2013: The Year of Learning to Sew

I have a goal to learn to sew in 2013.

I can manage simple things. Straight seams, hems, etc., but I want to be able to work from a pattern and make my own clothes. I also want to be become better at upcycling thrift store finds. So, I figure if I sew one thing a month and upcycle one thing a month, by December I’ll have at least made headway!

For my January sewing project, I’m going to make this skirt. (Click the picture to see the Angry Chicken tutorial.)

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It looks simple enough, but also cute enough that I won’t just make it. I’ll actually wear it!

I’ve had this 2 1/2 yard length of fabric for a while. I picked it up at a thrift store before we moved to Reno. So, at least two years. It’s not vintage, but I love the colors and I think it’s super pretty. Plus it has a great feel to it.

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I’ve already ordered the fold-over elastic. In retrospect, I should have checked to see if I could just buy it from Joann’s. I’m so used to living hundreds of miles from the nearest city! Sometimes I forget that there are stores near me now. Too late now. No regrets! As soon as the elastic arrives, I’m going to dive into my first sewing project of 2013!