Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Journey This Year...

Last year really felt like I was just sewing through the motions ~ lazy sewing. I made a lot of basics and did some okay sewing but the imagination, exploration and general joy was missing from my sewing, in my opinion.  And let's face it, though I love that you guys follow along with my sewing dreams, my opinion is the one that counts most!

So since I need to construct another wardrobe *sigh* I want to add some of that joy and exploration back into my sewing and my closet.  While there will be basics - hey I need new closer fitting black, navy and gray suits - I will add some fun and funky pieces to go along with them.  

I also want to sew some complicated, unusual pieces that really are me. I wear more classic silhouettes for work but personally I look more like this, this or this. I feel like I need to stretch my sewing wings. 

Also, in years past, I've bought and shared alot of fabric here. I don't know if you've been paying attention but last year and fo sho this year there will be a lot less fabric being bought around here.  I really need to delve deeply into the fabric collection and play with some of the beauties shelved there.

Today, I opened the curtains to the main section of the fabric collection because I was looking for some black fabric...and it was awesome touching some of those gorgeous pieces. So I apologize up front that many of the items that get made this year will be from "stashed" fabric.

I want my sewing journey this year to be a combination of many different things...so erase last year from your memories...because this year is going to be vastly different and I'm sooooooo excited about it!

A pic of my view...


Finally, I'm headed to The Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Pullayup this week.  I will be there for the weekend - Saturday and Sunday - so if anyone is around, I would love to meet up! I will be with my girl Gaylen (GMarie) so leave a message on the blog or at my email and I will try to meet up with you.

(photo credit:  Sewing & Stitchery Expo)

I'm not taking any classes but I'm so thrilled to be going that I don't know what to do!  Seriously, sewing bucket list adventures here!  This means there will be no posting here this weekend but I hope to do a recap when I return...or you can follow my adventures on Instagram.  I will be taking pictures of everything and everyone in sight and posting to Instagram. Did I say I was excited!  Seriously excited!!!!



31 comments:

  1. Great links to your Pinterest photos - the weight is melting away! It is particularly noticeable around your face - well done to you! Looking forward to seeing what you will be making!

    Enjoy the show, it looks as though it would be fun!

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  2. OH! I have followed your blog for years and I would so love to meet you. But this will be the first Puyallup Sew Expo I have missed in about 20 years. I need to go to Salt Lake this weekend on family business that can't be put off. I will miss meeting you. So sad.

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  3. Also...there will be classes you can still get tickets to. Do a couple! Also, see some of the fashion shows. The vendors can seem like quilt-topia, but it is not a "quilting" show. There is lots for fashion sewing enthusiasts.

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  4. Oh dangnation, I am at SewExpo only on Thursday! Visit the Treasures of the Gypsy - they have amazing trims and are wonderful people. Pendleton should have a booth again, pretty decent deals for their wools. And get a scone with jam and appreciate that we still haven't had winter out here. Safe travels!

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  5. I'm jealous of you visiting Puyallup. Went there in 2011, want to go again! Make sure you pop by Coni Crawford's booth and say hello to my friend Janet who is over there working & learning with Coni. :) Lucky duck!

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  6. All the way across the country! Sorry to miss you. I'll be there Thursday and Friday. Enjoy--it's great fun!

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  7. I look forward to seeing you there, Carolyn!!

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  8. Have fun!!! Both in Puyallup and with your sewing :)

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  9. I will accept absolutely NO apologies from you for stitching from your stash. You have miles of amazing fabric on-hand, and I can't wait to see what you do with it. Plus, I'm part of a Stashbusting group on Facebook, your sewing plan fits right in with my theme this year too. Have a great time at your Expo!!

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  10. This is so exciting for you. Enjoy Puyallup and give us a full report!

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  11. So excited for you, Carolyn! Just hanging out with other crazy for sewing women will put a spring in your step!

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  12. You're going to love it! I would love to meet up with you but I'll only be there Friday. Have missed the last two years so will be bringing lots of money. Be prepared for the crowds. The whole thing is pretty overwhelming the first time you go but you'll have fun.

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  13. my 1st thought was wow look at all that fabric lol but then if I were to gather all of mine up how much there would really be lol! fabric just draws us , so many ladies had on polka dots at Church this past Sun . so what did I do yep went right out & bought polkadots not one but 2 lol! have fun at the Expo & happy sewing!

    Helen

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  14. I am so excited to see your sewing from your stash, I just cannot wait to see the amazing pieces you have. Then I am so jealous, going to Puyallup with Gaylen - you lucky ladies. Have fun there for me, too!

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  15. Wish I had your fabric stash. That expo looks exciting

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  16. So excited to see what the year will bring for you. You are such an inspiration! It's going to be a great 2015. And you are absolutely right ... your opinion is the one that counts the most!!

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  17. "sewing through the motions"-- what a great way to put it, not that i thought you were. i am so excited to see what emerges from the cave...there's so much in there, it's going to feel like new fabric anyways. truly--shopping from the cave!

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  18. It looks like we are going to see some amazing outfits this year, not that I didn't enjoy the journey last year. Have a great time at Puyallup, I've just worked out I can go again next year.

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  19. Oh my, your collection is so wonderful! :) Have fun in Puyallup with Gaylen! You guys are going to have so much fun! That will certainly be inspiring!

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  20. I had a great day in Puyallup today - took 2 classes . Back tomorrow - Sat night. My first time here & it's been great so far 😄

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  21. Have SO much fun in Puyallup! I'm excited for your recap!

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  22. Carolyn, Oh my goodness, I am so excited you will be at the Expo. I would love to meet up with you and Gaylen, I will be emailing you my contact info. Wear comfortable shoes!

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  23. I have been following your blog quietly for a few years and now I want to tell you how much you have inspired me to keep up the fashion sewing through that time. I have now started sharing what I make through my own blog so thank you for motivation. Have a great time at the expo.

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  24. Oh drat! I'm skipping Puyallup this year! I would have LOVED to meet up with you. Have a fabulous time. Look for Vogue Fabrics, they have great deals. Also Marci Tilton's booth. She has interesting things. Pendleton for wool, and for heavens sake wear super comfy shoes. It's huge. oh! Be sure to see the fashion shows on saturday. So much fun. Did i mention that it's HUGE?? :)

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  25. This post is very inspiring and exciting Carolyn, I can't wait to see what you will make. I hope that you enjoy the Expo.

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  26. You have an amazing stash -- it should be fun to "shop" it this year for your new wardrobe. Have a great time at the expo!

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  27. I will be there Sunday. I hope you are having a great time. Be sure to get a scone. (It gives you super powers to carry your haul!)

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  28. Oh wow, please accept a hug from me for you, and a hug from me for Gaylen - perhaps you could exchange them to each other.

    I am so excited for you. Oh my, you will be going to such a wonderous gathering of like minds. Sending care and many huggles to you and to Gaylen, Michelle downunder in Wellington, New Zealand

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  29. What a fantastic and HUGE fabric stash! My entire stash is smaller than that, and I was thinking that I had too much.

    Good luck on your fresh new sewing plans, and have fun at the expo!

    Summer

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  30. It was grand to see you at Sew Expo. I sent you an email at the address in the side bar. Gaylen and you seem to be having a wonderful time. Aren't sewing friends the absolute best?

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