Wednesday, 23 January 2013

2013 Sewlutions

Karen has all the best ideas! Unless you've been hibernating, which would be totally understandable considering the current icy weather, you'll know about her latest clever idea to help us all achieve our sewing resolutions this year.

The 2013 Sewlutions Jar - image cheekily borrowed from Karen's blog!


Often one to back out of a scary challenge, I forced myself to get on board this time...but I decided it would be wise to keep it simple. Alongside 186 other promises, this is what I threw into Karen's jar: 

"I'll be happy if I make one dress this year that is gorgeous and that fits like a glove. I want it to be 'frosting', but frosting that I'll wear more than once."

Why am I telling you this? Because when Karen picks a random sewlution to check up on during the year, I so don't want to be the face of shame! I want to nail my sewlution earlier rather than later, so I don't end up rushing it.

I flagged up this pairing back in September 2012 and I still can't get it out of my head. I think it fits my criteria perfectly - Butterick 2315 is beautiful, yet wearable and the 1950s wool crepe will give it that frosting quality that I'm after.


Wish me luck!

Have you thrown something into the 2013 Sewlutions Jar and how do you fancy your chances of success?

As an aside, you must read Karen's breakdown of the jar's contents - it's really fascinating!

31 comments:

  1. I'm a sewlutioner too! I want to make a pair of Sewaholic Thurlow trousers, and I so hear you re nailing it sooner rather than later - I don't want to be the face of shame either! So I have just finished tracing the pattern this afternoon.

    I absolutely love your dress pattern and fabric, the shape and colours are gorgeous. Good luck with it. :)

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    1. Wow, I'm so impressed that you'e making trousers and that you've made a start already! Can't wait to see your Thurlows!

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  2. ooh, that fabric is gorgeous and it will be perfect for that dress! i'm not sure if i got my sewlution in in time to be in the jar, but mine is to make great fitting trousers. i have the juniper pattern and fabric and have it traced off, but i am majorly procrastinating for fear of the fitting!

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    1. Gosh, another trousers person...how inspiring! Good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine once you get stuck in!

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  3. "I want to nail my sewlution earlier rather than later, so I don't end up rushing it."
    Wise words, lady! I shall try to follow your lead!
    I need to get cracking on those pants complete with zipper placket because I would hate to stick out like a sore thumb among the 100+ sewlutioners!!

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    1. Well Adrienne, this is the theory at least...let's see if it follows through in practice ;o)

      Good luck with your trousers...seems like a popular (and very brave) sewlution choice!

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  4. I love your plans for the dress! the pattern and fabric are gorgeous. i would want one myself!!! hope it turns out beautifully! i'm just getting started on my sewlution that went in the jar =)

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    1. Thanks very much! Intrigued as to what yours is now...so I may have to pop over to Karen's post and have a nose ;o)

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  5. Love the pattern and the fabric! I can't wait to see it, the blue flowers are going to be perfect! I didn't get my sewlution in the jar, I chickened out. Good for you for getting a head start!

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    1. I almost chickened out too, so I know how you feel! You may achieve it by yourself anyway though!

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  6. what a nice pairing of pattern and fabric! the colors are amazing, it will be beautiful cake!

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  7. Your dress is going to be a stunner!! My sewlution was to make one thing a week. So far so good.

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    1. Wowzers, that's a challenge...good luck, you'll do brilliantly!

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  8. Love that fabric! Your dress is going to be stunning. I can't wait to see the finished product. No I didn't get in quick enough to put a sewlution in the jar. I saw the post and thought "oh i'll leave a comment later" then never did. But I am working on my 101 in 1001 items of making 20 dresses for my wardrobe and having 30 handmade items of clothing in my wardrobe. Hopefully I can take a chunk out of those goals this year.

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    1. Oh yeah, your 101 in 1001 is brilliant in itself! Can't wait to see the 20 dresses!!!

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  9. Oh, man, I'm so boring! Mine is to make a pair of trousers, too. They're my favorite thing to wear, but I've been too chicken to make any!

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    1. Are you crazy?!? Making trousers isn't boring, it's brave and exciting!!!

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  10. Your fabric is wonderful - what a find!
    I have made a sewlution too, mine is to make a pair of pants I am happy with and wear. Hmm, I really should start soon, it could take me a while to get the fit right!

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    1. Trousers has been such a popular sewlution, I feel like I've gone for the easy option ;o)

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  11. The fabric and pattern are both beautiful and together they'll be just gorgeous! Start early sounds lika a great plan... My sewloution was to draft, fit and sew a shirt for my boyfriend (I wanted it to be a challenge, and menswear is a foreign territory for me). This might be what gets me over the roadbump, the other week I was pondering a rough sewingplan for 2013 and upon remembering Karen's challenge the shirt was moved from October to March =)

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  12. The fabric is lovely. Will be back to see how it works out. My sewlouition is to make 12 items this year.

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    1. Thanks, you'll get to see sometime soon I hope! Your sewlution is great!

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  13. That pattern is delicious! And the fabric is divine. This is going to be one epic pieve of frosting!

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    1. I sure hope so Amanda! Thanks!

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  14. I love the pattern you've picked, maybe it's just the thing I'm looking for... I need to make a dress for a high tea and was hoping to also be able to wear it to a wedding later in the year, but am still trying to find 'the pattern' for it... (I'm hoping to use my liberty you see)

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  15. That fabric is just gorgeous!! I cannot wait to see this made up, I'm sure you'll get plenty of wear out of it! If you don't, please feel free to send it my way :)

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  16. Oh goodie goodie!! I'm so glad, as I remember you showing this off last year and it's such a perfect match of pattern and fabric. Cannot wait to see your perfect 2013 dress Marie!!

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