and now for something fun

To everyone! Thank you for your comments on my last post about a certain comment. I’ve taken the post down because honestly, I’m not feeling good about it anymore. I think you can all relate when you’ve made mistakes and I do feel maybe, it was a mistake to address this particular comment in this way. I’m definitely human and I totally make mistakes – I’m just a regular gal, you know. Also, I know many of you are concerned about the legalities of my employee co-op situation. I’ve looked into it and its legal (in the state of Utah) and for future, I’ll refer to it as a volunteer situation as that more aptly describes how things are working at this moment in time. I’m not going to go into specifics, but all the bases are covered. Many, many have given advice to me about disclosing more than I should. Thank you for your concern. I really do appreciate it and I’ll give it some more thought as I go forward in this new venture. For now, let’s get back to the business of sewing, shall we?


I’m a contestant for Season 3 of Project Sewn. I gave a small hint back in December about it (something to the effect of I would be making a whole new wardrobe) and now we’ve got about a month to go before its here. I thought it would be fun to give you a little insight into my thoughts for this upcoming competition. All my ideas are sketched out and ready to be sewn and I’ve gotten to work on my first project and almost have it completed. I’m running just a little behind, but I think I’ll end up being just fine.

The wonderful ladies who run Project Sewn gave us all of the info that we would need by early December. Yes. They are awesome. For some crazy reason, I assumed the challenges were one week challenges meaning that you would have to complete an entire outfit in one week and that scared the living daylights out of me. Thankfully, that is not the case. They give you plenty of time to get ready and produce some really high quality material for the challenges. This is actually really really good for me. When December finally rolled around, I hadn’t touched my machine in weeks. During December, I barely touched it too, but I have come to realize that deadlines are a good thing for my sewing productivity. I’ve started making my outfits and have given myself some specific timelines for when certain things need to be accomplished. I have come to realize over the years that this really works well for me. I know deadlines don’t work for everyone, but I will say, they definitely work for me. This turned out to be quite fortuitous as it has not only challenged me but it will give me a whole new mini wardrobe in the end. So awesome.


The whole concept of me being in this competition was something I found, well, interesting. The challenges are not easy for me because I am someone who has at long last come to the realization that what I would love to sew and what I actually wear are two different things. I mean, I came to this realization a couple of years ago and have been striving only to make wearable garments since then. But the idea of being in a competition and not being able to wow anyone with everyday wardrobe items kind of killed my enthusiasm – at first. I was very much against the idea of creating anything costumey. Like at all. I chatted with my mister about it and he agreed. It was very important that I create items that I would wear again and again and reach for all the time. So I will be creating only garments that are part of my everyday uniform of sorts for this competition. I have to tell you, I’m soooooo excited for you to see everything I’ll be making. I’ll be unveiling everything in due time, even if I’m not the lucky winner (which I’m totally A.OK with, I mean this is just friendly competition and I’m very excited to be apart of it).

I’m also very excited to see what the other ladies come up with. This is what makes this contest so fun to watch. The line-up of participants is pretty great and I’m quite sure we’ll all be wowed by the makes. Sheesh! Excitement abounds folks! Hip Hip Hooray!

Have you ever participated in a sewing competition? How do deadlines work for you? And seriously, what about making items that you will wear everyday? Is it hard, or is that just me?


26 thoughts on “and now for something fun

  1. I’m really excited about this round of Project Sewn! Can’t wait to see what you all create. As a procrastinator, deadlines are really helpful for me. I was working on a lap quilt top before leaving for a work trip and I was up until 1:30am getting it pieced together(it was coming with me on the trip). I got 3 hours of sleep before getting up to finish packing and leave for the trip, but that quilt top was done!!

  2. I look forward to seeing what you and the other participants come up with. I’m glad to hear that you will be making pieces for your ‘uniform’. I don’t sew often but when I do, I try to make things I will actually wear. Seeing “real” clothes on blogs is actually more inspirational to me than all the frilly dresses (not hating – they are lovely and that may be those folks’ uniform!) I love getting fabric and pattern ideas from others and this is a super talented crop of sewists!

    Good luck!

  3. I have only recently realized that I have sewn several things last year only to wear them once of twice. my goal is to sew things for daily wear and I am doing the Ready to Wear Fast so that includes basics like tees and pants. I usually stress about deadlines but then happy to have then otherwise I may not complete items and they will end up in my UFO section. I look forward to seeing what you create.

  4. How exciting! I’m looking forward to seeing your garments, I’m sure they’ll be interesting, beautiful and perfectly executed.
    When I started writing for Sew News, I faced a challenge of completing my articles and garments within a given time frame. At first I was frustrated by the deadline, but now I’m quite used to it and work well when having a specific date on my mind. It helps a lot the fact that I am more accurate now than I used to be before when evaluating how much time I would need to complete the given task.

  5. I was so surprised to see you in the line up, not because you aren’t amazing, but because you’ve got so much going on right now! I’m so relieved on your behalf to know they aren’t one week challenges 🙂 I’m really looking forward to seeing what you’ve made, and I love that they are wardrobe staples!

  6. How exciting Sunni. I have to say, this seems a great competition to get yourself spurred on to create a new wardrobe. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you stitch up.

