These notebooks are my own personal Patternreview (which in my mind was an outgrowth of those online Creative Machine forum discussions.) Now that we can so easily take pictures, post reviews, keep a blog, these notebooks might seem a little outdated, perhaps like a picture of a rotary phone. But like a rotary phone, they still work.
I like seeing the progress I've made. Sometimes it's in my choice of patterns....those first entries are full of Sewing Workshop patterns which were interesting to sew but which I seldom wore. It also is a record of weight loss that I was undertaking at the same time...early in those years I worked slowly through a spiritual program to lose 25+ lbs and for the first time in my life have stopped struggling and have maintained that loss for nine years. And of course it is a terrific record of how my fitting skills and fabric choices have both improved. Lots of early disappointments because I didn't want to sew with my "good fabric" which already meant that the garment outcome would be limited. Getting fitted with a new bra about half way through those years led me to the recognition that I needed a FBA, not just more body circumference. Even though I am blogging now, I still like to post small fabric samples and a few notes in these booklets as well as do some creative doodling.
How do you keep track of your sewing projects?
|design sketches before cutting or sewing|
|First projects, 2001|
|most recent entry last week|