Introducing Sewvember

Sewvember_transparentIf you’ve been here a while you know I love a good challenge. You might also know that usually during November I’m waist-deep in NaNoWriMo projects, but this year I decided to accept my own challenge, facing the fact that closing the doors of my fabric closet are getting ridiculously difficult to close…

the ideaThe idea for Sewvember was born out of frustration. I felt like all I ever did with my sewing was repairing stuff, patching things, some altering, doing lots of small projects, mostly for others. I felt like I neglected what brought me the most joy in sewing: creating something from scratch for myself, basically bending fashion to my will, or making something just for the fun of it. I felt like practical sewing took up all the space and energy I had for the creative use of fabric, and that bothered me. Even worse, I didn’t dare to start bigger projects anymore because I dreaded the chaos they would bring with them before I even made the first stitch. At the very same time, I saw all the potential in what feels like square miles of fabric in my stash and wanted to do something about it.

Through experience, I know that a challenge might help me with that. A month of creative folly, just sewing for myself, not just to keep things together but to create something new, and to finally get going on that fabric stash might be exactly what I need.

I’d like to invite you to join me in this challenge, maybe to hold each other accountable, or just to show off our new creations, but more on that at the end of the post. Before you get on board you might want to know what the rules are…

the rulesIt’s easy, you make your own. The only set thing is that every day you should work on something sewn, but if that’s hand- or machine-stitched, a piece or a seam a day, by weight or surface, an hour or ten minutes each day: that’s completely up to you.

Here are the “rules” (more like guidelines, anyway) I set for myself:

  1. Sew every day.
  2. Use up a square meter of fabric each day (on average)
  3. Alterations count for half their actual surface
  4. No new fabrics, stash only!
  5. Keep track of square meters, but also of lenght of ribbon, trim and lace used
  6. Make at least 5 pieces for yourself only

my plansOf course, there’s a list of things I want to make already. This is by no means exhaustive, just a few projects I’ve got on mind for this month:

  1. Quilt something onto my wool thow blanket I use in Winter
  2. An Edwardian walking skirt, inspired by Bernadette Banner
  3. Two stoppers to keep my balcony door open during Summer
  4. Wool pants for my Edwardian worker aesthetic needs
  5. A historical mystery project!

How about you? What are your projects this month, and are you going to join me in Sewvember (feel free to use the graphic on top of the post!)? I know, I know, I should have announced it earlier, but joining later is always a possibility (next year I’ll surely say something a week before or so).

Have a lovely month, no matter which challenges you face!

2 thoughts on “Introducing Sewvember

  1. I am planning to sew two skirts this month, because I need them to fill gaps in my winter wardrobe and buying isn’t an option because the current fashion industry’s taste and mine are not compatible. But I won’t make a challenge out of it because I just finished inktober (and I am very proud I managed to draw something every day) and now I need a challenge break.

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