So I stumbled upon a sewing collective called “The Monthly Stitch.” Now, not to bash other collectives, but this one seems to be full of completely normal, nice people for a change…yet they approved me, so…
Every month they host a challenge, something of a goal, a way to spur creativity and set a deadline for those of us who really, really need it (for example, I can crank out twenty or more competition dresses in a month; I can really fly, if necessary, and make one start to finish in a day if I had to. Yet I’m embarrassed to admit that I have outfits for my Ready-to-Wear line that have been cut out for weeks and are still not finished…).
April’s challenge is simply perfect for me: “Sewing Double.” Folks are asked to recreate an item that has worn out, remake a piece a clothing in a different fabric, or simply make two pieces from the same pattern. However, since this is a creative activity, I am allowed quite a bit of leeway, which is great — since I just received an order this morning for a new custom piece (and I definitely, definitely need a deadline for this, as it’s not something that makes me wake up and think, “Wow! I get to work on this today!”)
So my personal “Sewing Double” challenge is going to be team dance outfits (Get it? Double?). All I know is that they’ve been commissioned in black, in a fabric I don’t particularly care for, but one that should be easier to use than the velvet upon which I usually rely. It was either this, or get to work making a dozen or so club dresses now (double times six), the likes of which probably wouldn’t make for G-rated reading after about day two.
If you’re interested in joining the collective, check them out by clicking “The Monthly Stitch” icon on the right side of the page.