The Love to Sew Podcast recently had an episode about facing your sewing fears. I must admit I have quite a few sewing fears. I often tell myself when I get better at sewing then I’ll try making X, Y, and Z. However, this episode reminded listeners the only way to get better at sewing is to actually just sew. So we should just tackle those projects that scare us. I think this is so true. So I’m setting the following sewing goals so I can try to face my sewing fears in 2018. 🙂
Make a pair of jeans
Making a pair of jeans was actually on my list of items that I wanted to make for last fall. However, I never made it to this project. So it’s going to be first on my list of sewing fears to face. I even bought the yellow denim thread for my topstitching. When I was making plans for sewing a pair of jeans last fall I was not planning on doing any decorative topstitching with yellow thread. Mainly because I was afraid that my topstitching lines would not look straight enough. However, the only way I can get better at topstitching is to actually topstitch. So I’ll probably just use some fabric scraps and cut out some pockets and practice topstitching.
Make a pair of pants for myself
Hopefully, after making a pair of jeans, I’ll be less afraid of making a pair of pants. For my first pair of pants, I’ll probably make McCall’s M7098 view E. I’ve had this pattern since 2016, so I’ve been wanting to make it for a long time.
Sew a Vogue Designer Pattern
Last year I faced my fear of sewing a Vogue pattern when I made myself this sheath dress using Vogue V9202.
While making Vogue 9202 definitely boosted my confidence, I’m still intimated by the Vogue designer patterns. However, I’m going to just go for it and try making one sometime this year. Vogue recently released their Spring 2018 patterns and there is a really cute Badgley Mischka dress pattern available. It’s definitely one of their designer patterns that I’m currently loving.
Make a bra
This might be TMI, but after breastfeeding both of my kids. I have a hard time finding bras that fit me well. And every time I complain about my ill-fitting bras, my husband tells me I should just make my own bras. I’ve really been wanting to make one too, but I’ve let fear get the best of me. I’ve had the Simplicity 8228 pattern for a bralette in my pattern stash since 2016. Yet, I’ve never attempted to make it. That will change this year. I’m going to buy everything that I need for this pattern and attempt to make a bra this Spring. 🙂
Sew a Coat and/or Jacket
I really want to sew myself a coat next fall. I love the Clare coat by Closet Case patterns and I’d like to try making it this year.
I might even try to make a jacket this spring. There are some cute bomber jacket patterns available. I especially like the jacket pattern included with the Simplicity 8222 jeans pattern.
Not all of my sewing goals are about tackling fears. Some of my sewing goals are just things that I want to do this year. Like learning more, sewing with my kids, and sewing for others.
Learn how to use different presser feet
There are several different presser feet that came with the sewing machine that I got last Christmas that I have never used. One of my goals this year is to learn when to use these different presser feet and actually practice using them.
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Learn to self-draft a pattern
I really want to learn how to learn how to draft my own patterns using my personal measurements. I think it would be cool to be able to create a pattern for something that I’ve seen in a store and then sew it for myself. There are classes available on Craftsy and Creativebug that teach you how to draft your own patterns. So I will definitely utilize one of these courses to learn how to self-draft a pattern.
Make at least one thing for my husband
I have not attempted to make my husband anything since my mom and I made these father and son matching shirts.
They were actually the first items that I made using a pattern. I think it would be nice to make my husband a button down shirt like this but using a Batman, Zelda, or Mario fabric. 🙂
Try to convince my son to sew a project with me
I’m going to try to convince my son to sew something with me. He loves sewing and he just got his own sewing machine for Christmas. So I think it would be fun to pick a project and work on it together from start to finish. Not that he needs my help, he would probably end up teaching me something new. I just think it would be fun for us to sew something together.
Sew with my daughter
Last year, my daughter and I decided that we would work on sewing something together on every Thursday. But we both keep forgetting about our Thursday sewing plans. So hopefully, this year we will do a better job of remembering that Thursdays are for mother-daughter sewing time. I would like for us to tackle some easy sewing projects together like an apron, a pin cushion, and a pillowcase. Then maybe work our way up to a simple skirt and dress.
As you can see I have a lot of sewing goals for 2018. I can’t wait to share my experiences as I tackle some of my fears and complete my sewing goals for the year.