To make myself a sharply tailored three piece suit, crisp fitted cotton shirt and heavy winter coat.

I am however starting from the very beginning, again. I may have some sewing experience but it is years past and I am not convinced that I was very good in the first place. Fit and cut were certainly issues. I was impatient. Techniques were not practiced, muslins were tolerated but quickly done and not utilised in their fullest capacity.

So first I start with t-shirts – for myself, my husband and our baby boy (soon to be toddler). Then a skirt or two, some cheesy Christmas pyjamas for all the family and a simple shift dress to move it all forward. From there some slim trousers for me and after that, I’m not sure what is next. Probably a wrap blouse and shirt dress before moving on to formal shirts, waistcoats and tailored trousers. Maybe I’ll make a pair or six of jeans at this point. After all that, and no doubt with a some other projects in between and multiple variations of some of those listed before, then I’ll look to start on jackets and coats.

For the sake of tracking progress here is a rough order of progressing for me to amend and cross off as time goes on:

  • Loose t-shirt
  • Fitted t-shirt
  • Semi-fitted jumper
  • Pencil skirt
  • Pleated pencil skirt
  • Pyjamas
  • Fitted dress
  • Slim trousers
  • Wrap blouse
  • Wrap dress
  • Shirt dress
  • Fitted shirt
  • Waistcoat
  • Tailored trousers
  • Blazer
  • Coat

No timeline. No pressure. There will be other projects, multiples of some favoured garments plus I am sure many additions of others. The above is just a handrail to guide me towards my sewing ambition. My only wish is that I could find alternatives in the shops to wear in the meantime. No such luck so I will just have to make do, for now at least.


Photo credits: Esther Quek & Sarah Ann Murray

Written by PeculiarGinger

Maker of things... via knitting, sewing, cooking and the off-products of beekeeping. Mama of one baby boy and servant to one fluffy black cat.

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