  7. When I first started my blog, I made a lot fancy dresses. Last year, I switched focus and starting making more wearable garments and I think it was because I was influenced by other bloggers who made more casual clothing. But that’s not me. I’m totally an Anthro and Free People gal – I love dresses and will get dressed up to go to Whole Foods. I’ve gone back to making what I wear, dresses, even if they’re a little fancier than what most people would call everyday.

  8. Thanks for bringing this up. The question of sewing vs wearing is an interesting one to me. I like to wear what I sew, and that means I tend to sew a lot of casual garments. I enjoy the challenge of making an everyday item unique and wonderful, without turning it into a costume. However, every once in a while I break out of this mold, and that can be wonderful too. Last summer I was invited to a fancy party, and took the opportunity to make a beautiful cocktail dress. I’m not sure I’ll ever wear it again, but I learned so much from the fitting and construction process that it was totally worth it! (Also, I’m insanely proud of the result.) 🙂

  9. I’m delighted to see that you are back sewing again. I often wonder how you manage to fit in all the things you do – and now a shop- well done! I hope that it all goes well for you.

    On the sewing front I seem to make clothes for those special occasions like weddings, the things you only wear once and hate to spend a fortune on while the everyday gear can be purchased without the same guilt factor. I do make lots more than “special occasion clothes” but quite often I find that things I make turn out much more “dressy” than I had intended/expected when I started a project and I don’t get as much wear from it as a result. I wonder have you had that experience as well?

    Anyway as a lurker out here who delights in your blogs and the help that you give people like me — thanks, and as regards the shop to hell with the begrudgers!

  10. I am so excited the this season of Project Sewn, thanks for sharing how it works. Also, I so agree with your statement about sewing what you will wear. I have been trying my best to do this.

  11. First off, congratulations in being chosen for this season of Project Sewn! And, isn’t it serendipity that this opportunity presented itself when you needed it most. I look forward to seeing your creations, and to reading more about the process.

  12. I’m so happy we doing this together. I got one two garments half made. Procrastination all the way so luckily deadlines help

  13. I haven’t heard of Project Sewn but can’t wait to see your mini wardrobe.
    I don’t much care for deadlines (other than self-imposed ones) but I do like to sew regularly to keep the mojo going. I try not to sew for my fantasy life but for the one I have.

  14. I’m so excited you’re a contestant in Project Sewn!! …but I don’t know how on earth I’m going to be able to vote with so many wonderful ladies involved whom I adore! Regardless, I’m really looking forward to seeing how you interpret each challenge.


  15. i am so excited to see you compete in project sewn! the lineup is spectacular, i’m sure it will be extremely difficult deciding who to vote for! i’m glad you’re deciding to sew true to yourself and stick to things that will be worn–in my opinion, even the everyday things can be fun and challenging. best of luck!

  16. I was in a kids sewing competition called Project Run & Play run by Liz & Elizabeth as well and it really pushed me to do some of my best work. I didn’t think I was competetive until it started. I sewed week to week and didn’t really prepare anything beforehand so it was stressful. I got out in the fourth week.

  17. Congrats Sunni, that’s such exciting news! Best of luck, and hope you enjoy the process. : )

    As for sewing everyday items vs. costumes – I’m totally with you. I want to reach for my handmade garments everyday and be comfortable wearing them. They also have to be functional for my lifestyle. Needless to say, I don’t sew a lot of fancy dresses!

  18. Hi Sunni – It was great to see all the great advice that was given by commenters concerning your previous post and I’m happy to find that you have sorted through all the legalities and are back on track.

    I have never participated in a sewing competition before (even though I do dream of being a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee!), but I have done a sew-along which included deadlines. I find deadlines to be very helpful when endeavoring to do something new and different. Without them, I find myself wavering at those difficult times in a project and winding up pushing aside the project for weeks. Deadlines give me that extra motivation to get to the finish line.

    And making everyday type of garments? Is it hard? I am more of the process type of sewer, so it really doesn’t matter to me what I am making. However, I always look forward to trying something radically different then my previous project. Just to keep it more exciting.

  19. The other day I went into your store after being introduced to this blog through the Project Sewn blog. Your fabric was beautiful and staff was so kind and knowledgeable. It felt so comfortable. Money is tight for my family so I am sure I will only be able to be an occasional stopper by but I will try my best to spread the word. I hope to be in soon to buy a beautiful cobalt knit that I spotted and the Refrew top pattern.

  20. I got back into sewing about 3 years ago, and the first things I made were not at all the kinds of things I would wear everyday..or even a couple of times a year ! I quickly realised I had to expand my sewing skills to be able to sew what I like to wear. And that meant learning to sew knits. I have ventured into knits with some baby clothing, and a couple of skirts for my daughter- in- law, but nothing yet for me.

    I also have made a few blouses, and I am slowly learning to pick patterns and fabric that suit my lifestyle. It is still a work in process, as I am drawn to gorgeous dresses that I would have nowhere to wear !

  21. I’m all about deadlines! Give me a wedding and a dress to make, and I get it finished. Give me some boiled wool, and no deadline, and I will finish it in April and not be able to wear it for months. I think sewing what you like to wear is perfect, because you know it will fit well, and you will feel cool in it! I have a stash full of dressy fabrics, that just gather dust because I don’t go to dressy places often. What I need are knit tops, jackets, pants, and a few skirts, things I will wear all the time. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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