't wait to see what you do. :) said...

When I look at the items I reach for time and time again, they are the garments that fit well, are comfortable to wear and make me look good. Whether it's a t-shirt or pair of pants or a sweater, if they fit that criteria and - bonus - I get compliments, that is what I reach for.