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!
CLOSET CREDITS - ATLANTIC SEWING GUILD SUMMER CHALLENGE 2018
• 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!