Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013: Get a New Story!

My sewing goal for the new year is to be adventurous!
I want to try new things: fabrics I've not sewn with before, more challenging techniques and details, as well as products and notions that might make my sewing easier and more enjoyable. Maybe even a new style silhouette here and there, even though I feel like I have a good grasp on what works best for me. 
My first project this year incorporated a newly discovered fabric: Sherpa

Sherpa is a faux shearling that is 100% polyester. One side is like an ultra-suede  and the reverse is a pile resembling a lamb or sheep pelt. I found it easy to sew with once I did a little experimenting with feet and needles. I achieved the results I wanted with a jeans needles and jeans foot.  
McCall's 6656 was my inspiration for this jacket. I originally envisioned making my version of PattyE's, which I absolutely adore and still plan to make, but while wandering around the fabric store with the pattern I was about to purchase, I noticed view C made from shearling. And as if on cue, I happened upon a big, fat bolt of Sherpa, the "green" version of shearling. Well, okay, maybe not "green" but certainly animal friendly!
I have more details on my first 2013 adventure on Pattern Review. I'm excited about my goal of not only kicking my skills up a notch, but also stepping out of the comfort zone I've been cocooned in the last year.

If the challenge sounds like something you'd like to embark on, I'd love for you to join me in the quest to "get a new story"!